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Pebbles Jacobo, All Things VA bloggerI love what I do. I mean, seriously, my job description spans from creative development to organization to implementation of new marketing procedures and beyond. Life as a virtual assistant is good, except when it’s not.Consistency by Pebbles Jacobo

There are times when I am on top of my game and clients love my work. They praise what I’ve done for their project, ministry, website or business. Then there are the other times where life gets in the way or I take on too much and, well, projects drag on longer than they should.  Why can’t my greatness be, well, more consistent?

Before you think I have a big head about myself, let me stop you. What I’m trying to point out is the importance of developing consistency as a professional.  The glimpses of greatness are awesome. Those are the times we shine as professionals. Those are times our clients remember what we’ve done for them. Unfortunately, lapses in consistency are also remembered by our clients – sometimes more than our awesomeness.

While I am not the greatest, most consistent person out there, here are a few things which I’ve noticed helps:

Details. It’s the little things that make a difference.  When proofreading a client’s blog post, it’s important that their best foot is always put forward on your watch. If the post is last seen by you before it is scheduled to go live, make sure every “t” is crossed and every “i” is dotted. Sometimes it’s a matter of too many spaces between characters. Don’t just let it by, delete the extra spaces. Some might consider it to be nit-picky, but details are important. The details will slow you down, but the consistency in your details contributes to your client shining as a professional. Read More→

Pebbles Jacobo, All Things VA bloggerPerhaps one of the most important tools to help establish and grow your business is communication. Look behind the scenes of a thriving business and you will find a lot of communication. Here are a few things I have found important to communicate as I have built my business.Communication, by Pebbles Jacobo

It is important that we communicate what we understand our clients are requesting. It’s more than just “you say pōtātō, I say pōtătō.” Think of it as “you say potato, I HEARD potato.” Just because a client knows what they want does not mean you hear what they want through their communication. Err on the side of caution and VERIFY. (I do this with my husband and though it ruffles his feathers it saves time and energy in knowing I understood correctly what he wants.)


Don’t be afraid to speak up and bring certain things to the attention of our clients. Don’t assume they know about every little issue with their website. Often times it takes a fresh set of eyes to pick up on something overlooked by familiar eyes. This is a great way expanding your services to your client, too.

Just like raising a child, establishing working relationships requires boundaries to be stated outright, rather than merely ‘understood.’ Just think, you don’t know with 100% certainty your client’s point of view. No one can ever know exactly another person’s point of view. Every individual’s viewpoint is shaped not only by their experiences, but mostly by their reactions and innermost thoughts about said experiences.

While most virtual assistants often work non-traditional hours, make sure to ask your clients what their expectations of you are during each holiday. Different religious beliefs and customs may allow for more or fewer holiday time than you expected. Read More→

pebbles-difficultPebbles Jacobo, All Things VA bloggerHave you experienced one yet? Odds are that if you are in business long enough, you will. And it most likely will not be a pretty sight. Difficult people have a way of pulling our strings and pushing our buttons.

Oftentimes things start off quite smoothly; other times there are immediate obvious signals that your train in barreling its way straight off a washed-out bridge. Whatever the case may be, here are a few things to keep in mind when your next train wreck is in progress or about to happen.

Point of View:  Just as there are two sides to a coin, there also are two sides to a story/situation – two very separate points of view. There is your side and there is the side of your client. Remember, everyone brings something different to any given situation as no two people, even twins, have the exact same experiences and the exact same responses from which to draw upon. These references guide a person’s responses and reactions to every situation. Read More→


Seeing Our Work (No Matter What) As a God-honoring Calling

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We all want our work to have meaning.Bible and coffee

It’s pretty much as simple as that … and has been since time began. Way back in the time when the book of Ecclesiastes was written (many scholars believe it was written in the 3rd century B.C.), the author’s main frustration was that he wanted his work to be meaningful.

So I hated life, because the work that is done under the sun was grievous to me. All of it is meaningless, a chasing after the wind.  I hated all the things I had toiled for under the sun, because I must leave them to the one who comes after me. What do people get for all the toil and anxious striving with which they labor under the sun? All their days their work is grief and pain; even at night their minds do not rest. This too is meaningless.

Ecclesiastes 3:17-18, 22-23

Pretty uplifting stuff, huh?

Since the beginning of time we humans have desired to make a difference in the world. For our work here to COUNT for something. And, whether we know or not, for our work to glorify God. Only then can our work have meaning.

But, what if our work isn’t centered around sharing the gospel. What if we don’t work in a church? Can our work still be a God-honoring calling?

The answer is a resounding yes! Read More→

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Top 3 Attributes of a Successful Virtual Assistant

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Pebbles Jacobo, All Things VA bloggerAttiributes of a Successful VA, by Pebbles JacoboIt takes a lot of hard work and discipline to be a good virtual assistant. Sprinkle in a little humility and desire to learn new things and you’ll be a rock star. What? You want to go further and be a very successful virtual assistant, big dog, top of the heap? Take the essential tools I mentioned above and add my top three secret ingredients. You’ll be a very successful virtual assistant in no time!

Problem Solving – Clients hire out virtual assistants either when they don’t have the skill set to figure out how to complete a particular task or project or they don’t have the time to do it themselves. You will prove yourself as a valuable asset to your client by figuring things out without bogging down your clients with the details. As my husband often says, “Make it happen.” As a problem solving virtual assistant, don’t be afraid to “google” things or research online. Not sure how to install a plugin in WordPress? Do a search, read the articles or message board threads and make it happen! Read More→

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5 Work-From-Home Ideas For Motivated Writers

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Freelance Article WritingThe professional landscape across the globe is in a transitional period. What was classically viewed as the ideal working situation — driving to an office, doing your 9-to-5, then coming home — isn’t as satisfying or even as practical as it used to be.

Now, the notion of working from home is a lot more appealing to many people. For highly motivated writers, this can be an amazing opportunity; because to write, all you really need is a keyboard attached to a computer, as well as an Internet connection io get assignments and turn in the work.

Here are five ideas that make this concept especially workable, for people who desire to pursue this professional lifestyle.

  1. Create a Blog

A great place to start when you’re shifting to the mode of working from home is to create a blog. There are an almost infinite number of possibilities with regard to how to set it up, what you want to write about, and so on, but the primary thing to keep in mind is that you probably want it to move toward the position of generating income … which either means selling something on your blog, or getting money from advertising.

  1. Look for Contract Work via Central Sites

There are plenty of contract work writing sites that you can scan on a regular basis. People around the world seek to outsource simple writing jobs and even data entry through these sites. Assuming you know the basics of getting around on the computer, you can generate solid income if you work at it.

Legitimate larger companies, or smaller businesses that have a quick need for writing, tend to search for help through these contract sites, so it’s up to you to find the opportunities that match up with your skills and availability.

  1. Scan Social Media for Job Requests

Now more than ever, you can scan social media sites for online writing work as well. Employers are increasingly posting work requests there, too. Also, there is a ton of opportunity for copyeditors to find jobs on business Facebook pages and similar outlets, with easily searchable hashtags as points of interest. Read More→

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Working From Home: Is It Important to Be Liked?

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Rachel Williamson, Business as a Calling bloggerIs It Important to Be LikedDo you like me?

Remember fifth grade when finding out who liked you was s-o-o-oooo important?

Do you remember early school days….when someone ‘liking’ you was a symbol of success?

You were right you know….a great part of being successful is being liked!

Many of us believe that our business should first be about helping people, that how many people ‘like’ you is just being social or shallow or vain somehow.

Not so….

Like is not a popularity contest….like can be as simple as

  • You make me smile
  • You make me feel good
  • You share good things with me
  • You are upbeat
  • You remind me of someone else I like
  • I enjoy hearing from you
  • You appreciate me
  • You share my values

And guess what? People like people who do those things!

So how does that translate to your business? It’s simple really… Read More→

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Keeping Your New Year’s Determination Throughout The Year

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Pebbles Jacobo, All Things VA bloggerkeeping determination by Pebbles JacoboWhat is it about all things new that appeals to us? New clothes… new car…new shoes – well that one goes without saying, especially if you’re a woman! How about a new year? At the beginning of every year people around the world celebrate with unmatched fervor.

With each new year we have a renewed sense of determination to achieve various elusive goals by setting resolutions and goals. You get off to a good start going to the gym every day for two weeks and you’re feeling good.

Then it happens. You get tripped up. Literally. Read More→

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An Abundant Christmas

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steveAn Abundant Christmas by Steve HicksKids say it like it is, don’t they? I heard a story of a child who was reciting the Lord’s Prayer. After he asked for daily bread, he said “forgive us our Christmases, as we forgive those who Christmas against us.” It’s funny, but there is a lot of truth there.

When you think about it, forgiveness is what Christmas is all about. God became man. He lived a perfect holy life and then surrendered Himself to mortal men. He voluntarily laid down His life and died on the cross and shed His blood for us. Powerfully He rose again and returned to heaven with a promise to come again. In Christ “we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding” (Ephesians 1:7-8, NIV).

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Why You Need to Define Your Business

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Dana Susan Beasley, Branding for Success bloggerDefining Business by Dana Susan BeasleyThe Bible says that without vision, my people perish. Now in your work at home business, why should it be any different?

Because if you don’t understand what your Unique Selling Proposition (USP) is, or what value you bring to your customers, your brand will suffer and your business could even fail.

Even if you are a direct seller or network marketer, you need to understand why you are in business and who you are in business for. Read More→

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