So even though I found this on Facebook, I replicated it because it makes me laugh!  My time is also valuable : )     Here’s the content along with a copy (just in case you are feeling sassy enough to post it!) LOL!

DOOR KNOCKERS PLEASE NOTE:
This household charges $50 per minute to listen to sales pitches, religious messages and/or political pitches.  This charge is payable in advance.  By knocking on this door,  you signal your agreement with the terms outlined above.  Thank you!

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This was a fun post I found with some creative ways to use basic offices supplies such as binder clips, index cards, 3-ring binders, paper clips, rubber bands, sticky post-it notes, etc.  Hope you find some great ideas here: office supplieshttp://www.ehow.com/ehow-extras/blog/24-creative-new-ways-to-use-the-office-supplies-youve-been-borrowing-wink-from-work/

 

 

How Did You Begin 2013?

January 2, 2013

Unlike some, I spent much of today (January 1,2013) working.  Yes, I know the saying, “All work and no play…”  however, I felt driven to work and to get some things in place to begin the year with a more inspiring work area.

After fielding a morning call from a client, I decided to spend several hours on projects for another client – fun, creative stuff – yay!  That was plenty of time on the clock especially with my son home from school today.

Next, was creating a better work space.  A space where things wouldn’t linger as my plan is to have a home for everything.  I mean everything!  Nothing is to be without a proper home.  Over my 8 1/2 years of working as a virtual assistant from my own home office, this has been easy to manage and maintain, but by the end of this year in particular, things seemed to get stacked albeit in an organized fashion, but still “homeless”.

My revamp started when I pitched my beautifully photographed 2012 wall calendar which freed up a bright white space on the wall and I have no desire to fill it.  I like the white, open, uncluttered appearance of this new space.  New pretty pens were recently purchased (I love jotting notes, appointments, and more in fun colors), my 2013 desk calendar which I use daily vs. any online version, new file folders for clients as necessary to house current project info, notes, etc.  A clean work slate, new desk plant, and some of my tried-and-true check point systems in place, I feel that 2013 is going to be a fabulous year.

Plus, I took time to try out a new yoga stretch.  My plan is to try a new stretch, yoga move, or exercise each week/every week.  This week it is yoga move Warrior 3 – woo hoo.  I think my gluteus maximus will feel this tomorrow!

Happy 2013!  I am big on goals (if you’ve read this blog you know that), not so big on New Year’s resolutions and I’m okay with that! :)

Alrighty, I have got to get my son’s favorite dinner made … easy beef stroganoff, plus tonight’s dessert is homemade easy blackberry cobbler.  Yum!

Tell me about any projects you completed to kick your new year off on the right foot!

Best to you!
Jan

Whistle While I Work

December 14, 2012

Well, not really whistling, but my work day is so much more pleasant when I have good tunes playing in the background.  Granted there are some jobs (like searching code for errors) when I have to turn the music off.  Decided to stick with holiday tunes for a while today.  Plus, I can sing along without any of my clients or subs hearing!  I love being a virtual assistant and working from home!

Merry Christmas to you and whistle or sing while you work today :)
Best to you,Jan

I guess one of the best aspects of owning my own virtual assistance business is the fact that I get to choose the clients I partner with and, luckily, have made some really, really good choices! : )I love my virtual assistant clients

I work with individuals in varied industries (from science to those in real estate) and I get to work on exceptional and uncommon projects.  Yay!

Loving my diverse day today…thanks to my clients!

Hope yours is a good day, too!

THANK YOU!
Jan

 

Social Media Networking

August 23, 2012

Personally, I prefer using Facebook for my business, LinkedIn and Twitter – in that order.  I have other accounts but do not use them the way I initially intended when I signed up.  social media logos

Also, I’m not a huge proponent of blasting the exact same post/info across all networks and think that it may be/become annoying on some level to those who follow you on more than 1 social media network (which I’ve said in the past).

Do you have a preferred social media network for your business?  If you use one and not others, why?  What are your thoughts/comments?

Goals – July

July 10, 2012

Hey there,

For those following the GOALS, this is just a friendly reminder that 2012 is half-gone.  We can’t get those first six months back or rewrite the time we didn’t use to focus on y/our goals.

Are you on track – right now – with your goals?  If not, can you identify where things strayed?

What tools do you use to stay on track and achieve your goals?

Best to you,
Jan

Monthly Checklist

June 23, 2012

As a busy business owner, homeowner, and mom of an active 4 year old, I have quite a bit on my plate.  In reality, the flow doesn’t always flow as planned and although I hate to admit it, things that I *should* do, don’t always get done.

I think it was 2009 when I implemented a little monthly checklist.  Don’t know about you, but I am a visual person (maybe that’s why I like doing graphic design projects).  While super simple, this little checklist serves as an accountability system on my being productive.

Here’s what works for me – on the page for the entire month at-a-glance (I use a Weekly/Monthly Planner), I prepare my super simple list for the month with little empty boxes to the left beckoning their check mark:  post to business blog; daily earning goal (and an area to note how many days I achieved that goal); monthly marketing quota; act of kindness; and a few related to personal goals (e.g.  monthly home improvement project, post to my personal blog, money to savings, etc.)

While it may seems silly, like I said the accountability side is that driving factor when the end of the month is looming.

HTH – Best to you,
Jan

 

Find It Faster

May 30, 2012

Sometimes I forget the things I know :)  I go through my day using techniques and short cuts that are automatic/inherent.  The example that inspired this post was while online with a client, we were doing a little research together.  Of course, we received a staggering amount of seemingly pertinent information within seconds from our Google search.  When she chose a document from the search, we had to wait while the huge pdf file loaded only to find that it was a 459 page document.  I laughed when we saw the size of the document and sounding a bit overwhelmed she said, “It is going to take forever to find” her sought after key phrase.  Not!

When I took a few seconds to walk her through the process of  how to “find” her key phrase (using Ctrl+F) and she found the exact information she sought in a millisecond, she was amazed!  I love it when I can dazzle a client and empower them with tools to make their life easier.

Best to you,
Jan

Here’s some helpful information regarding the upcoming changes to Facebook business pages.  It’s concise and easy to digest.

All pages will move to the new format on March 30, 2012.  I suggest previewing your page in the new format soon (by hitting the Preview button in the top right corner) and take the new features out for a test drive.  You may elect to move to the format early!

Plus, a great link directly to Facebook for more detail.      Facebook social media networking with your virtual assistant

If you get stuck, or need assistance – contact me or your virtual assistant.

Best to you,
Jan