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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.

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Getting back into the Swing

Sunday, November 13th, 2011

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The past few months I have let this blog and my business in general fall by the way side. Between making much-needed repairs to my house, awaiting the birth of my newest grandson, moving 88 miles to be with him, his brother and sister and their Mom & my oldest daughter, and extra client work, I have just been neglecting myself AND my business.

I had even missed TWO months of doing my ezine, which had never happened in the 11 years I have been its editor!

I am settled in now, new grandson is 6 weeks old and it is time to get back into the swing of things. Look for regular posts to this blog and to my others and help keep me accountable to never again let my personal and business needs slide to the point where people think I have disappeared off the face of the net :-)

I am a who strives to help my own clients keep their lives in balance and need to remember to do the same for ME!

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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Setting Up Your Home Office

Saturday, June 25th, 2011

Tallent Agency VA Services

Before you can start your own home business you should designate
a place for you to work. The area that you work in should be free
of distractions and have a computer,a desk, a phone, a connection
to the Internet, and, if possible, a bathroom and coffee pot or pitcher
with your favorite drink. ( I always have a cup of tea next to me –
it is the one thing that I love hot, cold or in between temps. )

This way you will have everything you need until you take your lunch break.

Something to remember is that you are ‘at work’ in this area. An ideal solution is to have
every distraction taken care of. This means that you have someone looking after your child or children, if possible. If your children are younger than school age, hire someone to look
after them during the day.

This may seem strange since you are working at home, but would you take a baby
into your office with you? Probably not – your boss wouldn’t allow it. Having someone
look after them while you are working ensures that you will get everything done during business hours.

If your children are school age and old enough to understand, let them know that you are working, and that you should only be disturbed if it’s an emergency. If they are still young, have someone watch them after school.

This may seem like an unnecessary expense, but if you are talking to someone on the phone, they won’t take you seriously if they hear a crying baby in the background, or children fighting. You want to make yourself seem as professional as you can so that people know they can trust you.

I learned all of this first hand when I started my home based office services business 13 years ago. I had, at that time, a 16 year old girl, a 10 year old boy and a 6 year old girl. I had to set limits once they were home from school – they had their special “Mom times” and I had my “Mom is working here!” guidelines. It took some work but we did manage to survive it.

Like I told them, they wanted me to work at HOME instead of going out to another “job” when I got laid off from being a telemarketer – and in order for me to do this, they had to understand that this WAS a job and that I was working. If I had a “real” job, they could not run in and out bothering me with silly snitching, fighting and whining and they had to learn to pretend that I was NOT here.

It worked – they are all grown and here I am, still working at home!

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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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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