Keeping your profiles current

As I write today I’m taking a break from doing a task that I have been putting off for a few weeks, updating my profiles on various sites.

When starting out I created profiles on so many sites and now as I go back to some of them it just proves how much I have developed and expanded in the last three years. I have been providing virtual services for a while but in 2006 decided to dedicate most of my time to making is more of a career rather than a hobby. In doing so I have educated myself with various courses and read so much that sometimes it took over my working schedule, however that is all behind me and now I have been on a path that has been leading to continued growth, it is small but consistent.

So in keeping with my continued growth it is time to clean up those profiles on sites that I wish to keep informed about what is happening, and those that I don’t visit or find useful I will just get rid of. It is time for change, unification and above all streamlining my online presence into a more coherent one.

This is something that I think we should all do as online professionals, keep our presence coherent because eventually that becomes our brand online. So take a look at all those profiles and delete the ones you don’t find valuable and update the ones that are. This will take time but in the end it will be worth while.

Have a great week.

Virtually Yours PA

4 tips on what to do during your downtime!

It’s good to be back – 4 tips on what to do during your downtime! How to effectively use your downtime to refocus your direction.

It’s good to be back – 4 tips on what to do during your downtime!

I am back from a two month hiatus which was well needed. Sometimes being a VA, freelance assistant, whatever sits right with you, but working for yourself can sometimes leave you feeling totally drained.When that happens you need to take time to recharge your batteries and refocus yourself and your business.

It is never fun working when you’re unfocused and unclear about the direction that you’re taking. Taking time out is a great way to reaffirm that you are right where you want to be, and doing just what you want to be doing. Taking a break will not kill you but give you the time to review and work on yourself and your business goals.

During your time away from actively seeking work look at doing some of the following during your down time. Here are 4 tips on what to do during your downtime and make it more effective.

  • Revamp your website
  • Update your profiles on freelance sites
  • Look at who your ideal client is and how you can work towards attracting them, marketing plan
  • Work on a schedule that suits you for working hours. Be realistic, although requests may come in on a 24 hour basis you can only physically work 8 to 10 hours a day, if you choose to do so. Anything more defeats the purpose of having time with your family. A good tip is to either break your day into two equal segments or if you’re a morning person start early so you have most of the day for chores and family, or vice versa.

Whatever you choose to do during your hiatus, remember to put time in to enjoy yourself and be ready for the work ahead.

It’s good to be back working and blogging, enjoy the posts.