What’s An OBM and How Is It Different Than a VA?

Many people confuse an Online Business Manager and a Virtual Assistant. The two can seem very similar, and some services (like me!) can offer both. But there is a distinct difference, and which one you need depends on what services you need. What’s a virtual assistant? You can read a more in-depth description of a Read More

How Your Virtual Assistant Can Help You With Social Media

Social media can be one of the biggest challenges that a small business owner faces. Between Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and the random platforms that sometimes disappear as fast as they appear, there’s plenty of platforms to be active on. Finding and creating content, posting and scheduling it – social media can be a full-time job Read More

3 Tips For Smooth Sailing When Your VA Is MIA (Or You Are!)

Last Thursday my cable company, providers of my landline, cable, and internet, “planned” an outage that left me without internet until 3PM. Fortunately, most of my clients are very understanding and had no problem handling the work I should have been doing in my absence. Now, I know what you’re thinking. Why didn’t I just Read More

Being Productive When You Just Don’t Feel Like It

We all have those days: we have a to-do list a mile long, most of it with a fast-approaching deadline, and all we want to do is sleep, or read, or watch TV or scroll Facebook. We know we need to work, but we just don’t feel like it. How can you be productive on Read More

Whatever Is On Your Plate Is There Because You Said Yes

“I’ve got a lot on my plate right now.” It’s a common complaint. A common excuse when someone needs to say no, or when they’re saying yes but trying to manage expectations. Having a lot on your plate is an indication of being busy, often overwhelmed, and simply not having the time, energy or resources Read More

My 6 Favorite Tools For Getting Things Done

As a virtual assistant with multiple clients, I use several tools to not only accomplish my clients’ work, but my own. Today, I thought I’d share my top six favorite tools for getting work done quickly. I could probably share many more than just six, but we’ll start here. Trello Trello is my favorite organizational Read More

Black Friday Sale: Micro-Packages For Everyone!

Many businesses find themselves with some extra tasks that need to be done during the holiday season, requiring another set of hands. But you don’t want to hire someone full-time, only to let them go after the holiday season is over. And you might not even need that many hours to accomplish the work – Read More

What Do You Hate Doing?

We all have something we hate doing when it comes to running our business. For me, it’s dealing with the finances. I do it because I know it’s necessary, but when the day comes that I can afford a bookkeeper or accountant, I’m outsourcing it in a second. What do you hate doing? Is it Read More

Why Did You Start Your Business?

Everything you do has a reason behind it. What was the reason behind starting your business? Do you even remember why you started your business? Why I Started My Business I took a gap year after high school that turned into several. After an early marriage and kids, I got into administrative assistant jobs and Read More

How Long Should You Spend Training Your New Virtual Assistant?

You’ve decided it’s time to hire a VA. You want someone who can handle some of your work to free you up to handle other things. So how long should you spend training your new virtual assistant? Figure on spending at least a month. I know, I know. I can hear you already. “A month? Read More