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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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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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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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5 VA Business Items to Review Annually

Every year, we close the “doors” for the last two weeks of the year.  I send an email to clients saying that I will be checking email twice a day and will be back in January.  Not much is happening at this time of year anyway, so what do we really miss?  I’m a workaholic […]

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How to Follow Up for Success

We tell our clients a lot about us and our business when and how we follow up!  Do you send messages, emails, notes to potential clients?  Do you send notes after discovery calls or even weekly meetings?  Responding to RFPs Ever submit a response to an RFP and never hear from the client again?  Not […]

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