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Author Archive for International Virtual Assistants Association

Is it Worthwhile to Attend a Conference like the IVAA Live Summit?

Recently on an IVAA Peer Discussion Group call, this question came up from a new Virtual Assistant. We’ve all been there in our business and money is tight at the beginning so it can be hard to justify spending up to $1500 to go to a conference. When you total up registration, travel / airfare […]

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Client Attraction for Introverts by Marcia Donaldson

Were you excited about starting your business, being your own boss? Did you believe clients would just start flooding in because you are open for business? How is that working for you? Are you frustrated about not having enough clients? Are you feeling insecure as an introvert, that you don’t have the personality for marketing […]

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SkyDrive–Store, Share and Collaborate

As Virtual Assistants, collaboration is crucial. You need to collaborate with your clients and teams, and you need a place to safely and securely store all kinds of documents. But perhaps you already have a system/tool you use for collaboration – well, SkyDrive is perfect for your personal document/photo/video/etc. storage needs too! Many people use […]

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What do clients want from you besides your expertise and pricing that fits their budget? Results!!

Boost your client’s or your own confidence and rule the world with project management! We’re in the ‘get it done’ business and always interested to hear how other online businesses are managing their workload or client projects. Because whether you realize it or not, you ARE a project manager – that’s just the way most […]

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Top Ways to Promote Your Virtual Assistant Business

It’s so important today to use PR effectively to grow your virtual assistant (VA) business. You so know you need to do it, but many just don’t want to or have the time to do it. We are here to help.  PR can be fun and when done regularly, can bring awesome results.  These tips […]

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IVAA Mentor Program Updates

Did you know IVAA offers a Mentoring Program to members? What is the Mentoring program? The International Virtual Assistants Association’s (IVAA) mentoring program is a six month commitment that is mostly about taking action steps to achieve a goal. IVAA matches experienced Mentors with Mentees. The Mentors work with mentees helping them with a variety […]

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Membership + Volunteering = Networking on Steroids

I served on the Technical Support Committee for the 2012 IVAA Online Summit as a Session Moderator, and I’m so glad I did! I volunteered for two primary reasons: because I believe in giving back to all-volunteer organizations that provide me with services, and because I wanted to gain some experience with managing webinars. What […]

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It’s True: You Don’t have to Sign every Potential Client

We’ve all run into these situations… you need clients to have a Virtual Assistant business but that does not mean you HAVE to sign on every prospective client you talk to.  Sometimes you need to walk away. Learning to value ourselves, our services and our business model can be hard when we are building the […]

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Tools for Working Virtually

As a Virtual Assistant, working remotely, or virtually, is going to be how you do the majority of your work for clients. Whether local or global clients; in most cases your business model will not account for onsite visits, making it important to know what tools and programs are available that can help you work […]

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