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What Should You Do When A Client Posts A Bad Review About You?

Have you ever had your good name smeared by a client? You did your side of the deal. You interviewed the client, you got all the information required to do the job, you did the background research and you delivered the required service in a timely manner.

Despite all of that, the client has given you a bad review! Perhaps they were expecting an impossible level of perfection? Perhaps it was a case of miscommunication? Or maybe they were just downright mean! Whatever the reason, how can you respond in a way that saves your good reputation?

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Clients, where are you?

Whether you’re just starting out or you have an established business,
finding clients in any industry is no easy task.
There really is no set process for how to get their attention and convert
that in to business. This task can be even harder for virtual assistants.
By definition they do not operate face-to-face with their existing or
prospective clients, making it difficult to create connections and build
business relationships.
Here are some strategies that you could employ in order to get yourself
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What You Should Do When You Can’t Finish A Task?

As you work from home there are some inevitable scenarios that you would surely encounter one way or another. The question now is, how can you get through that scene without making any negative impact on your work-at-home career?

Before we talk about the solutions, perhaps it would be better if we tackle first the reason why we can’t finish a task in the first place. Whether we admit or not, there are some tasks that we find unpleasant simply because we are not truly interested to do it or it is not really in the line of our expertise. The end result—we procrastinate! And that is why we become unproductive.
Now that we identified the culprit why we can’t get an assigned task done, let us move over to the solutions.Set up a time schedule to work on the task you don’t like- the reason why you decided to work from home is to earn while you stay at home, right? Ever heard the saying “Beggars can’t be choosers? So, your boss assigned task that you honestly don’t like. You can’t blatantly say no unless you have a fall back job. What can you do? Set up a time schedule to work on it. This is actually an all in the mind trick. If you know that doing the task will only take you ten minutes or so, you will surely do your best to beat the clock. See,instead of procrastinating, you actually got over it and finished the task after all. Just make sure that you polish your work before you submit it to your boss—that would be easier after all.

Determine the time when you feel you are most productive- if you know your strong points, you surely know the time when it comes out as well. Being productive also has its own set of time. Let’s say, your mind works better in the middle of the night when your surrounding is silent. Or perhaps when the kids are already in bed and you have the time all for yourself. Take advantage of this time and work your way and be productive.

Give your boss an advance notification- if all else fails and if you know that the reason why you can’t finish a task is beyond procrastination, notify your boss immediately. There is nothing wrong with being honest. Do not give your boss false hope. If you really can’t do the task, at least be honest and be professional. Sending an SMS message on the last minute is very unprofessional. A phone call or at least an e-mail message would do.Just make sure that you do it in advance and when your boss has still time to look for an alternative.
Working from home is not all sunshine and daisies. Distractions and other hindrances will surely come your way. The best way to get through with it is to face it with an honest heart and an organized mind. By doing so, you can keep your work-at-home career for the longest possible time.

Hourly Jobs vs. Fixed Price Jobs

Since I started working from home, I have been asked several times on how I charge my clients for the online tasks I did for them. And since I wanted to encourage some of my close friends and relatives to try their luck as online worker like me, I would patiently explain to them the basics of working online and it would usually starts from the question: How do I charge my client? Continue reading

Virtual Assistants Pros and Cons

You probably have seen online advertisements about Virtual Assistants whether it is about VA hiring advertisements or training and seminars for VA’s. Curios of what a VA is? Well, Virtual Assistants are the modern personal assistants of people who are busy with their companies, businesses and even personal agendas. They do the same tasks as PA’s like organizing files, scheduling appointments, typing and documenting, email handling and the lists could go on. The only difference is that a Virtual Assistant works remotely from his/her employer and their means of communication could be through the Internet, phone calls or fax.

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