It’s always good when another blogger makes reference to what you’ve been doing and on this occasion, I’ve been interviewed by Donna Hamer of WealthyOnlineWomen. Why not drop over to her blog and see what she has to say? Like me, Donna is an Australian Woman Blogger and we found each other via another Australian blog site that was talking about the top Australian blogs – we’d both noted the lack of Australian women mentioned. But that’s another story…
Today is 24th March. Probably doesn’t mean much to most people who read this – unless they have a birthday, anniversary or something else that prompts them to think of this day. For me it’s the anniversary of the day I registered my business in Melbourne, Australia – on National Secretaries Day 1994. 12 years ago!
Each year I think I really should do something to celebrate the day, make it special in some way, and each year it sneaks up on me – probably because I’m always busy doing something. I guess what better way to celebrate than to work for the clients I spent time dreaming about all those years ago?
To all those who are just starting out in business, or have been operating only a short time, may I encourage you to dream of what it will be like for you when your business reaches 12 years of age. Will you still be doing what you are today? Will your business look different to what you thought it might? Mine does! But then I didn’t know the Internet was about to transform the world with its entry into the business arena.
Be prepared to dream and plan but be flexible because you do not know what changes might take place that could propel you forward but in a different direction. It can be quite an exciting adventure! KMT
Well, we’ve been back home for 3 days now but still suffering the jetlag thing and waking up at 2am with our minds busy! Guess it will go away eventually but a little annoying.
Although I’d switched off the forum lists I belong to and a few other things I still had a mountain of emails to go through when I got back home – although I did deal with a few whilst I was away. Having my laptop with me was really worth the hassle of getting it through security each time we went through an airport (and that was a number of times as we travelled through 5 countries Australia – Singapore – UK – Ireland – France and variations thereof). 3 of the places we stayed had hispeed Internet access so it was good to be able to log on and update my family blog to keep people informed of our daily activities. I did it originally for family and a few close friends, but it seems we had a lot more visiting the site regularly.
I had some interesting meetings with members of my team I’d never met before and also a new business contact who had called me from London only 3 weeks before we left – he didn’t know I was coming in his direction but offered immediately to meet me at Heathrow and have discussion over lunch. I just love the way we can do international business these days and the Internet makes it so easy to research and find what you’re looking for before making initial contact – which is what happened in this case.
If you are a VA without a website, then I urge you to do something about it. Providing virtual services needs a virtual presence so people can find you. I’ll explain more in detail in another post dedicated to this topic.
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
I may be a bit silent here over the next few weeks. We’re taking some leave (you can read about it on our family blog) and unless I have some fantastic thought or a sudden revelation, I’ll probably not post here. Much of my writing comes from things that happen during my working day and so I expand on what’s taken place, or on something I’ve shared with others, or something I’ve learnt. I will be meeting with some business contacts during the time away so perhaps something might be forthcoming, but if not I’ll post again on my return – I’ll probably have much to share! In the meantime, my great assistant Brigitte and my fantastic team member Anita, will be holding things in place for my business.