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Virtual Assistants, Joining Forces, and Reinventing Work At Home

Virtual Business: Take It Like a Man September 27, 2010

Filed under: Learning By Example,Work at Home — Amber Whitener - Virtual IT Assistant @ 1:38 pm
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Confident Business WomanI have learned so much this year just by hearing about all of your experiences. It’s nice to have other strong business women to share with and relate to. I love girl talk, but we haven’t even once really talked about men! Sure, a husband or son gets mentioned every once in a while, but what can we learn from these seemingly simple creatures about business? 😉

Continue reading: Virtual Business: Take It Like a Man

(includes a little excerpt from Chris Brogan and other great comments from inspiring business women)

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5 Silly Things Most Virtual Assistants Will Go Through August 30, 2010

Filed under: Work at Home — Amber Whitener - Virtual IT Assistant @ 6:57 pm
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Have you ever had one of those days that seemed extremely short while you were living it, and then extremely long when you look back and see everything you accomplished in such a short time? Yep, that’s how my day has been. Well, I almost missed my Monday post due to an unusually long To Do list today. 🙂 Forgive me for being tardy?

By the time I even sat down to write about my latest battle with my newest WordPress client who also purchased Thesis (my most favoritest WordPress theme ever <- tiny bit of sarcasm there) I realized that I didn’t even want to think about it again for the rest of the night. LOL! So, I am going continue that little beauty tomorrow (truly, it is turning out very nice even if I do say so myself 😉 ); and tonight I needed to search for a little comic relief. We all need to have a laugh every now and then, keeps the spirits high.

I hope you can relate to some of these jokes the way I do. Here are some things you might have done (or will do) as a virtual business owner. 😉 You know you are official when:

1. You’ve said “OMG” or “LOL” out loud… and no one was in the room to hear you.

2. You have gone in to your email program/website to check it and it says “no new mail”; so in disbelief, you immediately click on “check mail” again

3. You’ve had to work from some type of makeshift virtual office at some point or another within the past year.

Virtual Office Humor

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4. You are addicted or are in recovery of an addiction to Facebook (or other social networking service).

How would you know if you are addicted to Facebook?

  1. You check your Facebook account more than one time every hour
  2. You visit sites that list reasons about being addicted to Facebook
  3. Your profile has so many applications that it takes several minutes to load
  4. Your dreams (or nightmares) involve people writing messages on your wall
  5. You’re one of the few people who actually use Facebook chat
  6. You tag photos immediately after taking them with your camera phone
  7. You have several Facebook friends that you’ve never actually met in person
  8. Before you accept a job you have to find out about their Facebook policies
  9. People don’t invite you out without Facebooking you about it first
  10. You tell (….force) more people to join facebook
  11. The world “poke” is no longer considered something physical to you
  12. You like to receive meaningless gift icons and you like sending meaningless gift icons in return
  13. Reading this list reminded you to do something on Facebook before finishing this list
  14. You join a new Facebook group on a daily basis

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5. You’ve lived through an insanely pointless phone call to some customer service department somewhere (probably even just out of the goodness or your heart)

True Story Example:
My Aunt passed away this past January. Her bank billed her for February and March for their monthly service charge on her credit card, and then added late fees and interest on the monthly charge. The balance had been $0.00, but had now grown to somewhere around $60.00.

I placed the following phone call to the bank:
Me: “I am calling to tell you that she died in January.”
Bank: “The account was never closed and the late fees and charges still apply.”
Me: “Maybe, you should turn it over to collections…”
Bank: “Since it is two months past due, it already has been.”
Me: “So, what will they do when they find out she is dead?”
Bank: “Either report her account to the frauds division, or report her to the credit bureau…maybe both!”
Me: “Do you think God will be mad at her?”
Bank: “Do I think God… excuse me, what did you say?”
Me: “Do you understand what I was telling you… specifically the part about her being… dead?”
Bank: “Sir, you’ll have to speak to my supervisor!”
(Supervisor gets on the phone)
Me: “I’m calling to tell you, she deceased in January.”
Bank: “The account was never closed and the late fees and charges still apply.”
Me: “You mean you want to collect from her estate?”
Bank: “…..(stammer)” …. “Are you her lawyer?”
Me: “No, I’m her great-nephew, but feel free to contact her lawyer at: XXX-XXXX”
Bank: “Could you fax us a certificate of death?
Me: “Sure.”
( Later, After they have gotten the fax. )
Bank: “Our system just isn’t setup to handle this…”
Me: “Oh…”
Bank: “I don’t know what more I can do to help…”
Me: “Well… if you figure it out, great! If not, you could just keep billing her… I suppose…don’t really think she will care….”
Bank: “Well…the late fees and charges do still apply.”
Me: “Would you like her new billing address?”
Bank: “That might help.”
Me: “Fredrickson Memorial Cemetery, Hwy 19 and plot number 233.”
Bank: “Sir, that’s a cemetery!”
Me: “Yes sir, that’s what we do with our departed loved ones.”

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One last silly joke just because I like it:

Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day.
Teach him to use the Internet, and he won’t bother you for weeks!

😉 Ok, that’s all I have for today. Try to laugh more off this week, and if you know of any other fun stories please do share!

 

My Dear Spouse July 21, 2010

Filed under: Learning By Example,Work at Home — Jennifer Gallaher - VAbyJen @ 3:19 pm
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My Dear Spouse-

I am not a superwoman, contrary to popular belief; but I do play one on the internet. 

I do have my moments of complete and utter control over everything that comes across my desk and everyone that crosses my path during the course of my day.  Those are the days that I crank out the most work, both on a professional and personal level.  But, those moments are fleeting, at best.  I just wave my magic wand and give the illusion that I’ve got it all going on…ALL THE TIME! 

Don’t get me wrong, I make sure my clients are very well taken care of.  But, just because I chose to work at home does not mean that I have also chosen to take on all things domestic.  I realize that working from home does bring about a different set of rules as well as additional responsibilities, like entertaining the kids for most of the day during summer break, for instance.  Still, I do try to go above and beyond for you, our kids and my clients.  That’s just me.  I’m not completely satisfied until I know everyone else is, first.

Now that the day is done, and all my projects for work have been completed and the children have been taken care of, it’s my turn.  I need a break…and I need some help.  So, I’m going out for a while to take of me so that I can continue to take care of you and my clients. 

Love,

Me

p.s.

I’m not a superwoman by any means, but I love that to you, I am.  Oh and by the way, your work clothes are clean and hung up in the closet.  🙂

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