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  1. Hello Everyone, I am re-introducing myself to the VA world here on VANetworking.com. I recently re-joined as a VAInsider. I've been in business since 2004 providing executive management and administrative services. I have been blessed with many years of success! As part of my business strategy this year, I am looking to connect, network and build on what I have already experienced to take my business to a new level.
  2. I need help with this please, here is what I have done so far.....I have charter internet in the house with a modem and a netgear router, service is fine inside the house but in the garage is terrible so I thought I would get another router and do a cascade (I guess it is called) so that I can get wireless in the garage from the second router which is a Belkin N150. So I connected as I found online...I took a ethernet cord (a long one) and connected to a port on the back of netgear router, then ran the cord out to garage and connected it to the Yellow plug on the Belkin router I put in the garage. I did change settings a zillion times in the Belkin because everyone has different ways of doing it. Anyway I couldn't get it to work so I just reset the Belkin to factory settings and want to start over. Ok it finally reset and I was able to make these changes in the Belkin router (the one in the garage) ....this is what I did.... I changed the ssid added a password wireless Channel 6 Under the Lan settings the ip address is one number different than the main router I turned off the DHCP server connection type is dynamic encryption type is AES Not sure what this means but the "Obscure PSK" is checked . Just wasnt sure if it should be or not. Also there is a place that says "use as a access point" and there is a enable and disable. Should I enable that? If I do it asks me for "specify IP address" and a "subnet mask" Anyway I made the changes above and then unplugged the ethernet cord from my computer and the belkin router, then plugged the ethernet coming from the main router into belkin router (in the yellow and then the others) and it still doesn't work. It shows the SSID but when I try to connect wireless or through the cord it wont work. Please help , what am I doing wrong?
  3. How would I approach someone on say LinkedIn for business?
  4. Hi, I just wanted to say hello to you all. My name is Louisa and I officially launched Workflow Virtual Assistant in June of this year. My website address is www.workflowva.com and I can be found on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. I have over 15 years admin and PA experience and becoming a VA seemed like a natural progression to achieving a work life balance, especially as I had my son last September. I originally thought of becoming a VA back in 2007 when I was made redundant from a role but the timing wasn't right. In terms of the other questions... What City/Town/State/Country are you from?: I grew up in Lancashire but now live in Northampton, England. Are you married? How long?: Yes I am married, we got married on Christmas Eve Eve in 2014. Any kids and how old? My son will be 10 months old on Sunday. Hobbies & Interests: These days it's about spending time with family and friends. How did you hear about us? I remember coming across this site quite some time ago, most likely from Google! I look forward to getting involved in different discussions with you all and getting to know more about you.
  5. Good Afternoon, My name is Marsha Campbell. I recently separated from my job as an office manager after 11 years. I've been really excited about starting my own business as a Virtual Assistant. The market it there and I've read so many success stories. However, it seems like I can't really get off of the ground. Like another poster said, I've already run into a few scammers and it can be really disappointing and discouraging. Anyhow, I look forward to networking and learning from everyone here!
  6. Your Name: Jackie Iffie Your Website URL (if applicable):www.virtuallyassistants.com Years in Business:1 month Description of your Business, including any specialties: Virtually Assistants offers services of General Virtual Assistants with a niche in Research & Social Media Marketing and Management. On a more personal note: What City/Town/State/Country are you from?:Carlsbad, California Are you married? How long? Married for 14 years Any kids and how old? 3 kids aged 19, 15 and 12 Hobbies & Interests: Reading, cooking, swimming and travelling How did you hear about us? i.e. Google search (what keywords did you search?), article in magazine (name of mag?), word of mouth (who?), etc. Google search
  7. **Disclaimer-- I tried checking out the Forum Rules before posting and kept getting an error message, so hopefully this post is within the proper bounds... My name is Nikole Stephenson and I am the owner of my new startup, Computer Blue Media, which offers VA/creative marketing assistance to businesses within the niche of holistic health and wellness (most of my clients currently happen to be therapists). I don't currently have a website yet, but you can check me out on www.LinkedIn.com/nikolestephenson or www.facebook.com/ComputerBlueMedia. My business is very young--I acquired my first client a little over a year ago, my second client last February, and then I had a huge boom in business over the summer and currently have 13 clients in my roster really without even trying and am getting a fairly steady stream of new referrals. All of my marketing has been through word of mouth--I'm very humbled and grateful. The work literally found me rather than the other way around. My focus is on my clients' web presence, so this includes anything from web content writing and blogging, web updates (specializing in Squarespace and Wordpress), SEO, social media management, video transcription (a lot of my clients produce YouTube videos), event marketing, media design (ebooks, downloadable freebie designs, memes, thumbnails, infographics, etc.), email marketing, and so on. It's a lot and I'm finding there are pros and cons to doing it all, so I'm toying with the idea of honing in only on what I feel are my strengths--writing and design. My clients seem to like the streamlined branding that happens when one person handles it all, but it also obviously causes delays in productivity because I'm only one person. I found out about this forum through an email sent out by Reese Ben-Yaacov, a VA I follow online for tips. I'm really excited to begin connecting with other VAs because I'm definitely at a point in my business where I need to either start outsourcing work or consider hiring help. Not to mention, in terms of running a business, I'm totally flying by the seat of my pants. Everything has developed so quickly--I didn't realize I was starting a business until I was suddenly IN IT! Haha! So, advice is always welcomed on my end ;-) A little about me outside of work: I'm currently living in Minneapolis, MN--we recently moved here from SoCal when my partner entered graduate school at the U of Minnesota. We aren't married, but have been together for 5 years and have a 2.5 year old daughter. My interests include fine art (I have a BFA in photography and worked in art galleries for many years before getting pregnant with my daughter), yoga (I'm graduating from a teacher training at the end of this month!), running, reading, and human rights/social justice work. I love doodling, painting, writing lines of poetry that I rarely ever finish, DIY projects, cooking, and, given all of the above, drinking lots of coffee. ;-) So, Hello everyone! It's nice to virtually meet you! I'm looking forward to the VAV seminars next week and to connecting with each of you! Please reach out if you want to connect. Cheers!
  8. Hello, I'm stepping into this business full force after the company I worked for made cutbacks due to slow business. I am wanting to get my bookkeeping service up and running from home. I already have two clients that came from Craigslist about a year and a half ago. It started as a rebuilding files and bringing the companies current. The files were lost due to a computer crash and past bookkeepers who couldn't maintain correct information. I rebuilt one company going back at least 2009 and the other I think to 2011. It was a full time job but once completed I still maintain both companies. I'm hoping to continue this path of working from home and want to grow my business. I've done the business cards and going out meeting small businesses and introducing my company. I have meet with my chamber of commerce, but have not joined due to the cost of joining. I have promised myself that if I land other client I will join. I've gotten post cards and put some in the local library a long with my business cards. I've also mailed post cards, but found most came back undeliverable. I still continue to run ads on Craigslist. I have a Facebook business page I run ads on sometimes. I have a yellow pages ad and also another website called manta. I am on Adwords with google, but it might be costly. I have went into some CPA's office, but no one is usually there that I need to talk to. I have a Upwork page and have had zero success. I'm looking for advice as a freelancer or virtual bookkeeper or both would be great. Is there something I am missing or something else I did to do? I know a lot of people say network, but I'm confused on that term. Could someone please explain and get an example? I target small businesses. I offer catch up, short/long term bookkeeping, tax prep, but I do not do taxes (I just get it ready for the CPA, more time taking off your CPA's fee), special projects and of course on going bookkeeping. I'm currently enrolled in college trying to maintain a Bachelor's Degree in Accounting. My eyes/ears are wide open for any advice you may have. Thanks in advance. :crossfingers:
  9. I'm in the St Louis, Missouri area (actually about 1 hour NW of St Louis in New Haven) - anyone also in the St Louis area? I would love to organize a meetup.
  10. Hi Fellow VAs: I am hoping for some clarification about how to build KLT (Know, Like & Trust) to get my target audience, coaches, speakers and authors, to buy my services. I hear the suggestion often that I should join groups they belong to and give free tips and over time they will get to KLT. However, if I am not a coach and not training to become a coach then how would I be able to join their groups? Aren't those groups specifically for coaches? If I join the group and they are discussing coaching topics then how would I be able to suggest free tips about the services I offer? Should I just start sharing information off-topic? What would the group owner think if I only join to share free tips to promote my services? I might be clashing with the main purpose of the group. I don't have any background experience in marketing so I am a bit confused about how to go about doing this! I am thinking it might be best to form my own group and then invite them to join it. What are your thoughts? Thanks for your help. Tamara
  11. So far, I’ve been a social media dud. I can attribute this in part to the fact that I’m an introvert. I used to run a blog about healthy cooking and eating habits. I did my own posts and videos, but got cold feet when it came to promoting my site. My networking consisted of opening an account, posting a link to my site, following a few popular people, and retweeting the catchy stuff on Twitter. Keep in mind that what I retweeted had absolutely nothing to do with my niche. You can guess what happened. All of the content that I worked so hard to create went unnoticed, and my site did not do as well as I hoped. Epic Fail. Now, I’m looking to change all of that. Instead of using my introverted personality as an excuse to fail; I’ve vowed to work towards improvement. First up: Twitter I decided to make good use of the webinars on VAnetworking. I wasn’t sure which social media account to tackle first, so I just chose Twitter. I found a webinar called “Twitter tips for VAs” by Kathy Colaiacovo. There is a lot more to Twitter than meets the eye! For instance, its sister sites: Twellow and TweetLater. These are great tools for creating connections and keeping up with current ones. It’s more than tweeting and following. There should be an organized method involved. Kathy gave a lot of other helpful hints, and I gladly soaked it all up. There are a few more Twitter webinars on VAnetworking, which I plan on checking out. Also, Kathy has a YouTube channel that I plan on using as a resource as well. It’s the end of my workday, and this post is the last task that I will complete tonight. But, tomorrow’s to-do list includes setting up accounts on Twellow, TweetLater, and Friend or Follow. I am excited about using these tools to grow my network! What’s Next? I don’t expect to become an expert in social media overnight. But at least I now know that I can get better. I believe that following Kathy’s tips will really help me to improve. Of course, there is more to social media and networking than just Twitter. Twitter is only a piece of the puzzle. My next stop is LinkedIn. I have a profile and have joined a few groups. However, I have a feeling that I am not using LinkedIn to its full potential. I’m saying a quick prayer of thanks for the webinars that will guide me. Happy networking, Meghan www.mgrayva.com
  12. Hello Everyone! I am beginning my VA journey and so excited to be part of this! I look forward to being here with everyone and will update as I reach each milestone! Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and New Years, and New Beginnings! Teri
  13. The next regular meeting of the Golden Horseshoe Virtual Assistants Group will be held at Baranga's on the Beach, 380 Van Wagner's Beach Road, Hamilton at 11:30 AM on Saturday, June 14. GHVA member Debbie Lapointe will be presenting on the new Canadian Anti-Spam Law which comes into effect on July 1. You owe it to your clients to be aware of this important information! We're also excited to announce our first-ever meeting west of Hamilton. We'll be meeting at The Bruce Restaurant, 700 Hespeler Road, Cambridge, Ontario at 11:00 AM on Saturday, June 21, and our discussion topic will be What's your "go-to" resource for your business? If you can make it, please register on our website at least 24 hours in advance. There's no charge to attend, but we do ask that you support our hosts by ordering food and/or a beverage. *OPEN ONLY TO VIRTUAL ASSISTANTS*
  14. Hi all, first I wanted to take a minute and introduce myself. I'm Sarah Santacroce and I'll be your new moderator for this forum. At a recent networking event we had to say 3 things that were special about ourselves and that people would hopefully remember about us. So here are my three things: I currently live in Switzerland, the country of mountains and chocolate I also lived in California for a while, that's why a client called my style a mix of “no nonsense Swiss efficiency and Californian ‘yes we can’ enthusiasm” I speak 5 languages (English, German, French, Italian & Spanish) So that's me in a nutshell. To find out more about me, feel free to visit my website. But enough about me, I just wanted you to know who I am and why you will be seeing my messages a lot on this thread. Here are my plans for this Networking & Social Media Thread: I'd like to plan weekly tips, resources or questions I'd like YOU to share your opinions, your advice and really use this as a NETWORKING forum So now it's your turn. If they ask you at the next networking event which 3 things about you make you special (or just make people remember you), what will you say ? Just think about it or feel free to share here with all of us !
  15. The next meeting of the Golden Horseshoe Virtual Assistants Group will be held at Turtle Jack’s Muskoka Grill, 1180 Upper James Street, Hamilton on Saturday, September 14 at 11:00 AM. This month's topic will be Conflict Resolution, including setting boundaries and deciding how and when to fire a client. To ensure adequate seating, please register by Friday, September 13 at http://ghva.wildapricot.org/Default.aspx?pageId=1648286 or on Facebook. As always, there's no charge to attend, other than the cost of your own meal and/or beverage. This meeting is open only to virtual assistants. Hope to see you there!
  16. The next Golden Horseshoe Virtual Assistants Group meeting will be held at The Whistling Walrus,1508 Upper James Street, Hamilton on Saturday, July 20 at 11:00 AM. This month GHVA member Angela Spisak is going to give a short presentation on Infusionsoft, so if you've ever wondered what it is and whether it would be a good tool for you or your clients, you won't want to miss it. To ensure adequate seating, please RSVP via our website by Friday, July 19. There is no charge to attend, other than the cost of your own meal and/or beverage. Please note: This meeting is open only to virtual assistants.
  17. I will be attending several in-person networking events in the coming weeks and I'm looking for ideas for my "elevator speech". How do you describe yourself/your business? What's the most effective way to describe what we do? Looking forward to your advice! ----------------------------------------------------------- Kelly Minton CEO, Designer MySavvyVA.com, LLC / dezign|savvy Business Support, Brand Styling, Marketing & Design
  18. This month we’ll be talking about Our Favourite Business Books. Please come prepared to tell us about your favourite(s) and why you recommend them. Bring along a copy if you can! All are welcome to join us for this special meeting, in celebration of our 5th anniversary and Global Virtual Assistants Week. Guests are welcome to stay behind after the regular meeting to ask questions about virtual assistance. There is no charge to attend, other than the cost of your own meal and/or beverage. RSVP If you'd like to join us, please let us know at least 24 hours in advance to ensure adequate seating. http://ghva.ca/event/may-2013-meeting/
  19. Don't miss the next Golden Horseshoe Virtual Assistants Group meeting at The Whistling Walrus, 1508 Upper James Street, Hamilton on Saturday, March 9, starting at 11:00 AM. There is no charge to attend, other than the cost of your own meal and/or beverage. Our topic for this month is Identifying Your Ideal Client. Please RSVP via the GHVA Facebook group or our website (http://ghva.ca/event...h-2013-meeting/) by Thursday, March 7 to ensure adequate seating. Looking forward to seeing you! Please note: This event is open only to virtual assistants. Don't miss the next Golden Horseshoe Virtual Assistants Group meeting at The Whistling Walrus, 1508 Upper James Street, Hamilton on Saturday, March 9, starting at 11:00 AM. There is no charge to attend, other than the cost of your own meal and/or beverage. Our topic for this month is Identifying Your Ideal Client. Please RSVP via the GHVA Facebook group or our website (http://ghva.ca/event...h-2013-meeting/) by Thursday, March 7 to ensure adequate seating. Looking forward to seeing you! Please note: This event is open only to virtual assistants.
  20. Hi everyone, Are there any VAs in Connecticut who would like to meet up? I'm not a very social person, so I get extremely nervous at times. I would really appreciate getting some support and encouragement for on-site meet-ups:) I think that they are very fruitful, but nerve-rocking for some. Hope to hear from someone soon:)
  21. Don't miss the next Golden Horseshoe Virtual Assistants Group meeting at The Whistling Walrus, 1508 Upper James Street, Hamilton on Saturday, January 12, starting at 11:00 AM. There is no charge to attend, other than the cost of your own meal and/or beverage. During the business component of the meeting, we’ll talk about the focus of our group for 2013. Our discussion topic will be Making Time for Yourself. Please come prepared to share your tips and your challenges. Please RSVP via our website (http://ghva.ca/event/january2013-meeting/) by Thursday, January 10 to ensure adequate seating. Please note: This event is open only to virtual assistants. Facebook: https://facebook.com/GHVAGroup Twitter: http://twitter.com/GHVAGroup
  22. The answer is simple: 1. Find more people who really need your stuff. 2. Get them to start and build relationships with you. 3. Convince them that your stuff will meet their needs, better than their other options. Doing these things effectively is a little more complex. Here's how: http://bit.ly/SdhSVu
  23. Well I am preping to go to my first networking event on Nov 20th. The group allows each person to do an "intro" for 30-60 seconds. I plan on taking a lot of business cards and brochures. I also have a possbile trade fair to attend. I have to get more info on that.That is once a month at least for the next few months. I'm excited.
  24. This month's meeting will be held at The Whistling Walrus,1508 Upper James Street, Hamilton on Saturday, November 10, starting at 11:00 AM There is no charge to attend, other than the cost of your own meal and/or beverage. This month’s topic is Juggling Priorities of Multiple Clients. Please come prepared to share your tips and your challenges. Please RSVP via our website (http://ghva.ca/event...thly-meeting-10) by Thursday, November 8 to ensure adequate seating. Please note: This event is open only to virtual assistants.
  25. All are welcome to join us for an evening of networking, learning, food, and fun! Learn about the 5 Keys to Creating a REAL Connection with your Customers with guest speaker Janet Rouss Janet Rouss, Chief Creative Muse at Innovation Network Inc. Are you attracting the right type of client to your business? Are they loyal to your brand? Are they aware of what your brand stands for? There are many service providers out there. What makes you the right one for them? It’s time to go deeper into the values that define you and your business. Let’s be honest. It’s time to GET REAL about your branding. In this session, participants will learn about: Value propositions that really matter Packaging your offer to sell Emotional connections that attract and make relationships last Speaking a common language so prospects will hear you Making a REAL difference in your work Be clear about who you are and what makes your business unique. Feel more comfortable and confident when selling your services, and attracting the perfect clients for your business. GET REAL about your brand and you’ll GET REAL results. Agenda 5:30 – 6:00 pm Registration/Networking 6:00 – 6:30 pm Introductions 6:30 – 8:00 pm Dinner 8:00 – 8:45 pm Speaker 8:45 – 9:00 pm Networking / Door Prizes Menu Appetizer: Choice of Caesar Salad or Tossed Salad with Balsamic Dressing Entrée: Choice of Grilled Stuffed Chicken Supreme with a Wild Herb and Mushroom Sauce, Roast Prime Rib of Beef au Jus, or Grilled Atlantic Salmon with Lemon Butter. All entrées served with Roasted Potatoes and Seasonal Vegetables. Vegetarian meal available on request. Dessert: New York Cheesecake, cherry topping Beverages: Coffee or Tea Cash Bar. Soft drinks available at no charge. Door Prizes Please contact us if you would like to donate a door prize for this event. All donors will be recognized on our Sponsors page for one year. Registration Tickets must be ordered in advance as seats are limited. Prices include HST. http://ghva.ca/event...-evening-event/
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