Home Business Career A Writers Dream

Have you ever wondered if a home business career is for you? Do you hate your nine to five job? Do you dread waking up in the morning? Very few people are lucky enough to work at a job they enjoy, but Im happy to say that Im one of them. Using Your Talents For … Continue reading Home Business Career A Writers Dream

Have you ever wondered if a home business career is for you? Do you hate your nine to five job? Do you dread waking up in the morning? Very few people are lucky enough to work at a job they enjoy, but Im happy to say that Im one of them.

Using Your Talents For Your Stay At Home Business

Ive worked at lots of dead end, gruelling and mind numbing jobs. Now I pull up a comfortable computer chair to my desk, sip on a hot cup of coffee and work from home writing articles like these ones. For me, its the best work from home job I could possibly have. Finding a home business career that suits you all depends on what it is you would like to do. For many people writing is something that comes naturally and with this gift you really can work from home.

Everyone can write, but few have the time or the inclination to do so. There are millions of web sites that need content, magazines that need articles, newspapers that want insightful news articles and thats where I come in. For me this is an easy home business opportunity and probably the best work from home job I could have.

I even write fictional short stories and sell them to online and print magazines. Its an easy home business opportunity that many people dont even consider. All you need to do is be able to write, and finding joy doing so is a big plus too. There are hundreds of work from home writing opportunities on the internet and all you will need to do is register with a few freelancing websites and you are ready to start your home business career.

The great thing about my stay at home business is that I can choose to write to supplement my income, or you can go it alone and do it full time. All you have to do is find the work, target an area or become an expert in a certain subject…and write! This is probably one of the safest work from home jobs, you write and you get paid. Of course with this home business career its not the easy money that most people look for when they look for a work from home job, but if done correctly you really can make the money and create a successful home business career that will last a lifetime.

How do I communicate with my virtual assistant?

A very valid question but also a very easy one to answer. First, you must remember that your professional virtual assistant is a human being, just like you, and just like someone who may sit in the office right next to you. She has feelings, morals, standards, kids, pets, and a life – just like you.

While I can’t speak for other virtual staffing agencies, at Team Double-ClickSM, we go to great pains to be sure our clients can communicate directly and openly with their virtual assistants. This ability is vitally important to any business relationship and especially that of a businessperson and his or her assistant. Without that communication, there is no exchange of ideas and tasks.
We do monitor communication between our virtual staff and our clients, but this is simply the mechanics of our business model in motion. We monitor these communications to first be sure the communications are there and second so that we can step in if we spot a problem or see something that can be done more efficiently. However, we encourage our clients to get to know their virtual assistants on a personal level as well. As with any relationship, the better you know one another, the better you’ll be able to anticipate one another’s moves, needs, and pet peeves. Now that the “why” is out of the way, we can talk about the “how”.

Of course, there are several options for communicating tasks, assignments, and other matters to your virtual assistant:

E-Mail is a very effective mode of communication when working virtually. It allows you to quickly attach a file and send it to your virtual assistant so that she may make changes, print a letter and mail it, or keep it as a reference. Be sure to talk to our Client Services Rep Denise Schrock or your virtual administrative assistant if you need help attaching and sending files.

Using the telephone to communicate with your virtual assistant, while obvious is quite underutilized and so simple to do. Tired of looking up your virtual assistant’s phone number each time? Simply program her phone number into your office phones and cell phone’s speed dial. One-touch dialing your virtual administrative assistant is a snap and no harder than buzzing a bricks-and-mortar assistant in the next room

Instant messenger is another example of a wonderful technology, which is underutilized when it comes to communicating with virtual assistants. There are several excellent instant messaging programs and they’re so easy to use.

IM programs to check out:

Yahoo:
MSN:

With an instant messaging program you can, with just a couple clicks of the mouse, type messages back and forth with colleagues and your virtual assistant – all in real time. You type, she types, and before you know it, the questions you and she had are all answered and you can move on.

Caution – time wasting opportunity: It’s easy to get hooked into “chatting” with someone on IM, which can soak up a lot of time. IM should be used for quick questions and quick answers, and then back to your tasks. IM was not meant to take the place of the telephone for giving lengthy instructions or holding very involved e-versations.

Snail mail, while very retro, it is sometimes necessary. With so many technologies at our fingertips these days, there’s very little use for snail mail except for the most formal of business communications, marketing mailings, or sending supplies to your virtual assistant.

VOIM (voice over instant messenger) is my new favorite communications toy. What VOIM allows you to do is simply pull up your instant messaging program, click your virtual assistant’s name, click the call button, and voila, it rings through the computer to her. Once the connection is established (which only takes a second or two) you can talk with your virtual assistant through the computer – no phone line involved). You can then quickly delegate tasks, give instructions, or ask questions without stopping to look up her phone number, and without typing out a lengthy email. At Team Double-ClickSM, we’ve begun implementing the Yahoo! VOIM program and with wonderful results. If you’d like to give it a try, go to and download the software – it’s ridiculously easy to use and best of all, it’s free!

Just keep in mind that VOIM will only work with other people who download the newest version of the Yahoo! software and have a microphone and speakers on their computer.

There are many great ways to communicate needs, likes, dislikes, tasks, and training to your virtual assistant. It’s all a matter of personal preference and what you’re most comfortable using. Professional virtual assistants are flexible and will be happy to use whatever mode of communication you prefer. As technology advances even further, well, who knows how we’ll be communicating next year or even next month!

Getting Connected By Using the International Conference Calling Service

Nowadays, even more people join the world of business to become more independent and gain regular profits from their successful activity. Our world gives people opportunity to develop their ideas on the free opened economic market and it is not hard to start by offering some services, or selling any type of product.
International conference calling has established a wide range of marketing products and you can now keep in touch with producers and marketers at almost any time you wish to. And most important ther is no need to travel abroad to far off destinations, because this type of set up offers you many solutions to your communication issues.
The world is full of places, where you can travel to in order to get the products, which you are about to sell in your own business company. Many people participate in trade shows to get to know the wide variety of choices offered there. International conference calls provides you with the chance to keep in touch with the international producers of goods. It is also possible to get acquainted with the latest products available. As well as get informed about the products you may be carrying, marketing ideas and any promotional opportunities the company is offering. International conference calls helps you with your international business planning and meeting by means of phone or Internet from any place in the world. The main advantage is that you dont have to be in a meeting room. The cell phone is the only equipment needed to conduct international conference calling to get connected with persons at any destination possible.

Many companies offer international conference calling services. All you need to do is to have some Internet search to find out the type of service that is most suitable for your needs. Just like in telephone calls service, there are also different rates available and different options to choose from. It is no difficulty to find a plan made as if just for you, or your buisness needs. It is true that international conference calling has opened a bunch of new opportunities for business cooperation. Furthermore, it is easily and successfully applied in marketing and product sales.

Case Study: An eBook Online Business Plan

Success online depends on having a plan, or more specifically a business plan. Often, very often actually, clients contact a designer with a burning passion to have a new web site online, and fast. Success takes more than waking up bug-eyed at 2:00am with the brainstorm of the century. You need to outline (and fill in) a real business plan and make adjustments before the official launch.

Citing an actual case for an online eBook business, I advised the aspiring entrepreneur to provide more information. Thinking through the questions and answers is a vital step towards developing a good business plan.

– Do you have a logo for your company?
– If no logo, what color scheme do you like?
– How many products (eBooks) will you offer?
– Are they all written and ready to go?
– Do you have cover art for your books?
– What system of e-commerce do you intend to use?
– Will you offer just pdf or exe formats, or both?
– Do you have the domain, plus registration and hosting?
– Do you have a projected launch date scheduled?
– How many affiliate products do you have to offer?

Defining what you do, your market, and how you intend to be different are vital considerations. You only get one chance to make a good first impression.

For an eBook online business, the competition is fierce and filled with some shady characters. When you begin the process of planning before jumping in, consider your image first and then answer “How will I establish credibility up front?”. Weave this into your business plan and you should do well. Don’t act before thinking or you may be perceived as just another online marketeer.

To summarize:

1. Your Image – Have a stunning set of graphics for your corporate image to make a favorable first impression. Hire a pro if it’s in your budget.
2. Establishing Credibility – solicit opinions from trusted people to give honest feedback about first impression and credibility, good or bad.
3. The Plan – Outlines or templates for creating a business plan are availble free online. Get one. Use it. Be flexible, and change as you go.

In closing and from experience, I know that many startup online entrepreneurs neglect creating a business plan. Selling eBooks online without physical inventory except bits and bytes seems so easy. Your chance for success will improve with a real business plan.