Friday, May 11, 2007

How to Find a Virtual Assistant to Help with Your Publicity Campaign


I'm thrilled to be part of this exciting teleseminar next Thursday with Joan Stewart, the Publicity Hound. We will discuss virtual assistants and how they can help with publicity, but also you'll get to know more about the VA Industry in general and how they are great for so many businesses. Come join us!

Time: 1 PM Eastern Time on Thursday, May 17 (The teleseminar will last about an hour)

Cost: $39, which includes a copy of the CD -

If you're struggling with all the heavy lifting in your publicity campaign or other office chores, it's time to stop. Why not hire a virtual assistant--a person who can work remotely on your campaign, even from thousands of miles away? The V.A. industry is exploding, as more and more authors, speakers, coaches and experts learn that using a V.A. for as little as a few hours a week can free them up to really concentrate on the tasks that generate revenue.
My special guests will be virtual assistants Cindy Greenway and Diana Ennen who have a long track record of helping their clients make more money, generate more publicity and be more successful.

You will learn:

The best places to look for a virtual assistant, including trade associations and other business groups for V.A.s

How they charge for their services, and why hiring a V.A. is worth 10 times more than what you'll pay

The types of chores a V.A. typically can give them far more than just publicity-related duties!

The types of publicity duties a V.A. can perform...just wait until you see all the grunt work you can unload.

The one task that's best done by you and not your V.A.

How to know which V.A. would work best with you so it's a win-win for both of you

Why it's perfectly acceptable for your V.A. to live thousands of miles away from you
Tips on how you and your V.A. can get off on the right foot

Examples of how Cindy and Diana have made their clients' lives so much easier...and how your V.A. can do the same for you!

How to respect your V.A.'s time and not make unreasonable requests

How to set your own boundaries so your V.A. respects your time and doesn't make unreasonable requests

The one thing V.A.s want more than anything from clients

How to get your V.A. up to speed very quickly on how to take over a large part of your publicity campaign, we'll be accepting questions via email. So come with plenty of them.
Register for the telseminar and free CD

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Mothers Day -- Give Yourself a Home Business

Hi guys!

This Mother's Day why not start your own business. Wouldn't the gift of a home-based business be the gift that just keeps on giving! And who knows better that the mompreneurs. I'm now their Virtual Assistant Blogger there. Hope to see you there!


Contact Ellen Parlapiano & Patricia Cobe
The Mompreneurs

For Mother’s Day—Give Yourself the Gift of a Home Business

Scarsdale, NY—Breakfast in bed prepared by the kids, hand-drawn cards, and bouquets of flowers are all wonderful ways to celebrate Mother’s Day. But this year, as you revel in those cherished gifts, think about giving yourself something special: a home-based business.

In researching and writing their books, Mompreneurs: A Mother’s Practical Step-by-Step Guide to Work-at-Home Success and Mompreneurs Online: Using the Internet to Build Work@Home Success, co-authors Patricia Cobe and Ellen Parlapiano talked with countless mothers who achieved professional and personal happiness by combining work and family under the same roof. These are just a few successful Mompreneurs who gave themselves the gift of a home business—and discovered a way to balance the best of both worlds.

Diana Ennen
“I love to be home for my daughters when they come home from school. That’s when you really get their day’s events. Being able to share a snack together and bond is just priceless. Also, my kids get to see what I do working at home. It has instilled in them passion and the knowledge that dreams do come true when you work for them. Working from home for 23 years, I wouldn’t want to do anything else.

Renee Wood
The Comfort Company
“One of the best ‘presents’ I have given myself and my four daughters is my ‘presence’. Despite the challenges of running a home business, having the flexibility to work around the kids’ schedules is certainly a plus. But more importantly, it allows me to be present for those stolen moments...the unscheduled times when one of the girls will share a story, need a hug or decide to invite me inside their world if only for a little while.”

Jennifer Manriquez
The Bilingual Fun Company
“Being able to spend my days with my precious children, while I learn and grow professionally, has been so rewarding. Starting my own home business really is my dream come true.”

Sue Kirchner
Chocolate Cake
“Owning my own business, I can set a flexible schedule and participate in my kids' lives. I spoke to my son's first grade class the other day about my career. Just seeing how proud he was of my business and my accomplishments was so rewarding. I want my children to know that there are alternatives to the corporate career path and they can look to their mom as a successful role model.”

Tammy Gibson
“Having my kids see me on a daily basis at ‘work,’ they learn to respect my work time and celebrate my little and big successes. It’s so gratifying to see my 5-year-old jump around and chant ‘Mommy made a sale.’ Sharing these moments with my children wouldn’t be possible if I didn’t have a home business.”

Debra Cohen
Home Remedies of NY, Inc.
“Working from home for the past ten years has afforded me an ideal balance between career and family. It has also shown my two young daughters that women can be successful at their careers and still put their families first.”

And here’s a mom who is so happy with her work-from-home choice, she is gifting her own mother with the same business: “I am having such success with my YTB Travel Business that I wanted to give my mom exactly what I had. She retires this year so I bought her a travel booking website business. Now she can ‘earn more and travel for less’ too.” - Tina Hicks,

Ready for your Mother’s Day gift? Find more information and tools for starting and running a home business—plus valuable resources and an incredibly supportive community of work-from-home moms—at


Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Wall Street Journal and Reader's Digest Explore VA Industry

Wall Street Journal and Reader’s Digest Explore the Thriving Virtual Assistant Industry

O’Fallon, IL (May, 2007) The Virtual Assistant Industry shines this month when two major publications recognize the profession and provide tips for getting started. The Wall Street Journal quotes best selling author Paul Edwards as saying, “Virtual assistants provide services ranging from administrative support to consulting via e-mail, fax and phone.” The article continues recommending several books for getting started, including Virtual Assistant–The Series by Diana Ennen and Kelly Poelker.

In the May issue of Reader’s Digest, an article entitled New Ways to Make a Bundle states, “If you possess word processing, transcription, bookkeeping, public relations, or website design skills, you may want to try employment as a virtual assistant. Ennen of
is quoted saying “There is so much work for VAs that the field is thriving. It is absolutely booming.” The important thing is to use your own skills and expertise to build your business. Starting a virtual assistant business isn’t a get rich quick scheme. It takes time and talent, but those who succeed can’t imagine doing anything else. Clients are grateful to have talented, highly skilled, and motivated virtual assistants to support their business growth.

Ennen and Poelker’s book, Virtual Assistant – The Series has become what many call the Bible in the Virtual Assistant Industry inspiring readers and providing priceless tools on everything from choosing the right specialty, to promoting your business, to daily operational procedures. Along with its accompanying Workbook Edition, it is quickly becoming a staple in colleges as more add VA Certificate Programs to their curriculum. Randi Tucker Barr, an Instructor at Raymond Walters College, states, “I incorporated their book and workbook as required text. The book guides students from the basic concept of the Virtual Assistant Industry to creating a workable business plan, marketing plan, and web presence. The workbook encourages students to integrate material from the book into their personal goals and objectives. My belief is that Virtual Assistant – The Series has given my students the necessary foundation to become successful entrepreneurs.

Virtual Assistant – The Series is available at as well as through online retailers. The authors are available for media interviews via e-mail at: or by calling 954.971.4025 (Ennen) or 618.624.3080 (Poelker).