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Virtual Assistant Qualifications

Virtual Assistant Qualifications

A virtual assistant’s goal is to form a partnership with a business or entrepreneur and assistant them in running and building that business. This means they need to have experience with a variety of software packages, excellent writing, proofreading and grammar skills, as well as an understanding of business procedures. Many virtual assistants also have expertise in bookkeeping, Internet, graphics or web design, and marketing.

Now is a good time to think about becoming a Virtual Assistant as more businesses are looking to outsource many administrative functions rather than hire more full-time employees.

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Common Virtual Assistant Mistakes

Don’t Make These Mistakes Common to Many New Virtual Assistants

A virtual assistant business is a great home based business to start today. All businesses need help with the many time consuming administrative tasks involved in running a business and time is short today. If you get your VA business off to the right start, you can find a variety of businesses that are desperately needing your help and will be more than happy to outsource a good deal of tasks to you. Just be sure you have your policies and contracts in place…

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Home Business Website

Create Your Own Home Business Website

Today you can easily create your home business website without paying a web designer thousands of dollars. There are several ways to build a website for free today including free templates from your hosting company or by using a blog platform.

Today I am going to discuss using the free and open source blogging tool WordPress. WordPress actually has a totally free blog option at, but I am going to recommend you use the self-hosted for your home business website. This is because the free version is designed for blogs and does not allow selling or advertising, while the self-hosting version is great for small business websites.
The reason WordPress is great for home based businesses is that you can design a very nice, professionally looking site with no web design experience. Simply use a free or paid template, or theme, and upload your logo and images. That’s all you need for a great looking website.

WordPress is a free open source Web-based software which means you don’t have to buy any software. You can also log into your website using any computer making it easy to edit your site and moderate comments on the go. WordPress is also great for Search Engine Optimization(SEO) and allows your home business website to rank well without being an SEO expert.

Here are some things you should include in your home based business website:

Testimonials and samples of your work. Ask your customers to provide you with statements about your product or service and how it benefited them. They can talk about their experience with you or how you have increased their business profits, sales or any other relevant benefit. Place this information on your website; it is a great (and free!) way to advertise to others. Happy customers will be pleased to provide you with a review, so don’t hesitate to ask.
The homepage of your business website should be an advertisement for your business. While this doesn’t mean you should go for over-the-top, flashy presentation, you should make sure your content points out why they want to explore your website. Why do you stand out among your competition and why would they want to do business with you?

Contact Information should be easy to find anywhere on your website. Use a legitimate email address for your home business that includes your domain name. If your business email address is from a free email account, potential clients can get the impression your business is a just hobby. Good website hosting companies will provide you with free email accounts for your domain. If you prefer using a Gmail or other free email account, it’s very easy to forward your emails to your free account where you can check them conveniently. Your clients will not know and will only see your domain email address.

For your protection over the Internet, you can use a post office box for your business address and avoid using your home address on your website and business cards. For your website’s domain name, make sure that the registrar can and will keep your home address private, or instead, give the post office box address. This is for your family’s protection.

Starting a home business is a very exciting move that can greatly improve your future but it should not cost a fortune. By creating your own home business website, you can save a considerable amount of money that could be spent on equipment, advertising or anything else you need to start your home based business. Fortunately today WordPress offers an economical and viable option for many.

Learn more about creating your own affordable home business website…

Building A Home Business You Can Be Proud Of

Building A Home Business You Can Be Proud Of

If you want to create a successful home business, then you want to learn as much as you can about how to start and build a home business doing something you are good at and enjoy doing.

Here are some reasons you may want to start a home business.

Avoid Home Business Opportunity Scams

Be aware of scams when you look into working from home. Many scams exist that will do anything to get money from you. They may offer work-at-home opportunities or big lists of jobs or some other offer that will allegedly make you fast, easy money. If it sounds too good to be true…it is. The best way to make money at home is to start your own home business and find your own work.

But, be sure you take your home business seriously from the start and don’t treat it like a hobby. When you work at home you will need an office space. Your office doesn’t need to be huge, but it does need to be inviting and functional. Your home office should be a place where you can feel calm, productive, inspired and efficient. Don’t worry about the size, you can make do with whatever space you have.

Take breaks. Keeping a home business going can take a lot of work, and many home business owners work non-stop as long as they can. This is a mistake. Taking regular breaks is actually more likely to help your focus and productivity.

Extra Money

If you have some experience and administrative skills, you can start a home business as a Virtual Assistant. There are so many services you can provide businesses today and it’s possible for most people to find something they can do for businesses who are looking to outsource. Another great advantage to running a home business is they are far less expensive than other traditional businesses or franchises.

Tax Deductions

Tax benefits are another great reason to start a home based business. You can make money working from your home while you save on gas, clothing, childcare and eating out expenses while you enjoy some tax benefits of writing off many of your business expenses. A home based business is one of the best tax benefits for many people, just be sure to keep your financial records organized.

When it comes to taxes and your home business, you want to be sure that you are keeping with the guidelines that the IRS provides. This is important because if you do not play by their rules, you could either miss out on extra money available, or you could get in serious tax trouble by not following procedures.

Working From Home With Children

If you have young children and are looking for a way to avoid paying for child care, a home business may be the answer for your family. You will be able to work from home and care for your child while earning an income for the family. This can be challenging though, and you may need some help during the day with your children and/or housework; however, it can be much less costly than full-time daycare.

Be Your Own Boss

Being your own boss and building a successful home based business can be extremly rewarding and one of your greatest accomplishments.  If you are self-discplined and determined, there is no reason you cannot become very successful.

Learn more about creating your own home business as a Virtual Assistant…