Work at Home Life

Virtual Assistants, Joining Forces, and Reinventing Work At Home

Are Poor Conditions Slowing Down Your Web Traffic? December 13, 2010

Filed under: Web and Blog Site Tips — Amber Whitener - Virtual IT Assistant @ 11:03 pm
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Winter storms and icy roads have been causing quite a slow down in traffic here in Indianapolis. It is definitely December and this is the time of year when everyone seems to do their own sort of hibernating. Don’t they?

I cannot believe that next Monday is the LAST MONDAY before Christmas!!! πŸ™‚ I will get back to continuing my part of the holiday wishes with you next week. However, this week I really needed to write about slow traffic. . . web site traffic that is.

For links to a web page load speed testers and tips to speed up your website load time continue reading: Are Poor Conditions Slowing Down Your Web Traffic?


WordPress Redesign: Choose a Layout November 22, 2010

Filed under: Learning By Example,Web and Blog Site Tips — Amber Whitener - Virtual IT Assistant @ 10:44 pm
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The advice I shared at my new post on (my personal blog I will be giving a makeover for the next few weeks) is all about Website Layouts.
The advice shared in the article is geared toward people with personal and startup blogs. And it is a warning for all of you technically inclined enough to try and do-it-yourself.

Anyone with a professional or ecommerce blog: Hire a professional developer or purchase a theme geared for professional use.

What this article will teach you:

β˜‘ Why it’s good to go with a theme that is close to what you want:

β˜‘ Why it’s bad for professional websites to go with a theme that is free and used on other websites:

β˜‘ And why changing your WP site layout is NOT just as easy as changing your theme!

Visit: for Choosing Personal and Blog Website Layouts


Skype for Small Business September 20, 2010

Filed under: Virtual Office Tools,Work at Home — Amber Whitener - Virtual IT Assistant @ 8:47 am
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Oprah has been skyping forever, or so it seems. I’m not really Oprah’s biggest fan, but I gotta love a woman who sets trends worldwide. πŸ˜‰ Is it time you started utilizing it too? On the very front page of Skype’s website it will tell you all of the things that their service will do for free.

  • Voice and video calls to anyone else on Skype
  • Conference calls with three or more people
  • Instant messaging, file transfer and screen sharing

What is so cool about it?
The screen sharing option I love. Of course, it isn’t as wonderful as remote desktop or Teamviewer where you are able to take over the shared screen to literally show guests how to do something on their computer. Let’s face it though, these options aren’t universal, and not everyone has cash to drop on a Teamviewer license for each client computer.

Think about it though, how often do you have to say: “OK, now what do you see?” when you are trying to walk someone through any task on their computer? And people often remember how and where to do something when they do it themselves other than have you take over their mouse and do it for them right?

How does it compare?
Many of you still use AIM pro for the desktop sharing which I would say isn’t any better or worse than the Skype version. If you don’t have either then you might as well jump on the skype bandwagon since you will likely find more businesses on Skype than you will AOL.

Skype Business Solutions
Skype’s business solutions offer more services like integrating with PBX operators (like if you already use Ringcentral for voicemail boxes and such) and if you have employees across the globe, you can set up an account for them.


Life with a Smartphone January 18, 2010

Filed under: Social Networking,Virtual Office Tools,Work at Home — Amber Whitener - Virtual IT Assistant @ 7:41 pm
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When I am on vacation, I don’t usually work, nor do I recommend working. However, when you own a small business, the last thing you want to do is completely disconnect (disappear) for 4 or 5 days. With the new generation of Smartphones, you don’t have to…

Continue reading: “Life with a SmartPhone


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