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The #1 Skill You Need to be a Successful VA

Sep 19, 2022

The question I get asked the most by new VAs is “What are the skills I need to have in order to make really good money?

And I can see by the look on their faces that they hope I’m going to hand them the magic list that will get them where they want to be.

But I don’t...

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Multi-tasking is Dangerous

Sep 12, 2022

Last week, I was talking to my friend Isabelle about multi-tasking. She told me that she thinks of multi-tasking as nothing more than starting and stopping multiple tasks over and over, really fast.

And when I thought about that for a second, I thought, wow – that’s exactly what it...

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Be of Service

Sep 05, 2022

Last Sunday afternoon, my husband Greg and I went shopping at a big-chain grocery store. We noticed a sign in the window as we walked inside that said “Corn – eight ears for $2.00.” This got my attention immediately since I love eating corn, as do the chickens.

While checking...

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Put “Playing Office” in Your Past

Aug 28, 2022

Did you like playing office when you were a kid? I did. I would spend hours setting up my desk, organizing my paper clips, sharpening my pencils, and pretending to talk on the phone while taking notes on my steno pad.

But now there’s a lot more at stake. We have families to take care of,...

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I Just Need X More Clients

Jul 03, 2022

I hear this often from my Virtual Assistant students:  “I just need X more clients and I’ll be all set.”

I’ve never understood this, since the quantity of work for each client fluctuates greatly. I have worked with over 200 clients these last 11 years and not one of...

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Boundaries: How to Set and Keep Yours

Jun 26, 2022

Sue, a VA Connection community member, reached out to me this week for help with client boundary-setting. She said that her clients want their work done immediately, often outside of her usual working hours.

She’s not alone. This is a common complaint in the VA world. Many times, Virtual...

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4 Steps to New Clients

Mar 20, 2022

As a Virtual Assistant, having a steady flow of new clients can be a challenge.

But with a simple, easy-to-follow approach, you can have more than enough work.

Here are four ideas to get a flow of clients coming your way:

  1. Be clear about the work you do. If you can clearly explain your work,...
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Use Stay in Touch Emails

Mar 20, 2022

No matter where you are on your VA journey, the easiest way to get a steady stream of clients is to keep in touch with the people you already know.

For that, after sending a big announcement when you first start out and sending other announcements whenever you launch a new service, I recommend...

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You Never Can Tell

Mar 20, 2022

I never know where clients will come from, but I do know that the majority of them have met me in person, online, or that they know someone I know. My most successful client relationships come from referrals – but most of them are not a straight line, which makes it more fun and...

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Why Email Newsletters Are My Secret Weapon

Mar 20, 2022

When I became RocketGirl over ten years ago, being able to do the work was easy. Knowing how to get clients was another matter. And when it was suggested that I write a newsletter to help make this happen, I thought: “Now that’s going to be hard.” 

I’m not in...

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