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Do You Rely On Spell Check Or Just Use It As A Tool?

Thursday, January 9th, 2014

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Do you find yourself relying on Word’s spell check or the one in your email client? I don’t and here is the reason why …

As was pointed out by my favorite “go to” authority on spelling and grammar questions, Daily Writing Tips:

Writers need to keep two things in mind about spell checkers:

1. They cannot catch any misspellings if a writer doesn’t let the application run.

2. They cannot be entirely trusted to catch every spelling error.

I agree. I use the spell checking options AFTER I perform my own writings, documents, etc. and when proofreading for others. This checks ME to make sure I notice where there might have been a problem or a question because those references DO stand out or get highlighted.

As stated above, the spell checkers often make a “mistake” as far as the instance or appropriate usage is concerned. Things need to be seen in perspective of what is meant and what is stated. Often the spellchecker might go crazy popping up and suggesting a spelling you KNOW you do not want because it can not tell how you are using it.

Often I have seen my correct spelling suggested as wrong with a recommendation
that I mean, for example:

their instead of there or they’re – I do know the difference and which one to use but occasionally the spell check OFFERS one of the other options and if I went by those suggestions I would NOT be the perfection-driven proofreader that I am.

Do NOT rely on the spellcheckers – if in doubt – and I openly admit that on some words
I often am- I just “google” what I THINK it should be OR even what I think IS misspelled
and use that reference to make my decision.

After all, until I “train” it, every spell checking application insists that I am spelling MY name wrongly, lol.

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!

Tallent Agency
St. Louis County, MO
Phone: (636) 451-6213
Email: jantallent@gmail.com

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Generating Article Topics for Virtual Assistants

Wednesday, December 11th, 2013

Tallent Agency VA Services

One of the biggest challenges for new article marketers is coming up with topics to write about. The key to developing great article topics is to ask yourself the right questions. Pull out a sheet of paper and a pen, set aside 15 minutes to brainstorm, and jot down answers to the following questions:

1. What are the five most common questions people ask you about being a VA?

2. What are the top five things you wish all your new clients knew about working with a VA?

3. What are the five biggest lessons you’ve learned about working with your clients?

4. What are the top five tasks or jobs that you can help your clients with?

5. What are the five biggest benefits of working with a VA?

6. What are the five biggest challenges to working with a VA?

7. What are five things every new VA needs to know?

8. What five things will make it easier for a business owner to work with a VA?

9. What five tools does every VA need to have?

10. What five questions should every business owner ask when evaluating or interviewing a VA?

11. What five questions should every VA ask before taking on a new client?

12. What are the five biggest mistakes business owners make when hiring a VA?

At the end of 15 minutes, you should have a list of at least a dozen article ideas. But don’t stop there! Remember, articles for submission to article directories typically average around 300-500 words, so each one of the five answers in each question above can be turned into an article, digging a little deeper.

Another easy way to generate article ideas is to keep a notebook by your computer, and every time someone asks you a question, write it down. At the end of the week or month, look through your list for additional article topics.

By keeping your eyes open in your everyday life as you go through your own VA responsibilities and tasks, you’ll soon have an endless supply of fodder for your article marketing.

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!

Tallent Agency
St. Louis County, MO
Phone: (636) 451-6213
Email: jantallent@gmail.com

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5 Reasons Why You Need A Work-At-Home Schedule

Tuesday, October 15th, 2013

Tallent Agency VA Services

One of the attractions of working at home is the vision of freedom it invokes — no time clock, no time sheets, and no
one to account to for how you spend your time. Yes, it is an attractive proposition, but like so many attractive propositions there is a heavy downside — you are likely wasting a lot of time.

My friend spends time every day filling out these large spreadsheets to account for his day. He works for a large engineering company, and his day often encompasses work on a variety of projects for different clients. He loathes the activity and I have always dismissed it as a waste of time — that is until my home business recently took off and I realized there simply weren’t enough hours in the day to accomplish all my goals.

I now have my own spread sheet and agenda for the day and I have improved my productivity and reduced my stress immeasurably. If you don’t think you need a schedule for your home business then think again — and read on.

After a spate of relatively unproductive days when my “To Do” list seemed to grow exponentially every time I looked at it, I knew something had to change.

Granted I was going through a rough patch. My home business was experiencing growing pains and taking up more than the usual time, my four-year-old and two-year-old grandsons were bouncing off the walls for most of the 11 hours per day I watch them for my daughter, my husband wasn’t pulling his weight on the home front, and my extended family was experiencing a number of crises. But I’m also old enough to know there is never a perfect time in life — you just live the one you’ve got. These are simply the problems I’m dealing with this year. Next year these problems will be traded in for new fresh ones.

After studying my time and chatting with some other work-at-home folks, I discovered five reasons to embrace the schedule:

1. It’s too easy to waste time doing non-priority tasks
2. It’s too easy to get sidetracked or distracted from your current task
3. Unscheduled work time can often overlap into your free time until you don’t have any free time at all
4. Your free time can overlap into your work time until you fall behind with important projects
5. Concentrating your time and effort on highest priority projects means more gets done

I’m not the only work at home business person encompassing the schedule. I recently took part in an online forum where men and women had moved to embrace it — and found it more freeing than restrictive. After all, you are still the one setting the schedule, so you are free to schedule yourself off for a 3-hour lunch, an afternoon, or a whole day whenever you choose.

If you find it difficult setting up your schedule and priorities for the day and week, then perhaps your significant other or a friend can help you set your schedule.

Being a Virtual Assistant, my time is both my own and my clients’ when they have a deadline I must meet, but for the most part, I can still map out my day as I need it to go. I am just more flexible with my goals and do often find myself juggling duties, BUT I do, somehow, get it all done!

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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Over the past 15 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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