When I was first growing my VA Network it soon became obvious to me that I had to find a way to put all the members in touch with each other, without having to pass on email addresses all the time or get them to remember to ‘reply all’.
It was around that time (late 1996) that I was invited to join an online forum for home based businesses at Boxplanet and I saw first-hand what I needed for my team to be able to chat to one another. So our forum was started and shifted to a few places before finally settling at yahoogroups a few years ago. It later went through a name change and is now known as “Virtual Assistant International Group” or VAIG as the short name is listed.
The VA forums that are available online (and there are many) are an excellent way for VAs to keep abreast in changes in technology and their industry at large. For some it’s to learn from scratch as they enter a new field (new to them) and for others it’s a way of being able to get information without having to pay an ‘expert’ to come onsite to teach them something. That was me early 1996 – I paid someone to come and teach me Frontpage so I could set up my first website. But if the forums had been available back then I would have made use of those as I enjoy exploring and learning things and then ask questions when I can’t quite join up the dots.
If you’re a VA and you don’t yet belong to a forum, or perhaps you belong to only one, I invite you to come join VAIG so you can mix and mingle with those who are working their businesses, either part-time or fulltime, read through the archives to learn lots of things and make lots of friends in the process. We look forward to seeing you there!