Managing Cash Flow

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It’s been a bad month here at Casa Bidar. First, we've been invaded by ants. Not tiny little ignorable sugar ants, but kitten-sized monsters foraging in the cupboards. I swear I saw one carting away a half of a loaf of bread the other day. Then our built-in microwave died with a fizzle and a pop … [Read more...]

What’s Your Excuse?

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Are These Excuses Holding You Back from Real Business Success? “I can’t spend time marketing my business because I have to help the kids with their homework/bake cookies for church/brush the dog/name your distraction here.” “I can’t find a new client because I don’t know where to look/I don’t know … [Read more...]

What’s Your Plan B?

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I live in a large metropolitan area close to one of the busiest intersections in the state. That might seem like a negative to some (it does to me sometimes, too) but the upside is that in the 10 years I’ve lived here, I’ve lost power exactly once. In the land of ice and snow (especially this … [Read more...]

You’re Asking the Wrong Question

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A couple of weeks ago I sent an email asking what is the one thing virtual assistants need the most help with. The overwhelming answer was "Finding more clients." That didn't surprise me. One look at virtual assistant forums or LinkedIn and Facebook groups shows that the question about how to … [Read more...]

Yeah, but Will it Scale?

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Work for yourself in any service business long enough, and eventually you'll hit a ceiling. No, not the one that keeps driven, type-A women from reaching CEO status. This ceiling is the one that puts a cap on your earning potential. There are, after all, only so many hours in the day, and we have … [Read more...]

Disaster Planning for Virtual Assistants

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We don't like to think about it, let alone make plans for it, but life has a tendency to surprise us. If you're not prepared for an emergency your business will suffer. Worse, your family may be left without your income. A solid disaster plan for your virtual assistant business starts with three … [Read more...]

How to Handle Difficult Clients

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Eventually, you’ll come across one. The guy who feels it’s ok to call you at all hours. The woman who drops a huge project in your lap with a three-hour lead time. The man who cannot articulate what he wants, then reacts badly when you don’t understand his needs. They’re not just … [Read more...]

How to Win Referrals

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No business operates in a vacuum. Owners and decision makers talk to each other. They share information; they work together in joint venture partnerships; and they make recommendations about who to hire. That's a great thing for a good virtual assistant, if you take advantage of it. Make it … [Read more...]