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 get it right (and fast) others literally do just fall flat and ultimately disappear, or stall for months or even years. Why is that?
Marisa Murgatroyd will tell you that it's all about your message, your brand and how you "position" your business in your prospects' minds.
Marisa's the real deal, by the way - a brilliant web and branding strategist for some...
From Darlene's show notes: Episode 7 has to do with the belief that you can reinvent yourself and start a business of your own. To take that thought a step further, you have the ability to do whatever it is you want to do in this life. You just need to get out there and grab it, make it happen. This episode solely centers on jumping in and starting your own business. To help me explore this topic is my guest, Tess Strand of VirtualAssistantForums.com. Tess is also a longtime friend and business associate, making episode 7 yet another fun and amazing episode...
If you've been thinking about using more video in your business but you're struggling with the whole concept, I can absolutely relate! A lot of really confident entrepreneurs (like me!) haven't gotten into connecting with our tribes via video because it's intimidating, or downright scary...
That's why my friend and colleague, branding and positioning expert, Marisa Murgatroyd gathered the top 10 Superheroes of Video Marketing for a FREE 10-Day Summit starting May 13! I've already registered and am looking forward to getting ninja on video and learning the tricks to driving traffic, forming relationships, and making more money in my business. Here's why you should join us too!
I just wrapped up the most fun interview I've done in a long time and wanted to share it with you! I am usually camera shy but because I adore my friend and colleague Dina Lynch Eisenberg (and her message!) so much I agreed to a Hangout. Her writeup about our chat is here.
You can also watch the video here (advance warning, lots of laughs!):
In a previous post "No Phone Calls" I noted that evolution is not reserved to nature alone. Business - like life - can and should evolve.
In this series of posts I'm revisiting business policies I've either outgrown and/or have completely changed my perspective on.
Business policy revisited #2 - Weekends are Sacred.
Being self-employed is a pretty great lifestyle if you can maintain that healthy (but sometimes elusive) balance we all need to function at our best in each of the many roles we live: mother, wife, business owner, colleague, friend, etc. etc. And don't forget SELF.
Whatever your own roles are, if you're working at starting up a virtual assistant business or are...
This is the first in what I hope will be a series of questions and answers between myself and my fellow VAF members. Some questions I will take straight from the forums and answer here, some questions that come to me by Private Message will be featured here as well. I'll keep it all anonymous unless requested not to do so.
I'll tell you up front that I focus on the positive and although I will always be honest with you I also understand it is not my place to make or break your dreams (that is YOUR job). My responses here are my own thoughts and feelings and while I don't claim to have the magic solution to your issues or the 'right' answer to all of your questions I am very much invested in offering support and guidance when...
I've been in business for just over 6 years now and reading back through my old business plan[s], policies, and forum posts I have come to know that evolution is not reserved to nature alone. Business - like life - can and should evolve. Mine certainly has.
In this series of posts I will revisit business policies I've either outgrown or have evolved my perspective on.
Business policy revisited #1 - No Phone Calls
I never used to give clients my phone number. And I mean never ever.
I was protective of my family life and uncomfortable with even the suggestion of blurring the lines between business and personal. But I've learned that when you run your business from home there really...
I'm happy to be able to share my most recent interview with my fellow VAs! You'll find the interview over at Geralin Thomas' 'Metropolitan Organizing' Blog - you might recognize Geralin as one of the professional organizers often featured in the TV series 'Hoarders'.
It was a lot of fun being interviewed recently by Ruth Martin of The Naked VA Blog - you can see what I shared with Ruth about myself and learn more about how Virtual Assistant Forums came to be, here!
I was invited to discuss virtual assistance as a profession and industry live at Blog Talk Radio with Professor Lauri Smedley. Lauri is the host of Small Business H.E.L.P. Radio, and is a tenured professor at Sacramento City College (SCC) in Sacramento, California where she teaches Virtual Entrepreneurship.
Following is the text from an SEO (Search Engine Optimization) Q & A "interview" I agreed to do for another VA's newsletter last year.
If you have any follow up questions of your own, feel free to post in the comments and I'll be happy to answer in a future blog post.
Q: Is it true that blog sites are liked more than html sites? There is so much online stating that blogs work better than html now and that html are sort of becoming outdated due to that fact that blogs are considered consistent fresh content and html are pretty much static. Do search engines crawl sites that have updated content more than static content?
A: What the search engines like, and what brings them back more...
You're dreaming of being your own boss; you want the work-at-home lifestyle you've been hearing so much about; you're tired of working for someone else, on someone else's schedule; you want to run your own business so bad you can taste it - but who has the time?
You might be surprised to find out that YOU do. In my 'Getting More Done' series I'll highlight ways you can carve out more time in your everyday life to spend on creating the WAH lifestyle you want.
Tip #1: KILL YOUR TELEVISION:
I know it might be hard for some of you to even fathom the idea of life without a television but this is my absolute NUMBER ONE tip for creating more time in your life to spend on living your work-at-home...