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Balancing Your Work In Your Home Business

Monday, October 21st, 2013

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It is easy not to fully comprehend the amount of work your “at home” business is going to create for you.

You need to sit down and assess the many tasks you will be performing, either for yourself or for your clients, or as in my case and that of other Virtual Assistants, both.

We hear so much about your time being “your own” when you have your own business, and while this is certainly true, you will find that it still takes a huge part of your day or evening just to run the business. Do not go into running your own business, at home or away from home, lightly.

You need drive, persistence and yes, maybe a tad of stubbornness. Lots of people around you – maybe even in your own home – will need to be trained in order for them to recognize that, “Yes! I am working here!” It is easy for people to assume that you are just “playing on your computer” or other quite irritating comments that may come up.

When I started my own home business with a Desk Top Publishing service, I was still raising three school age children and had a new husband who played games for hours and hours on his computer. I was often amazed that HE, of all people, knowing how hard I was working my business starting out, still felt the need to justify every little interruption as, “You can go back to that in a minute. I have a ‘real life’ need at the moment.” And the kids – geez! Every little fight and nit-pick and problem imaginable was an emergency, especially if I was typing away, or Heaven forbid, on the phone!

Once I started offering Virtual Assistance services and my time belonged to a paying client, I still had to pretty much lay down the law to family and friends. No, I could not just stop what I was doing to run an errand, untangle a pigtail or referee in the constant whining, nagging, snitching and spats!

It took a couple of years, frankly and now I am pretty much re-doing it all with 2 and sometimes 3 grandchildren I babysit full time, a “newish” husband and life still going on around me. I love what I do but do find myself constantly reminding those around me that, yes, I am working. Just because I do not leave the house (escape) for a few hours each day does not mean that this is not a real business with real work.

With the 2 and 4 year old grand sons, for example, I offer a time bribe once I get a specific task performed. For example, read a story, play a board game, watch a kid vid, etc. once I am finished with the current “job”. This worked with my own kids and is doing its second generation of duty.

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!

Why not Schedule a Project now?

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Your Virtual Assistant Can Help With Your eBay Sales or Store!

Monday, April 22nd, 2013

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I was an eBay power seller until I moved from my little country town of Steelville, MO to Ellisville in St. Louis County in November of 2011.

I packed my most precious valuables and the things I absolutely had to have and downsized from a big, old 5 bedroom house to a sweet but small 2 bedroom apartment.

The movies and books and memorabilia from my retired store which were the things I was selling so well on eBay got left “for later”. Sadly, in June of 2012, my old house was burned to the ground by arson and I had never gotten around to making the trip to get these items.

For 2 years prior to moving, I had been listing and selling the great content I took home with me from retiring my brick and mortar store. I had an eBay store with over 2,000 items at one time. As I reduced my stock I eventually closed the eBay store to save the fee because you can literally list thousands of items on eBay without having to have “a store”.

It is more work to sell on eBay and get and retain power seller status than you might think. It literally took hours to list each item, find the image or images I wanted and to write descriptions to help them appeal and sell. Yes, there are ready-made templates on eBay IF the item is listed already, but I wanted mine to be more original and stand out from the crowd, and though a rare occurrence, there ARE mistakes in those cookie cutter descriptions and if you are not careful, you will have a misleading listing and this can cost you time, reputation and also money if you have to give a refund because the item was not what you stated it was.

Gotta toot my own horn a bit here, I have 100% positive feedback I have maintained for over 6 years on Jan’s eBay page. This is 1663 perfect transactions – both as a seller and a buyer :-)

Anyway, enough rambling! I can take your list of items along with pictures that you supply or those I can research and find and not only set you up in your own eBay store or listings but can maintain it all for you. If it is something as easy as movies or books, I can even use wikopedia or google and get informative descriptions to add to that area for you and make your offers stand out from the others.

Or I can just simply list your items and use the standard images that are on eBay for that purpose. This is a time consuming task that may be keeping your from selling on eBay yourself and being able to outsource the things you do not want to do or do not have time to do can make all the difference in moving forward to getting rid of things you no longer want or need and getting some income from it.

If this sounds like something you would like to check into more, just drop me a line at jantallent at and we can chat about the possibilities.

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!

Why not Schedule a Project now?

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Your Virtual Assistant Can Do Fun Stuff For You, Too!

Monday, April 15th, 2013

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There is an endless number of work related tasks that your Virtual Assistant can do to ease your own work load. Not to mention, she can help with your personal and family plans like booking your transportation, lodging, rental vehicle, places to eat and shop and so much more.

But, you do some fun stuff online that might take away from the duties you personally feel you need to perform for your business and your Virtual Assistant can help with these things as well.

For my own enjoyment, I collect images of Betty Boop. There is no monetary value to doing this; it just relaxes me and makes me happy to amass every image I can find that I want to save. To ME, this is like someone else’s “break” from work where he or she plays video games or watches videos or reads joke sites.

I have quite a bit of time during the day where I can not really DO any concentrated or serious “work”. I babysit my now 18 month old and just turned 4 year old grandsons. I am actually training them that when Grandma says “timed assignment” or “quiet work” that this is absolutely time I have to have to do the work I am talking about. I do this as little as possible so as not to rob the importance from the statements or to make them apt to ignore me during these needed peaceful moments and it is SO nice to be able to honestly say it is working quite well considering the ages of these two little boys.

I did this with my own kids when I was building and then running my online businesses and the same principles still seem to work.

During this “down time” I am constantly checking on clients and watching for important emails but to just sit at my computer with nothing REAL to do just does not work for me. Thus my free time to search for and save my precious Betty Boop images where it does not really matter if I am constantly interrupted or how much time I might spend idle.

If you have not done anything like this it might shock to you to learn that it really CAN be “work”. I have a folder on my computer desktop called, “Pics”. In it are several sub-folders. One is, of course, Betty Boop. But also in this folder are several sub-folders. I have categories that make sense to ME for what each pic represents and I file them in these folders. Somedays I have the patience to file as I download, but most often, I file them into a folder called “sort” and then when I get extra mindless time I start filing those a few at a time.

This would and does also work for my RECIPES folder where I have sub-folders for “Make ASAP”, “Holidays”, “Cooking Outside” and many more.

Maybe you either do something like this, or want to but do not have the time or do not want to take time away from your work day to do it – well, why not have your Virtual Assistant do this for you? With DropBox and so many other ways to share folders of goodies, she can even make you folders and sub-folders, add content as you specify and get them back to you ready to download to your own computer.

If you DO collect Betty or automobile or sports figures or other fun images or even trivia facts from doing searches and compiling documents of them, why not drop me a comment and let me know I am not alone here in my odd hobby. Or, hey, maybe we can talk about how I can help you pursue your wishes to have some fun and not have to do all of the work involved.

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!

Why not Schedule a Project now?

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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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