Sunday, July 13, 2008

Virtual Assistant High Heels Day


Virtual Assistants around the globe are having a little fun and I for one just love it. It's summer -- we work hard -- and it's great that we can sit back and enjoy ourselves. Thanks to Tawnya Sutherland of, VAs are celebrating Virtual Assistant High Heels Day and helping out a good cause. See below for details. And if you are a VA out there, come on, it's not too late. Get those heels on and send in your photo! I know I did.

Celebrate Around the World... (From

Virtual Assistant High Heels Day!
July 9th, 2008

Are you a Virtual Assistant (VA) who works from home and misses the high heeled corporate days?

Want to rally together and show the world that Virtual Assistants are here to stay and ready to take over the corporate world?

Do you wish to support a really good cause that benefits the kids?

Join in on the fun today as Virtual Assistants from around the world celebrate... Virtual Assistant High Heels Day!


I don't know about any of our members here but one of the things I, Tawnya Sutherland, after leaving the corporate world to become a Virtual Assistant (VA), sorely missed (literally) is that I don't wear high heels much anymore!

No doubt much better for my now healthly feet but for that womanly "feel good" feminine moment we all need now and then to pick us up, there is nothing better than slipping your foot into a sexy heel!

To our minority men VAs out there (we know who you are!) when you reach the majority in this industry then we'll have a workboot day okay?

Well, today while working out at the gym to keep that computer chair butt of mine in half decent shape, I watched the Regis and Kelly Show.I watch this show ritually every morning at the gym since I've been a fan of Regis for years and enjoy the variety of guests on it. And yes, Kelly with her healthy figure is incentive for me get my body back into a healthy form and one of the reasons I watch it while dutifully sweating out my gym ritual since I need the inspiration...please don't take that personal there Regis!

Anyhow, today they were having a contest called the High Heel-a-thon with all proceeds going to the March of Dimes.

All I could think of was getting finished with my workout and going home to sport my new heels I bought yet never wear! At the same time I thought of challenging our over 10,000 members to to do the same to help raise more donations for the March of Dimes.

So I challenge every Virtual Assistant worldwide to share with me in this new "Virtual Assistant High Heels Day"

We will celebrate this special day every July 9th forthwith with all proceeds going to March of Dimes.

So VA's? GET OUT THAT CAMERA, take a picture of you in high heels in your Virtual Assistant office and send to us to post here!

Again, send in your photos to

Diana Ennen / Author: Virtual Assistant the Series,

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Friday, July 11, 2008

Virtual Assistants Globally Taking Us To New Frontiers

Hope you enjoy our article! Feel free to use it on your blog, website, newsletter, as long as bio remains intact. I'd welcome your comments!

Virtual Assistants Globally Taking Us To New Frontiers - The International Connection

A Virtual Assistant, like many of their clients, is a highly skilled professional working as an independent contractor from their own home. Virtual Assistants use leading edge technology to communicate work assignments via the Internet, e-mail or disk transfer. Traditional methods such as regular mail and overnight shipping are also used. While most virtual assistants will never meet their clients, it is not unusual to find a VA providing pickup and delivery service in their local area. Many have found success in a combination of the two, local and virtual clients. And what is even more impressive, is that most VA’s now realize the amazing power of the Internet and their client base spans globally.

The ultimate goal of virtual assistants is to partner with their clients. By partnering the VA learns all they can about their clients’ business to become a trusted and valued member of the team—an extension of their organization. At the same time, the VA only charges for time on tasks so it ultimately saves the client in overhead expenses while affording them the necessary time to take care of more business.

A perfect example of a Client/VA partnership is the sole proprietor; let’s say a consultant, who charges $400 an hour for his consulting services. The consultant is spending two hours a week generating mailings, preparing presentations, rummaging through paperwork, and sorting through the tons of email he gets on a weekly basis. Since the consultant is doing this work himself he is paying $400 an hour for these services when, in reality, it would benefit him to partner with a VA at a rate of $50 an hour and save tons of money a year. Plus, he could be generating more revenue because he would have more time available for doing what he does best—consulting. See how it works? It’s not rocket science but it can feel that way when trying to convince clients that they need you. As evidenced in this example they can’t afford NOT to have you on their team.

In addition to the financial rewards for the client, the following list reinforces to the client what they get in return for their investment. This list is just a sample and not meant to be all-inclusive. You need to customize your benefits and features list for clients to reflect your service offering, ethics, and level of expertise in addition to your business goals and objectives.

Personalized attention
Exceptional service
Experience in the latest technology
A colleague to brainstorm ideas with
No benefits/no equipment/no office space
Knowledge of the latest equipment
Freedom to allow you to grow you business
Pride in our profession
An interest in helping them achieve growth in their business
Specific knowledge of your niche

In closing, it’s up to us as Virtual Assistants to get the word out and there’s no better time than now. Get active and talk more, blog more, and just do more for this Virtual Industry that we are all so proud of.
Diana Ennen is the co-author of numerous books including Virtual Assistant: the Series, Become a Highly Successful, Sought After VA with Kelly Poelker and Words From Home: Start, Run and Profit from a Home-Based Word Processing Business. She specializes in publicity and book marketing and is president of Virtual Word Publishing Email us at for a free business informational package. Articles are free to be reprinted as long as the author’s bio remains intact.

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