Thaleia Maher from Something2Offer and I have joined forces to co-create a series this month called What it Takes to Be a Virtual Assistant.She and I have had so many valuable discussions about being virtual assistants and working from home thtat we decided to get serious about this topic and create something that will really help readers understand what a VA is, and move forward in their quest to become one.
These are just a few things we will be covering on Franticmommy, and Thaleia’sSomething2Offer blog:
- What it Takes to Be a Virtual Assistant: The Basics
- What it Takes to Be a Virtual Assistant: Finding Clients
- What it Takes to Be a Virtual Assistant: Picking Your Niche
- What it Takes to Be a Virtual Assistant: Systems and Strategies for Sustainability
- What it Takes to Be a Virtual Assistant: Tools and Skills
- What it Takes to Be a Virtual Assistant: How VA and Regular Employees Differ
- What it Takes to Be a Virtual Assistant: When to Know it’s Time to Hire a VA
- What it Takes to Be a Virtual Assistant: I’ve Hired a VA: NOW WHAT?
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Hootsuite has saved my bacon on many occasion by making it look like I am on the ball and working long hours when actually, I’m not. That’s the beauty of Hootsuite. It’s an amazing time-saver tool for posting updates, Tweets, and comments to social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, FourSquare, and Linked-IN. The main program of Hootsuite is FREE, but there is a upgraded Pro version as well. Wanna give Hootsuite a try? Click the image below.
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Have you ever seen that TV commercial from Carbonite? It’s a good one. Honestly, if you business revolves around the Internet, you need to protect yourself with Carbonite. I am Virtual Assistant so my LIFE is on-line. Carbonite protect my (and my clients) files and information “in the cloud” so if my computer ever did decide to bite-it, I would still be able to function, work, and earn an income. Carbonite is affordable too so grab some peace-of-mind HERE.
Skype: If you want to be a VA, you need to know SKYPE. I swear Skype is like my “second office” and it allows me to talk to clients all over the world like they were sitting across my desk from me. Google Talk and Google Hangout would other good skills to know as well.
VA Solutions: An excellent Resources for new, or current Virtual Assistants. I get asked A LOT what training I need to become a VA. I can promise you, the training never stops. I am constantly taking courses and classes that will help me be a better VA. Virtual Assistant Solutions is a never-ending treasure-trove of kick-butt good training. Founder Tawnya Sutherland runs a tight ship and I am a huge fan :). Sign up or get started HERE.
aWeber: Amazing email list software. Our top recommendation for building a subscriber list and staying in touch with them. Aweber will collect and organize all of the contact info, allow you to sort it into lists and send out all of your messages. Amazing one stop shop for everything you need to control and manage a very powerful email marketing campaign, not to mention powerful tools for automated follow-up.
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BlueHost: Website hosting, where you buy domain names, ideal for any type of site. BlueHost also makes it sure seamless and easy to start a WP.org blog. You can buy your domain name, buy hosting, start your WordPress blog and even have a matching email address in place in less than an hour. A very reliable service, the BlueHost customer service ninjas have saved my bacon on many occasion. I’ve used both GodDaddy and HostGator and I much prefer BlueHost.
Clickbank: Payment processor for online product sales. Ideal solution for selling an e-product. Get access to thousands of affiliates that can help promote your product to their followers. Also, you can be an affiliate and promote other hot products that you think are relevant to your followers/subscribers. (Free for Affiliates, $50 to submit product)
Focus Booster: This is something I just discovered and I am groovin on it for sure. Focus Booster is a neat tool that many bloggers/writers can use to increase writing productivity. This technique uses a timer to break down periods of work into 25-minute intervals separated by breaks, and is based on the idea that frequent breaks refresh the mind and increase writing efficiency.
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