The #1 Tip for Getting Your Creativity Back

This week we want you to get messy. That’s right.

Throw caution to the wind and get sticky, muddy, and sweaty. There is nothing more freeing than shaking off some of our grown-up inhibitions. Here are a few of our favorite messy activities and their benefits…that’s right benefits. Summer isn’t over yet!

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Take a Long Weekend: Our Late Summer Bucket List

Summer is leaking through our fingers and pumpkin spice everything is nearly upon us. Summer is nearly gone and if you find yourself wondering where the time went, take heart. We are here to help -- because taking advantage of your summer may just be the thing you need to carry you through those (quickly coming) winter work days. Yeah, Christmas is fast approaching.

Need some ideas on how to make the most of your summer remnants?

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Hack Your Weekend: The Best Ways to Spend Your Downtime

Hack Your Weekend: The Best Ways to Spend Your Downtime

We work hard during the week and so the weekends are a chance for us to step back, step away, take a breath, or sleep in. But do we? Do you find yourself sneaking glances at your email while you’re out to drinks with a friend? Do you find yourself using Saturday to catch up on what you didn’t get done during the week? Well, we are here to help. Here are our helpful hacks for your weekend, because even we brave solopreneurs need them. So let’s do them right.

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Hack Your Day: Do More by Doing Less

Hack Your Day: Do More by Doing Less

At the core of a good hack is the ability to do more by actually doing less. Honestly, it’s really only worthy of the name if it helps you get more done with less effort and these are my favorite hacks for your day. And, really, these hacks are good for everyone no matter your career or place in life. Consider this week’s list of hacks a gift from us to you and then from

you to your work week.

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Ultimate Work Hacks: Making Social Media Work for You

Ultimate Work Hacks: Making Social Media Work for You

Yes, you know the power of social media for your business. Yes, you know that being active and responsive across your social mediums is essential. But doing it? Oy! That’s an entirely different story. Social media for solopreneurs can be quite a challenge. Perhaps a few hacks are in order…or maybe five. These five social media hacks may not make you a social guru, but they will make you look like one.

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Ultimate Work Hacks: Good, Better, and Best Invoicing Tools

Ultimate Work Hacks: Good, Better, and Best Invoicing Tools

Getting paid is a thrill, cash flow is a must, but actually keeping track of clients and invoicing can be a whole new level of nuts. Thankfully, there are some really fantastic and effective online hacks…uh...tools to help keep us all a little more sane and paid. We are rating these from good, better, to best but really all three will do the trick. 
 

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Virtual Assistant Summer School: The Rise of the VA

Virtual Assistant Summer School: The Rise of the VA

Congratulations. You’ve have come to the last lesson in our Team CMVA Virtual Assistant summer school series. There will be no diplomas or ceremonies or cheesy speeches. Instead we leave you with solid proof of why this virtual assistant thing is the real deal and how the Virtual Assistant industry is changing the face of the entire business world. 
 

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Virtual Assistant Summer School: How We Do It!

Virtual Assistant Summer School: How We Do It!

It’s Week 3 of our Virtual Assistant Summer School Session and we are turning up the heat in the classroom with this week’s topic: How a VA works. These are nuts and bolts, peanut butter and jelly, coffee and cream…you know, the things that make the world go round in beautiful order. A Virtual Assistant is only as good as the systems they have in place so let us break it down for you.

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How to Stop Pissing Off Your Virtual Assistant

How to Stop Pissing Off Your Virtual Assistant

I’ll come right out and say it. No one likes a micromanager.
 
The entire reason you hire an assistant is to create a better work/life balance for yourself. You hired an assistant so that you wouldn’t have to look at email, manage your calendar, or decide if you have time for drinks with friends. Once you have an assistant, you should be able to let them have the reins (after training for a few weeks, of course), and they should feel comfortable running with it -- and asking questions if there are any. 
 
On behalf of all assistants, let me say this: 
If you don’t trust us to do the job we were hired to do, we will fail at helping you.
 

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5 Qualities of an Expert Virtual Assistant

5 Qualities of an Expert Virtual Assistant

Class is back in session this week! Put down that fruity cocktail (or top it off…whatever your pleasure…) and get ready for week two of VA summer school! This week we quickly outline what makes an EXPERT Virtual Assistant. If you are a VA, these are the things you should be working towards and embodying. If you are looking for a VA, let this list be a test for your next hire. 

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Virtual Assistant Summer School: What We Do

Virtual Assistant Summer School: What We Do

Helloooooooo summer!!!! Okay, okay… summer officially begins June 20 but we are gearing up for a special month. This is your Virtual Assistant Summer School session. This is where we will be getting back to the basics of the life of a Virtual Assistant, why people use people like us, what value we add, how we do what we do, and more. 
If you are a new VA, an aspiring VA, a seasoned VA, or maybe considering hiring a VA, this month is for all of you! So, welcome to our little summer starter and refresher course: Virtual Assistant 101.
 

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4 Ways to Provide Value to Any Client

4 Ways to Provide Value to Any Client

Our clients love that we are really, really good at what we do. We continue to amaze them each day with our attention to detail, quick turnaround, and white-glove service. Providing giant value isn’t just about doing work on point and by deadline – that’s just a service, like having your tires rotated or getting a decent cup of coffee. No, we provide the kind of value that includes an extra shot of espresso and just the right amount of coconut milk. We don’t just do the job, we provide giant value in four ways.
 

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What I Learned About Initiative and Team CMVA

What I Learned About Initiative and Team CMVA

Initiative is one of those words that has lost its mojo. Not because it’s no longer important or powerful, rather it’s been used in so many job interviews and obscure conversations that the very word causes many eyes to glaze over. But we still value this word over at Team CMVA. We still understand the depth of its meaning – it’s not just a buzz word to us. At Team CMVA we believe in having initiative and empowering it in each other. 

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Out of the Office: A Remote Team Interview with Heather Heinrichs

Out of the Office: A Remote Team Interview with Heather Heinrichs

Our newest member over here at Team CMVA, Heather Heinrichs, comes filling a much needed role. And we are excited to introduce her to you and share some of the wisdom she’s collected from her time working on remote teams, from home, with a growing family. Inspiring much? We think so. This week’s interview is jam-packed with information.
 

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Out of the Office: A Remote Team with Amy Dunham

Out of the Office: A Remote Team with Amy Dunham

Remote employees come in all shapes and sizes. Some are pure entrepreneurs who have big dreams. Others are adventurers and creatives who don’t like to be tied to a desk.  While some others are, like our next interviewee, parents looking for ways to be with their kids and pay the bills. This week we get to talk to Amy, mom of two toddlers with another on the way. We will learn how she juggles mommin’ and workin’.

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Out of the Office: A Remote Team with Vanessa Cortes

Out of the Office: A Remote Team with Vanessa Cortes

Team CMVA is made up of people from four states and three different time zones. We haven’t met in person, we’ve never shaken hands, or shared a drink. But it works and it works well. This month we are introducing you to each of our team members one at a time. And we will each get the chance to tell you the highs and lows, the good and bad of working with a remote team. This week it is our pleasure to introduce you to CMVA remote member, Vanessa Cortes.

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