Why You Should Hire a Virtual Assistant

August 13, 2012

If you are responsible for your company’s social media presence and strategy, you should seriously consider hiring a virtual assistant.
But why would you listen to me?

Good question. Two reasons:

  1. I’m a financial planner by trade, so I think about everything from a financial perspective and I’m very conservative when it comes to spending.
  2. I speak from personal experience! I hired a virtual assistant in the Philippines and the experience has been fantastic—and profitable.

How I Came to Hire a Virtual Assistant

I read about hiring virtual assistants years ago in the 4-Hour Workweek (by Tim Ferriss), but never really considered it for my own business. The idea was foreign to me, and I wouldn’t have known where to start. Plus, I admit to a little bit of homeland bias: I know how to hire people here in the US. But how do you hire someone you can’t really call on the phone? How do you vet resumes for skills you’re not sure you possess? So, I let fear and confusion stop me. Read more →

Social Marketing Tips for Beginners

August 6, 2012

Social media can be an intimidating foreign world to newcomers. There are so many sites to consider. You haven’t yet established your comfort zone online, nonetheless grown a raving social fan base. What you are feeling is normal. Almost every business owners with an online presence has felt this way. If you are getting started with social networking, here are a few tips to make things less stressful.

Join the Big Social Networks and the Smaller Ones. What?! I don’t have time for that! I don’t have time for that either. But, brand consistency is what we are after. Even though you may have no intention of getting involved on a specific social media platform at this time, reserve the name or handle that you currently use before someone else can snag it. The popularity of networks comes and goes. Make sure your identity stays the same. Read more →

Working from home: Is it all it’s cracked up to be?

July 30, 2012

Two common assumptions about working from home are that it’s easy and that you’re running your own business. Let’s examine these two theories.
1.It’s easy
Removing the stress of commuting, which might include dealing with transportation interruptions or car accidents definitely makes working from home look easy. The fact that all you have to do to start work is choose your favorite room in the house and plug in your computer also makes working from home seem uncomplicated.
But what happens when you’re distracted from interruptions such as the phone or doorbell ringing? What if your favorite show is on TV? What if the dishes from last night still haven’t been washed? What if you have children still at home? How do you get your work done then?
Working from home is a viable option many companies now offer their employees to accommodate changing family dynamics. As long as the employee has a computer and is available during business hours, they can work from anywhere. But unless you’re self-motivated, don’t enjoy working alone and are easily distracted, working from home might not be the best alternative for you. Sound easy? Read more →

Get HELP When Your Business Makes You Cra-a-zy!

June 25, 2012

The logical side of all business owners is that we KNOW we can’t do it all. Our business success comes from having a capable team surrounding us. If we know this, then why do we drive ourselves crazy (pronounced cra-a-zy) trying to do it all ourselves? There are a lot of excuses...because no one can do it like you canbecause you don’t know where to get helpbecause you think you can’t afford helpbecause you don’t have time to train someone….and the list goes on and on.

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WAH Commandments – 10 Rules of That Apply When Working from Home

June 4, 2012

1. Thou shall be interrupted by door to door sales people
2. Thou shall NOT kill the neighbor’s barking dog during conference calls
3. Thou shall switch the term “pajamas” to “work loungewear”
4. Thou shall consider a coffee run to Starbucks as in-person social interaction
5. Thou shall always claim to Work at Home even if you are secretly on a beach vacation
6. Thou shall NOT need to justify to others that you have a real job
7. Thou shall consider Facebook and Twitter the same thing as “water cooler talk” Read more →

The Question of Why

May 14, 2012

As a work at home professional, I appreciate the blessing and the curse that comes from setting your own schedule. It is fantastic to be in control of your day to day activities. I would guess many of us chose to work from home so that flexibility wouldn’t be an elusive rabbit chase, but a real luxury for us. However,that flexibility sometimes leaves us with little to no structure, time wasted and an over committed schedule.

I have worked from home for the better part of my adult life. Other people’s perception of my work- from -home lifestyle is almost like I don’t work at all. So they would naturally defer to me when it came time looking for someone to be a part of their groups, boards, events, organizations…..you fill in the blank. They think just because I don’t have to show up at an office each day, I have loads of time. This isn’t a fault on their part…many of them just don’t understand what us work-at- home professionals do.

Me being the recovering approval addict, I would find myself saying “yes” to so many things that weren’t necessarily bad, but fought for my attention. These things would take me away from my work, my home and my family. All three things that were important to me, my “flexibility” required me to compromise.

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6 Do’s and Don’ts of Working From Home

February 20, 2012

Working from home can be very beneficial, but there are also downfalls that can hinder your success if you don’t know how to handle them. Use the following guide to help you keep on track and make working from home a complete success:

Do: Stay in the land of the living

What does this mean? This means getting dressed instead of staying in your pyjamas all day. You don’t have to dress up, but you need to change your clothes to switch out of bedtime and into the work day. Secondly, open the curtains. Let the natural light in. Don’t stay cooped up in the dark all day long. Natural light will help keep your mood up and keep you alert. If the weather permits let the fresh air in too. You’re a writer, this doesn’t mean you have to hide yourself away and become a complete slob. Read more →

Tips for Landing That Great Telecommuting Job

February 13, 2012

The ability to work from home is very attractive to many people, and the growing number of telecommuting jobs is making it feasible for many people to work from the comfort of their own home offices. There are many jobs that can be done remotely, including customer service positions and many technical jobs as well. Programmers, data analysts, database administrators and others are often able to work from home quite effectively. Read more →

Flip Side of Working from Home

February 6, 2012

I have been working from home for over 5 years now. I don’t have a corporate office and the main social interaction I get during the day is a trip to Starbucks. I know there are a lot of people in the world who share in the “work from home” phenomenon who appreciate the pluses and minuses.  Are their great perks? Yes. However, I am sure that my fellow “work from homers” will agree that the perks also come with some disadvantages. We start getting out of touch with typical corporate life. I hear all the time “oh I would love to work from home”, but before you think that the grass is greener, here is a list of things that I never thought I would do in my life:

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