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These websites are listed to help you build a more proficient business.

 

http://www.giveawayoftheday.com     Every day, this site offers software that you can download - for free!  Check daily to see what is being offered.    

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There are two services that can shorten a long URL.

Link one is http://tinyurl.com/  This one is free.

Link two is http://budurl.com/   There are different levels and one is free.

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Websites with a VA Master-To-Do List that might be helpful (as well as a pricing guide).

http://www.snap-va.com/resources/free-price-planning-guide-for-small-service-businesses/

http://www.virtualassistantforums.com/business-planning/va-master-do-list-13172

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Don't worry about losing all your data if something should happen to your computer if it is continually being backed up by Carbonite.com

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If you need some information from your computer for yourself or a client, but you are away from home, there are two services that can help you. Log Me In and Go To My PC.

 Log Me In     https://secure.logmein.com/US/home.aspx         LogMeIn allows you to access and manage Windows PCs, Macs, and smartphones, including BlackBerry devices.   You can back up to your own devices for total protection of the data that makes your business run.         Free Trial     https://secure.logmein.com/US/products/createaccount.aspx

Go To My PC   https://www.gotomypc.com/en_US/entry.tmpl?Action=rgoto&;_sf=2 GoToMyPC is the fast, easy and secure way to access your PC from any Web browser in real time.        

      -Access files, programs, email, and network 

      -Increase your flexibility and productivity                     

      -Work on your office PC from home          

      -Travel and use your PC remotely          

      -Free Trial      https://www.gotomypc.com/en_US/members/register.tmpl?FreeTrial=true     

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I just found out about a free service called Letter Me Later where you can schedule emails to go out on a specific date.So you can write them now, and have them sent out next week or next month.      http://www.LetterMeLater.com 

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Q.  My webhost has just announced they're shutting down their service.  Any suggestions for a new one?

A.  Host Gator is good... http://budurl.com/HostGatorPackages
Most other cheaper ones have real problems with any blogs that get any real traffic. 

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I needed to send a large file (recorded webinar) to our tech support person so he could upload it to our website. The file was too big to go through regular email. Here are the three programs that will send large files for free. 

The webinar file was too big for "You Send It" so I used  "Send Space".
1. You Send It  www.YouSendIt.com 100 mb
2.  Send Space  http://www.sendspace.com  300 mb
3.  Transfer Big Files   http://www.transferbigfiles.com   1 gig

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WordPress is the most popular system being used for blogs. I upload posts to Rhea's WordPress blog all the time. Recently, people have started using WordPress to create membership sites. Membership sites are the latest rage in the internet world. We wanted you to know about that aspect of it too. There's a good possiblility that a client will want you to manage a membership site for him. I manage Rhea's EducatingForSuccess.com site.

There are two parts to WordPress. WordPress.com is where you can build your own blog in minutes and it is hosted by WordPress. http://en.wordpress.com/features/

WordPress.org is the same system but you download the free software to your computer and your blog or website is hosted by a company that you choose. People like to do this so they have control over the content of their blog or website.   http://wordpress.org/

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A lot of what I do as a VA is database entry and working with spreadsheets, and so I've been accumulating a lot of files and documents on my computer. It was getting annoying to have all those old documents that I wasn't using anymore just sitting there. But I didn't want to throw them away, because you never know if you're going to need them again. So the next time I was talking with Denise I asked her if she knew of any good online storage sites, and she gave me this list of websites:

http://news.cnet.com/8301-13515_3-9736064-26.html?hhTest=1

I decided to use Box.net, and it's working great for me. You should probably read the reviews and decide which one is the right one for you.

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I just ran across a neat tool. It's an online invoicing and time tracking service. It is free for your first three clients and is very efficient and easy to use.  http://Freshbooks.com   My favorite feature is the pop-up timer. It's a little window on your desktop that has a timer on it, and it lets you select what project and what task you're working on, so when you're done working, you click on "Log hours" and it automatically logs them in the project and task you were working on. Then at the end of the week, you log on to the website, and send the invoice and the timesheet. And if you've always done the kitchen timer and Excel spreadsheet route, and sometimes you forget to click the timer, you can log on and manually insert hours into your time record.

One warning, it logs hours in 100ths instead of 60ths. At first I was confused, because when you manually insert hours (1:30, an hour and 30 minutes), it automatically converts it to 100ths of an hour. (1.50) Just make sure when you manually insert hours you use a colon instead of a period.

Take the online tour and see what you think.

Features of FreshBooks:
*Easily create, send and manage invoices
*Track time (for you and staff) and expenses NEW
*Send invoices by snail mail or email
*Accept payment with PayPal, Authorize.Net, & more
*Automatically send invoices & late payment notices
*Create robust reports and import/export your data

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Check out this website. It's a good resource for you and for your client. It's always good to have a list of resources that can help your client be more efficient. http://www.copytalk.com

If you don't have time to write, but you do have time to talk on the phone (i.e. long commutes) you need this site. It's a dictation service for the people on the go. You speak and they send a text email to whatever addresses you want them to send to. You can write blog posts, articles etc. using this service when you are on the road!

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 I just found out about this site where you can make ecovers for ebooks, DVD cases, software boxes, etc.

Check it out here: http://www.MyEcoverMaker.com

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 I just heard about www.Dogpile.com. It is four search engines in one (including Google, Yahoo, Bing and Ask). Check it out and let me know if you like it. 

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Here's a list of the top 20 article directories you can use when you submit articles for your client.

EzineArticles.com

GoArticles.com

ArticleDashboard.com

SearchWarp.com

ArticlesBase.com

iSnare.com

Buzzle.com

ArticleCity.com

IdeaMarketers.com

ArticleAlley.com

Amazines.com

ArticleTrader.com

WebWorldIndex.com

ArticleSphere.com

BusinessKnowHow.com

ArticlesFactory.com

ContentDesk.com

ArticleCube.com

AfroArticles.com

ArticleBiz.com

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If you want to have a website to market your VA services, here's something that might interest you...

http://www.FreeWebsiteTemplates.com/

Website templates are pre-designed websites all you need to do is add your own personal content and you're ready to jump start your own website. You can customize the website templates any way you like.


 

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 There are free templates for business cards, Twitter backgrounds, magazines, and more.

http://www.1stwebdesigner.com/resources/templates-and-psds-ease-workflow/

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You can get a faster Firefox with Pale Moon

http://ff.im/-jf6kR

Check it out and let me know what you think.

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Ship books free Worldwide! Rhea asked me to send a book to a couple who live in Australia. I thought the shipping would be a lot through Amazon.com so I tried to find a different company to use. Someone told me about www.BookDepository.com. They offer free shipping worldwide. This is great news because my brother and his family live in Australia. Now I can send them books for Christmas. I also found a book that my daughter has been wanting. Yeah!

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Free Tutorials. As VA's we are often asked to do things we've never done before. It helps to have tutorials to watch that teach us the skills we need. I've checked out DVD tutorials on Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel from the library.

Another source of free tutorials is www.Lynda.com. They have 792 courses. Each course offers free video tutorials so you can get an idea of what the course entails. The underlined tutorials are available to watch without a membership. Those that are not underlined require a lynda.com Online Training Library® subscription for access.

The subscription is $25.00 per month. I've had friends who joined the site for one month to get the training they need. Then they unsubscribe.

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Zoho offers a suite of online web applications geared towards increasing productivity and offering easy collaboration. It looks similar to what Google offers but it has some applications that Google doesn't have.

1. The Zoho Marketplace looks interesting. It is apps for small businesses including a Teamwork Task Manager & My Money Manager.

2. Zoho Projects is a free Project Manager software.

3. Zoho Planner is an online organizer.

Check out these apps at www.Zoho.com and let me know what you think.

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Here's a website where clients go to find VA's.

You can put your name on the site to give yourself more exposure.

Check it out here: http://www.FindVirtual.com

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I just heard about this free app and thought it was a neat tool...


http://www.CaptureFox.com/

Capture Fox Movie is a Firefox add-on and a handy tool to create tutorials about a software, a web site or anything that can be displayed on your computer. It records your screen frame by frame. You can also record your voice.

Features
*Capture screen, record your sound and get an AVI (movie) file.
*Adjust video quality
*Easy to use. With two clicks, you can start capturing your screen and record your sound.

 


 

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