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Good morning my fellow VAers,

Feeling good this morning and trying to feel better. In my attempt to broaden my networking circle, I have a question concerning the VAInsiders and IVAA sites. Doing my due diligence and reading the very informative posts here on VAF, I have narrowed down two networking sites.
So, before taking a plunge into either one, looking for some input from my fellow VAers as to which one you would recommend and why.
So far, you guys have been great!!! Looking forward to some great posts!!!!
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That is a great question and I agree with you. Those are both excellent choices. I have been following both groups but as I am still starting up have not joined either. I am interested in what the experts have to say.
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I am a member of the IVAA and I must say there were A LOT of Jobs that were posted. In the last 2 months it has dwindled but there are still postings. The material is also very informative- I unfortunately (or personally I feel fortunate) do not live in the US so I am unable to attend the personal networking meetings and seminars they have. For the money it is well worth it!

The only bad thing here is the RFP are reserved for people with 50- 100 posts. This can take a while to get since you are limited by the number of posts you can do each day.

If you are starting out and looking for great job leads- IVAA is a great place! Someday when I get my 50 posts here I can comment on the job postings here!
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So far great information. As I was reading through and doing my research, I find myself leaning more towards the IVAA. Waiting to see and read some more posts here to make my final decision.

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If you can see great potential in these clubs I think you should Join, are looking for a VA job or leads for your company?

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Lloyd,

To be honest with you I'm looking for VA jobs while I am working on building up my company. I think that the more I am involved in dealing with more experienced VAs, I can always learn more from them. I am one that believes one can never stop learning. So, I'm hoping that I can enjoy the best of both worlds. That is until I become more established to be able sub-out and help some other Vas along the way.

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If you're seeking one of these over the other purely for RFPs I'd lean towards IVAA as more have been passing through than at VAinsiders, recently. There's a wealth of informatoin to be gleaned from reading through the forum archives for each site, as well as, this forum.

Since the budget is tight take advantage of the archived posts to learn and seek out targeted seminars/workshops for more focused learning.

For networking, this site has a very active forum community as well as IVAA's Yahoo Group. Each organization has it's own unique community feel so visit them to see where you feel the most comfortable and I encourage to get involved in the conversations as much as possible.

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I'm a member of both groups - plus A Claytons Secretary.

It does cost money yes, but I think the important thing is to get your 'name' out there! The more memberships you have, the more likely you can at least get some small jobs while you're establishing your reputation.

In comparison between VAinsiders and IVAA - I would pick IVAA. It's very user friendly, and the yahoo group comes straight to your inbox (which helps with subcontracting jobs if you're looking for that).
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Alice,

Great information!!! Thank You. Looks like IVAA it will be. I agree on taking on some subcontracting jobs while at the same time building up our reputation. I am hoping that we can get a little boost in the start. I have full confidence that we can strive as VAs. As they say, patience is a virtue!!!

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LOL yes that is very true. Just remember it can take up to 3 years to become an established VA. Enjoy the ups and downs - it's all part of who you will become as the face of your business.
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Hi Nick,

I too have been a member of both but now only keep an IVAA membership. I dropped my VAInsiders membership when I felt I just wasn't getting my money's worth. Earlier in my VA business, it seemed to be the perfect fit but as I progressed, I felt like I had outgrown it. That's not to say it wouldn't be exactly what you need because Tawnya does provide excellent resources and seminars.

I went to the IVAA Summit in Phoenix and was able to meet so many of the amazing VAs I had admired online. I must say I was just blown away by how welcoming everyone was and it was definitely an experience I would love to repeat! The IVAA Yahoo Group is great and I haven't once regretted buying my IVAA membership, my only regret is that I hadn't done it earlier in my VA business!

Good luck and let us know how it goes!
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Kate,

Thank You for taking the time to respond with some great supportive information. I am looking forward to joining the IVAA and hopefully I will have a couple of success stories to talk about soon.

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I have also appreciated everyone's insight and will definitely join IVAA first as soon as I get my website built. I have enjoyed and appreciated everyone's wisdom that I have received on this forum. This has been a great launching pad along with LinkedIn.

@Nick - thank you for your advice and if I can swing it, I may join VA Insiders as I begin also. I have been enjoying her free advice and Facebook.
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@Nick - thank you for your advice and if I can swing it, I may join VA Insiders as I begin also. I have been enjoying her free advice and Facebook.
You may want to wait to join VAInsiders wait until Tawnya hosts the next VAVirtuosos seminar which is September 24-28th, 2012. Last seminar she offered 50% off the yearly rate, which I took advantage of. If she offers the same deal again, it might pay off to wait.
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Paulette,
Thanks for the heads up. I will be looking for that.
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Great News, Arista Professional Services would like to announce its proud new affiliation with the International Virtual Assistants Association – IVAA. This will certainly be a tremendous asset to Arista Professional and to our clients. We are looking forward to a long lasting, enlightening and fruitful relationship with the IVAA, our fellow members and most importantly, our clients!!!
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Welcome to the IVAA team!

I hope you can make it benefit your business
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Thank You Alice!!! Looking forward to networking with my fellow IVAAers and being a positive contributer to both the IVAA and VAF while at the same time building up our company. Onward and Upward!!!

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I've never been a member of a site like that, I'm not a believer in paying to receive job leads.

Are you on LinkedIn? There are heaps of VA discussion groups you could join (for free) to help get your name out there. Also think about groups where your potential clients would hang out. The key is to not spam and simply promote yourself, but be active, helpful and add to discussions.
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I'm paying simply to be part of the 'network'. The jobleads are a bonus.

LinkedIn confuses me a little - I'm getting used to it slowly though.
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