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Fast and Easy Home Office Organization Strategies

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Organized-officeA well-organized home office will increase your energy, focus and even inspiration levels. Design your office to facilitate your work. A poorly organized office causes you to waste precious time and decreases your motivation.
 

Here are some strategies for organizing your home office and increasing productivity

1. Put Everything You Need within Reach

A well-organized home office should facilitate productivity. Everything you need throughout the day, everyday, should be closest to your seating area. The goal is to have little to no interruptions while working.

If you have to get up every 5 minutes in order to get something or turn something on, it will be very hard to focus on the task at hand.

2. Phones

If you have a landline phone keep the base on or near your desk so when you (more…)

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Following in my Footsteps and I’m so Proud!

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My daughter decided to take a page from her mom's book and started her own business at 22 called Vinyl Decals Galore.

She took over my den in order to make Decals for cars, homes, phones, computers and any place else you'd like to stick them. She recently expanded (which means taking more space in my den, Ughh!) by purchasing another decal cutting machine and a steam press to make T-shirts!

So Awesome!

Last September we all pitched in and went to a car meet at our local casino. She made over $700 in 7 hours! $100 an hour! Not bad, huh? (more…)

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Being a Virtual Assistant is NOT an easy task

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Busy BusinessmanMany think that working from home is a wonderful thing and don't get me wrong it's pretty great but it can also be very distracting and crazy if you're not the type of person that is able to follow a schedule. The best way to handle working from home is to create a daily plan of action and set aside a space for yourself where you can have a little privacy to knock out those tasks.

Personally I never liked working from the kitchen table but if that's the only space you have then make it work for you. Set boundaries early on by letting your family know “It's work time”. If you have little kids you can give them chores or workbooks or sit them down with their own laptops or ipads so they can feel as if they are working just like mommy or daddy. (more…)

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Is Your Business Stagnant?

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Have your revenues, traffic and/or profits been going down consistently the last few months? If so, your business might need a jump start. An infusion of new energy, drive and vision.

Follow these steps to revive your stagnant business:

Add Someone New

Find someone who is as passionate about your project as you are. Someone who brings their own sense of excitement into the mix along with a fresher perspective.

They don’t necessarily have to be an employee. They can also be an advisor, a business coach, business partner, investor, friend, experienced Virtual Assistant or Online Business Manager. Before hiring someone, run some projects by them and see what types of ideas they can bring to the table. Take some time to evaluate if they are the right fit for your business. Remember this saying “Hire Slowly, Fire Quickly”

This technique can be used to re-kindle an old project as well as starting a new one.

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In-House Employee or Virtual Assistant: Which Should You Choose?

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Typical Day for an Employee

9am to 9:15 Clock in and get settled.
9:15 to 9:30 Go to the kitchen to get coffee and chat with Laura
9:30 to 9:45 Pass Jenn's desk and ask about her weekend plans
9:45 to 11am Work (1 hour and 15 min.)
11am to 11:15 Bathroom Break
11:15 to 11:30 Pass Chris in the hallway, he asks how your mom is doing and tells you about his family problems.
11:30 to 12:30pm Work (1 hour)
12:30 to 1:30 Lunch
1:30 to 3pm Work (1½ hours) (more…)
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How and Where To Get More Clients

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The best way to get more clients online is to position yourself as an expert in your field. If your client is looking for a Social Media Marketer and you claim to provide those services yet don’t have a Twitter account or haven’t tweeted in 6 months then that client is not going to hire you. You must prove you are who you say you are. Your online presence is all they have to go by so make it alluring!

If you claim to be a Web Designer and your website doesn’t look professional then you will not be hired. I know I wouldn’t hire anyone who doesn’t have a professional website. Would you?

Here are a few more tips to finding clients…

  1. Blog Consistently – Write about your areas of expertise, not necessarily always promoting yourself but always showing how much you know and presenting yourself as a strong and capable business person.
  2. Social Media Marketing – Network on social media sites especially the most important ones which are Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.
  3. Re-posting – Re-post your blog articles onto article websites and link it back to your site. (more…)
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Never Stop Learning

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Yesterday I took a marketing class at the local college and even though I knew most of the information that was being taught, I still learned a few new secrets I can use to improve my business and offer my clients.

I have always been a “PASSIONATE LEARNER”. I am continually improving and enhancing my existing skill sets. I have attended a ton of skill-based webinars, conferences, coaching series and read many eBooks, newsletters and blogs to keep my skills sharp and my knowledge as current as can be! The key factor here is to NEVER stop learning and to invest time and money into regular Professional Development!

The more I learn, the more invaluable my services are to my clients. I find they appreciate the fact that you care about your profession and are passionate about your business to search for different ways to improve your skills and in turn offer them a higher quality of service. With your new found skills you then have more to offer your clients and can provide consultation sessions to find out what their goals are, in order to help them achieve them. I offer new clients a free 30 Minute Consultation before taking on their job to evaluate their needs and guide them in the right direction. Plus new clients also receive a 10% discount off their first month! You may schedule your FREE CONSULTATION HERE. (more…)

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5 Ways to Get More Followers on Twitter

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There are many ways to gain more followers on Twitter. The five I will share with you are some of the most effective techniques we use in our Social Media Marketing/Management Services.  At Virtual Success Assistants, you may choose any or all strategies below when creating your customized plan..

  1.  Organize a Contest:  Everyone likes to get free stuff! Give aways are a very good strategy to use when trying to get your brand noticed. Check out the Twitter Guidelines before starting your contest.
  2. Connect your blog with your other social media accounts especially Twitter: Create an account on ping.fm and you will be able to connect many of your accounts together. Post onto ping.fm and it will send the post to all your social media accounts ( Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, Yahoo, etc.) automatically which saves you a lot of time.
  3. Engage in conversations: In order to succeed on Twitter you need to socialize with your followers by responding to their tweets, mentions, DMs, and RTs, preferably in real time. The easiest way to do this is to add an app to your cellphone and answer as you receive them. There are many excellent Twitter apps available such as Seesmic, TweetCaster, etc. They are very convenient and most are free. (more…)
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How to Improve your Business in 2011

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It's the time of year for New Year's Resolutions. Don't make promises this year that you don't intend to keep. Make a promise to yourself and your business that you will do things a bit differently this year. That you will do whatever necessary to succeed in your field. Make some changes in your business structure. Maybe add a new product or lower your overhead costs.

Years ago when the economy wasn't in such despair, businesses and entrepreneurs could spend their resources on frivolous things. But the way it is now, money is better spent elsewhere. Think about how much is spent using in-house employees.

How many employees are you currently paying to do the job that one VA could do?

This is an example of how much you could save using a Virtual Assistant (more…)

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