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Topics:

  1. Internet
  2. Learning on the job, never stop learning, learning something new all the time
  3. Updates, backup etc
  4. Different versions of Office products affecting Formatting of Documents
  5. Starting up your VA business (steps)
  6. Learning Transcription, Transcribing and Sub-Contractors
  7. Fees and Invoices how/structure
  8. Business Plan steps
  9. Working hours, scheduling your day
  10. Communication
  11. Customer Services
  12. Clients, Availability, Equal, Trust and Responsibility
  13. Being Assertive
  14. Providing a Service to Clients
  15. When to say Yes and No to Clients
  16. How to respond to Unpleasant Clients
  17. What is the best way to do your Work (Structure and Procedures)
  18. Best Software to use for VAs – Dropbox, Saving on Hard Drives, Computer etc
  19. VA Procedures, how to work
  20. Education – VAs and Clients
  21. Understanding what is asked of you – Listening
  22. How to deal with Clients
  23. Research
  24. Cut Throat Business, pricing some do it for a very low price
  25. Answering the Phone, Email, Social Media etc
  26. Rates versus Quality
  27. Time – how long do jobs take, know your timings
  28. Office Environment is Important
  29. Communicate with other VAs/Peers
  30. Not getting Paid, strict deadlines
  31. Upfront Payment versus after Payments
  32. How to deal with Non-paying Clients
  33. Talking about Rates
  34. Services we can provide
  35. Good Rates versus Bad Rates
  36. Acceptable and Unacceptable VA practices
  37. How to work with Students – PhDs, Masters (Typing, Transcription, Research etc)
  38. Importance of Websites
  39. Education/Books, learning from other VAs, Educating yourself
  40. VA Support / Support Structure around YOU

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WhatsApp Communication

Communication with Clients and Sub-Contractors is so important and today, it is made easier by social media technology. Most people have access to Facebook, Twitter, Linked In, WhatsApp etc, so there should be no reason to not keep in contact with people who we work with or for. Most people today have a Cellphone that can be used to keep in contact. If you can stay in contact with family and friends then you can stay in contact with the people you work with. It takes but a few minute to send a WhatsApp message.

Here are some WhatsApp Stats for interest:

Source: http://www.wapp4phone.com/facts/popular-whatsapp-world/

Percentage of WhatsApp users by country:

  • South Africa – 78%
  • Malaysia – 75%
  • Argentina – 74%
  • Singapore – 72%
  • Hong Kong – 71%
  • Spain – 70%
  • India – 69%
  • Mexico – 67%
  • Italy – 62%
  • The Netherlands – 61%
  • Germany – 57%
  • Brazil – 56%
  • Saudi Arabia – 56%
  • Indonesia – 52%
  • Turkey – 49%

Source: http://www.wapp4phone.com/facts/popular-whatsapp-world/

With WhatsApp we can quickly send messages to our clients and vice versa, if we have problems we can let our clients know just straight away. With the use of camera’s now in Cellphones I find is a great help, My clients can quickly send through pieces of text they want to add to their documents or photographs, graphics etc that they need me to add to their content via WhatsApp.

 

Another great tool with WhatsApp is groups. I am the Chairlady of our Complex where we live and we use our WhatsApp group to let everyone know what is happening, nobody can complain they do not know what is going on, as things happen within the complex we immediately put information onto our group to keep everyone posted. Having a WhatsApp family group is a great way to stay in contact with your family at a moments notice.

WhatsApp is one of the greatest forms of communication today in our social media world. There should be no excuse today for not keeping in contact with people. We have communication technology at our fingertips.

 

Written 21 November 2017 by Alison Fourie

 

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Dog Diaries – Dog Personalities Part 1

Have you ever taken notice of your dogs personality?
All three of our dogs have very different personalities and levels of intelligence.

These dogs know when specific things happen. Example, Scrappy listens and watches the washing machine on its final spin, then she yaps and comes to let me know the washing is ready to be hung outside, I must then go and get the washing and put it outside, otherwise she doesn’t stop coming to call me. Then its the big race of who can get to the other side of the garden first, she nips at Shaggy’s legs to slow him down and he in turn nips at her neck to slow her down. Same story if you let them out into the front yard, the race to the gate this time. Scrappy plays with Shaggy as if he was a Sheep. She tries to herd you, so you go where she wants you to go even though it might not be where you want to go.

All three dogs have been taught to sit before they get there food. Scooby gets her food first and sits nicely, she is always enthusiastic about getting her dinner. Shaggy well what can you say, he takes some coaxing to get him to come and sit for his food, once he has sat he sniffs the bowl and leaves, if there is nothing nice in his bowl he want stay. Scrappy want sit unless Shaggy has just come and sat for his food. Other times she lies where her bowl is suppose to be and then won’t get up and sit for her food. Other times she also needs convincing to come and get her food. Scrappy is a very messy eater, she chews the food outside the bowl, in the middle of the floor, outside where we occasionally leave the pellets, so nobody will eat it. There is always a mess beside her bowl. Shaggy and Scrappy never rush to eat, you could never actually get them to eat. Scrappy can be lazy and will lie down to eat her food.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Another example is when Dries arrives home from work, they listen to the sound of the car coming up the road, by the time the car is at the gate they are up and ready, Scrappy barking, they like to welcome you home in a big way, Scrappy barks and yaps, that horrible yappy sound dogs make. Shaggy barks a bit and cries, Scooby barks and occasionally cries at Scrappy for Scrappy to leave her alone. On special occasions Scooby and Shaggy will give you the welcome howl, (the way a Wolf howls).

 

All of our dogs have had a time whereby they all watch TV. Scooby’s favourite programme is ‘Meerkat Manor’ on National Geographic Channel. Shaggy tends to watch the same thing. Now Scrappy is a different story. Since she first arrived she has been obsessed to watching TV. Any channel with anything on it and often she will go right up to the TV and search for where it is if something goes missing off the screen, that was there a second ago.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Scrappy talks, moans non stop, you certainly know she is around all the time. She makes her opinion known when you are busy in a conversation. Occasionally she will talk to the TV. To be continued…

 

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Dog Diaries – The Mischievous Digger

What can I say, Border Collie’s like to dig. In fact, all the dogs we have had, liked to dig. We find the digging seems to stop at around 18 month or so but before that, they sure can dig large holes in the garden.



We have been through this with Scooby and Shaggy and now here is Scrappy the ultimate digger. The problem with diggers is, they don’t just dig a small hole, they make sure it is large enough for you to see it and to know who has done it because of the signs, the brown nose and filthy brown paws – which are even filthier when it rains. It is difficult to catch the digger in the act as you normally find out afterwards when you go into the garden and see this lovely big hole, but, you do see the guilty face/dog that dug the hole. The culprit has this guilty look about them and is very submissive (trying to kiss up to you and act innocent), as they know it is them. This is exactly how Scrappy reacts.

It’s a well-known fact that dogs love to dig but they take it to another level when they dig rather large holes, which of course our Scooby did when she was still a puppy.

     Although Scrappy’s holes are big they aren’t as big as when Scooby use to dig, Scooby had the pleasure of showing the garden and grass who was ‘the boss’ and who was the ultimate ‘garden landscaper’. Scooby took this experience she had, with digging her landscaping holes and put it to use advising Scrappy on digging her first hole, of course Shaggy did not wish to be left out – especially after digging his fair share of holes himself – he stood by Scooby as they advised Scrappy in the art of digging holes and creating the lovely landscaping we wish they would not participate in.



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Dog Diaries

Dogs are fun – How well do you know your dog/s?
This is our Story – coming soon… Dog Diaries

Follow us, as we let you know a bit about what we are getting up to daily. Dog Diaries is our story of our lives, the fun we have, the good and bad times, its all about us Scooby, Shaggy and Scrappy. Coming soon Dog Personalities…

 

Dog Diaries: The lives of Scooby, Shaggy and Scrappy

The Mischievous Digger     Dog Personalities Part 1     Dog Personalities Part 2      The Cat Incident

 

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About us:

These are my dogs (see pictures), Scooby who is 12 years old, our ‘old age pensioner‘, Shaggy is nearly 6 years old our ‘adult‘ and the latest addition, Scrappy our ‘puppy‘ who is nearly one year old. Our aim in getting Scrappy was so that she can learn as she grows up from our two older dogs. Scooby is a cross border collie – spaniel and according to Shaggy’s records he is a short haired border collie, Scrappy is a pure breed border collie. All three dogs have very different personalities. All the dogs have recently gone to the Vet for their yearly checkups. The Vet says as Scooby is getting older her bones have muscle degeneration, the Vet also suggested, that Shaggy could be suffering from arthritis in his bones.

They don’t like strangers coming into the house. They will bark until they are used to you and if they are comfortable around you, they will come and sit by you. They tend to be around us all the time.

Scrappy and Shaggy both get on well together and play. Scooby is not so keen on Scrappy, if Scrappy comes near her she will growl or even get up and move.


At night the dogs are left to wander and settle where they are comfortable. Shaggy chooses to sleep in our room on his own blanket. He is the only one with a blanket, he likes comfort. Scooby goes between the kids rooms and Scrappy does the same but also sleeps in our room. When she wakes at dawn, she quickly goes and wakes up Scooby.

 

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They are fed in order of seniority, in other words Scooby’s bowl goes down first. They sit and wait for their food.
They each have their own places to eat, but sometimes steal if they can get away with it from each others bowls. We watch them and they know this. They all love treats and dog chews.

Pooch and Mutt

 

Where we are, is where the dogs are. I work in my office during the day and the dogs are never far from us, normally one in front of my chair, and one each side of my chair. I can’t move my chair for dogs, and its even more difficult if there are two of us in the office, then we battle for space between the dogs and they don’t want to move. They like to sit in front of the office window watching the world go by, often a bird will land on the tree or ground or a lizard might wander past. They can just see down the street, so any movement and they are there ready, watching and waiting.

Scrappy is our blue eyed girl, she has one brown eye and one blue eye, (this is part of border collie features). The coats on all three dogs are very different, Shaggy’s coat is quite course.

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Scrappy is soft and cuddly, Scooby’s coat is long and prone to tangle and knot. She visits the Parlor every now and again. Scrappy likes to watch TV and often goes right up to the screen and puts her nose there. Scrappy is able to occupy herself by playing with a big leather ball, she plays and runs around with it, having fun.


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My name is Alison Mary Fourie, I immigrated to South Africa in 1986, previous to that I am UK born, Sunderland. I am a Affiliated Marketer, Virtual Assistant and Business Owners of AMF Typing Services (2001) and Tavasa (2008).  About me

 

 

Affiliated Marketing Definition:

Definition: A way for a company to sell its products by signing up individuals or companies (“affiliates”) who market the company’s products for a commission. https://www.entrepreneur.com/encyclopedia/affiliate-marketing.

 

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Bid or Buy – Deal of the Week

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The ‘Year End Function’ or the ‘Christmas Work Dance’ will be on us before too long, time is going by fast. Here is some stunning evening dresses for these this occasion.

 

 

How about the perfect shoes to go with that evening dress:

 

If you need shoes, you then need accessories:

 

We have lots of problems here in South Africa with water and electricity, could any of these products help you:

 

 

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Today we are highlighting 3D Printers

The guys in the International Space Station (ISS) were struggling with much needed spares and parts. A 3D printer was sent up, as well as the material that they can use with the printer, to make the tools (rather than sending heavy parts and spares), this then, enabled the crew of the ISS to make their own tools and parts using the 3D printer.

Don’t say a 3D Printer is not affordable because with what you can make with them and sell, you can quickly get your money back. With some research and thinking you can make lots of different products with many different materials (plastic, polyamide, glass, epoxy resins, steel, wax, polycarbonate, photopolymers etc). A 3D Printer can be a really good investment using thoughts and ideas to make sellable products.

You do not have to buy the most expensive model or the biggest, you can buy a small version for less than R10 000.

Here are a few things you can make: Sweets, interesting glass products, tools, spare parts, toys, even build model toy houses, self-watering planter, tooth paste squeezer, hooks, Lego’s etc. These things seem unusual to make, yet you can sell them and make money.

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Why a Transcriptionist is beneficial in the insurance industry

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Why a Transcriptionist is beneficial in the insurance industry The transcription service is relevant and beneficial in just about any industry.  Small business owners become stressed with the amount Olympus Advertof work load they have and being able to outsource functions saves stress and makes life easier and larger companies can outsource this function in order to streamline their operation. Insurance administration can be a nightmare if you try to handle it on your own. So why not get a professional to help? If you work in the insurance industry, you probably record your phone calls and dictate your reports. If you own your own small business, you probably do the work later on yourself. Both of these can be uploaded and sent to a transcriptionist to type. This is cheaper than having a permanently employed member of staff, and you don’t have to worry about overheads like salaries, electricity and equipment.
The transcriptionist, as a freelancer or a business owner, takes care of this. Because this function may not be your strength, it can also be to your benefit to have someone more proficient at it do it. They will be faster, more efficient, and it will leave you  more time to tackle your strength – which is running your business. This means that by the time you get back to your office, your calls and reports can be ready and waiting for you at your desk.  It can be helpful to you if you work at your desk or if you are on site doing assessments.  The time you save doing this helps you achieve a faster turn around time and makes you look more efficient in the eyes of your client. Larger insurance companies, which make use of call centres and other larger groups of staff, can also benefit by using a transcriptionist.  All call centre, telephone and admin staff can send out their calls to be transcribed, leaving them free to process calls and handle the administration functions. This leads to a much more stress free environment. All forms of insurance companies and insurance consultants can benefit from this – life insurance, pension, liability insurance, auto insurance, medical insurance or medical aid, property insurance, funeral cover, etc – even pet insurance! – giving you peace of mind to keep customers happy. To summarise, the benefits include: – Saving stress – Making life easier – Streamlining the operation – Cost reduction – Increased efficiency.
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Working in my PJs

Wouldn’t it be nice not have to work. But as some of us have to work what better job than being a Virtual Assistant, we get to work from home. We get to work the hours we want to, we can wear what we like for work if we are not seeing clients, we can even do our work in PJs. We can schedule our day to suite us and our own way of working. We can listen to music while we work.

The reason lots of people want to become a Virtual Assistant (VA) is because they think it will give you more time to spend at home with your new-born, small children and families. In reality if you have a full business of clients then your spare time is spent doing the admin work that is required to keep your business going. You don’t just to the actual work but you do the business administration as well. You have to continually market your company, your books need to be kept up to date, you need to advertise to show other businesses that you are out there and also need to get potential clients attention.

 

 

You have to work and meet deadlines. Most of the work we get in is deadline related and that can mean long hours, working weekends and public holidays. A deadline must be met, simple as that. Our work does not stop like corporate hours and this is not the sort of business you can run on corporate hours, it simply want work. You have to be here as your clients demands to a certain extent.

We work hard as VAs as we have to meet deadlines but at least with working long hours we are working from our own virtual offices and do not have to travel backward and forward to and from work at all hours.

I love the fact that I don’t have to travel far to work every day, it takes me a minute to get to my desk and the best part is I don’t have to clear my desk every night because the cleaning ladies will be coming into the office at night. I can simply leave my desk exactly as I left it and pick up again in the morning.

 

I am glad in the winter when it’s cold that I don’t have to travel on a very cold bus for an hour or more to get to work and even in the summer when it is too hot on the bus as its hot outside, and there was nothing worse than coming home and getting off the bus in a thunder storm and have to run home to get out of the rain. Now I can sit and work even though there is heck of a thunder storm outside. I can sit in my office working and look out of the window at the storm and know I am warm and dry inside.

If you work in a corporate office you have to invest in working clothes. As we work from home offices we can choose our dress clothes and only really have to wear and dress nicely if we are seeing clients. We can dress casual and be comfortable working in any weather when working from home.

I don’t think there is any job which matches working for yourself, working from home; it must be one of the best jobs to have.

 

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Indian Street Typists – Vanishing Professions

Vanishing professions: India’s street typists heading for a final full stop

By Rahul TandonBBC News, Calcutta     http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-25620755
Vanishing professions

Every morning, as he has for the past 34 years, Ajay Kumar Nayak walks to a busy footpath outside Calcutta’s high court.

He sets up a rickety wooden table, places a battered plastic chair behind it and then carefully places his 15-year-old typewriter on the table.

After covering his desk with a piece of tarpaulin to protect his prized possession from the sun, he is ready for business as one of Calcutta’s few remaining street typists.

“A decade ago I would have had no time to sit and chat. My fingers would have been tapping away all day,” he says.

“All you would have heard was the sound of the typewriter. Now there is only silence.”

He pauses for a minute and points to the few other typists who remain on the street – one is sitting sipping a cup of tea; another is reading a newspaper.

“Look at us. We have nothing to do,” says Ajay.

“If you come back in a few years’ time there will be nobody left here. The computer has killed our profession.”

Next year will be the last year that we run typing classes”

Mohammed Quamar Hamid Suffee Commercial College

Ajay and his friends used to be busy dealing with all sorts of documents.

Love letters

Complex legal drafts were their staple work, but there would also be wedding card messages to type or CVs to update.

They all laugh as they tell me how some young men used to ask them to type out love letters.

“Maybe we should start offering divorce letters,” jokes one. “Maybe that could help us get some work.”

Their conversation stops for a moment as a potential client walks towards them, but after a moment he moves on, and their conversation resumes.

Ajay and his fellow typists find themselves increasingly waiting for work.

A few miles from the high court is the Suffee Commercial College. For the past 80 years young men and women have come here to learn how to type.

On the ground floor there is still a darkened classroom full of Remington typewriters, perched idly on wooden desks, but they are rarely used now.

'What's the point?'

“Next year will be the last year that we run typing classes,” says Mohammed Quamar Hamid, whose family have been running the college since it was established.

“There is no demand for it, and when I ask the youngsters to practise their keyboard skills on these typewriters they just look at me and say, ‘what is the point?'”

He asks me to follow him to another room. Inside is a row of computers, and in front of them is a group of young girls in their early 20s.

“For them to get a job in India’s competitive job market they need computer skills,” he says.

“Nobody uses a typewriter any more. In a few years’ time the only place you will see them is in a museum.”

Students do not want to learn typing any more, says Mohammed Quamar Hamid

The girls all nod their heads in agreement. One student, Neha, who has just scored 97% in her computer keyboard skills test says manual typewriters “are not practical any more”.

“Today so much has to be done in the office, and with a computer it’s easy to correct your mistakes,” she says.

There are only old men here now. There are no youngsters here”.

Being a street typist is something she says she “would never do”.

“I think that we should keep abreast with technology and not look backwards. Typewriters are not part of our scene anymore.”Indian Street 2

When I ask the class whether any of them think they will ever use typewriters, the answer is a resounding no.

Another student, Divya, speaks for the class when she says: “It is so hard to use. That is why we all prefer computers. We want an easy life.”

Final few hundred

Back outside the high court, Ajay Kumar Nayak has finally got a client.

But after he finishes typing up the legal document – for which he gets seven rupees (7p, 11 cents) a page – he and his friends resume their conversation.

In Calcutta 20 years ago, there were about 2,000 street typists; now there are only a few hundred left.

Typewriter-filled classrooms like this are disappearing.

Ajay took the job because he could find no other work. He says he would not advise anyone to follow his example.

“There are only old men here now. There are no youngsters here.”

“I even told my son not to join this profession as it is difficult to make a living on the streets now.”

It is time for him to go home after another largely fruitless day.

As I walk away he shouts out: “Come and see me soon. I and my friends may not be here for much longer.”

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Power Cuts and AMF Typing Services

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AMF Typing Services is prepared for Load Shedding. Load Shedding during winter is a way of life for us here in South Africa, but we can beat it. There is technology out there that we can buy. I have recently purchased an Inverter and Battery. An Inverter is driven by a large battery and can be used on mains or run on the battery, in a power cut/load shedding the battery kicks in and keeps the Inverter charged. My equipment is plugged into the Inverter so I have power continuous with or without the mains, and it is very quiet to work with compared to a generator, which is very noisy and distracting.

 

By connecting all my equipment to the Inverter I can now keep my office up and running during hours of load shedding, while still having full Internet access which is another bonus. My equipment should stay up and running for between 4 to 6 hours.

 

With Load Shedding lately it is no longer just 2 hours off, it is now a case of up to 7 hours off with no electricity. We suffer as we cannot get our work done, clients are waiting for work and it is not very professional for us to say ‘sorry but I cannot work I have no power’.

 

When load shedding occurs we often don’t get the time to switch off and if you have not saved your work in the last hour you can easily lose that work, that is an hour wasted which we would have to redo. There is nothing worse than losing something and having to redo it, its time wasting we can’t afford.

 

With most of my work I am running on deadline and I simply cannot afford the time to be without power anymore. So a plan has been made. It has been costly but it is worth it because it keeps me up and running working while the power is off. I can still delivery my work on schedule and that is what matters to me. It is all about client support and keeping the client happy.

 

 

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