WHY and HOW to Choose a Niche for Your VA Business

Do you struggle with finding clients? Are you currently making the income you desire? Are the services you offer clearly defined? If you answered no to any of these the answer may be you need to choose a niche. The riches are in the niches What exactly is a niche? Simply put, a niche is … Read more

In the Spotlight: Candy Zulkosky

We like to occasionally feature some of the people who have completed the Professional Author and Speaker Training and Certification Programs. This week we’re shining the InstructionSmith spotlight on Candy Zulkosky.

Candy lives at the beach, on an island along the coast of North Carolina which is especially interesting considering she spent the first 30 or so years of her life living in the same small town tucked away in the mountains of Pennsylvania.

She ran away to sea for five years and taught computer classes to cruise ship passengers on the love boat! She lived for months at a time onboard Princess Cruise ships—and got paid to sail around the world. She notes this was arguably the best time of her life.

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What’s Your Style?

If you are writing a book, it is always a good idea to keep a running list of terms you use in a way that may be outside the dictionary norm.

If you are writing fiction you can keep a running list of the way you spell names of people, towns, streets, etc. That way you will always spell them the same way and maintain consistency. That becomes especially important if you are writing about a fictional world. (Can you imagine J.K. Rowling trying to keep track of all the details of Hogwarts as she was writing Harry Potter if she hadn’t kept notes?)

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International Virtual Assistants Day is May 19th

International Virtual Assistants Day has been observed on the third Friday of May since 2006.

Virtual assistants are independent contractors who work remotely either by themselves or with a team of experts.

What does it mean to work remotely?

Usually working from their home office they provide administrative and/or technical support for clients in a variety of industries.

Virtual assistants own their own business and work independently or assemble a versatile team of other virtual independent contractors. The members of the group work independently, have shared interests and use technology to communicate and collaborate. Virtual teams bring together people with the best expertise, regardless of where they live.

When working remotely or working as part of a virtual team you rely on email, instant messaging, and video chat to communicate.

“As technology continues to evolve, implementing telecommuting policies will become easier—leading your business to save money on overheads, while keeping employee retention high thanks to a better work/life balance.” Global Telework 2016 Survey Results

Getting started

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The Benefits of Maintaining a Weekly Action Plan

To succeed in growing your business, staying in action weekly is an absolute must.

Do you fill out a Weekly Action Plan?

It only takes a few minutes and it has been proven that when you write your goals, you have a much better chance of achieving them. And when you do the basic action steps below, in time, your business will flourish and be sustainable.

This simple exercise is the key to building your business, week in and week out. It’s quick, easy and highly effective. Top leaders do this every single week.

Do you know what your goals are?

Answer the following questions honestly:

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