Author Archive for IVAA Webteam

How to Get an Assistant Who Can Read Your Mind

Obviously, no one can actually read our minds.  What we’re all really looking for is the kind of assistant who can anticipate our needs and fill them before we get a chance to ask.  But why is that so hard to find?  Is it some special, nebulous skill that only a few people possess? The […]

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How to Break Up with a Client

Being in business is such an adventure.  We often aren’t ready for everything it will entail. Most of our clients are amazing, wonderful, and a joy to work with.  In the beginning, you are excited to see them, and they are excited to see you. But nothing stays new forever, and every now and then, […]

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Being a VA: Running a Business vs. Doing the Work

Since the Covid-19 shutdown, we’ve seen a big influx of inquiries coming in at IVAA from people who want to know how to get started as a VA.  If you’re looking to become a virtual professional or an online entrepreneur, congratulations!  You have started an amazing journey.  Now, you just need to decide where you […]

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5 Simple Summer Business Planning Ideas and How a VA Can Support You

If you are located in the Northern Hemisphere, Summer is almost here! It is the time of year many people plan a getaway for some rest and relaxation. Of course, while we work through the current world pandemic, those plans may be on hold for the near-term. However, in a ‘normal year’, you may see […]

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8 Free Resources for New VAs and Freelancers

One of the most frequently asked requests we hear from new VAs and freelancers is, “Tell me all the cool stuff I can use for FREE.”   We’ve compiled a list that covers the basic business essentials you can get for no cost.  Here they are in alphabetical order: Canva.  How do I love thee?  Let […]

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Why Virtual Assistant Pricing Seems Higher than an On-Site Administrative Assistant

Are you a small business owner that has researched the possibility of hiring a Virtual Assistant to handle tasks that you can’t seem to get off your to-do list? Do you wonder why VA pricing seems higher than an on-site, in-house administrative assistant? The following article will explain not only the difference in pricing between […]

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How to Find a Mentor

When people say, “Experience is the best teacher,” they generally mean one’s own experience.  Maybe no lesson is learned so well as the one you learn yourself — the hard way — but I prefer to learn as much as possible from someone else’s experiences.  It’s possible to build a successful business without one, but […]

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Why You Shouldn’t Work with a VA Without a Contract

I was on a discovery call with a potential client recently.  We had a lovely conversation.  She was fun and exciting!  When we got to the nitty-gritty — cost, payments, and contracts – the conversation went south quickly.  She didn’t want a contract because she “didn’t want to be tied down.”  That was a red […]

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2 Dangerous Questions VAs Ask About Contracts

As savvy VAs, we know we should have a contract our clients sign.  But there may be times when we wonder if it’s truly necessary for a certain client because we know them.  There are many reasons why a VA should never work without a contract.  In this article, I’m going to explain why there […]

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How to Achieve the Goals You Set

“A vision without a plan is just a dream.  A plan without a vision is just drudgery… but a vision with a plan can change the world.” – Proverb Most of us spend time toiling over our “vision” or “mission” statement.  Then we set our goals.  Then we get depressed about not reaching them.  Repeat.  […]

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