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Member Spotlight–Pamela Lewerenz

Posted by on Sep 29, 2016 in Blog Posts, Member of the Month | 0 comments

Member Spotlight–Pamela Lewerenz

NEVA welcomes our newest member, Pamela Lewerenz of Balanced Numbers Consulting Services LLC! 1. Why did you decide to start a virtual business? I have always wanted to be a business owner. Getting away from the stress of the office environment and having to be a slave to the 9-to-5 grind was my first goal. As I developed my business plan, I focused my energy on balancing my love of the business world with my passion for helping others. 2. What is your niche or specialization? I enjoy working with entrepreneurs who want to create a work life balance, set and obtain their goals, and/or need assistance with coordinating their business tasks. Since accounting, bookkeeping, and budgeting is in my blood, I work with quite a few people in the financial services field; however, my only prerequisite is your willingness to be open to change so any small business owner is welcomed. 3. What is your background and how does it fit into your virtual business? I have worked in the education and health fields as an administrator. For 12 years, I was an elected tax collector in my hometown. I went to business school and college for Accounting and Business Management with a minor in Information Systems & Operations Management but that seems like many moons ago! I continue to stay up-to-date on the latest technological advances by attending annual conferences. I also take continuing education classes in many different areas each year. 4. What makes you and your business stand out from the rest? My motto is “collaboration is key.” I treat each client as an individual and design my services to meet their needs. 5. What advice would you give to a person, who wants to start a virtual business? My advice for anyone wanting to start a virtual business is that communication is key. Use a client relationship management system (CRM) to organize your workflow and stay in touch with your clients. This is such an important piece of setting up your business. 6. Do you have any other comments or something you want to add? I will just add that I offer a 30-minute free consultation for those interested in learning more about my services and how they can save you time and money in your life. I welcome new clients! I am always focused on giving you quality service to help you grow your business, put efficiency in your workload, ease your stress, and assist you in structuring your business to suit your needs. Pamela Lewerenz Balanced Numbers Consulting Services LLC...

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Member Spotlight — Jeannette Tibbetts

Posted by on Aug 9, 2016 in Blog Posts, Member of the Month | 0 comments

Member Spotlight — Jeannette Tibbetts

This month’s member in the spotlight is Jeannette Tibbetts of JTypePlus.   I’m Jeannette Tibbetts and my company name is JTypePlus. Let’s start this interview by explaining my business name: JT is for Jeannette Tibbetts…who types plus a whole lot more! Kooky, I know. And difficult to pronounce if you don’t know the story (did that stop Nike…who knew you had to pronounce the “e”?). If I could go back seven years and rename my company, I would. Why did you decide to start a virtual business? Back in 2009, I realized I could write grants for my husband-at-the-time’s (HATT) church restoration company (I could contact the churches and offer to procure grants and charge his company for my time…the plan was to get him more work during the Great Recession). Well, it didn’t quite work out that way—grant writing is a PIA, and securing grants is not a sure thing. But, the idea of working from home for small businesses really clicked with me. I already was doing my HATT’s administrative work. Why not find a few solo entrepreneurs/micro-businesses in need of administrative help? What is your niche or specialization? I hate the word “niche.” One of my first memories of the first year in business was at a NEVA Luncheon in CT. Everyone was talking about their niche. I didn’t have one then. And I don’t have one now. I do have a target market—solo entrepreneurs and micro-businesses…often those who have events they need to market, but not always. What is your background and how does it fit into your virtual business? My background is secretarial…went to a community college and received an Associate’s in Secretarial Science, way back in 1980—before computers, cell phones; shorthand was still taught! I worked for a law firm, a construction company, temped and finally a consultant. That’s when my official secretarial career ended—I had babies and stayed home (doing HATT’s administrative work). While working, I always jumped at any opportunity to educate myself (at the expense of the company for which I was working). In 2009, while hanging with my best friend, I learned social media with our laptops atop our laps and haven’t stopped learning since. What makes you and your business stand out from the rest? I don’t think my business stands out “from the rest.” I don’t think there are enough Virtual Assistants to worry about that. And every VA company offers different services. What advice would you give to a person who wants to start a virtual business? Pick services that you REALLY want to do. Don’t do stuff you don’t want to do. That’s one of the best parts of being a Virtual Assistant. You can pick and choose. And don’t overthink starting your business. Just find a few small businesses that need administrative help (there are so many out there!)…you’ll know right away if you connect with them. Price your services reasonably at the beginning and make it a policy that your prices will increase yearly. And keep learning…you want to stay ahead of your target market. JTypePlus in Western MA 774-454-8749 jeannette @...

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Social Media Mania, Maniacs & Manics

Posted by on Jul 8, 2016 in Blog Posts | 0 comments

Social Media Mania, Maniacs & Manics

What management platform do you use, if you use one at all? Is Google+ worth using? What’s the scoop on #s (“hashtags” for those not tweeting)? These are just a few of the topics we discussed on a recent New England Virtual Assistants Members-only Call. Participants included Monica Bentley (Simple Wizardry), Jackie de Boer (Accredited Virtual Assistance), Jeannette Tibbetts (JTypePlus), Christine Williams (Dragonfly Business Services), Shannon Vanasse (Indispensable Online Inc.), Carolle St. Fleur-Carey (Nick of Time Executive Services) Social Media Management Programs Hootsuite seems to be the most-used management program. It’s easy to add multiple streams so you can see all that is happening in your social media accounts. Jackie does not use Hootsuite for Facebook (which has a convenient scheduling tool already) because she’s heard that if you use a third-party to post on Facebook, fewer people will see your posts. Hootsuite is best for Twitter, LinkedIn and Google+. Other Management Programs: • Buffer • TweetDeck • SproutSocial—no one has used it…have you? Let us know what you think. Social Media Scheduling Jeannette has an issue with the scheduling aspect of social media…she describes it as being “too mechanical.” But Jackie explained that there’s a happy medium—schedule some posts and then go in and do hands-on posting. Christine explained that some of her clients intend to post but never get around to it, so they’re not putting out their stuff at all…which is why she recommends scheduling. And she uses a spreadsheet to keep track of what’s good to post and when. Google+ Jackie said Google has taken resources away from G+ and is fading. Twitter Monica said she was at a meeting recently, and the group was asked to show hands of who is using Twitter—very few hands. Jackie said she thinks Twitter is the most misunderstood social network. Jeannette thinks Twitter is full of junk tweets (and she swears that’s due to scheduling). Christine said Twitter is more of a conversation (than, say, Facebook), and Jackie added it’s a great place to post blogs. Then we discussed hashtags (#)…which make Twitter functional according to the group. Jeannette thinks a lot of people just don’t “get” them. Someone asked “Can you make up your own?” #ChristineWilliamsRockstheWorld …people probably won’t be searching that. Use something that people will be searching; it’s best to do a search before using. Events (like conferences, expos, etc.) often decide on a hashtag at the beginning of the marketing process. Use hashtags that your target marketing is using; consider who will be using it. Add your geographic location (i.e., #NewEngland) “Follow” tip: Search a # and follow those who are using it Avoid using a too many Use as part of a sentence (i.e., “What are your #goals #construction #SouthShoreMA”) More Twitter insights: Putting a quote on Twitter—due to character limitation, if your quote is long, it will be cut off. So, take a piece of the quote and link back to a webpage/blog Block the bots! Jeannette loves blocking bots—just check your Followers. If the bio is trying to sell you a million Followers or the profile is still an egg, then most likely a bot. Block ‘em! And Jeannette insists that if everyone would do this, Twitter can get cleaned up! Talking #? Jeannette doesn’t think it’s cool…but sometimes it’s necessary to use with your kids added Christine (hashtagMomIsCrazy) Instagram Jackie stated Instagram recommends 10 hashtags per post! “It’s a different beast.” Guess how many characters are allowed on Instagram (Twitter allows 140)…guesses included 240, 360, and of course, Christine’s “Bob Barker, I’m gonna go with 266.” Drum roll…the answer is...

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Meet the Officers!

Posted by on May 27, 2016 in Blog Posts, Events, Luncheons | 0 comments

Meet the Officers!

All of NEVA’s Officers were at the recent Luncheon in New Hampshire…a great event! (stay tuned for details about our next meet-up–a picnic in July! You don’t want to miss the fun!)   (l-r) Anne Bole, Secretary; Monica Bentley, President; Jeannette Tibbetts, VP Communications; Shannon Vanasse, Treasurer; Christine Williams, VP...

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Not So Common Luncheon

Posted by on May 27, 2016 in Blog Posts, Events, Luncheons | 0 comments

Not So Common Luncheon

Great conversation! Great meals! Great speaker! May’s NEVA Luncheon was at the Common Man in Merrimack, NH. Charlene DeCesare (Charlene Ignites!) talked about the issues of motivation and success. After asking all attendees to describe a current challenge, Charlene offered suggestions about how to stay motivated, build our businesses and find the power from within to achieve success!           NEVA Members who attended were: Anne Bole of What’s Your Priority VA & NEVA Secretary Monica Bentley of Simple Wizardry & NEVA President Shannon Vanasse of Indispensable Online & NEVA Treasurer Jackie de Boer of Accredited Virtual Assistance & NEVA Linkedin & Google+ Expert Lisa Nourse of LMN Virtual Assistance Christine Williams of Dragonfly Business Services & NEVA VP of Marketing Jeannette Tibbetts of JTypePlus & NEVA VP of Communications   Our next meet-up is in July–A PICNIC! Stay tuned for deets…for...

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