Disaster Preparedness Tips – Featured in Browardnetonline

We were thrilled to be featured in BrowardNetOnline – and provide some disaster preparedness tips.  Here is just a few of the tips we provided.  Please do read the entire article here ..

http://browardnetonline.com/2013/07/disaster-preparedness-get-ready-now-and-relax-later-a-few-helpful-tips-for-south-florida/

It’s that time of year again! It’s time to make those disaster readiness preparations for the hurricane season.   Now we all know it’s been a while since South Florida has experienced any major challenges, but that is all the more reason to take action and get things in order so you can be prepared, especially as Tropical Storm Chantal is floating out in the Atlantic.  Here are a few tips that we think you might find beneficial.

Top Disaster Preparedness Tips:

Write down a complete family medical history. Include any medical conditions, medicines and dosages, doctor’s names and contact information, where medical records can be found, etc.  Be specific.  A life can truly depend on this one step alone. If you happen to have children with any medical conditions, be sure that they carry this with them at all times.  Of course, you hope you will be with them in case of an emergency, but if not, you will feel better knowing they are in good hands.

Take an inventory now.  Write down insurance policies including insurance company and contact information, policy numbers, group numbers, date of births, coverage, etc.  Also, make an extra copy of those important documents and have them handy. Write down an inventory of valuables and take photos if possible. One recommendation is when you buy something new, make an extra copy of the receipt and keep it in your disaster recovery file folder with a photo of it.  Takes seconds, but makes it so much easier when it comes to filing a claim (and you might be able to get more money because you have proven the value of the items.)

Safeguard important information – Get a copy of all important information, wills, trusts, mortgages, deeds, birth certificates, contracts, medical records, insurance information, even household bills to help get things restored quickly, etc.  This should be in one central location that you can grab and go.  In extreme cases, some suggest to put this in a freezer as emergency personnel is trained to look there. It’s also a good idea to write out some of those important passwords for your online activities.  (Just be sure to keep in secure location.)  Many save everything on the computer, and if you have no power, that can be a real problem.

Back up your computer system regularly.  Whether you have a business or not, it’s important to have a good back-up.  We recommend an online system such as Carbonite in addition to flash drives, hard drive back-ups, etc.  Even dropbox can be beneficial. However you do it, just make sure you are protected. Don’t lose those precious photos and family videos.

Have the appropriate food and supplies on hand.  Throughout the year, add to your stockpile and make sure the food you get is food that your family likes and will eat. Many make the mistake of getting canned goods, but it’s not what the family is used to and therefore won’t eat it.  You then end up on that long search for an open store. Basics like bread and milk, you’ll need to get closer to the time, but many of the extras you can purchase while on sale. Get used to saving with the buy one get one free sales.  Buy one to use now, and get one to put away. (Be mindful of expiration dates though.)

Don’t forget the comfort foods.  It can be stressful and that can help tremendously. You can fire up the grill and grill up goodies so stock up on charcoal and lighter fluid.  Also get extra sterno.  Many a mac and cheese dinner can be heated up with that.  Don’t forget coffee (you will need it), lots of water, and extra cash.  Often ATMs are down so cash is needed.

Get the appropriate weather attire out.  Ponchos, umbrellas, etc.  Also, don’t forget things such as extra bug spray.  Often these storms stir up insects that carry diseases (i.e., West Nile Virus) so be prepared. Also, consider putting together a back-pack for each family member.  Some considerations include some of the following; clothes, shoes, water, bug spray, a little food, etc.  Think what they might need for just a few days.

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Do you have any tips you’d like to share.  Let us know.  Also, if you would like to receive our sample;  Home Office Recovery Plan, let us know and we’d be happy to send it to you.  Thanks! Diana

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Entrepreneur Tips – 10 Tips to Take the Ugh Out of Business Networking

10 Tips to Take the Ugh Out of Business Networking

What are your first thoughts when you hear the word networking? We know some of you are probably thinking, “Ugh, I hate to do that!” Right? All that work meeting new people. Forget about it. Or perhaps you’re thinking “Networking is too much like marketing and I’m not good at marketing. Never works, so why do it?”

It’s easy to be apprehensive or even downright anxious about networking if you haven’t had much success at it. But perhaps your lack of success comes from a lack of understanding just how important and beneficial it is. That coupled with a lack of good technique can prevent you from seeing good results. And, you won’t see how easy it can be when done properly. Many just give up instead of making it part of their marketing message.

Networking allows you to let potential clients know who you are and that you have a business that’s ready to help them solve their problems and quite possibly increase their revenue. Plus, making your name familiar to prospective customers is a great way to stay connected. People are more willing to work with a new service if they have heard about you or have had the opportunity to meet you. It helps them to gain the confidence that you can help their business. And finally, for those who work at home, it offers the camaraderie they often miss by not being in a workplace atmosphere. This is especially true when you network regularly at the same places so others become familiar with you and look forward to seeing you.

Like many things, networking can come in many forms. You can network by joining some of the more relevant business groups in your community and even offering to be a speaker at some of their events. You can attend seminars, tradeshows and expos. But what is even more important to where you network is how you network. It really works when it’s done right and we hope to help you see that.

Here are some tips to make your networking experience better:

1. Know the dress code and dress professionally. You don’t want to be over dressed nor do you want to be too relaxed. Simply ask or look at photos of recent events they have hosted to get a feel for it. Past event photos are often featured on their social media pages or website.
2. Make sure you are comfortable. Shoes that hurt your feet or shoes that tend to slip off regularly don’t create a positive appearance. Also, you want to look natural and when you look in obvious pain that sends the wrong message. You don’t want to look like you only dress for these networking events, but that you are professional day in and day out, even if you do normally wear jeans and a tee to work.
3. Make new contacts. Try not to spend all the time with the people you already know. Many people don’t enjoy networking events because of the “cliques” where the same people talk to the same people and it’s hard to break in. Do your best to mingle and truly connect with everyone.
4. Welcome the new attendees. They will long remember you for making them feel comfortable at their first event. And, you can sometimes use your “old contacts” to help you with this. For example, when a new person stops by your group you can introduce yourself and then say, “Oh, have you met…,” and then introduce your friend as well. This can be a great icebreaker for everyone.
5. Always have your short elevator speech prepared. The more prepared you are the more confidently you can introduce your services. Know the audience in advance so you can customize your speech to that group. Also, have business cards handy, as well as a pen.
6. Be a good listener. People can tell when you aren’t interested in their conversation. If you want their business, you should be interested. Pay attention to what is being said as if there were going to be a test later, because there just might be when asked if you recall something that was said just a bit ago.
7. Remember to make eye contact. You likely know how it feels when you’re talking to someone at an event and their eyes keep wondering over your shoulder to scan the crowd. It makes you feel like they have absolutely no interest in you and what you’re saying. Do your scanning of the crowd before you engage in talk with someone. Seek out who you’re going to talk to and keep them engaged with interesting conversation—don’t make it all about you.
8. Collect as many business cards as possible. Be sure to make any special notes on the back of a contact’s card that will help you remember them and why you need to make contact later.
9. Send a thank-you note. Immediately following the networking event, send a thank-you note to all those you spoke with to let them know it was nice meeting them. You can design your own to make it a little more personal. Make sure you sign your own name; don’t have it typed. While handwritten is better, email is acceptable. Just do it!
10. Follow-up immediately with hot prospects. If you made contact with the right people you will have identified some hot prospects. Armed with the notes you took on the back of their business card, make contact and let them know how you can benefit their company. Be sure to get a commitment for a next course of action.

Being prepared, looking professional at all times, and having the confidence that you are an expert at what you do will help to take the “Ugh” of out networking. And remember, the more you network the better you get at it. The more you enjoy it, the more results you will see.

Diana Ennen and Kelly Poelker are the co-authors of numerous books including Virtual Assistant – The Series: Become a Highly Successful, Sought After VA. Stop by for information on starting your own VA business http://www.vatheseries.com. Follow them on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/becomeava. Article is free to be reprinted as long as bio remains.

Join me this Thursday – All you need to know about blogging for authors

Blogging – Yes You Can – And we’ll show you how.

Authors – Why DO you need to blog …. Let me count the ways!
• It allows you to connect with your readers. They want more than just to read your book. They can not only read more about you, but also talk with you via comments.
• It builds a relationship and that’s exactly what you want.
• It allows you to give out your social media information. You can share on your blog how to connect with you on Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, etc. And what you will discover is many of your readers WILL connect with you more there.
• It allows you to add more material than what is in your book so that they can show what else you are an expert. (Many authors also are speakers or sell products that are related to their book. Blogging lets you show that!)
• It allows you to post your reviews and ask for reviews.
• It also allows you to show off other books you might have written. Often when an reader loves one of your books, they will want more of them. Your blog allows you to do it.
• It shows you are serious about your book and can actually help with your next book. If you were looking for a publisher and they see that you are an active blogger with a large audience, that is going to go far in your favor.
• It allows you to host contests and giveaways. (And have some fun!)
• It allows you to do additional marketing .. (we will get into that later.) But your blog postings can be turned into articles, which you send out online. Your blog postings can be turned into social media mentions, etc.
• And BEST YET, it allows you to post your upcoming speaking events.

What shall I write???? (No problem. We’ll show you!)

What you need to add to your blog — And it’s more than just postings. (And the biggest mistake we see people doing.) You’ll love this one.

Top 10 Tips to Get More Traffic to Your Blog (Many we know you AREN’T currently doing).

Write articles & add to your blog – Yes, we’ll show you how to write those articles too that make tremendous blog postings and can be used for your online marketing efforts.

Don’t forget about Social Media – We’ll show you how to get more with all you do with the right way to take advantage of combining your blog and social media efforts

And so much more.

Sign up now!!

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Tips for Getting Clients for your Virtual Assistant Business

Want to get more clients for your VA Business … here are some of the things that I do. Love to see your recommendations as well.

I do get a lot of clients via word of mouth and I highly recommend that. But there are so many other ways to get clients. One of the main things to consider is that clients are often looking at you long before they hire you so keep a professional image. So always be sure to look your best online and offline. That can help tremendously. Become the expert they need in the niche your excel at by showing you know what you are doing, I do that my constantly writing on my topic, social media, networking at events, and connecting with others who might give me referrals. But most importantly, make sure you are doing it right.

The most important thing is to be passionate about your business and be very good at it, continuing to learn and grow. When you are the best at what you do, clients want to work with you now and for years to come.

Work-From-Home tips – Staying focused and on task to get more done.

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Here are some of our best tips to get more done.

1) Have a to-do list and timer. At the beginning of the day, jot down the tasks as well as the expected time it should take. Then write down at the end of the day how long the tasks actually took and cross them off. Yes, many use to-do lists, but by writing down the time it takes vs. the expected time, it becomes more of a challenge. You not only want to cross it off, but you want to cross it off in the time allotted.

2) Have your iPhone or Blackberry by your computer and check it when it beeps. You will discover by doing this, you won’t break away and get stuck doing emails. Only those that require immediate attention will you stop and focus on. So often when we check emails on our computers, we stop to answer. By checking our phones, we see what is coming in, however, we are not compelled to take immediate action. Now set aside time to respond to emails and do numerous ones at once. You are so more empowered when this becomes a habit.

3) Don’t fight it. If you don’t feel like writing your blog post, don’t write it then. Do something else. You find if you get into the habit of doing more of what feels right when you are doing it, you can accomplish so much more. And things get done! Now the key is not to ignore completely things that need done.

4) Avoid interruptions. Yes, it’s okay to not answer the phone during the day or respond back to an Facebook IM. Be blunt and if family and friends take advantage, put it in perspective. For example, I could talk right now, but that would mean that I wouldn’t get this done and that would cost me and my family approximately $100.00. I just can’t do it now. However, I can talk at 6:00 and would love to them. When they are able to see the monetary damage this causes often times they understand more. Of course, you would need to soften it up a bit, but just showing you how important it is to avoid interruptions. Even if you don’t tell them the monetary value, but you know it yourself, you can see how much time and money you will be wasting.

Do you have any time saving tips? We’d love to hear them. Please comment below.

Virtual Assistant Business Tops The List of Businesses to Start in 2013

Virtual Assistant Business Tops The List of Businesses to Start in 2013

It’s no secret being a business owner can be one the most rewarding ventures ever. After all, you get to be the boss, make all the rules, and make a great income—all at the same time, right? It doesn’t get any better than that! Of course that comes with a lot of hours, a lot of sweat, and a lot of sacrifice. Nonetheless, over 20 million of us do it and wouldn’t trade it for the world.
One of the most hottest businesses to start, according to a recent article in Home Business magazine (December 2012 issue,) is a Virtual Assistant business. If you’ve been following the industry and the top businesses to start listings for any length of time you have likely noticed that a Virtual Assistant business has been high on many lists in recent years. Why? We would say that is due to rising popularity and ease of entry if you have the right skill set and expertise. And, there is minimal investment for getting started.

As we shared with Home Business magazine, “Virtual Assistants partner with his/her clients and learn about the client’s business to become a trusted and valued member of the team. At the same time, the Virtual Assistant only charges for time on tasks, so it ultimately saves the client in overhead expenses while affording them the necessary time to take care of more business.”
It’s the partnership we create with clients that distinguishes us from other types of service providers, like those bidding for jobs on freelance-type sites. The ultimate goal is to establish a long-term relationship with the client to provide business support services, like those we outlined below. These services are performed in your office instead of the client’s, hence the virtual aspect of the working arrangement.

As an independent contractor you are then responsible for paying your own taxes, providing the equipment, software, and whatever else you need to perform the services in addition to all other aspects of running your own business. This is where the VA can eliminate the overhead expenses of a hiring an employee for a business owner.

The article further went on to say, “Virtual Assistant services include: publicity and marketing, article and press release writing and distribution, social networking updates, legal, medical, and general transcription, bookkeeping, web design, and administrative tasks.” There are a wide variety of services a virtual assistant can offer, this is only a small sampling of the services you can offer.

Want to learn more on how to become a virtual assistant? Take the time to visit different websites and do your research online. There are a number of colleges that offer training as well as industry experts, like us, who offer coaching. Take a trip to AcademyVP.com for a list of colleges. You can also find on that site a VA Self-Assessment that can help you in determining whether becoming a virtual assistant is a good choice for you. And, you can find answers to some common questions about getting started at VA-TheSeries.com.

Diana Ennen and Kelly Poelker are the co-authors of numerous books including Virtual Assistant – The Series: Become a Highly Successful, Sought After VA and accompanying Virtual Assistant – The Series Workbook. Stop by their site for complete information on starting your own VA business http://www.vatheseries.com. Connect with them online at @dianaennen and @kellypoelker or facebook.com/becomeava — Article is free to be reprinted as long as bio remains

Shop Online This Holiday Season – Black Friday Sales Begin Early at Online Bookstore

Margate, FL (November 2012) – Shop early this holiday season and with just a quick click of a mouse, get gifts the entire family will enjoy. At Virtual Word Publishing, http://www.virtualwordpublishing.com, find books from starting a home-based business or virtual assistant business, to sci-fi thrillers, children’s books, Christian books, cookbooks, and more. And just in time for the Black Friday Sales to save big.

From delightful children’s books like Zip, Burp and Hula, to the fiction thriller, Sledgehammer, readers of all ages will find what they are looking for. For those entrepreneurs who always wanted to start a business, nothing can beat business and how to books on those topics including the best-selling book Virtual Assistant the Series: Become a Highly Successful, Sought After VA, which was recently featured in Home Business Magazine as one of the hot businesses to start in 2013. The business start-up book also comes with an accompanying VA the Series Workbook. These how to books direct readers step by step through the entire process of starting a virtual assistant business with pros that know exactly what needs to be done to run a successful business. That’s the true power of words.

Also available is So You Want to be a Work-at-Home Mom: A Christian’s Guide to Starting a Home-Based Business by Jill Hart and Diana Ennen. Solid advice on starting a home-based business with spiritual principles is a great way to learn how to start a home-based business for Christian women.

Christian and inspirational books, books on marketing and sales, disaster recovery books, cookbooks, e-books, and more are all found in the bookstore. But what makes this bookstore unique is that the bookstore offers more than just the books alone. For example, the children’s book, Zip, Burp and Hula comes with a matching coloring book and paint by number book so children can delight in coloring along with the characters of the book. Virtual Assistant the Series comes with a workbook. Virtual Assistant Solution Pack comes with over 70 templates of business forms needed to start a virtual assistant business.

The fiction category features the highly acclaimed Sledgehammer, a gripping medical fiction thriller. This book sets theme in a Los Angeles emergency room where terrorists are using smallpox as a biological agent, with plans to release it into several sports arenas, airports and shopping malls to maximize its deadly effects. This book has received numerous five star reviews and begs to ask the question, “What if?”

And for holiday cooking, look to the Bizymoms Cookbook. 151 pages of recipes perfect for holiday cooking as well as yummy desserts, crockpot delights, and meals the whole family will enjoy. Email for a free sample at diana@virtualwordpublishing.com

Stop by the bookstore today at www.virtualwordpublishing.com and experience the magic that only a good book can offer.

Home-Based Business – Is it Right For You?

Home-Based Business – Is it Right For You?

What does it take to be successful in this field? Ambition, personal drive, motivation, desire and perseverance are the forerunners. Without these, all the skills and experience in the world won’t enable you to succeed. However, combine those with your personal skills and experience, and you’ll have what it takes.

Also, take into account the following: Are you ambitious, constantly striving for more fulfillments in life? Are you not fully satisfied until you’ve done your absolute best? If so, working from home is for you. There are no limitations. The more you put into the business, the more you’ll get out of it. You control your paycheck. Only you can determine what follows that dollar sign on your tax return each year.

Are you a self-starter? You alone are the one who will make this business a success or failure. The amount of time and energy you invest will determine just how successful you are with your business. Are you motivated enough to make things happen? In the beginning stages, a business will require a tremendous amount of hard work and long hours, often without immediate results. You need to be willing to invest that time and await the results with confidence.

Are you creative? Can you think of a new idea and within days make it a reality? What a joy it is to tap that inner imagination and create a new idea for your business. Whether it’s an effective advertising piece or a dazzling brochure for your clients, you have the power to make it work.

You should be self-motivated and enjoy working with others. Many of you will come from a 9-5 job and the general tendency is to cut loose with the extra freedom. No Boss-No Time Restraints-What fun! You have to discipline yourself right from the beginning not to get sidetracked watching soaps and sleeping in. After you are established, your workload won’t permit this anyway.

Working with different clients is a part of owning your own business. Remember, a satisfied client will tell other potential clients about your services. You need to possess the ability to make your clients feel confident and secure in your services and comfortable working with you.

You can’t fold under pressure. Owning your own business can be extremely stressful at times. There are no bosses to run to or co-workers to seek advice from. The computers will break, faxes will jam, clients will become too demanding and you must know how to handle the situation and stay calm. NEVER PANIC! Learn to take a deep breath, regain your composure and then solve the problem.

You should be organized and have a good understanding of the business you are going into. Many companies fail because they didn’t do their homework. Read as much as you can on home-based businesses before you get started. Research your area to determine the customers’ needs and the amount of competition.

You need to be able to say NO! Clients will take advantage of you if you don’t. You have to remain in control or you will find yourself working outrageous hours for little profit. Decide what hours you want to work and stick to that schedule.

Owning your own business can be an exciting and rewarding adventure. There is a tremendous feeling of accomplishment when you land your first client or make that first sale. It’s the kind of feeling that you just want to keep getting over and over again.

Excuses, Excuses

Just how badly do you want this? What’s holding you back? People present all kinds of excuses for why they shouldn’t start a home-based business. Fear is the most common. Fear of failure, fear of financial insecurity, fear of responsibility, and fear of change are the most frequently stated. Let’s look at these for a moment and see if they apply to you.

Fear of Failure: Most of us fear failure. It’s natural. Who wants to fail at anything? Besides, if you don’t try, you can’t fail, and you will not have to deal with those negative emotions. Successful entrepreneurs see failure as an opportunity. They believe that there is no such thing as failure, only lessons. You need to be able to learn from your past failures or, as I call them, “tries.” I consider it this way: “I tried it, it didn’t work, so I’ll try something else.” I give failure no power. One of our favorite clichés is, “I would rather regret something I did over something I didn’t do.”

You should learn valuable lessons from each of your mistakes. What did you do wrong that could be corrected next time? Never dwell on your mistakes. Solve the problem and plan a new course of action.

You can also prevent the risk of failure by being aware of why most home-based or small businesses fail and then guard against these things. The following are several reasons many businesses fail:

1. Lack of enthusiasm, motivation, dedication and drive
2. Lack of self-confidence
3. Lack of knowledge and expertise
4. Lack of management skills necessary to run a successful business
5. Lack of providing clients with quality and professional services
6. Lack of a professional attitude
7. Lack of a market for services

Remember that success takes time. Very few businesses are overnight successes. It takes work, rethinking of ideas and carrying out your plans. Think of success as a marathon, not a sprint.

Fear of Financial Insecurity: This is a valid concern for those leaving the security of a full-time job with a regular paycheck every week. There is no guarantee that every week you will make a certain amount of money. However, you can take steps that will enable you to make it through the slow times until your business is up and running. Don’t let your paycheck addiction seriously interfere with your dream of entrepreneurship. Keep in mind that you could be downsized, fired, laid off, let go, given the pink slip (you get my point) tomorrow, so take control of your future now!

Have two or three months of money in reserve to help you through the first few months. This alleviates the stress of having to make money NOW! Many start a business on a part-time basis and continue working their full-time jobs to keep money coming in and to build their client base. However, let this stop you from starting a business. After being in business now for 20 years and seeing so many businesses succeed, I know many who have made it without this extra money.

Fear of Responsibility: Many are frightened by the role of sole responsibility. They like the option of going to someone else when a crisis hits and having that person solve the problem. With everything falling on their shoulders, they fear they can’t handle the stress. Advance planning is the key here. When you start your business, have a good back-up plan in effect. Then when a crisis hits, you immediately know what to do. After the first few crisis situations, you learn to remain calm and solve problems with little effort.

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Diana Ennen is the President of Virtual Word Publishing, http://www.virtualwordpublishing.com and co-author of Virtual Assistant – The Series, Become a Highly Successful, Sought After VA & workbook. Articles are free to be reprinted as long as the author’s bio remains intact.

Preparing for Hurricane Sandy – Disaster Preparedness Tips

I live in South Florida and have experienced numerous hurricanes.  That’s why when a system up north or anywhere happens, I like to share my tips.  Many of these have helped me tremendously with the storms we experienced. I would love it too if you have some you can add your tips!

A few tips that many neglect include:

Identify a safe place foreveryone to meet.
This pre-determined place should be discussed with family members prior to an emergency.  A second location should be discussed.  Also, out-of-town relatives should be advised of this location.  Additionally, each person should have a list of phone numbers for immediate neighbors and family members.  3X5 index cards work well.

Take an inventory now.
Write down insurance policies including insurance company and contact information, policy numbers, group numbers, date of births, coverage, etc.  Write down an inventory of valuables.  Take photos.  If possible grab the receipts so you can easily file a claim. Many have
a folder already of these and it’s just a matter of putting it all together.

Write down a complete family medical history.
Include any medical conditions, medicines and dosages, doctor’s names and contact information, where medical records can be found, etc.  Be specific. A life can truly depend on this one step alone.

Safeguard important information – Get a copy of all important information, wills, trusts, mortgages, deeds, birth certificates, contracts,
medical records, even household bills to help get things restored quickly, etc.  Get extra cash.  Often ATMs are down so cash is needed.

Back up your computer system regularly.

Whether you have a business or not, don’t lose those precious photos and family videos. Put them on a flash drive or invest in an online back-up system such as Carbonite.

Be careful with your generators.

Most go outside. Follow the directions closely. Also, get extra gas (in gas cans) for these.

Have the appropriate food and supplies on hand.

Many make the mistake of getting canned goods, but it’s not what the family is used to and therefore won’t eat.  Know your family and get what they would eat.  Get some comfort foods.  It can be stressful and that can help tremendously. You already know the basics to get but keep in mind that after a few days the same ole’ same’ ole gets old.  You can fire up the grill and grill up food (even in chilly
conditions).  Also get sterno that can boil water.  Don’t forget instant coffee.

Get the appropriate weather attire out.

Ponchos,umbrellas, etc.  Also, don’t forget things such as extra bug spray.  Often these storms stir up insects that carry diseases (i.e., West Nile Virus) so be prepared.

Stay calm – It is stressful, there is no doubt about it.  Don’t watch 24-7 of thenews.  Definitely tune in regularly, but your anxiety level rises if you watch it too much.  Remember your family is often watching you, so set a good example.  Also, know there is no right or wrong way to weather a storm. Do your best and that’s plenty!

Stay safe!  And make sure you keep in contact with your friends and family often!

Diana Ennen

Working with Subcontractors

On our facebook page for VA the Series (https://www.facebook.com/#!/becomeava) we have been providing tips from our book. Would love for you to join us there!

Join our facebook page for more tips from VA the Series

In the meantime, here are a few tips for working with a subcontractor. If you have tips, I’d love to hear them too.

Here are a few tips for working effectively with a subcontractor.

1) Hire someone who is qualified and above all else dependable

2) Hire someone that is familiar with the work you need done

3) Have a contract that outlines the working relationship

4) Be clear on your instructions and deadlines

5) Communication is key

6) Give yourself leaway with client deadlines (especially in the beginning). That gives you extra time before the client expects the work.

7) Be good to your subcontractor and reward them well.

Again, if you have tips for working with a subcontractor, we’d love to hear them. Post below.