15 Years!

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Tweet Wow that went fast!!! February 2015 marks the 15th anniversary of my being in business as Executive Stress Office Support! What began as a way for me to remain at home with my then baby daughter, and continue to contribute to the household income, has blossomed into a very busy virtual assistant (VA) practice […]

Employee or VA?

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Tweet Just a reminder: If you are setting your assistant’s rate or dictating their hours and manner of work completion, they aren’t a VA – they’re a teleworker or home-based employee. One defining feature of a VA is that they are SELF-EMPLOYED. That means – among other things – they: set their rates set their […]

How do you value employees?

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Tweet Recently I came across an article by Shannon Aspinall of Shannon Aspinall Bookkeeping & Accounting. Even though I don’t employ people, I found it interesting because for me, some of the things Shannon said really reinforced what VAs have been saying for decades, and helped clarify the value a VA could bring to your […]

So You Wanna Be a VA?

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Tweet Like many long-term VAs I receive many calls and emails from (mostly) ladies wanting to get started as VAs. I thought it might be useful if I put my response to them in a blog post for anyone else who may be thinking of getting started as a VA. I hope you find it […]

Importance of Follow Up

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Tweet Getting clients is a big issue for small business owners – how to keep them is probably the next most common question I receive! But when it comes to getting clients one thing you can’t go past is follow up! It never ceases to amaze me the number of small business owners who do […]