Welcome 2013

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Hello 2013, I m so ready for the challenges that you prepared for me :)2012 has been pretty overwhelming on my part. From my journey in pregnancy,  my mom going in and out of the hospital and had a surgery just to save her life, online work  from foreign clients that is handful that sometimes made me sleepless just to please them and for me to save for the bills that is piling up, hormones raging because of the pregnancy that made me more emotional than before.

But I am glad that I surpassed all of that, it made me more strong in the sense that I know I CAN withstand everything that will come my way. My previous years have been a challenge from the marriage that I thought would be a lifetime partnership turned into a year of agony and suffering.  I tend to value relationships more than anything else so when that happened, I was really affected to the extent that I  lost a lot of weight and I was unfocused to all aspects of my life. But thankful that I found someone who lifted me up and now I am back on track.

I am not really into writing NEW YEARS RESOLUTION, but the heck, why not give it  try, right? Ill categorize it into PERSONAL, WORK, RELATIONSHIP, PARENTING, SPIRITUAL, SKILLS.

PERSONAL

1. Ill try to be more organized (in the house/office)

2.Ill try to focus on one ask at a time and finish it of before jumping into the next task :)

3.try to schedule a day before all the tasks that needs to be accomplished for the following day.

4.stick to the plan/schedule.

5.If you can do it today then DO IT NOW! dont  wait for an hour or two to accomplish it. TIME IS GOLD. Especially now that I have a lot of priorities.

6. make time for yourself at least an HOUR a day and stick to it. try to relax from all the complexities in life by pampering yourself. Do a mani or pedi, put some make up on, watch tv or dance to your favorite tune :)

7.Have an ample time to sleep and rest. Its your only way to RECHARGE

WORK

1.Schedule the tasks that needs to be done in a week and stick to it. Have an ample time for work and try to balance work from family and yourself.

2.make an Excel spreadsheet and record everything you have worked on in a day per client.

3.Update them with what you’re working on via email depending on their timezone. Do some adjustments.

4.Buy a wide Whiteboard and have your tasks written so that you wont forget anything to be done in a day.

PARENTING

1. Make Sundays a time for my kiddos. Shop. Eat out. Play.

2.Be firm with my decisions especially with regards to Keisha.

3.Schedule the tasks/to be done for the following day.

4. When Khalil is asleep, try to do some chores by multi tasking.

SPIRITUAL

1.Go to Mass every Sundays.

2.Manage to pray the Rosary every night

3.Teach Keisha to pray every night before going to bed

SKILLS

1. Research for articles and videos that will help me hone my Virtual Assistant skills.

2. REVIEW REVIEW REVIEW

3. Learn ONE SKILL a month

Ill try my very best to do ALL of that. Wish me luck! ;-)

How about you? Have you done something like this to make you stay focused? Drop me a line and share your thoughts. Have a Great year ahead!

Marjaux

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What Is A Virtual Assistant?

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Virtual Assistant (VA or Virtual Personal Assistant) works independently from a remote location or at home providing online secretarial, administrative, clerical and customer support as well as other skills like website design and marketing.

Typically, small businesses do look for Virtual Assistants who are either just starting out or in their initial stage of business. They usually have a limited budget and doesnt want to hire a regular employee. If you have been an Administration Assistant, Executive Secretary or may it be an Office Manager, you can be considered being a Virtual Assistant.

How to become a Virtual Assistant

Training

There are a lot of Online Certifications and Training Programs that you can enrol at for you to become a “certified” Virtual assistant. Some colleges or universities nowadays have added this on their curriculum. If youre fond of doing web research, you can actually browse several sites where you can learn some skills through their blog articles, webinars, video and audio based training programs as well as books that can actually aide you gain the necessary skill sets to be a successful Virtual Assistant.

You can actually learn the values of time management and organizational skills as well as how to market yourself.

Home Office

If you want to be successful in this industry, you must set up your own Home-Office. You must provide the following:

a.  computer with a fast internet connection bundled up with printer,fax machine and scanner

b.business phone line,

c. Skype and VOIP Phones which is commonly used by the employer and the VA as they are free of charge or cheaper than land line rates.

Keep in mind that your working area must be free from distractions and should be quite enough for you to focus on your job. It must be free from interruptions from the family members especially from your kids.

Look for work

Now that you have set up your own space, let us now discuss where we can  find your potential clients. There are several freelance sites in the web today, but based on my experience, I have signed up for the following sites:

1. Elance

2. Odesk

3.Guru

4. PeoplePerHour

5. Freelancer

Now that you have signed up for those sites, its time for you to do the following:

  • prepare your cover letter
  • list down your skills
  • take the necessary tests provided on the sites you have signed up for ( that can increase your application quota)

So, are you now ready to be a Virtual Assistant? Drop me a line and say what you think…

Thank you for stopping by!

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Welcome to my Personal Blog! This is where I will post my daily experiences being a Virtual Assistant. Feel free to leave a comment before you leave. Ill try my very best to update this page of mine. Ill try to post several informative articles on being an Online Contractor.