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I’m a VA! (Part 2)

I’m a VA! (Part 2)

Here’s the second of a series of experiences I’ve had and the tools that helped make my life easier as a virtual worker/VA.  If you missed the first one, you can always go back to it here.

Right now, here are a few of the tools that are immensely helpful in terms of project collaboration and database management.

1.  DropBox for data management.  It definitely simplifies your life and keeps your files (big or small) in one place, and they can be accessible wherever you may be working from (make sure you first download the software onto the system you are using).  The good thing here is that you can download the mobile app and can manage your files from your mobile phone.  You have to install the software again if you are managing more than one account.

2.  Jing – is a free tool for creating and sharing screencasts.  If you want to create a screencast, here is a YouTube video on how to do it.  This eliminates a lot of time that’s consumed calling or emailing someone.  There is a risk that you or the other person can miss a point or misunderstand instructions, so Jing fits the bill perfectly.

3.  Google Docs – this has most recently been upgraded to Google Drive, which is most suitable for document collaboration and sharing.  You can enable the app within your Gmail account and work on team or individual projects and get real-time feedback.  Just make sure you enable the Public sharing feature so other people in your team can view the documents or files from their end.

You are very much welcome to add to this very short list.  I know that there are thousands of resources out there which can greatly benefit everyone.  In the meantime, I am trying to put together a video tutorial of some kind regarding the next topic on this series.

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I’m a VA! (Part 1)

I’m a VA! (Part 1)

Recently, I met someone on Facebook via one of the social networking groups I belong to.  Learned about her “dilemma” and how she has always wanted to be a virtual assistant but is not quite sure on how to go about it and where to access stuff pertaining to this profession.

Here are a few items I shared with her, which have helped me immensely when I was starting out in the virtual assistance industry (I’d like to think that we never stop learning new things and relearning old stuff):

Here are a few helpful items to look into………….

1. We need to know who we are and what we do.  There are a lot of helpful links out there and here’s one.

2. Download the latest version of Microsoft Office (I have 2010 and it works fine). Let me know if you still don’t have it in your system and I’ll look for the link to my free download.

3. Make Google Search your best friend. You can search for anything, even as simple as how to learn how to type.

4. Watch YouTube tutorials (how-tos). Type anything in the search field that you want to know about such as “how to open a document in Excel”, etc. and follow the simple steps in the video.

5. Practice practice practice until you’re comfortable with a skill.

I’m planning to put up a series of how-tos on this, depending on the feedback this will generate.  Or perhaps a quick video would do the trick?

What has been the most important lesson you can impart to someone who is new in the business?

The First Step

The First Step

 

My life story has stuff that can rival any TV soap.

I got pregnant and cried like crazy because my child’s father walked out on me and my dreams crumbled right before my eyes.  Little did I know that what I saw as the greatest obstacle turned out to be the greatest blessing.

I left a 9-5 corporate job and was jobless for a couple of months.  Then I discovered the Internet, and all its amazing power.

I got hooked!

So what got me started? I wasn’t even tech-savvy and still have to sit very still to churn out credible code.  I was nearly bankrupt and I have a daughter to feed and care for, not to mention debts to pay so I can get a better credit report.  I couldn’t even afford a roof over our own heads!

WHAT I DID

So what I did was…..

Pool whatever resources I had left

Signed up for online jobs and submitted my portfolio to employers online while on the side, I wanted to find means to augment whatever income I may earn.

THINGS STARTED TO GET BETTER

I am forever indebted to my first online Employer for helping me get started online.  His patience and guidance immensely helped and inspired me to become a better person and to readily start from scratch.

LEARNING TO REBUILD MYSELF

Seeing oneself as broken glass wouldn’t bring you anywhere near your goals.  I always wake up realizing I am truly on my way to rebuild my dreams and my life for my daughter.

I call this my accidental vocation.

The road to rebuilding one’s career and one’s life is challenging, but fun if you discover your passion and use it to fuel your dreams.

YOU CAN DO IT

There are millions of chances given to us every single day and all we have to do is grab whatever wins your heart over.

I couldn’t discount the help of my friends, colleagues and family.  But if I didn’t take heart and welcome the challenge to live a better life, I wouldn’t know how my life and my daughter’s turned out to be.

If I can do it, so can you.

JUST TAKE HEART and give it your best shot !!!