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Hurricane Irma is knocking!

It’s Sunday morning and we are truly feeling the effects of Hurricane Irma. Florida is getting a pounding, but as always we will make it though. We’re boarded up, stocked up, huddled up and as prepared as we can be for whatever happens.

Be safe everyone.

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Top Ten Virtual Assistant Skills for 2018

To all online professionals, this is a free seminar put on by VA Classrooms. It might be a good refresher.  Just follow the link below to reserve your space. 

http://www.vaclassroom.com/ten-va-skills-workshop

 Have fun. 

Have you checked your social media lately? Part 1

I’m not a big user of social media, and when they started popping up and becoming popular, like everyone else I signed up to all the various ones. But lately I’ve been exploring just how social media works, and how it can help a business like mine. As a freelance professional finding your way around marketing and promoting is always an issue. Yes there are companies and other freelancers that are available to do the job and will most definitely do a very good job, but sometimes you have to learn what you’re paying for, and how to know if it’s being done right.

One of the things that I’ve learned from my exploration is not all social media is a good fit. For instance sites like Pintrest, Tumbler, Instagram, Vimeo, Flickr are great for sharing things that are more visual like pictures and videos. If you work in any industry that does a lot of visuals, videos, pictures, these sites are great for Marketing, photography, retail, fashion and such.These sites are great as they use minimal words and maximum eye catching visual. All you need is a title, a great photo and off you go.

Industries that are more focused on things like administration, accounting, project management, writing, etc., then sites like Twitter will be great for you. With Twitter you can add links from your blogs, other sites or links to work that you wish to share with your followers. Twitter tends to be more versatile when it comes to sharing. You can add pictures only, or you can add write-ups to like to whatever articles or sites you’re talking about.

So figuring out which site is best for your type of business is the first step in looking at your social media. So take a look and see if you’re signed up to the right site for you.

As I continue my explorations there will be more to follow. So check out your social media. And I’ll keep you informed about hashtags, following people, and promoting. From one social media newbie to another don’t sign up to something before you check it out fully and see if it’s right for you. I’ll look at Facebook, LinkedIn and Blogs in a later post.

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Back to work tips for August

It’s August, and for many of us with children we know it’s time to get in one last bit of relaxation this summer. If you live in Florida for many of you like myself there’s only one or two weeks left of summer vacation. So enjoy the beach, have a couple of late mornings and get ready for the back to school schedules.

On the work side for many self-employed professionals summer is normally the time when things slow down for us. It’s also a good time to get your office back in order and ready for business for the next push of the year. My work tips for August:

  • Get your finances in order – August is a great time while it’s slow going to update all your bookkeeping/accountig. Round-up any stray unpaid invoices from customers if you have any. Do your bank recons so you have a idea where you stand financially and what you need to do to meet your end of year financial goal. Hire a bookkeeper if you don’t have the time, patience or software to do your finances by yourself, or they are too out of control for you to deal with. However you decide to deal with your finances set a deadline for August 31 to get it all done and ready for the last months of the year.
  • Schedules – If you have kids then your work from home schedule is going to be really important. Be realistic about what you can do and when you can do it. For many of us our best work time is when the kids have gone to school. That will give you a good 6 to 8 hours of focused work time, so use it wisely.
  • Be flexible – Although you’ve got a schedule it’s always good to be flexible because life happens.
  • Home Office or work space – Over time our work areas get cluttered, it’s natural. While its slow take a couple of hours to tidy up, put files in their place and shred all that unwanted paper that is cluttering up your space and make it workable again 🙂 Don’t forget your computers too, we tend to drop a lot of stuff on our destops, so file those away too.
  • Finally have fun – Enjoy the last few days of family relaxing time before everything goes haywire again. Have fun and head outdoors, go to the beach or bike riding, but have some more fun before school and work get back in full swing.

Happy summer and have a great August.