Archive for June, 2010

You Can’t Do It Alone … AMEN!

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010

Tallent Agency VA Services
One of my favorite clients Jennifer Davey, of JJS Coaching
shared this great article with one of the Linkedin groups
we belong to. With her permission, I am sharing it with
my readers, along with my own thoughts on this
very important subject.

You Can’t Do It Alone, By Jennifer Davey

To make money (more than you’re making now) you need someone to help you.
That someone can be a coach, a virtual assistant, a programmer, a copywriter
or any other kind of support staff. It might even be a mix of “someones”.

Tending to all the details involved in running your business can take up a big chunk
of your day. It can take time away from marketing, creating and other activities
that only YOU can do in your business. Bringing on support staff to help you,
or a coach to give you support and direction, can be the boost you need
to take your business to the next level.

You may be thinking, “I can’t afford to pay a coach, or some other type of support staff.”
But remember, this support will help you get clients, build your business and make more income. It’s an investment that will give you a terrific ROI.

Think about it: If you had certain tasks off your plate, would you have more time to market? If you could have someone implement some of your marketing tactics for you, would that be a time-saver? Would it bring in more clients and more income? If you had a coach helping you design a business plan, a marketing strategy or just helping you get out of your own way, what would that do to your bottom line?

Still having trouble justifying support? Check out this finding from the ICF’s (International Coach Federation) Coaching Client Study: “The ROI (return on investment) for companies (that are coached) can be significant….. with a median return of 7 times the initial investment. In fact, almost one fifth (19%) indicated an ROI of at least 50 (5000%) times
the initial investment while a further 28% saw an ROI of 10 to 49 times the investment.”

WOW! It makes you think about how much you’re missing out on NOT having support.

Schedule a FREE Discovery Session to explore how Jennifer can help you get clients,
build your business and make more income.

Thanks, Jennifer. So many of my clients have reported increased business and creativity
once they start outsourcing things that they usually do not LIKE to do or are not at their very best at.

I have helped clients with research, their social marketing maintenance – so that they can spend their time on the fun, interactive facet of this practice, scheduled appointments & booked interviews and a lot more as a Virtual Assistant.

When you think of all of the outsource-able duties you spend your valuable time on,
when you could, instead, be free to perform the ones you really want to do or excel at,
having a helper or even several, may be the way for you to go to grow your business.

Remember, I am a Virtual Assistant who LOVES to do editing, proofreading
and transcription assignments along with research, blog posts, article submissions
and social media maintenance!

Why not Schedule a Project now?

Jan Tallent
Tallent Agency Virtual Assistance


Proofread & Review those Articles & Blog Posts!

Friday, June 25th, 2010

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The goal of any article writer is to have his or her articles
read and loved by readers; however, there are some cases where
this is more important than others.

Many internet users, namely webmasters, use articles to create
back-links to their websites. These back-links are used to increase
website traffic. The only problem is that many article directories
only allow links at the end of an article. This means that for you
to benefit from article distribution and back-linking, your readers
must make it to the end of your article.

If you are a webmaster who is using this technique, it is
extremely important that you go the extra mile to ensure
that your articles are interesting and easy to read.

Speaking of interesting, the best way to determine whether
or not your article is interesting is to be sure that YOU like it.

After you have created your article, you will need to proofread it.
(Remember that I can do this for you at a very affordable rate.)

After you have thoroughly proofread your article, you are urged
to review it one more time. This time, you will want to examine
it as a reader, not the article writer. If you find your content
dry, dull, or boring, there is a good chance that your readers
will as well.

An article that is easy to read is also important.

You can write a captivating article, but if it is difficult to read,
it won’t do you any good. When it comes to easy to read articles,
grammar is an important component. Whether you are planning on
selling your articles, using them for your own personal use, or
submitting them to article directories, you need to take the
time to proofread your articles. Many internet users claim
that the number one turn off is articles that are poorly written.
There is no quicker way to lose a reader than to have an article
that is poorly proofread.

In conjunction with readable articles, grammar wise, it is also
important that you examine the words that you use. To sound
professional, many article writers use big, technical sounding
words. This is okay to do is some cases, but it is typically
advised against. The only time that you should use big,
technical words is if you are writing an article that will be read
by experts in the same field. The second biggest turn off for
readers is content that regularly contains words they do not
know or understand. In a way, this is similar to creating dry,
boring content. If your readers cannot understand exactly what
you mean, they may find reading your article to be useless
or a waste of their time.

The best way to write captivating articles is to write from your
heart. When it comes to article writing, even just a little bit
of creativity can go a long way. Creativity is what can turn an
otherwise boring article into one that your readers will not
only enjoy reading, but one that they may also recommend to

P.S. When writing articles, creativity is extremely important.
Even if you do not consider yourself to be a creative person,
you are urged to sit down and brainstorm. You may find that
it is the best way to develop captivating article ideas.

I am running an unadvertised special where you can have from
one to an unlimited number of web pages, blog posts, profiles,
book pages or any other readable document proofead & edited
for ONLY $1.00 per page! NO job is too big or too small,
if this is a special you want to take advantage of, just
shedule a project and we can work out the details.

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

Jan Tallent
Tallent Agency Virtual Assistance


When to Ask for a Testimonial

Wednesday, June 16th, 2010

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One of my own wonderful clients, Small Business Coach and Marketing Strategist, Jennifer Davey, is the author of the “Getting Clients Home Study Program”, the step-by-step guide to getting clients, building
your business and making more income, and is also the author of
the testimonial that you see when you get to the home page of my
Virtual Assistance site. She shares this summation of when to ask
for a testimonial from your past and current clients.

Jennifer says, “Many of my clients are uncomfortable asking for testimonials.
They feel that testimonials should just come to them, and sometimes this happens.
But most of the time, clients need a nudge to write down their thoughts.

A great time to ask for a testimonial is when your client is happy with what you’ve done
for him or her, for example:

* When he or she has had success.
* When his or her problem is on its way to being solved.
* When his or her problem is solved.
* When he or she tells you he or she is happy with you.
* When he or she says thank you.
* When you deliver a product.

As soon as a client tells you that he or she is happy with you, ask if you can share
his or her story with potential clients. When he or she says yes, say, ‘Terrific, I will
send you an email with a request for a testimonial.’

Another great way to ask for a testimonial is to give your clients a survey form to fill
out whenever you complete a project, sell them a product, or finish a service.
Reach out to folks who wrote feedback and ask for permission to use their testimonials.”

Jennifer is one of my favorite proofreading clients.
I have also done transcription work for her webinars.

Small Business Coach and Marketing Strategist, Jennifer Davey, is the author of
the Getting Clients Home Study Program, the step-by-step guide to getting clients,
building your business and making more income.

Grab a copy of her Report What you Need to Know to Be Successful at Getting Clients.

Although I specialize IN proofreading and editing, I offer a wide range of services and have recently added retainer packages to ensure a steady work flow and save my clients money.

My rates are very reasonable and I guarantee my accuracy. If YOU need a Virtual Assistant for any of the services I offer, contact me to schedule a project or for more information on how we can work together to help free up your time for doing the things you excel at
and/or enjoy doing!

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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