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Back It Up – Again & Again!

Friday, January 24th, 2014

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Well, I know this well from total hard drive crashes, viruses wiping out all of my files and almost any other catastrophe
you can imagine …

… but I got lax and BOOM! It happened again!

I babysit my 2 and 4 year old grandsons between 10 1/2 and 11 hours
a day. Meanwhile I am also self-employed as both a Virtual Assistant
and the editor of Rim Digest ezine, a newsletter for marketers and small business owners.

I *think* I am doing a pretty decent job of balancing it all, and then …

I was doing my belated yearly “clean up the emails” portion OF getting my PC cleaned
off for the new year … made wonderful folders for 2012 and 2013 in my gmail program …
sorted any that needed filed and filed them – and as I was doing the “move” option
for ALL of the 2013 files, my 2 year old grandson slammed into the back of my office chair,
my mouse hand slipped and the entire 2013 folder with many SUB-folders of carefully
saved and filed emails went POOF!

Please note: ALL other important files on my computer are backed up to dvd at least monthly and also when any major changes have been made.

Thank goodness I also save the important client emails as files in my client folder in my PC files in their own categorized folders. These do not include the back and forth conversations, however, just usually the initial task email, any updates that need made and the finished product / final email.

Luckily, for me, this time I mostly lost a few THOUSAND filed recipes in their own categories, hundreds of free kindle book download links from the confirmation emails, all of the fun or informative facebook post emails I opted to have delivered to my inbox AND ALL of the emails AND yahoo chat sessions from when my hubby of now almost 2 years & I met and started email and chat flirting, etc.

So, yes, it could have been worse BUT with my knowing how easily our PC and internet worlds can come crashing down among us, I am banging my head against the keyboard
at my gross negligence and carelessness that even allowed my emails to be in jeopardy.


sigh …

So, now that I have reminded you, stop whatever you are doing and back up ANYTHING you cannot afford to lose and even things that will just “hurt” to have lost.

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

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Back it up, make a copy & back it up again!

Sunday, January 2nd, 2011

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I am a stickler for backing up after two huge computer crashes and a domain company going out of business and BOOM! all of their customers’ files being ALL GONE with NO warning.

I always rename a page on my site that I am updating as “name2.html” – always – BUT, last night, being careless and in a hurry to update my rates page, I neglected to do so and …

what happened next was a near disaster!

ONE teeny tiny error messed up the entire page AND since I had recently cleared my web cache as well, I had no previous instance of the page to copy and start over. I do USUALLY remember to update the files on my laptop, which I use pretty much exclusively for my Twitter tweeting, Facebook commenting and my Facebook Fan Page , BUT, as luck would have it, I had not updated my laptop as I had not used it except to do client work for the past week!

Thank goodness I did make a CD backup the last time I updated the site and added the new Social Media Assistance Package or I have no idea how I would ever have fixed things on that messed up page.

So, please, take a lesson from MY mess up and make sure you:

Name any page you are updating, for example, rates.html – to rates2.html and keep checking that one as you work before making it a permanent change to rates.html

Copy your web site pages, blog posts, etc. to a CD and if possible have them also backed up to another computer or spare room on your domain

Double check that your backups are correct before you do anything permanent that can not be undone or fixed.

Enjoy your wonderful web site and/or blog!

Happy 2011 to all of us! May this be our most successful and wonderful year yet of many more to come that just get better and better!

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!

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What Is Business Outsourcing?

Sunday, April 4th, 2010

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Companies might consider business outsourcing for many
different reasons.

Business outsourcing is when a company hires an outside source to complete work or a project which would normally be done by the staff.

A company might consider outsourcing to save money by cutting down on costs or when they might not have the employee resources to complete a particular project.

Outsourcing gives a company the opportunity to complete a needed project that might not be a specialty of their employees.

When you outsource, you don’t have to pay a salary or provide benefits to the workers.

When business outsourcing occurs, the company will usually enter into an agreement with the outsourcing company. This is usually done with a contract.

The contract will usually include the terms of the agreement = like steps throughout the project, time the project will take, people involved, cost, and required resources from the client.

There are many different types of outsourcing.

The most common segments of a business that hire outsourcing companies for assistance include accounting services to help with payroll, inventory, and financial issues.

The biggest field of outsourcing today for companies is in the Information Technology field. This is because companies will upgrade their phones, computers, need cabling installed, troubleshooting performed and many other services.

Companies also outsource people for customer service positions, call centers, and telemarketing.

Outsourcing is a solution for a business to save money and complete projects and tasks in the workforce without having full time employees do the work.

Outsourcing is becoming more and more popular across the world every day.

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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