I’m back!

By December 15, 2010 General 63 Comments

Hi there beloved readers

lisataligaI really must apologise for my lengthy absence on this blog. I know some of you have been wondering why I haven’t been in touch as regularly as I had been previously.  2010 has been an extremely stressful year involving a major upheaval in my personal life.  I had no option but to move out of the home I had lived in for almost ten years, in April of this year. I did not take this decision lightly, indeed I spent most of last year (2009) wondering whether to make this move or not.

2010 has mostly been spent keeping my head above water and focusing on client work while keeping things together in my personal life.  I thank my clients, old and new, for continuing to work with me and providing a much-need “busy-ness” to my life.

I’m now feeling very optimistic about the future and really do feel that the decision I made was the right one. It’s important to realise when a situation is becoming more detrimental than positive. You cannot evolve if you stay stuck in a comfort zone that is no longer in your best interests.  So that you can see how I’m feeling right now, here is a recent photo taken of me by my lovely friend Renee Barber (who I met through this blog)!

Along the way, I’ve had requests from some of you for one-on-one coaching, or more in-depth training than I provide in my ebooks. While the ebooks have helped many of you to start your own VA business by following clear-cut steps, I know that many of you would like to benefit from feedback and more hands-on help during the process.

Hence my decision to start 2011 on an exciting and optimistic note by running a six week teleseminar course on how to start a VA/freelance business from home.  I’m still getting the details in place but at this stage I envisage a six week course which would involve a weekly one hour call.

I will cover the steps you need to take to set up your freelance business and you will have the opportunity to ask questions at the end of each call. You can either dial into the call or listen to it by visiting a private webpage. Each call will be recorded and transcribed so that you can download and listen/read each module at your leisure. I will also provide checklists and templates for you to use.

I am not sure of the exact date when I will launch this teleseminar coaching program but I’m thinking late January or February, which would be perfect for those of you who want to start your business in 2011. I’ll let you know more details when I have them.

I will end this blog post by thanking each and every one of you who contacted me while I “went underground” as it were, asking me if I was OK and encouraging me to keep blogging and inspiring you.

To help me put together the coaching course, please ask me any questions you may have about becoming a Virtual Assistant or indeed about freelancing in general, by posting in the comment box below or dropping me an email. Or if you just want to say “hi”, please do so! I would love to hear from you.

I’ll be back here in a couple of weeks time with another blog post for you. In the meantime, have a happy, safe and joyful festive season.

63 Comments

  • Veronica says:

    Welcome back Lisa!
    Perfect timing to I might add. I am in between jobs right now and need to get started with this home business. How do I download the e-book?

  • Reagan West-Gandy says:

    Hi Lisa
    I have not yet started my own VA business yet, but enjoy your emails and reading your blog. I do not know what your personal issues were/are, but I wish you the best of luck and hope all turns out being a positive change for you. I always tell my children that true character is formed in adversity- you sound as if you are pushing through whatever challenges you have been facing, so good on you! I look forward to hearing more about the upcoming VA teleseminars….keep looking up and moving forward.
    Best regards, Reagan

  • Wanda Giesbrecht says:

    Hi Lisa,

    Glad to see that you are back!! The “new and renewed you” sound very geared up for the new year and you look amazing.

    I too have been through some very rough times and no what it feels like to come out of the comfort zone. This is one of the reasons that I am looking for some new found freedom to help me move forward and this seems to fit me and my skills.

    I look forward to hearing from you and working with you. Your guidance, support and direction will help me work towards acheiving a long time goal for myself. I hope that I am able to return the favour with providing you with support as well.

    Always…..another sister from another mother who is experiencing some personal turmoil. Keep the faith, keep strong and 2011 will be a better year for many of us..

    Cheers
    Wanda

  • Sharon says:

    Lisa,

    It’s so good to hear from you. I get a lot of e-mails, mostly the phony stuff about making money at home. However, I began to notice I hadn’t heard from you in a while and I thought that you were thinking, “Well, she doesn’t appear to be interested in getting going with her business, so forget about her.” I’m glad to see you’re back.
    Also, I want to wish you well in the future. I hope the best is yet to come and I’m sorry that you’ve had to make a tough decision and move. We can get attached to our homes, I know I did. But, I kept it in the family–sold it to my bro.

  • Carol says:

    Hi Lisa
    Hope 2011 brings stability and contentment.
    Cheers
    Carol

  • Perri says:

    New to your blog, and look forward to future posts. Just wanted to say hi and commend your strength making the decision that you made! Many women today are faced with similar decisions and I applaud your courage!!! Take good care of YOURSELF and congratulations on a wonderful joyous future!!

  • Ophelia says:

    Hi Lisa,

    I was wondering where you were. I’m glad that everything is ok. I will surely keep you in my prayers. I think 2009-2010 has been somewhat negative to a few people. I lost my job in 2009. I lost my dad 2010. I got divorced 2010. I have a Master’s degree but I can not find a job. It’s sad but true. But there’s light at the end of the tunnel. We just have to take our negatives and turn them into opportunities.

    I really was worried about you though. I’m glad that your head is above water. You can start to breath again. On another note: I purchased the “Secretarial Business In A Box,” program years ago but have yet to start my business. I even have a business license. I was looking on other sites just now about starting a VA business. I guess I can incorporate it into my Secretarial business? Any suggestions? What about me joining the http://www.VAnetworking.com? I really need help in starting this business now. What steps did you take? Is this your only source of income? Thank you Lisa and I am very happy that you are back. Please take care of yourself.

  • kaySTX says:

    After bad times of my own, I will use your blog as an inspiration to move forward. I didn’t quite take the full plunge to become a full time VA out of fear and took an employment opportunity that came along. Of course I am miserable, but am gaining even more skills to utilize in the future and completing the last 12 credits towards my BA.

    Thank you for your inspiration, I’ll be watching your blog.

    kaySTX

  • Debie says:

    Lisa, welcome back. Yours was one of the names that formed part of my initial research when starting my business just on two years ago and as I mentioned to you back then; some of the best.
    I had wondered where you were and am gald that things are back on the up and up for you.
    Look after yourself, stay strong and good luck with your visions for 2011.
    Goodie – newsletters again x

  • Carol Nourse says:

    Hi Lisa

    I wanted to write and thank you as I have just finished reading your “5 Key Steps” ebook.

    I am just about to start my own business as a VA and have been scouring the internet for useful tips such as what services a VA can offer and what equipment/software you need. It seems to me that there are a lot of people out there claiming to offer help in this area but, in fact, charging info-hungry VAs like me good money for tips of minimal worth.

    I was pleasantly surprised, therefore, to find that you offered much more than than and detailed the sort of work a VA can do and also gave a detailed strategy for preparing to set up in business as well as links to numerous resources. I also really enjoyed listening to the interview with Lynne Hindes of Virtual Assistant/Back Office Services.

    I will come back to your website many times I am sure over the coming months but thank you again for passing on so much useful information.

    Kind regards
    Carol

  • Clare Inza Tyler says:

    Hello Lisa,

    I’m glad things are going well for you after making your recent transition. This is my first time posting on your blog. I do temp work and Internet content writing for a living. I have thought about becoming a virtual assistant and will keep an eye out for your future offerings. Thanks and best wishes going forward.

  • Jeune says:

    Hi Lisa

    Welcome back you have been missed. I always looked forward to your posts.

    Jeune

  • Linda Taylor says:

    Hi Lisa,

    Welcome back! I am glad that you gave your self room to evolve.

    I myself had a similar year. I will be watching for your next blog and
    hope to join your seminar.

    Here is something I wrote long ago. I hope it will help remind you that your personal growth is number one and it needs to be nurtured.

    Sunrise – A new day to see what life has to offer.
    Sunset – Other chance to be at peace with all, and enjoy the miracle of the day.
    Ocean – A reminder that the rough and tumble time in our lives are just rolling in an out with the waves waiting for the calm to come.
    Children – To show us how we can laugh and play.
    Friends – Help us how to laugh at our self’s and to enjoy good food and drink with.
    Orchids – A scent to show us what a sweet life we can have.
    Rain – To wash away the old.
    Sun – The start of new life.

    Enjoy your season and all the joys it does bring!

  • Hi Lisa

    Thanks for all your emails, they are keeping me motivated about my VA business. I recently set-up my website and registered with 121 Temps to start getting some jobs as my other marketing attempts have not worked as yet. What do you think of 121 Temps? I know that networking and social media are also important in gaining clients so I am also focusing on these areas too.

    Hope you are doing ok and you have a fabulous Christmas and a great new year! I am looking forward to 2011, its going to the the year for my business.

    Take care
    Fiona

  • Marcia says:

    Cheers to you Lisa:

    Yes, I too had to to take a “different road of approach” within my life. I wish you no regrets and continued enlightenment. You have provided so many with a light at the end of the tunnel options, it is only fair that you are replenish by the universe for unselfish actions, I am a HUGE believer in Karma.

    Again, glad you are back! Happy Holidays to you and yours.
    Marcia

  • Rhonda says:

    Dear Lisa,

    I was just thinking yesterday about you and that I hadn’t heard from you in some time. Then today, like magic, here you are!

    I am sorry to hear about your personal upheaval but I am sure you did what was best in the end. Everything will work out eventually.

    We are always here for you. Looking forward to a great 2011 for all of us.

  • Kimberly says:

    Hi Lisa, I’m very happy to see you’re back. I understand what you’ve been going through. I too have had to make a major life-changing decision this fall and move out of my home after 13 years. Be strong; on the other side of the grief is real joy. I haven’t gotten there yet, but I feel it. I enjoy your posts and advice so keep it coming. I haven’t begun my VA biz yet, but my mom will begin hers soon, thanks to your blog.
    Take care. I’m so glad to hear from you again. And thanks for sharing, you aren’t alone.

    Kimberly

  • Michelle says:

    Hi Lisa,

    Glad to see that you are back and running strong. 2010 has been a year of transition for many people. We’ve had to go through a lot, but it just makes us stronger and builds up our character. I wish you the best in life and look forward to working with you in the future. I purchased your transcription business last year and was motivated to start my own business. I’m in the process of building my website and look forward to opening my virtual business doors in 2011, God’s willing.

    Be Blessed.

  • Jeanine says:

    Hi Lisa, Looking forward to your planned teleseminar! I have a few clients now but would like to get better organized and get some more and make more money. I’ll look forward to your posts.

    I’m sure your 2011 will be much brighter!

  • Kathy says:

    Welcome back!!!

  • Ann Starnes says:

    Hi, Lisa,
    I know we have all gone through some tough times and I hope you are doing well. One of my questions is if I set up a web site and go more virtual, how can we be safe? I know there is much hacking. I did purchase your Secretarial Business In A Box and am still trying to get things properly set up. I have done something for a customer, virtual, and he originally sent it as read only. I was finally able to edit his documents, but had problems with the page numbers. Do you know in the Virtual Assistant system if that would be telling us how to fix MS Word things? Good luck and Merry Christmas and New Year.

  • Anigioro Oluwatobi says:

    Hi Lisa,

    Nice to have you back. I hope your new end is better than where you left though it is not always easy to vacate a place where one is used to for years. However, Change is the most important thing in life to move ahead. I pray that you will have a more successful stories in your new end.

    I have really missed your VA tips greatly, hope you are back more refreshing, we are ready to be imparted by your incorparable advice.

    Till I read from your end.

    Thanks.

  • Victoria J Arnold says:

    Hi Lisa,

    It’s really good to know you’re back, getting on your feet, and moving forward in
    new directions! That’s a plus for you and all of us who look to you for the many wonderful ways you’ve guided our path. It makes for a good way to close out the old and begin the new. Perfect timing! On that note, I leave you with blessings of Love, Peace and Joy thru out the festive season at hand and a hope for these blessings to last you and yours a life time.
    I am truly excited about the teleseminar, that just made my day, thanks!
    Looking to hear from you soon,

    Warmly,

    Vicki

  • Michelle Ellison says:

    Hi Lisa,
    Welcome back!!

  • Deborah says:

    Hi Lisa: I’m sure everyone understands regarding making life-changing decisions and moving out of your comfort zone. I – too – have made a few changes in my life and had to put my business on the backburner and reassess how I was doing things. This has led me to move out of my apartment and roommate with someone in order to keep my head above water and go back to school to make myself more marketable so that when I pick my business up again in mid-2011 I’m on the right track.

    I’m looking forward to your seminar on how to start a freelance business and look forward to your comments and suggestions as well. Take care.

  • Kathi Rachman says:

    Hi Lisa!

    So glad you are back! When my husband passed away from Lou Gehrig’s Disease (ALS) in 1995 I became to lean on three truths……”The only constant in life is change” – be it bad or good, change is inevitable…..”Life can change on a dime”…. boy, how many of us know that one? And third, “God never gives us more than we can handle”. I know that 2010 has been a tough year for you, but you got through it!! And now you are back, stronger than ever. Good for you!!!

    I haven’t started my VA business yet and am really looking forward to your teleseminar course…..what will the cost be for this? Also, will you be including ways in getting prospective clients interested in what a Virtual Assistant has to offer?

    Thanks,
    Kathi

  • Beth Frank says:

    Hi Lisa!

    Welcome back! I was wondering what you’ve been up to. I am a part-time VA. I still work a full-time job. In this economy who can afford to quit a full-time job? I am grateful to be working and to have benefits as well.

    I keep plugging away at getting clients. I am a member of IVAA and VAnetworking. I am currently taking courses through VAclassroom. Love their courses.

    Look forward to hearing from you. Best of luck.

  • Yasmin says:

    Hi, Lisa, i was very happy to see your mail yesterday, as I too missed you. up til now I have been a lurker on your site because I have not been sure of what my place is in the freelancing world. I realize through studying your information on becoming a VA as well as another popular online marker’s site, that this is where I should begin. Although my primary job is out of the home, for basically the same reason as was mentioned by Beth Frank, I am slowly trying to wean my way from it, I do have online employment also, but it is not what I want to do long term!

    Again, welcome back!

  • Shawna says:

    Welcome back Lisa!

  • Ika Tonga says:

    Hi Lisa!

    I have not yet read your blog, but I was inspired and encouraged then I purchased you VA e-book. Received an email from you and just found out you went through some hard times during the year. I hope all is well and will try to go and read your blog.

    Right now, I am trying to get myself out of an unforseen debt of under $10,000. I am working full-time but would love to get some tips on where to earn some extra cash virtually and online. I have been into Elance and other similar sites. The competition is very fierce. Would you know of anybody that would have overflow work. Would like to earn something like $250-$300 fortnightly.

    In brief, have been an administrator, tourism trainer, PR Officer, secretary for the past 23 years.

    Hope you enjoy the festive holiday seasons and best of luck for the new year! Looking forward to visiting your blog!

  • Mandu says:

    Hi Lisa!
    Welcome back! I am still on the fence about becoming a VA and had to give up my trancription course, due to family commitments, but after all is said and done my heart and soul are saying VA. It is just about taking action and getting to the next level. It is always a juggle when you have really young children as well. Are there any VAs on here with young children? How do you do it? This is probably the biggest reason why I haven’t taken the first step because of not knowing how becoming a VA is possible when you have such small children and no time. Enlighten me please:).
    Best of luck to you to you and looking forward to 2011 and what is to come for you and your future endeavors.

  • Lydia says:

    Hullo Lisa,
    Welcome back indeed. I happy to know that u’ve kept above the waters. The fact that you can do so above the storm is a credit. You win win and will always win if you do not keep yoself in the comfort zone

  • Lydia says:

    Hullo Lisa,
    Welcome back indeed. I happy to know that u’ve kept above the waters. The fact that you can do so above the storm is a credit. You win win and will always win if you do not keep yoself in the comfort zone

  • Anthony Lovett says:

    Welcome back Lisa, your assistance has been most valuable for me as I am about to enter the world of the Virtual Assistant.
    My main worry is, how to make contact with prospective clients here in the UK. I am in the process of creating my own web site, and have posted a page on Face book, under Mantone Freelance Business Services.
    Looking forward to further blogs from you and may possibly be interested in your forthcoming seminar.
    Take care, and look forward to hearing from you soon.

  • Susan Hondros says:

    Hi Lisa!

    Welcome Back! I was just wondering what happened to you. I am glad that you are OK.

    I am a Contractor by day and Virtual Assistant by night. My day job is unstable right now. I have bought your wonderful E-Book and am reading this. I decided that I want more control in my life and am in process of working on a simple business plan as Virtual Assistant is the route I want to go. I got the support from my husband.

    Great! I am so looking forward to seeing a teleseminar and am wondering if it is closed-captioned as I am hearing-impaired.

    Good luck! Change is always good. When one door closes, another opens. Looking forward to hearing from you.

  • Anne Marie Doran says:

    Welcome back Lisa.

    Hope 2011 will be an exciting year for you. I know how it feels to start on a new path in life after leaving a 16 year comfort zone. Wishing you all the best!

    Thanks for all the help and advice you have given us over time.

  • Jerri says:

    Hi Lisa,
    Glad to see you back. You helped me start my VA business a year and a half ago. Thanks to you! It’s been a long time since we have had any contact. I was wondering what happenend to you.

  • Hi Lisa and welcome back! Glad to hear that you are not letting challenges get you down. I understand how hard it is to stay motivated when your personal life is in disarray. Perfect timing to your come back. I am in between jobs myself and I started my VA business in April of this year. It’s very slow and I am still getting my feet wet with this new venture. I am tired of the corporate rat race and being laid off as many times as I have has changed my thinking of being an employee. Although I do need a full time income my heart is not in working for someone else but it is to grow my business. I would love some coaching from you and would love if you can add marketing tips to your seminar. Being on a fixed income makes it hard but I am sure there are some creative and less expensive ways to market a VA business to begin income generation.

    Thanks Lisa and bless you!

    Jeannine

  • Richard B says:

    Lisa, like others, I know not what you endured but your looking well and refreshed. Glad to hear from you. I thought since I didn’t buy something, I was off the list!!! A good sign is that you’re persistent. Keep me informed and hopefull one day I can be a full fleged VA. Need the work since I’ve was laid off 20 months ago!!
    Keep the faith.

  • Noel says:

    Welcome back, Lisa. To be honest, I have lost confidence on the VA business thing especially after getting tons of unwanted make money schemes online. I really do not know if there is any legit methods, but with you, I do believe I have some hope left. I am thinking on this for now, but glad you’re much better now.

    Good luck to you and to all of us who tries to be free from a regular 8 or 9 day shift work to have more time with family but at the same time, having the way to get resources to support our needs. Happy Holidays!

  • Brenda Geeson says:

    Hi Lisa,

    Welcome back and good luck for the future!

    Brenda
    x

  • Seraphina Spruill says:

    Hello Lisa,

    I’m glad to hear from you and will keep you in my prayers. I’m looking forward to your seminar and coaching. I am working currently on the phone from home and would like it better to have my own business as a VA.

  • Lisa Jackson says:

    Hi Lisa. Yes, life trips us up sometimes and trying to juggle business and personal can be a little overwhelming. We don’t always realise how much we depend on a stable personal life as a foundation on which to build a stable business one – until we start noticing the cracks that are appearing. But you’re a vibrant and intelligent woman who obviously had the good sense to do what was best for your overall wellbeing. Hey, the world is always here to come back to – it doesn’t change that much. All the best for 2011. Look forward to more ebooks!

  • Gwenn says:

    Welcome back Lisa. Looking forward to your teleseminars.

  • Richinel says:

    Hi Lisa,
    Welkcome back and God bless you. Remember, we can have all kinds of upheaval in our lives but if we center in Jesus Christ, our problems becomes lighter because he will take our load. Do not count on your own inteligent to solve problems. We always have to have faith in our Lord Jesus. So Lisa I will pray for you to further stabilize your live. Don’t forget to pray Lisa, because this is the way we can communicate with our Omni-science, omni-present, omni-sapient and almighty God.

    regards.
    Richinel

  • Simone says:

    Hi Lisa. Thank you for persisting with the support on VA. Although I have not yet started my business I am extremely keen and look forward to your teleseminar course as well.

    Again, I understand what a tough year looks like. It’s great to see that you are staying positive and looking ahead to a new future. Take care and have a relaxing and safe holiday. Look forward to hearing from you in the near future.

    Thanks again.
    Simone

  • Joanne Topps says:

    Hi Lisa,

    I was recently wordering what has happened to Lisa Taliga. I haven’t had an email in my box in so long. I’m so glad to hear from you and that you are well.

    I look forward to hearing from you in the future. Glad to have you back!!!

    Best wishes.

  • Stephanie Lightbourne says:

    Hey Lisa,

    Welcome back!! I think I know how you feel. I too have been going through my share of issues being unemployed and not being able to get my VA business moving. I am still stuck with trying to get my FIRST client to the point where I was considering going back on a 9-5 job.

    I look forward to all the advise and information you have to share, you were missed.

    Regards,
    Stephanie

  • Judy Blackwell says:

    Hello Lisa,
    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! I’m sorry you had to go through some difficulties recently in your life, but I’m glad that you have taken steps to get out of a bad situation and move forward to a brighter, optimistic, positive and more productive future. It must feel like a new beginning for you especially with the coming New Year 2011. I admire your courage and fortitude.

    I love the idea of your teleseminar course for VA’s. I haven’t started my business yet, but I am interested in this course. One question that I can think of now is that in this day and age of social networking, electronic communication and so on, what are employers looking for in a VA in light of the current technology?

    I know your busy, but the next time you write a blog you can answer some of our questions. Thanks and I’m so happy you’re back!

    -Judy Blackwell

  • Lisa Taliga says:

    First of all, thank you to all of you for your warm welcomes! I know I am not alone with so many of you ready to encourage me!

    It sounds like many of you have also experienced highs and lows in 2010, which is probably the case for any year. The important thing to remember is to learn and grow from our experiences, good and bad.

    Below I have answered some of your questions:

    @ Veronica You can download the free ebook by visiting:

    http://www.virtualpabusiness.com/free_ebook_blog.html

    and entering your name and email address. Then you’ll receive a download link for the free

    ebook!

    @ Ophelia Yes, joining VAnetworking.com is a great idea and yes, I work from home full-time

    as a freelancer with no other source of income. Please download the free ebook, if you

    haven’t already, to find out more tips about how I set up my business!

    @ Carol Nourse Thank you for your lovely comments about the 5 Key Steps ebook. It was

    my intention when writing the ebook and creating the extra resources to provide as much information as I can for a reasonable price.

    @ Linda Taylor What a beautiful way you have, of finding meaning in “everyday” words! What about a rainbow, could that be: Appreciating the beauty of the present, without continually searching for the pot at the end of the rainbow?

    @ Fiona Woodrow I’m not familiar with 121 Temps, as I always get my own clients by my

    own means. You are right, networking and social media are both excellent ways of getting

    your own clients!

    @ Ann I use WordPress to set up my websites and it’s pretty safe. You can get free plugins to enhance security on your website as well. By the way, the Secretarial Business in a Box is not by me, it’s someone else’s product. Re: MSWord, I recommend going through the free tutorials on the Microsoft website.

    @ Kathi I’m sorry to hear about your husband passing away. That is very sad. Indeed, the only constant in life is change.

    I’m not sure what the cost will be for the teleseminar yet but I’ll be making it very worthwhile for the price. I’m thinking of making the course purely about how to get clients for your freelance business, rather than how to set up a freelance business. I can always do another teleseminar course after that, about how to set up a freelance business from scratch, however it seems that most people are after information about the actual marketing. A teleseminar about freelance marketing would help both those who are setting up their business so they can feel more confident that they WILL get clients, and also it would benefit those who have already set up their business and are looking to build a client base.

    @Ika The competition is fierce on Elance and the other freelance sites. It’s one way of getting work at the start but you may not be paid much and you may feel demoralised about the amount of competition. It’s best to find your own clients by other means, which I will be covering in my upcoming teleseminar course.

    For overflow work, you could network with other Virtual Assistants in forums such as the one at VAnetworking.com and see if anyone needs some help. Earning $250-300 fortnightly is more than possible as a VA. It sounds like you have excellent experience that you can use as a VA.

    @ Mandu I know lots of Virtual Assistants and other freelancers who work at home with small children. It’s not easy, but nothing worthwhile is easy! The wonderful thing about being a VA freelancing from home is that you can schedule your work to be done when it suits you e.g. early morning before the kids wake up, afternoon during their nap, late at night after they are asleep. It’s really about time management, but when you’re running a business, with or without children, you need to have a good handle on your time anyway.

    @ Susan Hondros The teleseminar course will be transcribed so that you can read through the materials. Thank you for asking!

    @ Richard B Of course I didn’t remove you from my list because you didn’t buy anything! I provide a free ebook and also this blog to help those of you who are strapped for cash and want more basic tips. You can set up your freelance business without buying any ebooks or materials, however, it does help you cut through information overload, avoid pitfalls and learn about the most effective, cheap ways of marketing yourself, if you do invest in a good ebook or program.

    @ Noel Sorry to hear that you have been exposed to money making schemes which are just hype. You are right, I am here to help!

    @ Stephanie I know that the first client can seem quite hard to achieve but keep persevering and before you know it, you will have your first client. Get out there and start networking in your local community!

    @ Judy Each client will have different technological needs but at a minimum, you would need good knowledge of Microsoft Office, a good typing speed, know your way around the internet, good spelling, grammar, ability to format documents so they look professional, and possibly social media skills if you want to get into social media marketing on behalf of your clients and want to use social media to market yourself.

  • Vierra Lungwangwa says:

    Welcome back Lisa. You are truly amazing! I am so inspired by you. I wish you a rewarding new year and keep up your good work. I will be starting my own VA business early 2011. I certainly look forward to your teleseminar. Thank you for helping me.

  • Debra says:

    Hello! Glad you are back. I am still considering becoming a virtual assistant. I am just not sure what to do. I really don’t have any extra money to give,with all the medical bills. Its been a rough year with my husband sick and all. Does it cost anything to download your ebook? Take care.

  • Diana says:

    Hello Lisa! I am a newbie into the VA world, and have purchased your book recently. I have just started chipping away at the steps. One little bit at a time. First trying to determine what I can offer to clients, based on what I have already experienced, and the skills I already possess. Next is the business plan.
    Just wanted to comment on your blog post. How honest and genuine you were to share your trials and tribulations in your personal life. Sounds alot like the year I had! And many lessons learned. Just wanted to say thank you for sharing. It is always nice to know what others go thru, and know that others are enduring the same as ourself.
    Happy New Year! Look forward to your future blog posts!

  • Janice says:

    So glad to see you’re back. Your VA information has been so helpful. Trust 2011 will be better for you.
    Keep looking up. Look forward to what you’ll be doing this year. Keep moving forward with courage. Thinking of you!!

  • Cherie says:

    Thank you so much for helping all of us. Your information has been great and has answered many of my questions. I am looking forward to what will be next. Thank you!!

  • Darlene D. says:

    Hi Lisa. Glad everything has balanced out for you. May 2011 be your most blessed year yet. I’m looking forward to your teleseminars. I’ve started my own business doing typing, transcribing and funeral programs. My ultimate goal would be a VA business. I have over 30 years experience in the Administrative field both government and non-profit, but I’m tired of getting up and going to an office. I’m going to order your 5 steps book so I’ll be ready for the marketing tips from the seminars. Be blessed.

  • Njeri says:

    Lisa you provide me with the motivation that i need to go through everyday struggles. thank you

  • Lynne says:

    Hi Lisa
    Very pleased to see that you are back! 2011 will be a better year. I’ll be on your teleseminar.
    regards
    Lynne

  • Hi Lisa,

    Welcome back! I wondered about you since your are the one who encouraged me to start my virtual business. I searched for you during the time I was stuck. Thankful you have regain your composure and is even more determined to persevere.

    I have launched my virtual business. Thanks to you for all the information you made available to me. I am in the marketing stage of the business and praying for a break through.

    The name of the business is Key Virtual Assistant, LLC. Any advice you can give me to speed up the marketing process and obtain clients will be appreciated.

    Again welcome back.

    Cecilia

  • Diane says:

    It has been wonderful hearing from you. Your 5-steps is what got me started two years ago. It’s been nice to have you along the way plugging for us. I’m glad you are back, and I look forward to communication from you. I hope 2011 is very happy, healthy, and prosperous for you!

  • Lisa says:

    @ Vierra You’re welcome, Vierra!

    @ Diana That’s right, just chip away a little bit at a time.

    @ Janice @ Cherie @ Njeri So glad that I’ve helped you with the information here!

    @ Lynne It’s been such a long time since we last spoke. Hope things are going well for you. It’s great to see you on the blog!

    @ Cecilia Excellent that you have launched your business. Keep going and keep looking out for future blog posts and tips!

  • Andrew says:

    Hi Lisa
    I just discovered this email in among 1000s of others as my computer has been sick as it were

    You are a sight for sore eyes love looking beautiful and cheerful through all you have been through
    Lisa you are an inspiration to all of us
    we all look forward to what ever you have to offer as it is always great content

    LOL Andy (durhamUK)

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