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    Is Going From Office Assistant to Virtual Assistant Right for You?

    Is Going From Office Assistant to Virtual Assistant Right for You?
    How you can use existing skills to start your own homebased business. Q: I'm an administrative assistant who would like to work out of my home full time for more flexibility and independence. What can I do to start something soon? A: Your path is clear, and it can pay well. It's called being a virtual assistant. According to the International ...
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    A Personal Account of Hiring a Personal Assistant

    A Personal Account of Hiring a Personal Assistant
    Fifteen years ago, I did something that has improved my quality of life more than anything—I hired a personal assistant. She does my routine tasks as well or better than I could have done them. (The vast majority of respondents to my personal assistant ads are female so I use the feminine article here—no sexism intended.) That wrings 16 hours out ...
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    Tips and Questions to Ask Yourself Before Starting a VA Business

    Tips and Questions to Ask Yourself Before Starting a VA Business
    When Wicked Wordcraft president Angela Allen-Parker started her online business in 1999, she admits her parents feared she'd made a horrible mistake. Allen-Parker is a virtual assistant, and her decision to become one was more than a career change-it was a lifestyle change. A single mother of three, Allen-Parker left her marketing post at a cancer research organization to start her ...
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    How to Start a Virtual Assistant Business

     How to Start a Virtual Assistant Business
    Lyn Toomey, a veteran virtual assistant and founder of Virtual Market Support, leverages her 27-year career in marketing, operations and virtual assistance to support small and midsize businesses. In the past few years, the Virtual Assistant (VA) industry has increasingly been in the headlines: Good Morning America's Tory Johnson wrote on the flexibility of being a self-employed VA last September. The ...
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    6 Steps to Getting a Raise

    6 Steps to Getting a Raise
    Many employees feel they’re underpaid for the work they do, yet they wait until their yearly performance review to negotiate a higher salary. But if you wait until then, you’ll be too late. You need to prepare year-round for that discussion. The following steps can help make sure you’re in position for a raise when review time comes around. *1. Define ...
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    Six Ways Admins Can Manage Up

    Six Ways Admins Can Manage Up
    We are all managers - of our bosses, if no one else. So a key to success as an administrative professional is to learn how to manage your manager. Here are six ways to do it. Understand Your Boss First, do some groundwork. “You need to understand your manager’s initiatives and their impacts on the organization,” says Heather Mayfield, VP of ...
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    Going Green - Can I Make a Difference?

    Going Green - Can I Make a Difference?
    Does it really matter if I get a little greener? That's a question I've asked myself and you may have too. To answer, I'd like to share some information from the Natural Resource Defense Council's web site (complete article here). If every household in the US bought 1 box each of 100% recycled facial tissues, toilet paper, paper towels & napkins ...
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    Self-Assessment: Tell It Like It Is

    Self-Assessment: Tell It Like It Is
    Last winter, when I filled out the self-assessment portion of my annual performance review, I decided to try something radically different: honesty. It's not that I'd been dishonest in these exercises in the past. I had, however, largely viewed the performance-measurement process as a hassle that needed to be dispensed with as quickly as possible—and sugar-coated, at the very least. I ...
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    Networking - It's Not a Dirty Word

    Networking - It's Not a Dirty Word
    What helps you get promoted, obtain more interesting work, and do better at your current job? Networking! It’s not a dirty word. It used to evoke images of smarmy sales people to me. However, I have come to learn that it is crucial to your success in business. Simply put, networking is growing productive business relationships with many people. Below are ...
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    HELP! I'm Buried and I Can't See My Clients

    HELP! I'm Buried and I Can't See My Clients
    Tired of spending more than half your time behind a desk buried in paperwork? How long has it been since you spent the majority of your week on revenue generating tasks? When is the last time you paid a personal visit to your top ten clients? Amidst the Internet craze, millions of email exchanges, and web and teleconferencing, many sales people ...
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    Create a Personal Networking Plan

    Creating a structured plan and process is vital to any successful venture, whether launching a new business, orchestrating an organizational turnaround or managing your job search networking campaign. It is critical that you clearly identify your network contacts, develop a personalized networking plan and build an administrative process to manage it all. Before starting to create a two-tiered networking system, remember ...
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    From 0 to 60 in 100 Days: Fast Start in a New Job

    From 0 to 60 in 100 Days: Fast Start in a New Job
    Don't plan on hiring an "onboarding" specialist? Here are ideas for a great start from consultants who help senior executives switch into new jobs: NEVER WAIT FOR DAY ONE Getting started before your job officially begins can help make the first day feel more like the 15th. Hold one-on-one meetings with key reports and customers, create a strategic agenda for the ...
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    Not Everyone Is Just Like You

    Not Everyone Is Just Like You
    He is a great executive. A self-starter, he prides himself on being able to land on his feet in virtually any new environment. He is extremely intelligent, hard-working, creative, and entrepreneurial. He gets the job done. Not only doesn't he need much supervision; he doesn't like it when people treat him as if he needs lots of help. As we talked ...
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    In Interviews, Honesty Is the Best Policy

    In Interviews, Honesty Is the Best Policy
    It's graduation season, and this means it's time for job hunting. Joining the pool of applicants will be a lot of people who have been downsized, fired, or who found their previous employment to be less than satisfying. Whether you're a newbie or a seasoned veteran of the job search, it's helpful to get advice about the all-important but nerve-wracking experience ...
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    Questions for Administrative Professionals to Ask the Interviewer

    Questions for Administrative Professionals to Ask the Interviewer
    As my career has progressed and I've added some interesting on-the-job experiences to my work history, I started to develop a list of interview questions that I asked the interviewers when I was in a job interview. An interview is an information exchange between you and a potential employer. They are not obligated to offer the position to you, and you ...
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    Don't Underestimate the Importance of Company Culture

    Don't Underestimate the Importance of Company Culture
    Landing a great job involves more than interviewing well, getting an offer and earning a paycheck. While it's the interviewer's responsibility to assess your skills and experience, it's up to you to determine whether a particular employer is aligned with your core values and beliefs. Working at a company with values inconsistent with yours is stressful, unrewarding, even depressing at times. ...
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    Ten Tips for Starting and Staying in Business

    Ten Tips for Starting and Staying in Business
    Starting a new business is such an exciting time in life. You’ve got an idea for a product or service that you know will be a success. All you’ve got to do is make it happen. Follow these tips and you’ll be well on your way to entrepreneurship. 1. Find your passion in life Do some soul searching and make sure ...
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    Considering VA Certification?

    Considering VA Certification?
    A VA forum was recently discussing whether or not it was necessary to get certification to operate a VA business. Trouble was the discussion was really about training. I posted the following to help distinguish the difference. I feel it’s important to explain there is a difference between training and certification. Certification is usually to verify you already have the skills ...
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    Let Smokers in from the Cold—or Heat

    Let Smokers in from the Cold—or Heat
    Office buildings should allow smoking indoors in designated lounges. Pro or con? Pro: Live and Let Live by Matthew Lawyue Antismoking advocates have a goal of keeping their personal bubble "smoke-free," with the underlying intention of putting a stake in the heart of Big Tobacco. How courageous of them. They might as well tackle fast food while they’re at it. ...
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    Accepting Authority at Work

    Accepting Authority at Work
    Do you accept authority at work or do you balk when someone tries to tell you what to do? Does it depend on who is asking or the way that you are asked? We all have to accept some kind of authority at work – how are you handling it? Because I told you so We didn’t like it as children ...
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