Archive for March, 2010

I fired myself today :-)

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010

Tallent Agency VA Services
I know full well where my strengths and talents lie … with my proofreading, editing, transcription service, social networking on twitter, facebook and LinkedIn and selling digital products via my Software Superstore PLUS being the editor of my ezine, Rim Digest for marketers and small business owners. This is not a HUGE list of talents or strengths, but these are MINE.

By specializing so tightly with my Virtual Assistance Business , I miss a lot of income and learning opportunities, so decided to branch out a bit and learn some new skills to add to my portfolio. Needless to say, I got way over my head – was WAY out of my comfort zone, was miserable and starting to feel, to be honest, like a total FAILURE and/or loser. Then it hit me, no one can be expert at everything AND why on earth was I trying to be?!

Hence the firing of myself from what could have been a really great financial gain down the line but was seriously causing me stress and a huge well of unbelief in myself. I am confident in what I do best and need to focus on those things and so, though I am still wanting to learn as much as I can in this ever-changing wonderful world of internet marketing and marketing my services, I am not going to worry about trying to do more than I comfortably CAN do.

With that in mind, I signed up for a course to become a Virtual Event Specialist and to Get Certified in this specialty because it really appeals to me and is something more in the line of what I am already doing.

Video courtesy of Craig Cannings, the owner of the VA Classroom, about Virtual Event Services and why they are needed.

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

Jan Tallent
Tallent Agency Virtual Assistance


Fantastic Facebook Fanpages

New Service & Retainer Packages

Monday, March 8th, 2010

Tallent Agency VA Services

Social Networking Maintenance Assistance

Help with Twitter, Facebook and Linkedin – set up accounts, assist with profiles, find new compatible connections, weed out spammers, time-wasters and those who do not interact, send welcome messages to new contacts, send follow-up messages, etc.

$20 per work filled hour or: $15 per hour if retained for at least TEN hours per week and paid in advance, minimum is 10 hours at $15 to equal $150. Will do free profile proofreads and edits with any paid order of this service.

Retainer Services

Proofreading, Editing, Social Networking Assistance, Help Desk Assistance, Email Account Maintenance, Blog Posting, Web Page updates, Submitting your Blogs & Articles to directories, etc. can be retained weekly or monthly to save you money and assure continual workflow. You can use your entire retainer fee on one project OR mix them up in any of these categories as needed.

Retainer fee for the above services, paid in advance ONLY:

Ten hours per week – $15 per hour = $150
Fifteen hours per week – $13 per hour = $199
Twenty hours per week – $11 per hour = $220 <======= BEST DEAL!
Limited offer, good until I line up 3 or 4 retainer clients …

Monthly retainer of at least 20 hours per week, EVERY week, booked and paid in advance for a month at a time = $10 per hour. To assure my very best work and timeliness, I will limit this option to TWO monthly retainer clients and discontinue
the other retainer offers and only accept more work by the assignment at normal $20 per hour rate as my monthly retainer assignments are fulfilled and time allows.

** TRANSCRIPTION is NOT included in the retainable services. A one-hour audio takes at least six hours labor to type up, proofread and edit. I cannot discount this service and will have to retire this service if I get too busy with retainer clients for my other services. **

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

Jan Tallent
Tallent Agency Virtual Assistance


Editing Tips I wanted to Share #2

Monday, March 8th, 2010

Tallent Agency VA Services
Today, I would like to share some more spelling helper tips. This is what I love and one of the few things I have confidence and sureness in.

Last week alone, I noticed several instances of:


being used incorrectly on web pages and blogs. Okay, if you use twitter or text a message, you will often use the shorthand “no” when you mean “know”, just as we use C for see and 2 for to, two OR too, but in any other context, no is a reply in the negative OR short for none, as in ” I have no idea”, etc.

The other know is a short version of KNOWLEDGE, as in “I don’t know.

Probably the next often one that I catch is seen and scene . Seen is the past tense of saw or see, as in, for example, ” I have seen the light. Scene is a place, like “the scene of the crime.

A detective might say, “I have seen the evidence that the perpetrator left at the scene of the robbery.”

One I do not see used often but comes to mind is sheer . This would be an adjective and one of its meanings is see-through. Its sound-the-same word that could be confused with it would be shear as when the wool is shaved off of a lamb.

Maybe surprisingly, two words that sound exactly the same that I rarely see used in the wrong context are our meaning “belonging to us” and hour which is “sixty minutes”, but that might be because the meanings are SO obvious that no one seems to get them mixed up.

My last set of words today is except and accept and I see these mixed up a LOT.

The word except is used where you want to signify an “exception” or and exclusion. “We are going to visit all of the relatives except Aunt Lucy, as she is sick.”

Accept means that you will take, allow, settle for, etc. as in, “I accept your challenge,” or “I am glad to accept your proposal.”

I am willing to accept part of the package, except for the broken glasses.”

I hope these little tips and examples are of some help to my readers.
I love proofreading and editing and knowing that a lot of online bloggers and webmasters cannot afford to hire someone to do these simple fixes for them makes me glad to share some of my very limited, but SO important, knowledge with them.

I really and truly want to see you present yourself and your business in the best possible light and although, admittedly, a lot of your visitors might not notice errors, or even CARE if they do, if even ONE potential client or customer is turned off by grammar and / or spelling errors and leaves your site with a bad impression, that is one too many!

I am fast and efficient with this service, as my satisfied clients are happy to attest to AND generally manage to proofread and edit from 4 to 5 pages or more per hour. Do NOT let the $20 per hour rate scare you off – I do not piddle around and waste YOUR time OR mine and get as much as it is possible to accurately get done in your hour AND the job is not done until YOU are satisfied, so you have nothing to lose and more time to do what you like to do or are best at to gain.

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

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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