Archive for 2007

Practical Tips For Launching Your Virtual Assistant Career »

Contemplating leaving the corporate workplace to pursue your dream of becoming a [tag]Virtual Assistant[/tag]? Brian Tracy, author of “7 Practical Tips For [tag]Small Business[/tag] Success” on, points out that starting a business requires both faith and courage, and also some practical planning.

Building Your Virtual Assistant Business – 7 Proven Ways To Get Clients Now »

There are many creative ways to advertise your new [tag]virtual assistant[/tag] business and start building clientele, without spending a lot of money. An investment in a box of business cards and a few donated hours can spread the word that you’re in business, and showcase your skills in a positive way. Lisa Taliga, author of [...]

“To Do” And “Not To Do,” You Need Two Lists »

We all have idiosyncracies. Seemingly insignificant time-consuming and counter-productive things we do every day which, added together, take a significant toll on our daily productivity. Getting a small business venture or [tag]virtual assistant [/tag] business off the ground requires a great deal of focus, which is a challenge for many busy entrepreneurs.

Friday 10/19 International Virtual Assistants Association Online Summit – Register Now »

Register now for the 2nd Annual IVAA Online Summit: Date: Friday, October 19th Time: 8:00 am – 8:00 pm EST (multiple sessions running at once throughout the day) Who should attend: Any Virtual Assistant or service professional wanting to learn! Cost: $60.00(US) for IVAA members / $75.00(US) for non-IVAA members Cost includes ALL DAY PASS [...]

Small Business Expense Control – Start With Yourself »

Leaving the corporate workplace to live your dream as an entrepreneur requires more than a great business idea or great business skills. It requires financial discipline. Not only in how much you pay for office supplies or a good accountant, but in how you control your personal spending habits. When you were collecting your weekly [...]

How To Discuss Your Rates Without Scaring Potential Clients Away »

When you’re trying to build your [tag]virtual assistant business[/tag], it’s tempting to consider gimmicks like free hours and rate discounts to lure potential clients. But is this really a good idea? Erin Blaskie, The VA Coach, says “absolutely not,” and offers some techniques to make selling yourself short unnecessary.

Beware Of Fraud When Using Internet To Find Work As Virtual Assistant »

You may think you’re safe posting your resume on reputable sites such as or to look for work as a [tag]virtual assistant[/tag]. Unfortunately, job sites like this have become a major source of identity theft, enabling scammers to obtain personal information through resumes, and by posing as legitimate employers seeking additional information from [...]

Success Formula: Be A Purple Cow »

You’re either a purple cow, or you’re not. Remarkable, or invisible in a sea of aspiring [tag]virtual assistants[/tag]. If you want to stand out from the crowd, you must offer a product or service that is phenomenal, memorable, or unbelievable is the advice given in Purple Cow: Transform Your Business By Being Remarkable, a book [...]

VANA (Virtual Assistant Networking Association) Holds Contest For Scholarship »

The Virtual Assistant Networking Association, or VANA, is conducting an essay contest entitled ““What/who inspired you to become a Virtual Assistant (VA) and how has becoming a VA changed your life for the better?” The winner of this contest will receive a full scholarship to VAU – Virtual Assistant University – worth $1500.

Stop Multi-Tasking – Focus Is Key To Productivity »

Managing any business is a juggling act, but [tag]home-based businesses[/tag] present a unique challenge. In addition to the deluge of phone calls, e-mails, IMs and appointments associated with running any business, there is the added dimension for the home-based business owner of a household to manage the home and family needs simultaneously. This balancing act [...]

Affiliate Marketing: a plan for retirement »

It is no wonder that more and more people want to work at home! Jobs no longer provide much in the way of security or career satisfaction. Companies merge and take over, pension plans are not honored, more is demanded of workers with less return for the time and loyalty they have to put out. [...]

Marketing a Virtual Assistant Business »

Marketing a Virtual Assistance Business is a crucial part of your success. Here are some ways for you to network, share, advertise and grow your business: Read More…

How to Market Your VA biz: You need a Plan »

The marketing plan is a strategy you will use to get people to buy your product or service. Internet marketing is simply a marketing strategy that is administered on the Internet.

How to Start Your Own VA Business…one way… »

One of the hottest new home businesses today is the virtual assistant business. Know the ins-and-outs of this business and start earning from your home today. more…..

Thanks to the Internet there’s a new way to make money with your computer. You might be surprised at all the different services you could offer with this new home business. Most people have become familiar with word processors, which usually consists of typing manuscripts, letters, transcription and writing resumes, but the new virtual assistant is like word processing on steroids.

Diana Ennen, has been a home-based word processor now for about 15 years. She started to educate herself about all the possibilities a person has when starting a virtual assistant business. Diana Ennen along with Kelly Poelker, a certified Master Virtual Assistant, just finished writing an ebook called, “A Bizy’s Guide: How To Start Your Own Home-Based Virtual Assistant’s Business.”

Connect With Your Clients Year-Round With Reminder Services »

As a new [tag]virtual assisitant[/tag], you’d love to offer a personal touch to your clients by sending a birthday card or anniversary greeting, but how can you possibly keep track of all those dates, and come up with a personal greeting for each of them?

Business Resource: Virtual Assistant Networking Association »

The Virtual Assistant Networking Association (VANA) is a website dedicated to promoting the [tag]virtual assistant[/tag] industry. The website boasts the largest VA message board in the world with over 6000 members, and contains articles and tips on planning, operating and succeeding in the virtual assisting world.

To Attract A Client, You Must Learn Her Industry’s Language »

“Wanted: [tag]Virtual Assistant[/tag] For High-Volume Options Trader.” Do you know what a “call” is? A “put?” “Arbitrage” or “yield?” If you want to work in a particular industry, you’ll have to know more than how to prepare an EXCEL spreadsheet or a compelling sales letter. Fields such as finance, real estate and the health care [...]

Business Opportunity: Industry Leader Says Market for Virtual Assistants is Booming »

“There is so much work for VAs…the field is thriving, actually booming,” says Diana Ennen, co-author of “Virtual Assistant – The Series” in an article entitled “Lend Assistance” in the Best Business and Finance section of Readers Digest Online at Virtual Assistants are professionals who work from their homes, offering business services such as [...]

Increase Productivity – Use a Timer and Set Limits »

Is your to-do list so daunting that you’ve become a procrastinator? And as a result, you find yourself struggling to meet a deadline only to realize that you could have done a better job, had you devoted adequate time to the project? Many [tag]small business[/tag] owners suffer from this syndrome. Andrew Brown of, offers [...]

Putting Corporate Professionalism In Your Home-Based Business »

You may be running your [tag]home-based business[/tag] in your sweat pants at the kitchen table, but that’s not the image you want to conjure up in your clients’ minds. The following tips offered on can help you present a corporate, professional image to your clients, even though you’re working in the comfort of your [...]