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5 Common Interview Mistakes - and 1 Kiss of Death - You Should Avoid to Land Your Next Best Opportunity

5 Common Interview Mistakes - and 1 Kiss of Death - You Should Avoid to Land Your Next Best Opportunity

During my early career, I remember being excruciatingly nervous for job interviews. My hands would sweat, my heart would race, and my mind talked in circles for days. The day of the interview was flat-out awful. One time, prior to an interview officially starting, the recruiter was making typical small talk, probably trying to calm my very apparent nerves. Because I use humor to diffuse situations when I am nervous, I made a lame attempt at a joke, and for some reason, stated there were only 356…

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5 Important Steps to Take - And 1 To Avoid - When Vetting Potential Employers or Clients!

5 Important Steps to Take - And 1 To Avoid - When Vetting Potential Employers or Clients!

After graduating from the University of Pittsburgh, my first job was with a major rental car company. I found the entry-level job by reviewing the “wall of employers” outside of the university’s career services office. Upcoming graduates could sign up for interviews and submit a resume (on paper, of course), waiting anxiously for a phone call with an interview day and time. 

I knew very little about this company prior to the interview, and it did not seem to matter. The interview went really we…

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Things A Business Owner Needs to Know About Creating a Successful Team

Things A Business Owner Needs to Know About Creating a Successful Team

As a business owner there comes a time when you need to expand your team. You’ve reached a point where the company’s continued growth, and possibly your sanity, will depend on it. It’s an exciting time as you see the goals you’ve set being realized, yet knowing you cannot do it alone. You need help. What does that look like for your growing business, and how do you achieve it? Here are a few things to consider as you grow a team.

Your First Step – Get Legal Advice

I am not a lawyer, nor do I p…

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5 Ways to Effectively Communicate with Your In-House and Virtual Workforce

5 Ways to Effectively Communicate with Your In-House and Virtual Workforce

Building a thriving business and growing your staff excites most business owners. Gathering a group of the best individuals that are reaching goals and taking names - it’s a great feeling! We have a tendency to think that other people communicate just like we do. In fact, the opposite is true - each person acts and communicates differently based on a variety of factors. 

Now that you have a growing team made up of in-house and/or virtual professionals, how will you ensure that everyone stays on…

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4 Ways to Take the Stress Out of Hiring a Virtual Assistant

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Let’s face it - small business owners have a lot on their plate. In fact, that may be the understatement of the year, especially in our current business climate! If you have decided it’s time to outsource operations support tasks, like bookkeeping or social media management, now is a great time to connect with virtual assistants (VAs). Finding a VA is not hard - in fact, it’s almost too easy these days, given the growth in the VA industry. Placing an ad on Indeed or even your business Facebook p…

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Discover if a 1099-Contractor or Employee is the Right Choice for Your Growing Business

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American businessman Farrah Gray once said, “Build your own dreams, or someone else will hire you to build theirs.” Any small business owner can relate to that quote, right? But along with that comes a ton of responsibility...and work! If you are growing your small business, the time may be drawing to a close when you do all of the work...the behind-the-scenes operations work along with the work you actually enjoy to serve your clients and customers. But are you and your business ready for a tra…

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5 Reasons to Consider Working for a Virtual Assistant Agency

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Virtual assistants have a variety of options when it comes to working their businesses. In most cases, you would be a contract employee to your clients, and you would likely work virtually. You could be a one-woman (or man) show, or alternatively, could work with other VAs who are subcontractors for your business. But did you know that the virtual world has its own staffing companies? Yes, it’s true! As a VA, you could opt to work with a Virtual Assistant agency.  

What are the benefits of work…

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How to Become a Virtual Assistant Using the Skills You Already Have

Use the skills you already have to become a virtual assistant

If you are considering starting a Virtual Assistant (VA) business, you may be wondering what type of service you could offer clients. Would there be a market for those services? How do I find clients? Where will you learn what you need to know to open and run your business? Starting any business is a big step, and you definitely start with more questions than answers. The good news is that there are valuable resources to help you along the way.

How to Identify Your Marketable Skills

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Is Now a Great Time to Start Your Virtual Assistant Business?

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Have you ever considered starting your own small business? If so, you know the thoughts surrounding a new business venture can be really overwhelming. 

What kind of business do I start? 

Is now the right time to begin? 

Can I really do it?

I had those same exact questions. As my business grew, I began working with virtual assistants (VAs) to support me in a variety of ways. And you may have many skills that could lead to a successful VA biz. But is now the right time? Do small business owner…

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Virtual Assistants Offer Cost-Effective Solutions to Small Business Owners

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As we continue to look at non-traditional sources as part of your talent strategy, today our focus is on Virtual Assistants (VAs). While this is a thriving industry, some business owners are still unfamiliar with how a virtual assistant can benefit a business. Skilled, well trained virtual assistants can provide specialized services, increase your efficiency, and reduce your costs.

Virtual Assistants Offer More Than Clerical Skills

Virtual Assistants - sometimes referred to as "freelance…

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