Specializing in Virtual Legal Assistance

Virtual Assistants – Can We Agree on a Definition? July 8, 2008

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I just read Tina Marie Hilton’s post over on Home Office Virtual Assistance regarding trying to come to agreement about what a Virtual Assistant really is.

My preferred definition is this one, but really they all do a reasonable job of defining what a va is, I think. And I’m pretty much in the “Factor B” group as defined by Tina – I think a professional va should have some real world admin experience and behave as a business owner, not an employee.

I don’t think the entire industry will ever wholeheartedly agree though, and even if they do their will always be people providing similar services for lower rates (just maybe not on a truly professional level).


VA Certification – Yes or No? June 25, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — Laurie @ 8:11 am
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A resounding NO to this question from me! I’m of the opinion that experience in an administrative setting is the key to being successful as a VA, or at least one of the keys. Administrative experience will help you with your client’s work, but you will need some entrepreneurial skills also to help you run your business and you need to have some tech skills for the online and marketing aspects. A professional virtual assistant designation though? Not a requirement to me – maybe not a bad idea, but not a requirement.

Probably that makes this obvious but I have no official va certification, nor do I plan to obtain one in the immediate future. I do have an honors college diploma in paralegal studies and over 10 years of in-office experience so I think I’ve got the background aspect well under control.


VA and Home Business Blog Carnival June 9, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — Laurie @ 9:23 am
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Check out this week’s edition of the VA and Home Business Blog Carnival.  My post on Blawgging is one of the posts presented.

As usual, there are some other interesting posts such as Virtual Efficiency’s post titled Does Your Email Present a Professional Image and Playing it Safe Online by D. Victoria Virtual Assistance.



Working with a Virtual Assistant May 30, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — Laurie @ 8:47 pm
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Tina of Clerical Advantage has a great post up on Home Office Virtual Assistant about the mechanics of working with a VA.

Tina’s post really got me thinking – it’s easy to work with a VA, especially once you get over the hurdle of realizing how much can be done off-site from your business location. At first it seems overwhelming to realize how many choices there are – choose a VA, choose a method of communication that works well for you, maybe you need to learn how to use a shared workspace. But once you take those first few steps, think how much easier running your business will be! It’s great to share some of that burden of running a small business and realize we really don’t have to do everything for ourselves isn’t it?

It’s such an exciting and challenging prospect, for me as a virtual assistant and for businesses who can get exactly the help they need.


VA Blog Carnival May 15, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — Laurie @ 8:29 am
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I participated in a blog carnival over at VagabondetteVA this week.  I think a va carnival is a great idea and hope more va’s participate next time!  And I better get a good post or two going so I have something to submit!


The Convenience Business April 13, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — Laurie @ 9:14 am
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Loved this post so much I had to share it!

Right now one of things I’m focusing on is creating a tagline for my business – especially as I want to finish designing my business card and I think it’s important that my tagline be on my business card. The tagline is important to me as I think it will help businesses see why they should contact me and how I can help them. Gritty VA in the above post helped me with some ideas for this! I’m thinking maybe of using something like – We’re in the Business of Creating Time for Your Business. I’ll keep playing with it and looking around some more but my business goal of the week is to finalize my tagline and business card design.