Hiring Local vs. Overseas

globeIf you’re starting your search for a Virtual Assistants (VAs), you know there are a lot of options. Do you find someone in the U.S. or do you venture overseas to the Philippines, for instance? There are advantages to both.

When you work with a VA who is U.S. based, time is on your side. Your business hours are going to be in line with your VA’s. Granted, you may be on the east coast and your VA may be on the west coast but you’re not dealing with a 7-10 hour time difference working with a VA overseas.

Depending on your needs, you will find many independent U.S.-based VAs who only have a handful of clients, as opposed to many overseas VA companies who have multiple service providers who do not work exclusively with one client.

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NEW SERVICE: Résumés that Get You Noticed

new_stickerAs a small business owner in an ever-changing economy, I’m always submitting my résumé to companies that are looking for in-house Marketing pros.

I’ve learned some valuable tips on how to stand out in the sea of qualified candidates. The result: I get callbacks for interviews.

If you’re looking to update your résumé and you need some guidance, let me help you.

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Virtual Assistant Directory – Add Yourself!

Mia Chambers Virtual Assistant DirectoryI’ve been meaning to create a directory of Virtual Assistants (VAs) and their skill sets for a while. I saw @Minervity tweet this link out this morning and it gave me the gentle nudge I needed to get the ball rolling.

I consult with a lot of potential clients (PCs) and when they aren’t the right fit for me, I want to send them in a direction that will help them find their ideal VA.

The concept hasn’t been fully realized yet. There are a few directions I can head into: a RFP center, a membership/forum site where I make all of my templates available… your suggestions are welcomed.

What I do know is that there will never be a cost associated with simply listing your VA business in this directory.

At this stage in the game, if you’d like to be included, all you have to do is provide the following information in a comment.

I will keep you posted on what/when/how, but in the meantime, I’ll be able to reference the VAs on the list so that when a PC doesn’t work with me, they have another resource in their quest to find a VA.

  • Full Name
  • Website
  • Contact Info
  • Target Market – (if you have one)
  • Skills – (Software)
  • Short story about yourself
  • Link to a photo of yourself

Thanks for taking the time to submit your information.

The ABCs of Tweeting for Dollars

Mia ChambersSimply put, Twitter enables people to engage with one another in a real-time environment.

Tweeting as a marketing strategy is well worth the effort if you know what you’re doing and how to do it.

Ahhhh, yes. WHAT to do and HOW to do it.

I came across this great article that covers a lot of FAQs in a straightforward, concise way using descriptive examples.

If you’re interested in learning how to develop a social media campaign incorporating Twitter in the equation, check out this article:
Tweeting for Companies 101.

For more how-to tips on Twitter, please see:

THRIVE ONLINE: The Replay, The Transcripts, and the Report


Thanks to all of you who were able to attend my call yesterday with Ron Hudson, of Immediate Influence Blog.

We discussed my new 15 MINUTES-A-DAY MAINTENANCE FORMULA for Facebook and Twitter.

Click here to download.

Here’s the replay information.

Simply click on the widget for Video Recording and Transcripts.

If you’re viewing this blog post as a NOTE on Facebook, you’ll need to click through to my actual blog to view the widget.

The good news is that the links work.

The bad news is that I forgot to record the phone call.

Yep, you heard me right.

I remembered to hit the video RECORD, but not the audio RECORD. Darn it!

You should still check out the cool and nifty widget from DimDim.

If you attended the call, I would love to hear your thoughts on the entire process.

Again, thanks so much for your interest.

This has been a wonderful learning experience for me and I am grateful for the opportunity.

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You can also find Ron Hudson on Twitter.

Thanks to you, Ron, for inspiring me to do this. I appreciate the nudge!

Cybersquatting – Whatcha Gonna Do ’bout It?

I just finished reading and responding to a great blog post over on StartupNation by Rich Sloan about cybersquatting.

It’s an unfortunate downside to the Social Networking world and I’m seeing more and more of it lately.

But take heart!

There’s something that can be done about it NOW.

Does it surprise me that someone would come along and scoop up the StartupNation Twitter handle?

Nope, not at all.

The good people over on SuN didn’t see a use for Twitter at the time and didn’t register an account in their name.

They can say that their Twitter handle got ripped off, when in reality someone else beat them to the punch.

Yes, yes…in SuN’s particular case, the cybersquatter asked for $15,000.00 in return for the account (CLEARLY in bad taste).

The good news for Rich and SuN is that they had a trademark on their name, enabling them to claim the account legally.

But for the rest of us who don’t have legal trademarks on our business names (or real names) for that matter, it’s important to make sure to sign up (across the board) for the name you want to brand (even if you don’t plan on using that profile right now).

If you’re using Social Networking for professional purposes, I recommend using one account name and one avatar across the board for branding purposes.

**TIP** Use your First Name capitalized and then your Last Name capitalized (i.e., MiaChambers). DON’T use your business name as your profile name or your logo as your avatar. Be a person first and stand in front of your business. **

Take a look at this website to help you determine if your username is being used on other sites: http://knowem.com/.

While each site will have their own guidelines on how to “reclaim” your username, here’s some guidelines to follow if you find that your username has been taken on Twitter: How to Snap Up the Twitter Username You’ve Always Wanted.

Take a Saturday afternoon and register yourself on a few of the more popular Social Networking sites.

If you don’t have the time or interest to do this for yourself, have a Virtual Assistant do this for you.

Ask me how I can help.