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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.

blah!

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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8 tips to Work at Home Successfully

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013

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So, you’ve decided to start a home-based business. Congratulations!

Welcome to the fast-paced world of entrepreneurship.
While there is a lot to learn, your efforts will be worth it.
The thrill of growing your business, the freedom and flexibility
to set your own hours, and the possibilities of ever-increasing
financial rewards are all wonderful reasons to start your
home-based business.

Now that you’ve decided to start your business, you might be wondering,
“How can I get it off to the strongest possible start?”

These eight tips will help:

1) Set up a separate working space in your home. It doesn’t matter if this is a small bedroom, one part of the garage, or a corner of the living room. The important thing
is to have some space that you can designate as your working area. This will give you
the space and room you need to craft your dream.

2) Stock your working space with materials. This sounds basic, perhaps, but one underlying element of success is that you have easy access to the tools, materials, and other resources you need. Gathering everything close by also keeps you from wasting time searching for it, so this step can be considered a time management strategy, too.

3) Speaking of time management, your third step is to define the parameters of your business. What days and hours will you work? When will you market? When will you
provide services or products to clients? How will you keep all of this straight?

4) Balance action with planning. One of the most common pitfalls to successful entrepreneurship is getting too caught up in action without enough planning.
Stated another way, this means that you confuse “being busy” with “working
on important projects.” The best approach is to plan your next couple of goals
and then work backwards to create step-by-step action plans to reach them.
Once you have the plan, then it’s time to take the action.

5) Network like crazy. One of the fastest ways to grow any business is to make connections with other people. Be sure to share your passion and enthusiasm with others at every opportunity. Let people know who you are and what you offer. Remember, people can’t buy if they don’t know you’re selling. Set up a Twitter account; create a Facebook account for both personal updates AND one for your business. This business page is called a fan page. If you offer professional services, set up a profile on LinkedIn right away so clients and customers can find you.

6) Present a professional image. If you want to be treated professionally, present a professional image. Set up a separate bank account for your business. Install a separate phone and fax line. Create professional marketing materials. Be courteous and pleasant in all of your customer-facing interactions. Basically, be someone people want to do business with.

7) Automate your business as much as possible. Granted, you are just one person (right now) and might have a lot of extra time to take care of all the details. This might work for now, but won’t work into the future as you get busier and busier. It’s best to set up automatic systems and processes right from the start to free up your time to concentrate on the most profitable activities.

8) Outsource what you do not like to do or do not know how to do. Hire a Virtual Assistant to help you with office type tasks and hire a ghost writer if you need help with content for your articles and blog posts, etc. Your Virtual Assistant can then set up sites for you to submit them to and even proofread them before they are submitted AND submit them for you!

These eight tips will get your home business started (and growing) in the right direction.

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?

eBay Selling Tip from a Virtual Assistant – #2

Sunday, September 8th, 2013

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I have another eBay selling tip to share with you today.

I have tested this theory for over 8 years and have come
to the conclusion that it must be the “implied value”
that makes the following true …

You have several books, movies or whatever else it is
that you have an abundance of or a need to get rid of.

You do all of your “homework” -

#1. Research for terrific and informative descriptions for your items
#2. Find or upload the best quality photos possible
#3. Spend hours listing all of your wonderful products, making sure you are in the right categories
#4. Price them competitively with other sellers of the same items

but, to test for the best responses, you:

a. Price half at a low price and with the actual estimated postage fee it will cost you
to send the item
b. Price the rest at a higher price but offer FREE shipping …

Strangely enough, even when I have them all priced equally on the TOTAL end,
the ones with the enticement of FREE shipping outsell the same priced comparable
item with the lower cost and actual shipping fee.

For example, I sell mostly books and movies on eBay. The highest eBay will let you charge for postage on one movie is $3.00 and the highest you can charge for postage on one book
is $4.00 – I also offer combined shipping when I do not offer to ship the item(s) free.

75% or more of my sales are on the FREE shipping item, no matter how high the price
is for the item when I list it with the postage cost IN the price.

I am not sure why this is true, but I find that I will also look for lower shipping
or free when I find several of an item I am interested in.

I have heard it said several times that you get what you pay for, but I still attest
that the word FREE works as good as, if not better, to IMPLY a value whether it
really delivers a better value or not.

I would love to get some feedback from other eBay sellers or those who are planning on trying their hands at this method of getting rid of some clutter, making a bit of extra cash
or for whatever other reason you might have for thinking about this option.

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 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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