Facebook – Just Do It

At the end of September, 2009, I began my first profile and contact on Facebook.  After literally years of some of my closest friends, who I consider as ‘family’ encouraging me to do so, I finally Just did it!  I mean these folks are people that I greatly respect, but I continued to be ‘leary’ of Facebook.  I used excuses like ‘I don’t have time’‘I’m not sure I have enough knowledge on the computer’ and ‘Is it really safe’.  But, in the end, I began my journey on Facebook.

At first it was just a profile of me, with my favorite Eeyore on it, but soon, I realized the value of the tool that had been given to me.  I soon added my photo and updated all the information into my profile.  I am thrilled to report that almost immediately I began to connect with friends that I’d known for years, but not had time to have a regular relationship with and on Facebook, I had it again!  I also was able to reconnect my husband with a friend from his past that he had not seen in years.  I have made so many new friends, people who just want to help. 

Then, I realized the true value of Facebook as a way to help in my new business as a Virtual Assistant.  I have quickly learned to build Fan Pages, with lots of help from videos posted on YouTube, The Facebook page, and from really caring people who give you help,  just because.  Fan Pages are excellent sources of information for me and as well they are a way to market your business. 

The media networks seem to agree with me as places like YouTube, The New York Times and many others seem to print information daily on Facebook.  On a YouTube video I posted in a previous blog, A billion for a billion, there are so many raw facts to support Facebook as an asset,  such as ‘1 in 8 married couples last year in the U.S. met via social media sites’

The New York Times talks about Facebook, founded in 2004, has an estimated 200 million active users! Wow!  In this article from The New York Times about Facebook , they give some very impressive facts. 

If you search on YouTube for Facebook, you can find videos on everything from Fan Pages, Manners, a song, and even a movie about Facebook.  In Google, there are over 94,000 hits regarding information about this social media site. 

Just a few weeks ago, I even convinced my husband to create a profile.   As set in his ways as he is and concerned for the security of his children online, most especially his daughter, even he could see the value.

Therefore – This is the Question –  Why do so many of us resist this opportunity?  Why don’t we ‘Just do it’.  What is it that keeps us from having a Facebook profile or Fan Page for our Company?  Why don’t we continue to have even 15 minutes each day dedicated to connecting with others on Facebook?  Please  – Give me your thoughts and ideas ?!  – Anita

Blue Marble 4Life Project

As a Virtual Assistant with TKM Virtual Services, I have been given a new, exciting chance at a career! As if that is not enough joy in my life, I’ve been also lucky enough to meet a new, dear friend, Glenn Garnes.   As the chain reaction effect goes, I have also become a member of The Relationship Marketing Center (RMC).  RMC has so many resources for me;  I could probably blog about these things, but another time.

Through The Relationship Marketing Center, I have learned of this Amazing new project – The Blue Marble 4Life and I am so Excited about it!  I am a long time believer in helping others, making our world a better place and giving back more than we take from this earth.  As a Girl Scout and Boy Scout leader, a volunteer in my community at soup kitchens and food cupboards, I try to do all for my world that I can.  

The Blue Marble 4Life project is what my life is all about.  Their mission is to spread peace and compassion.  This is such a great cause that I hope you will check out the video on their website.  In addition when you join, you become a part of the “Attitude of Gratitude”!  And – you receive a beautiful blue marble  and become connected with your world in a whole new way.  Check it out!  ~ Anita 🙂

Mom’s can succeed in the virtual world…

Check it out – An article below talks about Mom’s having the abilities to enter the business world through social media and other virtual business opportunities.

They talk about how moms are the shoppers of the family, so they know what to buy, what the ‘right’ sales pitch is to get to your customers, and how to be able to negotiate and sell ‘vegies’ to her children, which is a marketable trait.  I totally loved this.

As a new Virtual Assistant with TKM Virtual Services, and a mom, my oldest is 21 and youngest is 11 – with 1 in the middle, I feel that I have skills that are marketable.  Of course, for me, it helps to have had about 15 years in the Business world prior to and in the earliest days of my children.

Let me know what you think Moms!  Yours – Anita

Mom’s – Good Internet Marketers – from a follower friend of mine on Twitter – Sam Sorenson

Social Networking Sites

Well, for me, it is amazing when I find my daughter coming to me with a request to watch a YouTube video because it is about World Hunger.  Together we watched it – A Billion for A Billion – It was really cool to see her have information to give me on the internet.  The totally amazing part  (To Me) was that this video contained all this information about our growing social networks, you know, Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, & LinkedIn, just to name a few of them.

As a new Virtual Assistant,  (or Virtual Angel, as my fairy of a boss calls me), I have immersed myself into the world of social networking.  Now, I am watching this video where I think that Hannah and I are going to see hungry children, and we do, but,  in addition they supply us with information on the fast growing social network. 

In this wonderful donation request for the World Food Programme, they also inform us – In 60 seconds,

  •   83,273 Facebook friends will Log-in!  
  •    2,083 Tweets will go out on Twitter

  This is an amazing concept – that many people in the world – on together , but more than that – they are on Social Networks.  LinkedIn is becoming fast the first place that Employers check to find a new staff member.  Of course, let us not leave out the MySpace, Perfect Networkers, and the list goes on and on.

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What Is A Virtual Assistant?

Really – I’ve now had so many people ask me – So,  just what does a Virtual Assistant do ??

“Starting a home business sounds like a terrific idea, until you realize all that’s involved in getting it up and running. So getting some assistance really helps–especially if it doesn’t cost a lot of money.” – Washington Post

Yes, there is all that pesky paperwork that is involved in being a business owner, but being a Virtual Assistant (VA) is more than virtual paperwork.  As I have begun to learn,  from one whom I consider to be the very best at this VA stuff, Kim Wesley, of TKM Virtual Services, being a VA is so much More

Ok, so maybe I am making a huge leap here as I’m very new and in training ,  But,  if I may,  from all the many articles I’ve read, my own experience, my social media accounts, from books and from many VAs blogs, here is what I think a VA does. 

A VA helps clients to handle their social media accounts like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and their emails.  A VA also can help to establish, maintain and give reports on your business clients; creating a database from business contacts and social networking events.  A good VA will then use these to continue your online presence for your company.  [Read more…]

Just that One Person

Has there ever been in your life just that one person that touched you – made a difference in your life – I mean they weren’t looking for anything from you – just wanted to be there for you.

A great deal of the time you don’t even realize as you go through your crazy life – much has to be accomplished – family stuff,  work,  the shopping, etc. – And, then one day – the realization hits you like the hot sunshine of August in the south.  This person really cares about me.  They are a special gift from God.  Most times this ‘light bulb doesn’t come on’ until this Angel on earth is gone; whether by moving to a place far away where there is no daily contact or by joining God in heaven.   [Read more…]

Love for The Go-Giver book

This book, The Go-Giver,  by Bob Burg and John David Mann, has really touched my life in places I wasn’t expecting.

You have to check it out at the library; download the audio version that you can just listen to as you do other things;  or just buy it.  This book is more than a tool for business professionals.

It is a way of life.  The 2nd day I was reading it, my wonderful husband and I seemed to have hit what I call a ‘rough patch in the road of marriage’.  We weren’t talking – I remember thinking “Why can’t he understand Me”  — Ah, well another chapter or 2 in this book  and I realized My focus was in the wrong place.  Instead I began to think – Why am I not thinking about how He feels.  This is the man I’ve loved for 16 years;  where am I at – lost.

This book is so about business too.  The idea that the more you help your coworkers, fellow business folks and such; the more that you help yourself.  This is an amazing idea.  I think it’s also called social networking 🙂

Yes, helping others is what I believe in – to an extreme level.  I think that we all feel that there is that thing you can do to serve this world; help others; or leave a lasting mark on those around you – how do we do that ?  By giving of ourselves – another key element The Go-Giver is discussing.

This book is such an easy and great read that I have done it twice now.  You have to check this little book out ASAP,  folks. ~ Anita