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Forum: Finding and Keeping Clients 03-12-2013
Replies: 103
Views: 12,474
Re: Do you refer to yourself as a 'Virtual Assistant'?

I agree with Mak...I always say I'm a Virtual Assistant and then take the opportunity to explain exactly what a VA is and what one can do for them/their business.
Forum: Forum FAQ and Feedback 02-22-2012
Replies: 64
Views: 6,573
Re: Win a FREE 6 month featured link in the VAF Directory!

Flexibility. I have the flexibility to be available to bring my children to and from school every day and get to hear all about what happened while they were there first hand... and still meet all...
Forum: Rates and Billing 02-03-2012
Replies: 58
Views: 9,591
Re: How do you prefer to be paid?

Chase Quick Pay rules! It's a PayPal type setup without the fees (you have probably seen the commercials on tv) - the only catch is at least one of you (you or your client) has to have a Chase bank...
Forum: Establishing Your Niche 02-03-2012
Replies: 13
Views: 5,112
Re: Found my Niche too

Thanks Leslie! I checked it out and have also found a couple other websites that have been helpful. I'm teaching myself as I go :)
Forum: Establishing Your Niche 01-14-2012
Replies: 13
Views: 5,112
Re: Found my Niche too

Does anyone have experience with G702 & G703? I'm not finding too much in the way of an explanation on the web :(
Forum: General Marketing 08-20-2010
Replies: 6
Views: 1,804
Re: Upstate New York-based Vital Office Solutions is now VOS Team, a Super Multi-VA Company

Congrats Christina, glad to hear things are going well for you!
Forum: Member Introductions 08-06-2010
Replies: 9
Views: 2,133
Re: Hello from Chicago!!!

Yes N. - please do join us at our meet up on 8/28!
Forum: Member Introductions 06-01-2010
Replies: 15
Views: 1,187
Re: Hello from Chicago

Welcome to VAF. And please, do join us on June 26 - we always have a great time while we share insight into the VA industry! See you there!
Forum: General Marketing 05-31-2010
Replies: 3
Views: 779
Re: Offering Services as Prizes

Pauline -
Yes, I have actually done this. Our local high school was having a silent auction and asked for donations. I donated a "gift certificate" good for a couple hours of virtual assistance. ...
Forum: Rates and Billing 05-06-2010
Replies: 46
Views: 49,101
Re: Time it takes to transcribe an hour


There are several factors involved:
Number of speakers
Clarity of the audio
The equipment you use - if you have a foot pedal, good headphones, etc
The template/format ...
Forum: Business Planning and Development 05-02-2010
Replies: 26
Views: 4,481
Re: 5/2010 Interview with Cindy Bruce of Essential Office Solutions

Thanks for sharing Cindy! And thanks for starting the Illinois Virtual Assistant Group - I'm so glad us Illinois VAs have a great network/support system with an awesome leader!
Forum: Member Introductions 04-01-2010
Replies: 14
Views: 1,068
Re: Hello from Cindy Greenway

Welcome to VAF Cindy! Looking forward to your posts.
Forum: Business Planning and Development 03-29-2010
Replies: 21
Views: 7,290
Re: HELP PLEASE!! New to the world of dictaphone


I have not used a Dictaphone system either (all of mine were WAV files, mp3s, or dvds).

I always charge by audio minute.

If you are looking for practice, check with your church or...
Forum: Networking [Offline] 03-26-2010
Replies: 10
Views: 1,528
Re: Speed Networking

I saw Joy there networking up a storm:) I think I liked the speed networking part more than traditional networking - everyone gets right to the point and I think you get your message out more...
Forum: Business Planning and Development 03-25-2010
Replies: 6
Views: 1,672
Re: Interview with a Wordpress Virtual Assistant

Great interview Darlene & Christina!
Forum: Branding Your Virtual Assistant Business 03-21-2010
Replies: 2
Views: 784
Re: Tagline help

Busi Home Services - we take care of all your busi work!
(This one covers all your can list all the services you offer now...and add the others later, without having to rework your...
Forum: Member Introductions 03-21-2010
Replies: 8
Views: 775
Re: Hello from Chicago!

Hi Erin! Welcome to VAF and I hope to see you at the Illinois VA's meetup!
Forum: Business Planning and Development 03-16-2010
Replies: 3
Views: 1,288
Re: Transcription that includes an interpreter

I have done bilingual (Spanish/English) transcription before and I actually found it a little easier because I didn't have to rewind as often, because I was hearing everything twice (once in English...
Forum: Business Taxes and Legal Issues 03-11-2010
Replies: 13
Views: 4,101
Re: Where to get tax forms NOW?

Are you trying to make a 1099 for yourself? Do you use an EIN? Because I didn't get one from one of my clients and they said that I used my EIN instead of my SS#, so they don't have to provide a...
Forum: Determining Your Virtual Assistant Services 02-25-2010
Replies: 11
Views: 2,260
Re: Most Common Request

All types of business. Some are looking for info about their competitors, some are looking to explore the market for a new product or service, and some are looking for info they know is out there,...
Forum: Determining Your Virtual Assistant Services 02-25-2010
Replies: 11
Views: 2,260
Re: Most Common Request

Research, proofreading, and transcription are my most requested
Forum: Business Planning and Development 02-22-2010
Replies: 5
Views: 1,400
Re: Providing Mail Services

Thanks for your input ladies! I have seen the concierge-type mail acceptance services before too - I guess they are willing to take on the responsibility for whatever their clients receive in the...
Forum: Business Planning and Development 02-22-2010
Replies: 5
Views: 1,400
Providing Mail Services

Just wanted some insight from my VAF colleagues:
In the past couple of weeks I have received several emails from potential clients inquiring about mail services. They are looking for two different...
Forum: Member Introductions 02-20-2010
Replies: 22
Views: 1,564
Re: MIA no more

Nice to see you're back Dawn and glad to hear that everyone is doing well.
Forum: Websites and Blogs 02-17-2010
Replies: 21
Views: 12,298
Re: Go Daddy

I have used the Go Daddy website builder and it is pretty user-friendly. My biggest complaint was when you call customer service/tech support - they don't have an 800 number! So you pay for a call...
Forum: Finding and Keeping Clients 02-17-2010
Replies: 24
Views: 2,842
Re: Which marketing method got your first clients?

My first three "official" clients were results of RFPs.
Forum: Finding and Keeping Clients 02-17-2010
Replies: 23
Views: 6,834
Re: Prospective clients requesting price list

I don't have a "price list" exactly, but I do have "Pricing Policies" which show my hourly rate, list my retainer package options, and explain my billing policies/procedures.
Forum: Branding Your Virtual Assistant Business 02-11-2010
Replies: 18
Views: 1,654
Re: stil at a loss

I like "the admin diva," but what is your target market?
Forum: General Marketing 02-09-2010
Replies: 12
Views: 2,364
Re: Press Release has led to a TV interview

How exciting Janine! Please do share the link when you get it.
Forum: Business Planning and Development 02-09-2010
Replies: 5
Views: 1,047
Re: Communicating Progress of Subcontracting Job

Most of the time I just email updates, but I have used BaseCamp in the past.
Forum: Social Media 02-08-2010
Replies: 10
Views: 1,544
Re: Fan always = Friend?

Jean, you don't have to be friends with your fans. They would just go to your biz page and become a fan.
Forum: Networking [Offline] 02-01-2010
Replies: 22
Views: 2,268
Re: Are you a Chamber member?

I have been a Chamber of Commerce member for a couple of months now. While I haven't gotten any clients from it (yet), I was just asked to do a presentation to a joint meeting of three local...
Forum: Finding and Keeping Clients 01-26-2010
Replies: 8
Views: 4,175
Re: How do you request a testimonial?

Most of mine were things clients said in emails and I just emailed them back and asked if it was ok to put the quote on my website and in my marketing materials.
Forum: Networking [Offline] 01-26-2010
Replies: 7
Views: 948
Re: How would you answer to these questions?

Genevieve, your "including you" answer was perfect, I love it:)

Jean, I've actually had strangers call or come to my house and ask if my mom is home, so I understand your frustration at being told...
Forum: Branding Your Virtual Assistant Business 01-20-2010
Replies: 5
Views: 863
Re: How do I know when I have found THE ONE?


Just something to think about with "Virtually Organised" is that in the United States we spell it "organized" so depending on your target market, potential clients may think you have a typo...
Forum: Business Planning and Development 01-19-2010
Replies: 21
Views: 3,261
Re: January 2010 Issue of The Virtual Entrepreneur


As one of the writers for the TVE, thank you! I appreciate that you took the time out of your day to read what we wrote and let others know what you thought! It's nice to hear that you...
Forum: Business Planning and Development 01-18-2010
Replies: 42
Views: 9,067
Re: Subcontracting Rates

I also have a sub rate that I use as a professional courtesy when subbing for fellow VAs. I feel the difference compensates the other VA for their time dealing directly with the client.
Forum: Business Planning and Development 01-15-2010
Replies: 4
Views: 1,095
Re: Anyone else have this problem?

I think Cathryn is right, it would be worth the time to find the right ESTABLISHED VA - someone who is in this "for the long haul." That way you have someone you can count on when you need them.
Forum: Rates and Billing 01-11-2010
Replies: 5
Views: 1,372
Re: Paypal Services

I didn't get anything either. Dawn- can you post what you received from Paypal?
Forum: Member Introductions 01-10-2010
Replies: 23
Views: 1,893
Re: Hello from Chicago

Hi Barbara, You're not kidding-it's too cold here! (I'm in Midlothian now, but grew up in Beverly)
Forum: Social Media 01-10-2010
Replies: 19
Views: 1,809
Re: A Very Sad Linkedin Profile

Serita: I just Linked up with you too!
Forum: Business Planning and Development 01-04-2010
Replies: 7
Views: 1,112
Re: Starting Over?

I agree with Tina...Maybe your VA biz could be the parent company of your freelance writing company. Leave both websites up and running and look into subbing out the work you enjoy the least.
Forum: Finding and Keeping Clients 12-22-2009
Replies: 18
Views: 1,963
Re: Advertising on Craiglist

I post under services: small biz ads. I have gotten a couple bites, but no clients yet. Good luck!
Forum: Social Media 12-20-2009
Replies: 18
Views: 1,518
Re: Will You Please Become My Facebook Fan?

Ok Janine...I'm 18, so you're almost there!
Forum: Member Introductions 12-09-2009
Replies: 9
Views: 923
Re: Louisville, KY

Hi Marie and welcome to the Forum!!!
Forum: Branding Your Virtual Assistant Business 12-03-2009
Replies: 4
Views: 1,928
Re: Tagline help

Hi Evelyn,

The first thing that came to my mind is "OfficeBackers...we've got your back!"
Forum: Member Introductions 11-29-2009
Replies: 13
Views: 1,462
Re: Hello from Chicago

Hi Dan! Welcome to the Forum, you will find everything you need right here! When you have a chance, check out the groups section of the Forum for info on the Illinois Virtual Assistant group.
Forum: Branding Your Virtual Assistant Business 11-13-2009
Replies: 9
Views: 1,021
Re: Name, please?

I agree with Lily. I think you need the 'Business' in there to help potential customers and clients know what you are offering.
Forum: Member Introductions 11-12-2009
Replies: 6
Views: 621
Re: Aspiring VA in Mokena IL

Kimberly: Welcome to the Forum, you have come to the right place! Good luck with your VA journey. Be sure to check out the Illinois group here on the VAF. We have meetups every month or so and a...
Forum: Member Introductions 11-04-2009
Replies: 9
Views: 910
Re: New to the Virtual Assistant World

Leesa: One thing you might want to do is go over to "Groups" and check out the VAF Mentoring Group that was just started. There are established VAs willing to mentor those just starting out. It...
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