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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.


Being a VA: Your Performance Depends on Your Internet Connection

speedtestWe’ve got quite a lot inquiries, job application letter or even just a short message asking how to start working as a Virtual Assistant submitted from our contact form. We really thank you for that. Although we don’t think that we’re the expert, but we love to share some of our experiences and hope that it can be useful references. 

First thing we need to remember. Working online means you depend 100% to your internet connection, so it is extremely important for us to prepare for good and reliable connection before we can move further into the business. There were some times when we did online interview by using instant messenger to some candidates that applied for the post of virtual assistant in Virtary, and internet connection seems to be the major problem.

You can ask for excuse for one-two days, but clients can’t wait (and they won’t) forever. They have the inquiries, and surely they won’t be willing to let our ‘connection schedule’ to control their activities. So, try it hard to make sure that ‘Sorry disconnected’ or “Sorry no service” will only be spoken in the times of emergency where there’s really nothing you can do to make the error up. 

Probably internet connection isn’t a problem in major Western countries, but IT IS still a problem in Indonesia. Based from our own experience, living in the capital city of Indonesia doesn’t necessarily mean that you won’t have slow connection. You might have good enough speed to do social media chit chat, but when it comes to work, bump! The connection is as fast as a snail walks, LOL!

So, it is not true that building virtual assistant business won’t cost you anything. Well at least you need to be sure that you must invest for fast internet connection for the start. 




Virtual Assistant Business: A Big Opportunity for Stay at Home Mom

You are having the time of your life managing your career in the corporate world, dressed up for work every day and had few good times going out with your friends— just to unwind from a busy day at the office. You probably even told yourself that it is the best job you ever had while living in Indonesia.

But what happens when you got married and had kids?

This is where the story starts, when you later realized that juggling work and taking care of the family is the toughest job you could ever had. It can be a major turn of events when you finally quit your day-time job and decided to be a stay at home mom instead.

Doing household chores, performing mommy and wife duties could be time consuming but not for moms who are experts in multi-tasking. This super power ability could actually open a new gate of career for you at the comfort of your home—as Virtual Assistant.

There is no reason for you to just throw away the experiences you had in the corporate world. Your skills in marketing, research, email handling, data encoding and other administrative duties you did in your previous job are still valuable and would be taken into account by employers and businessmen who would hire you as their Virtual Assistant. You would be surprised at how this interactive job makes stay at home moms more confident with themselves because of the fact that they are still earning the same time as they take care of their family.

Being a stay at home mom used to have negative connotations from other people. Some people couldn’t see the reason why you would quit your job to be with your children 24/7. Big thanks to the power of Internet for connecting businessmen and Virtual Assistants. Who would have thought that while your kids are playing or watching television, you on the other side are having an important conference call from your employer— in your pajamas!

Every person, whether you’re a wife or a husband could be a successful Virtual Assistant as long as you got the skills and will to be in partner with your employer. However, keep in mind that being your own boss, since you work independently at your home, needs extra discipline and organization on your part, imparting time for your work and your family. Becoming a Virtual Assistant is indeed a big opportunity for stay at home mom of today’s generation. 

3 How To Make Working From Home A Success

The advantages of working from home are mostly self-evident. All that arbitrary rules, oversight, and restrictions that make a typical job a chore are eradicated when you work from home. You make your own hours. You can take your work outside and enjoy the weather. You wake up when your body is ready and not at the command of your alarm clock. There are no traffic jams or self-asphyxiating neckties. When you work from home, you are in control. Nevertheless, this is not always the best thing.

As your income is directly tied to how hard you work, it is important that you take advantage of your freedom but never abuse it. In order to make working from home a success, you must balance your new flexibility with the focus typical of a more demanding job.

Create a Strong Work Environment

The first step in making your home business a success is creating an environment conducive to working. This does not imply you should follow the same dress code and routine as you would with a regular job. Simply creating a separate office space away from distractions and entertainment devices will help your mind focus on business. If you don’t have a dedicated space, try taking your work to a library, many of which have free wireless internet available for use.

Utilize Mobile Technology

The modern home business is almost a misnomer, as business no longer has to be done inside the home. A laptop or tablet computer with a 4G wireless connection will allow you to access the internet and do work outside of your home office. However, make sure that any device you purchase is equipped with the proper software and peripherals.

An integrated camera combined with Skype or any other video chat program will allow you to speak to clients directly. Many open source office programs are available that let you read documents, but as a business you may need to be able to edit and write as well. For individuals who work in graphics and rendering, having the processing power and memory to handle these tasks is imperative.

Depending on your business, you may also wish to invest in a cheap fax machine and printer. Many older clients will prefer sending documents through these channels, and an all-in-one device can typically be found for cheap.

Segregate Work and Home

Keep a separate cell phone or land line for your business. It is highly unprofessional to receive a business call and have it answered by your children. Furthermore, having a separate bank account with the company name written on the checks projects an additional air of credibility with customers.

While you may lack the prestige of a business office, you can replicate that professionalism in the virtual world with a strong website. Contact a graphic designer to help create a website that is both contemporary but easy to use. Many websites make the mistake of loading their site with fancy animations that only make it more difficult to get information.

Develop Marketing Strategies

It doesn’t matter how impressive a business is if no one is aware it exists. Once you have created a website, you must attract traffic by utilizing online promotional tools, particularly social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter. Hashtags are an excellent way to find potential customers looking for services in your area.

Modern technology allows businesses to connect with their clients, receive direct feedback, and provide the kind of personal service that was logistically impossible before the internet. Employing these tools will help you build your customer base and use the customers to drive expansion without having to incur the expense of advertising.

Jamie Richards is a writer for EmployersLiabilityInsurance.com an online resource for business owners offering employers liability insurance quote.