Myth Busting #4: You Will Always Be in Complete Control

So you’re a solopreneur, a lone-wolf small business owner, an entrepreneurial virtual assistant (or at least dreaming about being one) because you are tired of working for someone else. Perhaps you feel the itch of doing your own thing and playing by your own rules and running your own schedule. Of course you do! Most of us in the solo, freelance, or small business world have such aspirations – making our own schedule landing at the top of the list. But what if the control is all a lie.

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Myth Busting #2: Success is Imminent

Let’s stop buying into the myth that solopreneurial enterprises are only made up of success piled upon more and more success. Just because we are the only ones responsible doesn’t mean success is imminent. Quite the contrary: success is never a given. But, there are some things regarding solopreneurial success that is a practical guarantee.

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The Truths No One Will Tell You About Being a Solopreneur – But We Will

The crew here at Team CMVA is made up of individuals; each of us have our own unique qualities, skills, and goals. We are a mix of entrepreneurs, solopreneurs, freelancers, and small business owners. Whatever you call us (or label we put on ourselves) we all likely started our individual journeys with one thing in common: failure.

Many people starting out in the solopreneur venture assume...

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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?

We've got you covered. Click below to read!

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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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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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Why All Your Eggs Shouldn’t Be in One Basket

Why All Your Eggs Shouldn’t Be in One Basket

I love businesses who know who they are, what they do, and why they do it. They ooze confidence and are usually the most efficient at providing quality service or products. But putting all your eggs in one basket isn’t always the best strategy… consider Blockbuster. If you aren’t going forward you’re going backward, especially in business. Keep growing through diversification the right way.

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Why Growing Means Getting a Grip on Your Admin

Why Growing Means Getting a Grip on Your Admin

Your time as a small business owner and solopreneur is so precious. You are pulled in a million different directions all at once. Sometimes the most basic things become the hardest. So let’s talk about it. This week we want to highlight the importance of growing your business through the monotonous, sometimes boring, and often tedious parts of your business – admin – and how to get help.

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Grow Baby Grow: Focus on Your “Thing” For Business Growth

Grow Baby Grow: Focus on Your “Thing” For Business Growth

As we consider ways to grow our business this month, I want to first take a look at our foundations. Our foundation for growth is our “thing.” It’s what we are good at, it’s what we love doing, and it’s what makes us a little bit different. I’m going to suggest three things to consider as you look at ways to grow your business starting at the foundation.

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Show Customers You Love Them – And They’ll Love You

Show Customers You Love Them – And They’ll Love You

Our customers and clients are our bread and butter. They aren’t just a resource financially but they are the reason we do what we do. They become a part of who we are and their “whys” become our “whys.”

But do they know that? Do they know how much you care? Do they know how much you love them and appreciate their loyalty?

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How to Love Your Team

How to Love Your Team

You could have the dream job, running your dream business, getting dream results ... and still be miserable. When you are working with the wrong people, even the perfect job can seem like purgatorial punishment.

But finding people you love to work with is only half the equation. The other half? Do people love to work with you? Consider this a refresher course on how to find and how to be someone you love working with.

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