Five Essential Qualities of a Virtual Assistant

Before you "hire" a virtual assistant use this as a litmus test to make sure they are the right person to hire. Skills are no doubt important but what you need is a little something extra. Outlined below are not just things to look for in your virtual assistant, but features to your working relationship that you will discover to be mandatory.

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Why Small Business Owners and Virtual Assistants Need Each Other

It was one of those rare occasions where someone acts on your good advice. Several years ago a friend and colleague of mine was transitioning out of her full-time job to build a new life, out of state. Eschewing corporate hierarchies as I do, while trying to remain sensitive to her need for stable work, I made that best suggestion I could. I told her she could put herself in business right away by marketing herself as a "Virtual assistant" to her existing network instead of waiting in line like everybody else to land full-time employment.

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The Bloggers Guide to Courting A Long-Term Readership

Most of us don't go around looking at our customers, our audience members, our blog readers as potential girlfriends or boyfriends. But what if we did? Knowing whats at the end of the tunnel, how much further would you go to forge lasting bonds? Wouldn’t you do everything you could to take your audience "off the market" forever?

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How to Value Your Work As a Creative Services Provider

Virtually every web designer, graphic artist and creative services professional I know undervalues their professional contribution. And as a result I get to listen to them bitch about how it's a tough field and competition is stealing clients and sales aren't what they should be and on and on and on. Don't get me wrong. They think they're worth more. In some cases, they even know it. But there's one thing holding them back from commanding the kind of fees that make...

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The Price of Web Conferencing Must Plummet

The price of web conferencing must come down and the major players know it. Leading web conferencing companies may not care to admit it in public, but their business is headed straight for commodity status--or so would seem the fate of mmost internet technologies. But that means good things for consumers.

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