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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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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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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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