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  1. Anna Kourteli

    Announcement Facebook Shout out & $50 coupon

    Thank you Tricia! I did my best but I feel there's room for improvement. But again, thanks for supporting xoxo
  2. Anna Kourteli

    Business Cards

    Exactly YaySibra! Websites and Social Media are definitely the way to go nowadays but as you mentioned, you never know where you'll meet your next prospect! Imagine how awkward it will be to handwrite your detail in a paper the moment your prospect asks where they can find more about you or...
  3. Anna Kourteli

    Announcement Facebook Shout out & $50 coupon

    Hello guys and gals! That Secretary, my VA business is on Facebook! I'm so excited as things evolve towards the Official Launch which is set for April 1st! Please feel absolutely free to visit the page (search for That Secretary) and connect with me :-) There's a special $50 off coupon uploaded...
  4. Anna Kourteli

    Business Cards

    Thank you Tricia, you're very kind and supporting!
  5. Anna Kourteli

    Business Cards

    Hi everyone! As promised, these are my brand new business cards! I got 350 double sided cards plus 140 matching address label stickers for a mere of 10 pounds. I chose vistaprint.co.uk as they were the cheapest and offered me a discount so I thought I didn't have much to lose if I ordered. I'm...
  6. Anna Kourteli

    Question I feel like I am cutting myself short while establishing my prices.

    Hello KevynS, I'm at the same stage as you are. Actually, I'm trying to move from freelancing on micro job sites to creating my own business so pricing has been a concern of mine, recently. I'm currently charging by the hour but I am not very fond of following that structure when launching my...
  7. Anna Kourteli

    Business Cards

    I really like the rectangular design Rachel, it adds style and a modern sense. Best of luck! I wasn't very lucky with my local printer in regards to my design. He claimed the file was full of pixels and advised to craft a mock-up for me. I went with that but the result was completely, well, not...
  8. Anna Kourteli

    What a Filipino Rock-Star VA looks like…and how you can create one!

    I absolutely agree. It's discriminating to put labels to people based on origin. I happen to know Filippino VA's that are REALLY hard workers and very eager when it comes to assisting their clients. My concern was that the article is defaming Filippino VA's and honestly if I were a client I...
  9. Anna Kourteli

    Question Clients' & Prospects' Key Problems

    Hi everyone! I was wondering, what are your clients' and prospects' key problems when asking for assistance? The profound reply is that they need your services, but my question is merely oriented towards understanding WHY they can't or won't perform the tasks themselves and would rather have...
  10. Anna Kourteli

    In what way does your client send all your tasks?

    I used to get assigned tasks daily through email BUT besides the inquiry emails my client needs me to track and follow up on updates she gets from staff or calendar her meetings, schedule appointments and a whole bunch of other things so getting cc'ed the whole day only to get informed that this...
  11. Anna Kourteli

    How to charge for file system building and maintenance

    Hello Norma, I guess you need/should ask the workload specifics. In that case, you'll be able to roughly estimate how long it will take you to complete the first phase of the contract (building the filing system) and price your services accordingly.It doesn't matter what the workload sounds...
  12. Anna Kourteli

    Is calling ourselves VA's demeaning?

    Thanks for the valuable advice Rhonda, I've already sent a polite message in which I request to be announced what I am and not what she feels like presenting me as.
  13. Anna Kourteli

    Is calling ourselves VA's demeaning?

    Thanks for your input Tricia - much appreciated :-) Since I'm crafting my branding strategy these days (trying to launch my online business) I came with an idea that will either work or totally burn me down. My silly question would be: how were the ladies working in administrative positions...
  14. Anna Kourteli

    Tag Line

    I believe it is a matter of personal preference, Tracey. I personally like taglines/slogans because they encapture the company's main advantages and points of differentiation within a memorable, short phrase. If taglines were considered cheesy or generally outdated a practice, I believe that no...
  15. Anna Kourteli

    New member from Chicago

    Welcome, Leigh! I'm new on the forum as well but it is an indispensable source of good advise and ideas when it comes to VA entrepreneurship! What niche are you considering following?
  16. Anna Kourteli

    Is calling ourselves VA's demeaning?

    @Rhonda, I absolutely agree with you. It felt weird and kind of embarrassing to be asked to take part in this "mockery" because it was dishonest, to begin with. I verbally or in-written never agreed to her suggestion and thought she would be given the hint after I replied nothing to her idea but...
  17. Anna Kourteli

    Business Cards

    I do agree. Regardless of the fact that we work online, being able to spread the word on a local level too, could also lead to some new opportunities. Tricia is right, $8 or $30 or whatever, is a cost that all of us can bear in order to be heard offline. My sister is a secretary to a law firm in...
  18. Anna Kourteli

    Is calling ourselves VA's demeaning?

    Hello everyone. I have encountered the following situation and it raised concerns in regards to what is an appropriate way that a VA should title/position themselves. The story goes like this.... A couple of days back, I was asked by my client to participate in the company's weekly meeting as...
  19. Anna Kourteli

    Hello from Greece

    Hi Nathaniel, you're absolutely right! You see, last night I had a skype meeting with the husband of my current client who just wanted to see if I could offer some minimum assistance with calendaring for his needs, in addition, to keep working for his wife. Since I wanted to go the extra mile...
  20. Anna Kourteli

    Hello from Greece

    That is kind :-) thanks again! I have already announced the VAF as my exclusive procrastination online spot. No remorses! I love it!!
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