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5 Tips for Becoming a Virtual Assistant

5 Tips for Becoming a Virtual Assistant

One question I get asked a lot is, “How do I get started as a virtual assistant?” Many admins are eager for advice on how to strike out on their own and begin their virtual assistant business. Yet they don’t know where to begin. While there’s no exact science behind becoming a VA, there are several things you can do…

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Personal Note from Julie: Creating a Distraction-Free Home Workspace

When I launched my business 11 years ago, I moved from a corporate office environment to working in my basement. While working from home and being my own boss was an exciting concept at the time, I quickly realized that there are a lot of distractions that can pop up and impede my productivity in the home office environment. There’s…

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Increasing Productivity: Telecommuting and Your Friends and Family

This article was originally published on and is reprinted here with permission. In this month’s newsletter article, Telecommuting: Creating a Productive Home Working Environment, I discussed some ways of keeping your home office productive. Here are a few more thoughts I’d like to share. Although telecommuting has many advantages, it does have its challenges. One of the greatest lies…

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Affiliate Webinar: Game-Changing Leadership Secrets From a Celebrity Assistant

As Olympia Dukakis’ former Personal Assistant for 25 years, Bonnie Low-Kramen knows from experience that as the backbone of companies, it is increasingly necessary for assistants to step up as leaders within their roles. In the role of gatekeeper, assistants are a critical set of eyes and ears for their managers. But it’s just as vital to be the voice,…

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Affiliate Webinar: Excel: Focus on Formulas

You know that Microsoft® Excel® crunches numbers extremely well. But did you know that more than half of Excel users never learn how to use 9 out of 10 of its most powerful features? Don’t be one of those people! If you don’t have a good foundation for the way Excel formulas work, then you can use only a small…

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Personal Note from Julie: Learning to Work Effectively With Remote Team Members

Does your executive travel or work remotely on a regular basis? If so, you’re likely facing a slew of unique challenges in supporting him or her, and performing your daily administrative duties. For many organizations, working virtually is becoming the norm. As an administrative professional, you need to be skilled on the virtual side of things in order to provide…

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Missing in Action: Coordinating with a Boss Always Out of the Office

This article was originally published on and is reprinted here with permission. “A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.” – John C. Maxwell, American author and speaker Most managers do a decent job of wrangling their teams, maintaining training schedules, keeping track of projects, and providing the overall guidance their teammates…

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