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 […]

Outsourcing ‘Bad for Business’?

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Tweet Regular readers will know my position on offshoring/outsourcing in such posts as Things to Consider; What is a VA; What’s in a Name; and Confusion Continues. I was recently sent a video (created by OnlineMBA.com) which raises another interesting thing to consider:  Why outsourcing may in fact NOT be valuable to business. Check it […]

Breaking Up is Hard to Do

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Tweet As a VA there will be times during your career when you’ll need to walk away from a client. There could be a number of reasons why you might decide to end a contract: the client may not fully understand how the VA/client relationship works (no matter how many times you try to explain […]