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Hi, This is my first post. I am in the process of starting a VA business. I am introducing my company next month at an industry trade show. A sales rep who will be my first client has asked me to do a one time project while I am getting my ducks in a row. She has 7 different database client lists (all in different formats) that need to to combined into one and then seperated geographically. I am going to charge by different packages, but don't have that figured out yet and will be billing at $65-70/hr hour. I don't want to give her an hourly rate for this project, but rather a price for the project. Does anyone have any suggestions for me at this point.... Thanks! Paula
Guest posted a topic in Introduce Yourself and Your Virtual Business!My name is Carol Murchie and you can find my new virtual assistance business at www.yourvirtualsherpa.com. I just launched Your Virtual Sherpa at the end of May 2012. It seemed a logical transition from conventional careers and jobs because I have re-invented myself in many ways over the past several years. At this time I am getting the word out and hoping to get new client prospects identified. My original training is in librarianship (Master's Degree from the University of Michigan) and after several years in the traditional field, I moved onto database conversion specifications and project management for an electronic publisher. With consolidation in the industry, I worked as a contractor and consultant with primary focus on more database management, indexing, research, and in more recent years I worked as a finance manager for a nonprofit where I largely taught myself Quickbooks and some accounting. My chief skills are in conducting research (just about anything you can think of, from harpoons to land disposition laws), organizing databases, search engine technology, and nonprofit governance. My technology toolbelt has included various Web search engines and browsers, Quickbooks, Microsoft Office, Documentum, Lotus Notes, Blackbaud Raiser's Edge, Re: Discovery Museum software, Past Perfect Museum software, and Wordpress. I continue to take advantage of any new technology training or hands-on practice for same. My alternative tagline for Your Virtual Sherpa is "Let me go crazy so you won't have to!" I live in Fairhaven Massachusetts with my two cats, Henry and Duncan. They serve as paperweights in the office. I have a concierge service locally for pet-sitting and even have helped people get their car's problems fixed when they are too busy flying around the world to do it themselves! I look forward to being part of a fascinating universe of people who are equally talented in all sorts of things--I'm still a librarian in that I love to help people through referrals when a task falls outside my generalist "grab-bag" of goodies!