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Are You Making Enough Money to QUIT?

Posted 07-25-2015 at 02:46 PM by Tess
Serious question: Are you making enough money to quit your day job and work your VA business during the hours that you choose?

My friend and fellow entrepreneur Lisa Wells recently introduced me to Kate Buck of Social Media Manager Pro, Kate's approach to social media and small business...
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FREE Webinar: How to Announce and Handle a Rate Increase

Posted 07-10-2015 at 01:15 PM by Tess
Is it rude for me to ask how much money you're making? Sorry, but stepping lightly around this topic isn't going to do you, or me, or any of the other VAs who undercharge any good.

I'm asking, but I already know the answer probably lands somewhere around 'Not as much as you'd like.'...
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IT. IS. TIME. To raise your rates... Here's how

Posted 06-30-2015 at 03:05 AM by Tess
We've been on a roll with these fabulous, fun, and FREE webinars for Virtual Assistant Forums members - I've been having a blast hand-picking the guests and I hope you've been taking notes and are implementing what you've been learning. Even if it's just one tip, or a whole list of things to work on...
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FREE Webinar: Fast-Track Your Way to 6-Figure Success as a Social Media Manager

Posted 06-16-2015 at 03:57 PM by Tess
Our webinar last month was so much fun (even with all of the technical issues I had on my end!) I decided to schedule another event just for Virtual Assistant Forums members this month. Fast-Track Your Way to 6-Figure Success as a Social Media Manager is next week, and it's totally free - so get the...
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FREE Webinar: How to Price and Package Your Services and Make WAY More Money

Posted 05-12-2015 at 02:35 PM by Tess
How many times have you found yourself feeling like you're defending your prices to your clients and prospects? Are your clients asking how long will it take to complete a task, how many hours they’ve used this month, or how much their current bill is?

Why are you justifying your rates...
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Let Me Ask You a $1330 Question

Posted 05-11-2015 at 11:58 AM by Tess
Starting work without a contract is business suicide and there's no good excuse for it. Ever.

I don't usually 'rant' here but I see this one BIG problem being discussed over and over again on the forums, I see it so often it literally makes me want to tear my hair out that this is STILL...
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10 Free RFP Tips From a Pro

Posted 11-13-2014 at 12:23 PM by Tess
My colleague Janine Gregor gets more clients from RFPs than anyone else I know. Her success rate is phenomenal when it comes to responding to an RFP and landing that client. So I asked her to write a book for the rest of us - and you know what? She...
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This Cool Quiz Explains WHY Your Home Page Doesn't Work

Posted 10-07-2014 at 12:14 PM by Tess
Hello and happy Autumn fellow VAs! I'm always reading the top conversations on the forums and have noticed a LOT of people struggling with their websites lately so the awesome info (and free gifts) I've got to share with you are VERY timely.

The brilliant (and sometimes hilarious) web-expert...
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Success Harbor Interview

Posted 08-08-2014 at 07:44 AM by Tess
I was recently asked by George Meszaros of Success Harbor to talk with him about how I got started as a virtual assistant (you might be surprised if you don't already know the story!) and how Virtual Assistant Forums came to be.

You can listen in here.
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The Secret to Earning More Money as a Virtual Assistant

Posted 07-24-2014 at 08:42 PM by Tess
This week I was talking to my friend and colleague, Lisa Wells, a seasoned virtual assistant and VA trainer about the biggest problem faced by top earning virtual assistants. And do you know what that problem is?

Burnout.

It’s true. You have only 24 hours in a day; 168...
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Are You Building a Business or Creating a Lifestyle?

Posted 06-07-2014 at 12:41 PM by Tess
It feels like Summer here in Portland, Oregon - although we're in for a few good rains before the season officially starts. For me, Summer means shorter work days and longer weekends. I'm still working my business of course - but you'll find me (and my laptop) sitting on my front porch, on the sand...
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Virtual Assistant Forums Live - Why WordPress is a Great Choice for Your Virtual Assistant Website

Posted 04-01-2014 at 08:23 AM by Tess
Another really fun episode of Virtual Assistant Forums Live - chatting with Lee Drozak about WordPress, and why it's awesome - plus we touch on why maintaining strong relationships in the virtual assistant community is so important to business stability and growth. As always, feel free to leave your...
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How to Create a Rockstar WordPress Website

Posted 03-24-2014 at 09:58 AM by Tess
Join me for yet another fun episode of Virtual Assistant Forums Live!
Monday, March 31st at 1:30pm ET/10:30am PT


I know it SAYS on the show graphic that we are going to talk about WordPress, and we will no doubt - but fair warning! When you get me and Lee Drozak together ALL
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Virtual Assistant Forums LIVE - Painless Self Promotion - Authenticity in Social Media

Posted 02-15-2014 at 08:56 AM by Tess
This show was really fun and was definitely a chance for personal introspection on my part - as someone who USED TO believe it was important to be 'ultra professional' on all social platforms, I discuss with Luz Donahue how and why that changed for me while we talk about what it REALLY means to be authentic...
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Painless Self-Promotion - Authenticity in Social Media

Posted 02-04-2014 at 08:37 AM by Tess
Join me for another episode of the experiment in authenticity that is Virtual Assistant Forums Live!
Thursday, February 13th at 1:30pm ET/10:30am PT


The creative and funny Luz Donahue will be joining me to expand on the theme of authenticity with a focus on how to make the most
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