I do have one thing to add here before I go on leave. This morning a new member of one of the VA chat forums I belong to posted a message requesting help on how to attract more work. Unfortunately their post was not very well typed, spelling errors, no caps used, words run together. I emailed them privately suggesting that their typed email is also a form of marketing – to their fellow VAs, and if someone wanted to outsource work to them, examples of their typed emails is the only way to get known.
Many new VAs probably don’t realise it, but the VA forums are one of the first avenues to develop relationships with others and typing correctly, and using a signature block (signing off your emails properly with contact details) is an important aspect of belonging to the community. It cannot be treated like a hobby, a family discussion group or like SMS on a mobile or cell phone. KMT