Wednesday
Oct012014

How to Become a Virtual Assistant Part 2: How Much Should you Charge? 

Today I bring you part II of How to Become a Virtual Assistant. Today I am going to talk to you about how to determine your hourly rate, and the importance of setting up a website. 

Resources: 

Amy Lynn Andrews: How to set up a website.

 

 

Wednesday
Oct012014

My new work at home schedule: Trying to make it all fit

I was sitting at my computer last the week, the very computer I am typing on right now, when my oldest son walked up to me. 

"Mama, do you want to play?" he asked. 

Ry is only 2.5 so it comes out more like pfwaaaayyy than play. 

I did want to play, but I was busy. Or was I? 

You see I had manufactured this busyness. I had decided that I needed to get XYZ done so that I could do ABC later. All while my son tugged on my sleeve. 

When I stepped back and looked at my schedule, I realized a lot of the stuff I was doing either didn't really need to be done, or could be shifted to another time. 

So I came up with a new work schedule that I think might work for me. The problem is the discipline it takes to implement a new schedule, policy or procedure. 

I know have two toddlers. They are literally running in opposite directions when they aren't chasing each other, pulling all the pots and pans out the cabinets and digging through the garbage. I am out numbered. I needed a plan. 

SO here it goes: 

1. When the babies are in full throttle, the computer stays OFF. I started this about two weeks ago, and I have to say that I feel calmer, happier and more focused. I am not pulled to my computer when I see the little email icon pop up. I am not as tempted to check social media accounts, mine or my client's. And I don't get sucked in to reading blog posts or perusing Pinterest. 

This works for me because I only work parttime (in my own business). And my clients know that. I am so fortunate because most of them are moms and all of them are women. 

2. I scheduled my work around down times. I know only take calls from clients during name. Need to reach me? Great, call between 2 pm and 4 pm. Which leads me too...

3. I don't take personal calls during nap time when I am working. Since I have now blocked those hours for communicating with clients, writing or editing I don't take personal calls them. Not because I am "on the clock" but because I can't be pulled away. I want to spend the time my kids are awake playing with them, not catching up on work. 

4. I am now super productive from 8-9 pm. I used to zone out during this time of the day. It was close to bed and I took this time to wind down. But I have forced myself to work after the kid's go to bed. This is usually when Jason is working on the budget, reading or wrapping up his own work. We still find time to talk, chat and joke, so we still connect throughout the week. I just put on my head phones and make myself do things on my to do list. 

5. I have taken advantage of scheduling software. As I wrote in this post, a lot of the work I do centers around social media. I post things for other people as part of my marketing services. I use services like HootSuite and Dynamic Tweets to get ahead. I have even been using them for my own social media accounts. 

SO that's it. Those are the things that have been working for me. 

How do you work from home? 



Tuesday
Sep302014

White Chicken Chili

Last week I cooked a chicken in my crock pot. Seriously, if you've never cooked a chicken like this you need to. It saves so much time and energy.

However, every time I make a whole chicken I have scads of leftovers. I was able to make a pot pie, a quick Paella and White Chicken Chili with the leftovers.

This is the easiest, most delicious chili I have ever made and it is super simple. You literally dump the ingredients in the crock pot. Go have an adventure, come home and your supper is ready. Tada!

What you'll need:

Two- three cups shredded chicken

Two cans navy beans

One medium onion, chopped

Two garlic cloves, minced

4 cups broth I recommend going homemade

2 tbsp cumin

2 tsp cilantro

2 tsp paprika

1 tsp chili powder

Place your chopped onion in the bottom of your slow cooker. Add your chicken, garlic, beans and seasonings. Stir, stir, stir. Pour broth over the chicken mix.

Cook on HIGH for two hours.

Garnish with sour cream and cheese. It's delicious.

What are some of your favorite fall dishes? 

Monday
Sep292014

Pumpkin Spice Latte Cake

Print Recipe

Last Thanksgiving, after all the plates were cleared my mother whipped out this gem. Man! It was good. She called it a Pumpkin Spice Latte Cake and of course I pulled out my Nikon and began snapping away. 

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Friday
Sep262014

It's Giveaway Time Six Ecourses for Six Winners!

It's time for a little giveaway. Today I am giving away six different  Ecourses  from six different bloggers to six different winners. 

To enter go to my YouTube page and watch the video. 

GOOD LUCK!