Archive for January, 2010

Give the gift of TIME for Valentine’s Day!

Sunday, January 31st, 2010

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Hard to believe that January is already GONE and tomorrow starts February of this fresh, new year! I have no idea where the time went to and everyone I talk to agrees, it just FLEW~!

I know a lot of bloggers, online business owners and others who I am involved or connected with who seriously need at least one more hand or even one more head. Why not give the “gift of time” to someone you know that has so much to do they feel they will never catch up?

Or, even give the gift of time to … YOU! All of the experts advise to outsource the busy-work or tasks you do not want to do or that drain your time so that you can be free to concentrate on what you love doing the most and/or are best at. This is a wonderful way to test the waters, as they say, with having your own Virtual Assistant .

Take my help, for example … Love to write blog posts but hate the actual posting? I can easily do that for you and love doing this. Until I have a designation on the site for that purpose, you can just use the Schedule a Product option and tell me what you want me to do for you.

I see a lot of really informative, beautiful and entertaining blogs and web sites but they are full of typos and spelling & grammar errors – this is my favorite task of all so you can hire me to proofread and edit your pages so that you can showcase your work in its best possible light.

If you offer seminars, blog talk radio or other shows, do webinars, etc. it is a great idea to have those audio recordings transcribed and yes, I do perform this service . Plus, as an added bonus, your file is triple proofread / edited before I consider the assignment to be finished!

This option is often over-looked by web masters, coaches, performers, etc. because they offer a down-loadable mp3 or other file for people to listen TO, but I can tell you from not only some of the shows I have transcribed but also those I have just attempted to listen to, a lot of times it is hard to hear every word, especially with talkers who talk over each other, run on sentences that should be cut into paragraphs, start one story and then interrupt his or her own flow by going in another direction entirely and so much more that you might not realize unless YOU were trying to type it all up for a file people can read!

The other way I can help you save some time for the fun things you want to be able to do is with assistance with your Social Networking maintenance. I can search for others in your chosen niche for you TO connect with, weed out those you would not care to associate with, send hello, welcome and thank you messages to those you want to connect or interact with, etc. and free YOU up to just do the fun part; the interactions and conversations. This is another service that is not yet designated on this site but can be scheduled with just a message to me.

I plan to offer help setting up Face Book and Face Book Fan Pages soon – I am still learning my way around them myself but as I learn, I will be glad to share that expertise as well as help you set up and maintain a Twitter account and/or a professional networking presence on LinkedIn .

If you are needing help with any of the above mentioned Social Networks, just let me know and we can work things out – I have insisted on keeping my name and reputation clean and honest for over 11 years on the net so you can rest assured your passwords and log in information are safe with me and if in doubt, feel free to contact any of my wonderful clients who will be glad to vouch for me.

If hours of assistance is out of your budget, or if you are just curious about how much time a helper really can be, I have reasonable and highly competitive rates and you can try “just an hour” or just one project. I do offer discounted rates on bigger or long-going projects, so this might be the option you prefer. I am easy to work with and love what I do and think I can safely say it shows with the service I give my clients and the tasks I perform for them.

Have a wonderful, love-filled, Happy Valentine’s Day and I am “wishing” you the Gift of Time for this holiday and every other day.

Remember, I am a Virtual Assistant who LOVES to do editing, proofreading and transcription assignments!

Jan Tallent
Tallent Agency Virtual Assistance


How do you Respond when Asked – What is a Virtual Assistant?

Saturday, January 30th, 2010

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Guest Article by Sue L Canfield of on January 26th, 2010.

The virtual assistance industry is rapidly growing. However, there are many people that still have never heard of the term and do not know what a virtual assistant does . One of the goals here at Chief Virtual Officer is to educate people about what a virtual assistant can do to assist them in their business.

There are several definitions I’ve come across and yet many still do not convey to the solo professional just what a virtual assistant is and how a VA can help them in their business. Part of that may be because there is such a wide variety of tasks that virtual assistants do, while some VAs only do specific tasks.

I like to try to make it as simple as possible for a prospect to understand the term virtual assistant by using terms they are familiar with. Most business people are familiar with the terms administrative assistant, executive assistant, secretary, office manager. A virtual assistant can be one or all of those things from his or her own office. The business person does not need to provide office space, equipment, or benefits. A virtual assistant works as an independent contractor and pays his or her own taxes. If the business person only needs assistance a few hours each month, a virtual assistant can provide those services and the business owner doesn’t have to pay for a part-time employee.

So, how do you respond when asked – what is a virtual assistant? I’d love to read your replies. Help us educate the world about the virtual assistance industry.

Thanks, Sue, great article! I really appreciate your letting me use it here! :-)

As Sue mentions above, some Virtual Assistants, like ME, specialize. I can do pretty much any office related tasks but know where my strengths lie so pretty much concentrate on providing the services I am not only best AT doing but also LOVE doing.

For example, I do bring a strong grammar and spelling background to my business so the most logical specialty for ME is my proofreading and editing . This is what I would do all day long for free if I won the lottery. I cannot even read a book for pleasure or see a bill-board or street sign or newspaper story without automatically finding spelling or grammar errors!

Also, since I do have a year of training for this service, once I was hired to proofread and edit botched and error laden transcriptions , this seemed another service I could offer that would fit in so well with the previous ones. As part of my transcription service, I also triple proofread each file and edit as needed until I get it as humanly perfect as I can. Then and only then do I consider the assignment ready to send to the client .

I also have been helping some bloggers add posts to their blogs and have pulled content from one site to put on a make-over site. I do not yet have these things designated here on my site but set them up with my Schedule a Project option.

As mentioned in the previous post Continuously Learning as a Virtual Assistant , I am also more than happy to help other VA’s with their duties and assignments and love doing this. I am flexible, easy to work with and really love doing what I do, so this is the perfect “job” for me, though, I must admit, I have never had a harder boss than myself!

Remember, I am a Virtual Assistant who LOVES to do editing, proofreading and transcription assignments! Think of me when you need these services or if you know someone who does.

Spelling & Grammar Errors Are Costing You Business!

Jan Tallent
Tallent Agency Virtual Assistance


Continuously Learning as a Virtual Assistant

Sunday, January 24th, 2010

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I have had a great week with my Virtual Assistance business and have learned a lot of new things plus some new ways to do “old” things! As I used to tell my newbies that I would mentor, never stop learning – things change so quickly on the internet, that what was brand new last week is obsolete this one. It was so true.

I have had the pleasure of working with a very smart and savvy lady this past week and have learned a lot by doing so. Things I know HOW to do in one program or control panel, etc. are completely “new to me” with a different system.

In an earlier blog post I had mentioned that Even VA’s occasionally need VA’s . I have had helpers on previous projects and appreciate them greatly. This time, I have the pleasure of helping another Virtual Assistant, Amy Bleser of virtualservices4u . She has been extremely patient while trying to teach “this old dog new tricks”. I am quite proficient in my limited range of expertise BUT am still a newbie with a “new to me” system, editor software or website and am like a sponge soaking up every new thing I can learn. Amy has been the epitome of patience and sweetness. Go visit her site if you have the need for a really well organized and knowledgeable Virtual Assistant who offers a much broader world of services than I do, with my specializing in proofreading , editing , transcription , and various miscellaneous duties like Social Marketing Assistance and doing research, etc. for other Webmasters or small business owners .

I *met* most of my terrific clients AND my helpers on Twitter and am proud to be connected with all of them. I do the very best work I can, with the most strident mind to detail I can give and know they are pleased with my work. I am also very happy with the VA’s that have helped me with assignments I could not have finished in a timely manner without their generous support. AND, I get the extra added bonus of learning both new things and new ways to do the old things I was already doing.

One of the latest things I have learned is how to use a program, I guess it would be called, that enables VA’s and their clients to manage assignments, files, time sheets and more. The one I am getting familiar with is called BaseCamp . It has every feature I could imagine would be needed and there are several different levels, from a free “one project” level to the ultimate. I learned that each of my clients or VA’s that I help have the same basic things the same but then their own unique ways of handling the assignments, etc. I rarely endorse a product so my doing so here says a lot – I really like it and think it can be the answer to almost any businesses assignment needs.

Remember, I’m a Virtual Assistant who LOVES to do editing, proof reading & transcription assignments! PLEASE help me spread the word if you know of someone who could benefit from my services.

Jan Tallent
Tallent Agency Virtual Assistance

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Over the past 17+ 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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