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10 Free RFP Tips From a Pro

Posted 2 Weeks Ago at 01:23 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 01:14 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 08:44 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 09:42 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 01:41 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 09:23 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 10:58 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 09:56 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 09:37 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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Virtual Assistant Forums LIVE - Choosing The Work at Home Lifestyle and Making it Work For You

Posted 01-23-2014 at 05:59 PM by Tess
Listen in as I dish with 6-figure virtual assistant Michelle Mangen about working from home, finding balance, and how to define 'success' for yourself in our FIRST ever live show for Virtual Assistant Forums!

This was a lot of fun, and as you can see I'm not as serious as some might think...
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No Rules: Choosing The WAH Lifestyle and Making it Work For You

Posted 01-20-2014 at 01:51 PM by Tess
I'm really really excited (and admittedly really really nervous) to share with you that our FIRST live episode of Virtual Assistant Forums Live airs tomorrow, Tuesday Jan 21st.

I'll be hosting the show monthly and I definitely want to know who you want to see/hear from and what you want...
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GulfElite Magazine: 5 KEY SUCCESS FACTORS OF SMALL BUSINESSES THROUGH THE SOCIAL MEDIA

Posted 01-19-2014 at 09:33 AM by Tess
Learning on the fly is part of the deal and Tess Strand of Oregon, founder of Virtual Assistant Forums, the virtual assistant industry leader and pioneer will attest to that in a heartbeat.

“You dive into a business or a project or even just the idea of making something new out of thin...
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2013 Review and What's Ahead!

Posted 12-12-2013 at 12:34 PM by Tess
It's hard for me to believe it's already almost the middle of December - we're rolling into a new year VERY SOON and I'm seeing clients and colleagues alike preparing to go into 2014 at full speed... It's a time of review - looking at what we've accomplished the previous year and a time of brainstorming...
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Free Training Call: Position Yourself as an Authority and Charge What You're Worth

Posted 09-12-2013 at 12:43 AM by Tess
Have you ever wondered why some virtual assistant businesses take off seemingly overnight and some just fall flat, or are stuck in "neutral" for years? I've been watching aspiring virtual assistants as I've curated the forums over the last 7+ years and it's true - while some just get it and...
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Free Download: Marketing Message Template to Help You Get Crystal Clear

Posted 09-11-2013 at 11:45 PM by Tess
Have you ever been at a networking event and had someone tell you what they do? Of course you have. We all have. And what was your reaction?
  1. Were you bored by what they said and “tune out”?
  2. Or did you light up, get excited and call them the next day?
Most times, #1, right? The problem is that it...
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