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    Remind clients about Daylight Savings Time

    So glad I live in SK where we get to ignore the time changes. Sometimes we are the same time as MB, sometimes we are the same time as AB. Sometimes I think it would be easier to just go along with the same time changes as the rest of you. Gladys
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    Prospects

    Jocelyn I know you're RIGHT! I know YOU'RE right! I KNOW you're right! Thank you. I will wish my 'would be' client a Happy New Year and then I'm moving on. If she wants my help, she knows where to find me. Gladys
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    Prospects

    Hi Lauren Know exactly what you mean. I've been talking to a potential client since Sept - even have a signed contract - but have not been given any work yet. We talk every week or so and she seems like a lovely person, great sense of humor, real passion for the things she wants to accomplish but that's it. Frustrating! I can't decide if it's a problem with delegating or if she's over whelmed by the number of things she has on her plate. Hopefully, we can both decide over the holidays where and how we want to continue. Gladys
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    Holiday Recipe Favorites

    On the topic of recipies and holidays, etc.: My daughter loves to cook - me not so much. She loves to get recipe books as gifts. If I buy her a recipe book, I keep it for a year or so and try out some of the recipes. I write comments in the margins about the ones I liked or didn't like or I give suggestions as to what I would change if I was going to use that recipe again. She says the comments are the best parts of the book. A couple of years ago, we started doing the 'comment' thing in other books that we give as gifts. Even my boys are getting into the act now. We all seem to like the idea of getting books that we know have been read and enjoyed - or not - by the giver. It makes the gift more personal some how. We also make jokes about how they were told as kids not to write in their books. Turns out that was a stupid rule! Gladys
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    Preferred Communication

    I think it depends on what is being communicated. If I am updating client on what has happened to date, a weekly email is usually enough. If I am advising client on his upcoming appointments, a daily email is usually enough. If I am helping a client set up a new business, a phone call works best because most of our questions start with, "What do you think about.....". Those questions seem to need immediate answers; I don't want to wait until she gets around to checking her email. (She is still working at a 'real' job and is often with clients and can't respond immediately.) As you can see, there are a lot of 'if's' and 'usually's' in my reply. I don't think there is a right or wrong answer. It all depends on the client. Gladys
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    "I poot"

    My Girlfriend had two little boys, eleven months apart, and ended up potty training them both at the same time. She wanted to make it a "fun" experience so she emptied all the water from the toilet bowl and then painted a bullseye style target on the back of the toilet bowl with bright red nailpolish and replaced the water. It took her about 3 days to train her boys, plus all the neighbours' boys. Even the Daddy's that went to her house for grown-up hockey parties learned to hit the target. Sometimes we'd hear them in the bathroom shouting, "He shoots, he scores!" Gladys
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    Holiday Recipe Favorites

    OK, Dana, here's the meat loaf my family likes: (All other meatloaf attempts are referred to as 'hamburger suprise') Meat Loaf Canadian Style 2 eggs, beaten 1/4 cup milk 1/2 cup fine dry bread crumbs 1/4 cup finely chopped onion 2 Tbsp snipped parsley 1 tsp salt 1/2 tsp ground sage 1/8 tsp black pepper 1-1/2 lb ground beef Combine eggs and milk in bowl. Stir in bread crumbs, onion, parsley, salt, sage and pepper. Add ground beef and pat into 8x4x2 inch loaf pan. Bake, uncovered, at 350º for 1-1/4 hours. Spoon off excess fat. Sauce: 1/4 cup ketchup 2 Tbsp brown sugar 1 tsp dry mustard Mix together; spread over meat loaf and return to oven for 10 minutes. Gladys
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    Client is asking for an answering service

    Regina, I have one client who supplies the cell phone and forwards his calls to that cell phone when he is busy. He pays for the phone and at first, he paid per call. Now he pays a flat fee for the service (which benefits me since I chose the amount and he didn't argue). The calls can be answered anywhere - grocery store, back yard, whatever - so I'm not tied to the house. Second client forwards calls to a designated land line at my house during certain hours only. The extra line costs me $4 per month and has its own ring tone so nobody else answers it. I never take her calls before 1PM so that leaves mornings to be out and about and I can even go for lunch if I want to. She also pays a flat rate for the service and it covers the cost of the extra line quite well. Gladys
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    Transportation VAs

    Tanker - good job on responding to the survey. I agree with your answers regarding employees,/ owner operators and small fleet owners. I would like to add that with most of the trucking companies I have experience with have someone who double checks ALL the paperwork that comes in from their drivers - especially log books. They can be in a lot od do-do if drivers are messing up on 15 minutes here or there. Dana - good point re electronic logs. Again, I only have experience with drivers that travel Canada and US. The rules change when you cross the border. Wonder how that would work? Good point on passing big trucks, too. Having driven myself, I can tell you that I have much more respect for MOST of the 18-wheelers than I have for MOST of the 4-wheelers. Gladys
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    Holiday Recipe Favorites

    Looks good, Ruth. Think I'll try it. I don't like to spend anymore time in the kitchen than absolutely necessary. But I do like to eat! Reminds me of the Snowman Poop I found at a craft sale in Alberta somewhere. It was 1/2 cup of white miniature marshmellows in a baggie, tied with a pretty ribbon. Sold for $2.95 I think, and they were going like hot cakes! Gladys
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    Transportation VAs

    oh, Dana, does this mean you're not interested in pursuing this niche? You are so funny. I could actually smell the diesel fumes! My DH is not well organized but his log books are never more than 6 hours behind. He likes to have everything in order for the scale boys and the border crossing guys, too. He drives US/Canada every week. I can't imagine trying to do log books once a week. Gladys
  12. Sally, I love this video. I forwarded it to my two sons - one is a brand new husband - and to my new "Son-in-law Wannabe" (aka Sin-in-law). I'm sure my DD and DIL will thank me! Gladys
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    Transportation VAs

    Hi Angie My husband is a truck driver, too (O/O) and I've also been thinking about targeting this group. Like Dana, there is no way I want to work with MY husband. There was a time when he and I actually drove together - yes, I still have my Class 1A license - but we were newly-weds then so that worked better than it would now. ;-) I'd like to talk to you about this niche. Maybe we can help each other. Gladys
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    Need Canadian Book Publishing Company

    Depends what kind of book you're working with but here are a couple.... New Society Publishers, Gabriola Island Oolichan Books, Lantzville BC Orca Book Publishers, Victoria BC Ronsdale Press, Vancouver I've talked to very nice people at Coteau Books. Think they are in Regina, SK Gladys
  15. My DH has been a long-haul trucker for 40+ years. He filled out a trip sheet for each and every trip he ever made. And he has kept them all! I asked him why we need to have these things taking up space in the basement and he said he liked to keep them in case he wanted to remember when he was in One-Horse-Town, KY or where he spent his birthday in 1970. We have been married for 10 years. I have yet to see him go down there and try to find a specific trip sheet. Two weeks ago his accountant asked for a document from his 2007 tax return. He couldn't find the document - or the tax return. (Took me about 2 minutes to find it, fax it and file it back where it belongs.) I think we have a problem........ Gladys
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