Archive for September, 2009

Spammers get a clue!

Tuesday, September 29th, 2009

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I did not want to use this blog for anything BUT news and ideas and content ABOUT Virtual Assistance or being a Virtual Assistant, but today, marking my 50th incidence of SPAM as a comment to my blog posts, I decided to make this one post that is not related to Virtual Assistants and the duties we perform.

Obviously, if the spammers are using software that randomly spams blogs, they will not see this message, so this is for those who manually send me stupid, silly or totally spam filled messages in the hopes to get links back to their web sites.

If you want to keep wasting your time spamming this blog, I will continue to waste mine reporting your post as spam and deleting it. This does not help any of us so I am at a loss to understand your point.

I have taken it one step further and when I see one of MY spammer’s names or urls on others’ blogs, I now write to the webmaster or webmistress and let them know, in case they do NOT filter and approve the posts, that you are a spammer and that we have YOU in common.

For almost ten years I have been the editor of Rim Digest ezine and have had to jump through hoops to get the newsletter, that has DOUBLE opt-in subscribers, through the spam filters that ISP’s and email providers foist on their customers whether they want them or not and I seriously resent having the NEED to filter and approve the comments left on my blog.

But, if need be, I will continue to do so. You are not going to expand your spamming networks on my dime so you might as well do it elsewhere. The smartest ( I guess you could say ) of you do not even have contact info on the web sites you leave the url to and your email addresses are as bogus as your marketing methods. This, no doubt, keeps you safe from return spam or being turned into your ISP’s or mail providers BUT, as of today, I am going to start forwarding the spam posts I get to my blog to the customer service department of the “whosis” info that shows up in the email I get for each post needing to be approved.

Jan Tallent :-)
Spam, scam and trash marketing hater

Outsourcing – Get Help from Others!

Friday, September 25th, 2009

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It’s not uncommon to see large companies moving many jobs overseas in an effort to save money. They call it outsourcing. As a mom who works from home, you have that same opportunity while you run a small business.

Typically, outsourcing involves finding jobs that can be done outside the office in another location for less money.

As your business grows, you might very well find that you need help. Even when you are highly organized, there seems to be more and more work to get done. Instead of encroaching on family time, find a way to get all of your tasks handled without boarding the train to Looneyville.

Outsourcing works for the small business owner, too. Just like a large corporation find the tasks that can be done in another location and send them out. Here are some suggestions:

1. Hire a virtual assistant. Administrative work can be such a chore and take up more and more time as your business grows. Hiring a virtual assistant can alleviate much of this burden. They are also entrepreneurs who use their industry skills to help your business grow. It is easy to find a list to begin by typing “virtual assistant” into any search engine.

2. Hire a part-time cleaning service. The housework is always staring you in the face when you work at home. Instead of worrying about it or compromising business hours, hire a professional to take care of the upkeep. Once you clean your home thoroughly, having a service to come in weekly will keep everything managed.

3. Hire freelance help. Freelance employees pay their own taxes and overhead. Sometimes you need the help of other professionals. For example, Internet marketing can take a large chunk of your time. Finding someone well versed in the matter to run that side of the business lets you concentrate on actually meeting deadlines or finding new places to market your business.

4. Put your family on the payroll. Who says you can’t use a little nepotism? You run a business, but it is all in the family. Enlist the aid of your kids, husband and other family members so you can get more done. Ask your husband to take over dinner duty a few days a week. Set up a reward system (such as shiny stars) for your kids when they help mommy by picking up their toys and keeping their rooms clean.

Growth is great but it can decrease your productivity if you continue to try and do everything yourself. It’s time to get help. There simply aren’t enough hours in the day to handle everything. Find ways to outsource tasks … to everyone.

Jan Tallent
Tallent Agency Virtual Assistance

p.s.

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The Virtual Assistant Web Designer

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009

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One niche that virtual assistants are pursuing is that of a web designer. More and more brick and mortar businesses are taking their products to the Internet. Without the savvy to create the base for their online presence, they will need your help.

What is a web designer? A web designer is someone who works to set up websites for other businesses. If you have knowledge in this area and are talented to boot, you can take your virtual assisting business in that direction.

The Market

The Internet is the next great frontier. Millions upon millions of people use the Internet everyday to look for information, conduct business and buy merchandise or services. The way into this world is through your online presence. It is the way that people learn about you and your business.

Web designing has a tremendous learning curve. Most people don’t know anything about HTML or RSS except that they are letters. It can be intimidating for someone who wants to build a website (for an existing business or as an Internet business) to do so and not make mistakes.

Mistakes can cost you business. Pages that won’t load or graphics that are too loud can turn visitors away before they can see what the business has to offer. Many businesses would avoid this part if they could.

The area of web design is ripe for the picking for any virtual assistant with experience. Website designers who can take the ideas of the business owner and turn them into reality are and will continue to be in demand.

Virtual assistant website designers perform tasks like:

* Web site or Blog setup and Maintenance

* Monitoring forum discussions

* Page setup

* Search engine optimization of pages

* Uploading files, videos, audio and podcasts

* Troubleshoot problems

* Edit blog posts and page updates

Visitors look for different things in a website. Placing ads at the top of the page are more eye-catching. Dedicating each web page to a different product allows more information about the product to be readily available. Well-informed visitors are more likely to buy the product that way.

These are just a few of the tasks you may be called upon to perform. Believe it or not, just taking care of the website duties is a weight off of the mind of business owners both small and large who want to concentrate on the business side of things and not pulling their hair out trying to manage graphics or blog posts.

The good news is that any one of these areas can further be defined as a sub-niche. Within web design you can concentrate on website maintenance or simply the initial setup. Both are much needed services. Any virtual assistant, who likes the technical side of the Internet, will see her passion fulfilled as a website designer.

Jan Tallent
Tallent Agency Virtual Assistance

p.s.

If you are wanting to break into the internet business world, I have some ready to run digital bizzes that can help you “get your feet wet”, as they say. Visit my Digital Superstore to find some very inexpensive and EASY instant businesses. Most come with the web pages and all content, graphics and digital products in one easy to run and set up bundle!

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Over the past 15 years, Jan Tallent has spent countless hours providing writers and webmasters with free friendly tips on how to correct spelling and grammar errors in their written material.

From the feedback received she decided that since proofreading and editing help was so desperately needed, she should build a business around something she enjoys doing, while at the same time providing a valuable service to business owners and writers.

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