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    Tagging Business on FB

    Realizing this is 6 days later, so perhaps you have already figured it out but I ran into a similar issue last week. Have you tried using the @ symbol just before the business name you're trying to type in? That definitely worked for me! Stephanie
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    Hello from Florida

    Hi there Kristen ((and everyone else who has chimed in from Florida))! I just recently moved to South Florida (Palm Beach County to be exact) and have also started my VA/outsourcing business. I concur in saying that the folks on this forum are extremely helpful, and everyone understands we're...
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    Question How long before you got your first client?

    Ronalyn, Thank you for posting this, and thank you to everyone else who has responded to her inquiry as I too have been feeling a bit demotivated by the lack of response I've received. I've been working on setting up the business on and off for a few months now (while transitioning from FT...
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    Question Pricing Social Media Packages?

    Re: Social Media Packages? Wonderful, Tess! Thank you so much for the quick reply and for directing me to Luz's eBook! This is very helpful and it's much appreciated. Have a great day! Stephanie
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    Question Pricing Social Media Packages?

    Happy Wednesday! I've "officially" launched my business this week. Due to the outpouring of feedback and support from my fellow VA's on this forum (thank you!), I've decided I'm going to encourage my potential clients to elect a package, and am offering HR Support, Social Media Management and...
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    New here - opinion on business name?

    Faye, On a semi-related side note (and in my opinion), before you go ahead and hire a graphic designer to create a new logo for you, may I suggest modifying a pre-made logo for a fraction of the cost? My logo is very simple and I decided to go that way in the event I decide to take the...
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    Allocation of Client Hours

    Ruth, great suggestions and thank you so much for that! Looks like the project rate/package really seems like the way to go. Thank you for also outlining your approach on how to proceed with helping the client to understand why it's important to have an agreement in place. I'm really excited...
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    Allocation of Client Hours

    Wow, right on, Lisa! I really like how direct you are with your clients and outlining your expectations of the relationship immediately. Being in HR for 13 years and working for an employer, I can be as direct with the best of them, because I was confident in my abilities. While I am completely...
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    Allocation of Client Hours

    Terrific advice, Susan! I think the most difficult part for me was that it happened to be my very first client, so it of course had me even doubting my own abilities to do the job. Especially when I hear phrases like, "you don't deserve it" and "you didn't earn the money", but then I find that...
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    Allocation of Client Hours

    That is a good policy to have. With my one client I had indicated in advance that I would charge in 15 minute increments. Although when I do have multiple clients it will be more difficult. I have seen others on here comment that they'll take a chunk of emails together and bill for that one lump...
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    Allocation of Client Hours

    Very sound advice, Julie that I am definitely going to heed. I've also seen others remark about keeping a copy on the website as well, so even the potential client is aware that one will indeed need to be signed prior to the working arrangement. As I develop my site over the course of the next...
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    Allocation of Client Hours

    Julie, Thank you so much for the wonderful suggestions and for also taking the time out of your busy day to respond. Looks like at one point or another we have all dealt with these micro-managing clients, and glad to see that needless to say everyone seems to have pressed on and I need to as...
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    Allocation of Client Hours

    Thank you so much for your very detailed and thoughtful replies. Susan--thank you for sharing all of that information, and in addition to being lucky to have found your clients, I also believe you did a terrific job by choosing those clients since there certainly is a selection process involved...
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    Allocation of Client Hours

    Good Morning, Being a VA that is just starting out (a little frightened to boot and will get into the reasoning behind that below), I just wanted to get your input in regards the hours your clients are allocating financially towards your time. More specifically, how to you determine how much...
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    The ideal client - how did you find yours?

    Hi Desiree, Thanks so much for the information, and for that same reason I was thinking I should say clear of trying to look locally as well. That's a great idea about putting together the email as well regarding the employment ad. Take care :-)
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