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Work-at-home mom: take a deep breath and Do Life Different as you allow these devotions for work-at-home moms to fill the vacuum of your needy heart in the chaos of your busy world.
 
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About Ruth Martin, Life As A VA Blogger

Ruth Martin is the owner of Maplewood Virtual Assistance, LLC (MaplewoodVA), an online business support services firm specializing in online business and project management (OBM), marketing and writing services, and executive level business support. Ruth Martin brings 20+ years of business management and marketing experience to each project she touches. And, if it’s nearing the Christmas season, you’ll find her taking on the role of #1 Official Santa Helper aiding Santa in writing letters to children across North America at her seasonal business, U Write Santa.

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Dec
10

Which Email List Service to Choose

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MailChimp, Constant Contact, 1Shopping Cart, oh my. Which to choose? Which to use? And most importantly why? Before passing Go and collecting your first sign up or creating an opt-in box it’s best to ask some questions and know the features of each option. Not all email list services are created equal and will meet […]

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Nov
12

Save That or Not

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A virtual assistant can create a lot of documents in a single month. One of my clients is a trustee. It’s not uncommon to generate an average of 300 documents monthly for only this one client. Have you ever thought about how many items you create or handle on behalf of each one of your […]

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Oct
08

Give it the Filter Test

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“Hey, where are you finding your clients?” “What kind of marketing works for you? I need to find something, any single thing that works.” “I listened to a seminar and the speaker said the best way to get clients was….” “What are the must-have software products I need to use?” “Which social media sites should I have […]

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Sep
10

Working Virtually – Using Online Tools & Resources

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Working 100% virtually comes with learning to use online tools and resources to achieve things you normally did in-person. To be ahead of the game as a virtual worker take the Working Virtual Checkpoint Test and see if you have the base knowledge and skills to transition to working virtually with ease. Working Virtual Checkpoint Test […]

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Aug
13

54 Marketing Mediums: Where Do Your Customers Expect You to Be?

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Marketing, or advertising, may feel awkward or like some obscure creature that’s hard to understand or tame but I promise it’s not. With so many various mediums to use, the decision often boils down to which to use that connects with your customers plus testing what is working. I suggest selecting between one to three […]

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Jul
09

It’s Raining Clients

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Your marketing is working. After months and months (or even years) of splotchy leads you are now getting solid nibbles that have potential. From the right (your website and social media efforts), from the left (your newsletter and blog posts), it feels like you’re sloshing in the middle where you’re about to nearly drown with […]

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Jun
11

When Training is a Bad Idea

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At some point in time while being a virtual assistant (VA) a client will ask you to train them to perform a specific task. This is always a sticky area because most virtual assistants are primarily service providers. Those that offer training do so as structured courses that are packaged with all the inclusives named […]

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Galatians 6:4 says, “Do your own work well, and then you will have something to be proud of. But don’t compare yourself with others.” Yet comparisons inevitably come up and often it’s like comparing apples and oranges, which can only lead to discontentment. I want to give you a few tips today for guarding against […]

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If someone can’t see the value of working with you, it’s because you haven’t shown them the value of working with you. Ouch. That hurts to toss that back onto your shoulders. As the business owner it’s important to include your value in your marketing, in your web copy, and in your correspondence. Expressing your […]

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Ever consider what a Christian virtual assistant’s creed would be like if that same virtual assistant composed a letter to their future client. One possibility could be this: Dear Future Client: We haven’t met each other yet (at least I don’t think we have), but there are a few things I’d like to express to […]

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Feb
12

Maximizing the Giveaway Experience: Part 2

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Often times a giveaway comes following a seminar or workshop. Even though the host or presenter announces the giveaway and selects a winning recipient chances are, in the excitement, that the person who just won won’t know fully what the giveaway includes. The presenter needs to reintroduce the giveaway when contacting the recipient. It’s okay […]

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Done right, giveaways are pink spoon samplings, first impressions to your business and its offerings. Done poorly, giveaways leave a weak impression and show how difficult it may be to work with you and your company in the future. Which impression do your giveaways and freebies leave? If asked, would your recipients agree or have […]

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Dec
11

The 12 Days Before Christmas: What a Client Gives Her Virtual Assistant

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You’re actually reading this nearly twelve days before Christmas – give or take a day. If you happen to be a client, you’ll be pleasantly surprised how much a virtual assistant can accomplish in a mere twelve days. If you’re a virtual assistant, you’ll nod your head in recognition of the requests that can come […]

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Nov
20

7 Tips for Preparing a Stand-Out Proposal

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A great proposal can be the deciding factor in gaining a new client and the sole reason for losing out on a fabulous project. Follow these steps and you are on your way to securing projects that appeal to you and have an impact for your new clients. When reading the RFP (request for proposal) […]

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Nov
06

Finding Freedom in Systems & Procedures

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I’m a planner by nature. Not everyone can say that comes easily. I’m here to encourage the non-planners towards benefits and creative freedoms found via documenting their business procedures and systems. For the most part, it’s a one-time thing with occasional updates as the business evolves and grows. Consider Joseph who interpreted Pharaoh’s dreams to […]

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Oct
23

Where Have All The Clients Gone?

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Working around my yard gathering wagon load after wagon load of fallen maple leaves makes me wonder if there’s an end in sight. Whenever I hear virtual assistants ask where to find clients I want to shout they are as plentiful as these leaves! They truly are everywhere…and yet seem to be no where to […]

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Oct
09

Reaping the Fruits of the Marketing Seeds

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We’re entering the harvest season. Crops are being gathered for canning and winter’s storage. Fruits are ripe and ready to be picked from the orchard trees. Gardens are being put to rest after the bounty’s been gathered. Each has been sown, tended, and the rewards of the efforts are ripe for the picking. Ever think […]

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Sep
25

Pressed to Price

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I am reminded, as I reach for my calculator to prepare a quotation that not every virtual assistant works like this after a prospective client consultation. Why you may wonder? Because they feel “pressed to price.” They feel they must name a price while in the moment of the conversation, crossing their fingers and toes, […]

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Time and time again I see virtual assistants who sabotage their business. I doubt they realize what they’re doing. I’m guessing they seldom connect the effects that these actions have to their lack of business. It’s time for it all to STOP. Stop going into public places and announcing that you don’t know what you’re […]

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Aug
07

The Secrets Behind Expectations

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  When I woke this morning, I asked, “What do my clients expect of me?” The tape said, “Stick to it.” The stapler said, “Press on toward your goal.” The computer said, “Info and resources are at your fingertips.” The phone said, “Speak with truthfulness.” The chair said, “Sit and reflect before acting.” The calendar […]

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