Chris Durst is credited with having founded the Virtual Assistant industry in her home in rural Connecticut in 1995, with the launch of the Internet-based My Staff, LLC. In 1999, with Michael Haaren, she founded the International Virtual Assistants Associationthe industry's nonprofit parent organizationand served as its first president. As the co-founder and CEO of Staffcentrix, LLC, Chris spearheaded the development of groundbreaking virtual career training programs for such clients as the Department of the Army and the Department of State. She has appeared in numerous media outlets, including Forbes, Business Week, Fortune, the Singapore Straits Times, and the London Times, as well as radio and TV, and her presentations on virtual careers include several presidential committees and the United Nations. She resides in Woodstock, Connecticut, with her two children.An ex-Wall Street attorney, Mike was raised in a log cabin in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, and, as does Chris, remains a firm believer in the values of small-town life. He is the co-founder and COO of Staffcentrix, LLC, and co-founder of the International Virtual Assistants Association, serving as its first vice president. Mike is a recognized authority on virtual careers and is the editor-in-chief of The Rat Race Rebellion, a widely-read weekly bulletin of screened telework and freelance jobs. His articles have appeared in such publications as Military Spouse Magazine, Paraplegia News, and the American Foreign Service Association Journal, and he is often quoted in the media, including The Wall Street Journal, Fortune, Inc., Business Week, and many others. The great-grandson of the 15th Commandant of the Marine Corps, Mike served in the Army from 1968 to 1970. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Georgetown University and received his Juris Doctor from the University of Virginia.
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A+, plus extra credit22 mai 2006
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Since graduating from college, I have been an elementary school educator. It is what I have always wanted to do and I loved going in every day.
Last winter I was struck by a car while shoveling out my car and the resulting disability has made it impossible to return to my beloved classroom. I went through rehab. I went through a period of depression. And then a period of anger. And finally, a period when I realized that nothing would give me back the life I had and it was up to me to create a new one that I could love equally as well.
My therapist recommended The 2-Second Commute and suggested I consider starting a business in my home. One that would enable me to work in manner that would accommodate my new physical needs. Grudgingly, I purchased the book thinking, "I am a teacher. What kind of business can I start?"
Firstly, let me just say that authors Durst and Haaren lifted my soul, my spirits, and my sense of self-worth. No easy feat given the state I was in when I read the book.
As an educator, I truly appreciated their organization and understanding of the importance of not skipping any steps lest you create a situation you'll regret later. The exercises and self-assessments were wonderful measurement tools, and truly helped me see my value outside of the classroom.
I now have a bustling home-based business that fits my life. I am editing children's books, writing educational articles, and doing online tutoring. I never realized these things were possible until I read this book.
Thank you for the invaluable role you've played in helping me create my own euphoria!
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VA Reference Bible20 novembre 2005
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If you want to become a VA start your research with this book.
It is very informative, packed with details to assist you in every step of the process.
Not only does it cover all the topics you'll need to get started - from explaining what a VA does/is to setting up your business and your office - but it also gives you self-assessments that are valuable in and of themselves.
There is also a chapter that helps you to develop a 'Service Menu' for you business and this chapter is also quite valuable. Not sure what services you should provide? Work through this chapter and you'll know exactly what services are best suited for you.
And finally there is the VA Toolbox:Resources & Information section in the back of the book. Here it points you to many other places you can go to further your research.
I very complete and comprehensive book that all beginning VA's should have on their bookshelves.
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The book that made me ready!24 juillet 2005
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I have not posted a review to Amazon before but wanted to do one for this book. I just finished reading it today and I am so excited at everything I have learned.
I have read a couple of other books on being a virtual assistant, but they have not given me enough information to feel prepared to go out on my own. Don't get me wrong, they were ok for basic information, but this made me do some hard core self assessments that taught me a lot about myself.
Thanks to the 2 second commute, I now know what services I will offer, how much I will charge for them, who my niche markets are and, most importantly, HOW I will market to them effectively.
I have already started to write my strategic marketing plan and, if I do say so myself, I think it's going to be a killer!
I cannot say enough good about it and would recommend it to everyone who wants to be a "VA".
Watch me go! :-)
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Trade your time, knowledge, and advice for $ by working as a virtual assistant; or online teacher, coach, or consultant.23 mars 2009
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I loved this book. I spotted it while purusing the shelves in the business section at Barnes and Noble the other day. When I opened it up and skimmed the Table of Contents I found starting an online virtual assistance company requires the same skills and talents as starting an online coaching, teaching, or consulting practice. Even though at the time of my writing this review there are already 69 reviews posted for this book, I am writing this review because none of the reviews point out that this is wonderful book for anybody who wants to offer a service via the Internet. Sure, you can offer your services as a virtual assistant. But the advice offered in this book applies equally to people who offer their services through a Web site and email and provide coaching, teaching, and/or consulting pointers and advice. And providing these other services online will probably take just as much time as providing virtual assistance services, but pay a whole lot more.
I found this book to be well outlined and well written. It will definitely be a worthwhile tome to add to your library as you investigate and research the business plan you need to write in order to start your freelance operation regarding services you plan to sell online. So read this book with an open mind and do NOT limit you thoughts to just becoming a virtual assistant. There are all kinds of opportunities today to work from home in your PJs providing so many different kinds of services via the Internet. Forget about commuting. Forget about getting dressed up or maintaining a healthy wardrobe. Just worry about being expert at something and selling your time, knowledge and advice. 5 stars!
Other books I highly recommend you consider reading along with this book include:
>>Riches in Niches (EasyRead Large Bold Edition): How to Make It BIG in a Small Market >>Start Your Own Information Marketing Business (Start Your Own...) >>Entrepreneur Magazine's Start Your Own e-Learning Business (The Startup Series) >>Start Your Own Coaching Business (Start Your Own...) >>Four Steps To Building A Profitable Coaching Practice: A Complete Marketing Resource Guide for Coaches >>Web Business Success: The Entrepreneur's Guide to Web Sites That Work >>The Web-Savvy Writer: Book Promotion with a High-Tech Twist, Second Edition >>Coaching Millions: Help More People, Make More Money, Live Your Ultimate Lifestyle
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The Key I Have Been Seeking28 janvier 2006
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For years, I have been trying to find work I can do from home so I can focus on my family. I have wasted thousands of dollars on opportunities that seemed real, but turned out to be cons or misrepresentations.
I am blessed with a patient husband who has, in spite of my failed attempts to generate income at home, been very supportive. He understands how important it is for me to be here for our children, but also knows that I also feel an need to work in a way that feeds my mind and brings some additional income into our home.
This book arrived in my mailbox in September, on the very same day our eldest child started kindergarten. I read it while our 3-year old slept, and while he played, and even packed it in my bag when we went to the park. Three days later I had finished reading it, and three days after that I had read it for the second time.
Armed with a new confidence instilled in my by the book, I created my Strategic Marketing Plan, bought my domain, ordered my free business cards at the recommended site, and sent emails off to friends, family, and previous employers. Within three weeks of having received the book, I had my first client! A previous employer who knew the quality of my work signed on with me on October 12, 2005.
Today, January 28, 2006, I have four regular clients. I am working between 20-25 hours a week - during nap time, evenings, and quiet periods - and billing an average of $3,100 per month.
My son's teacher told me last week that when she asked the children what their parents do for work, he replied, "Daddy works in an office and Mommy is the president."