July 21st, 2010 by Sue L Canfield
When Joel and I first met Paula online we knew she was our kind of people. She's smart, fun and easy to talk to. I hope you enjoy her interview.
1. When did you start your business?
2. Why did you choose to become a Virtual Assistant?
In 2007 I realized I had hit a “brick wall” in my corporate career. I began looking for a new job but wasn’t excited about getting another j-o-b. Then one day I watched a TV news interview of a successful VA out in Montana and realized I could do that! I purchased a couple of books on how to be a VA and with a little prior planning I quit my corporate job and established my new business.
3. What advice would you give new and aspiring VAs?
I have two:
Polish your networking skills and force yourself to get out of the house and meet people.
Do not buy anything at the office supply store until you absolutely have to!
4. What resources have helped you in your business?
I recently read The Commonsense Virtual Assistant and recommend it to new VAs. My local business assistance center and my local chamber of commerce have been a huge help in getting me clients.
5. Share something about yourself.
Being self-employed I tend to work too much. I am not comfortable “just sitting around”. Realizing I need to relax more I recently took a knitting class. It’s the perfect hobby for fidgety people and it gives me the mental break I need.
6. Additional comments you'd like to share.
If you are considering a career change I highly recommend becoming a Virtual Assistant. There is plenty of work for all of us!
Paula's Contact Information:
Paula Hill - Virtual Assistant
July 5th, 2010 by Sue L Canfield
Small businesses are always looking for ways to save time, money, paper, and especially in today's economy - gas. As a virtual assistant to solo professionals, I've come across several resources that have helped me and my clients save time and money.
One task that can take up time and paper is getting a contract or agreement signed. Time and paper can be saved using an online resource called Echo Sign. This service makes getting a document signed by both parties as easy as sending an email - and it can be done in minutes. There's nothing to install and a free account can get five documents signed a month. It's been very useful in my business, making the turn around time in getting documents signed almost non-existent. Also, there's no paper to print. Documents are stored electronically. Visit their website at EchoSign.com.
Are you always jotting yourself a note on a sticky note? Save yourself money and paper by using Jott.com. Jott converts your voice into emails, text messages, reminders, lists and appointments. Just pick up the phone and send yourself a Jott. Your Jott will be in your Inbox when you get back to the office. No more sticky notes!
Would you like to receive all your bills electronically and not deal with the hassle of paper anymore? Of course you want to sign up for any e-statements you can. Another great online resource is PayTrust.com. PayTrust allows you receive, review, pay and organize all your bills online.
Do you like going to seminars to learn more about your industry but find you can't afford the gas anymore? Teleseminars may be the answer you're looking for. Save gas by never leaving the comfort of your home or office. Check out Conference Call University at CCULearning.com.
Many solo professionals are saving time and money by using the services of a virtual assistant to help create and implement online marketing for their service businesses. Search for a virtual assistant in your area and see how he or she can help.
April 25th, 2010 by Sue L Canfield
People are still thinking of ways to cut costs and expenses. Everyone wants to find the best deal. And everyone is still looking for solid value. So find ways you can offer added value without adding extra expense.
Perhaps you can provide additional information and resources to your clients. Create a free report. Send out a monthly newsletter with tips.
What can you do to offer more value without adding to your expense?