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Uncategorized Sydni Craig-Hart on 24 Jul 2008

Inside The Mind of a Successful Virtual Assistant

An essential key to becoming a successful Virtual Assistant is having the right mindset. Understand that creating and maintaining this mindset will NOT happen overnight. It didn’t happen to me and it won’t happen to you. So don’t get frustrated with yourself. BUT, you can do this successfully if you start with the three steps I outline below:

1. Get Clear About Who You Are, Where You Are and Where You Want To Go

Having clarity about your strengths, weaknesses and goals is a key factor in becoming a successful business owner. If you are not clear on what you’re good at and what you’re not, you won’t know where to focus your attention and when to ask for help. This will keep you spinning your wheels and not making progress. If you have vague goals in mind (i.e., “I want to be successful”, “I want to become a millionaire”, etc.,), it will be difficult to outline specific steps towards accomplishing what you want. Invest the time and money in your personal and professional development, possibly even working with a coach, to discover who you really are, the REAL state of your business and how to lay out the path towards your success. Set your intention and follow the steps you have outlined for yourself to watch your dreams begin to come true. Continue Reading »

Uncategorized Sydni Craig-Hart on 18 Jul 2008

What IS/NOT a Virtual Assistant?

A Virtual Assistant is …… Continue Reading »

Uncategorized Sydni Craig-Hart on 14 Jul 2008

Getting Your Virtual Feet Wet – Telecommuting and You

Starting my own Virtual Assistant business was an idea that developed as a result of my last corporate job. I was able to telecommute and work from my home office for 2+ years before I quit to start my business. For those of you who’s bosses travel a lot, this may be an option for you to consider, so that you start working from home, get comfortable with the idea and set up systems to maintain (and likely increase!) your productivity.
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Uncategorized Sydni Craig-Hart on 10 Jul 2008

Virtual Assistant Training Programs – Which One Should I Choose?

What a great question!

When I was researching how to become a Virtual Assistant, I reviewed ALL of the training programs available. ALL of them. I only wanted to work with the best, I wanted to be taught everything I needed to know and nothing I didn’t. I wanted access to the support of highly successful VA’s. As I read, made phone calls, interviewed graduates and read some more, no program offered more than the AssistU VTP (Virtual Training Program).
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Uncategorized Sydni Craig-Hart on 06 Jul 2008

Making The Transition to Virtual Assistant

According to Stacy Brice, Founder of the Virtual Assistance industry and AssistU (the PREMIER training company for Virtual Assistance, there are only five ways to transition from your corporate job to self-employed business owner:

1. Quit your job cold, and work full-time in your practice.

Although this is not recommended, this is exactly what I did. I worked on starting my business for about 4 months before I quit my job, moved across the country and started doing actual work as a VA.
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Uncategorized Sydni Craig-Hart on 02 Jul 2008

Executive Assistant to Virtual Assistant – Starting the Journey

A little over three years ago, my career path looked a lot like something very familiar to you. After 8 years of working in various administrative support positions, I had “worked my way” up to working with a Senior Managing Director at a prestigious private equity firm. It was a great job, but I had maxed out on all compensation and growth opportunities.

Many smart, polished Executive Assistants often find themselves in this position. The solutions to this dilemma are few:

1) You look for a new job and hope you fare better than your current situation;
2) You suck it up and attempt to make the best of your current position;
3) You miserably endure a company, boss or job that doesn’t suit you because you are scared to leave or don’t want to go through the process of looking for a new job.
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Uncategorized Sydni Craig-Hart on 01 Jul 2008

Welcome to the Executive Assistant to Virtual Assistant blog!

Welcome to EA -> VA blog, dedicated to sharing tips, how-to’s and resources for administrative professionals who are ready to leap into the world of Virtual Assistance!

There has been a fantastic response to our pre-launch, which tells me that many of you are ready for a new opportunity. An opportunity that allows you the freedom, flexibility and financial compensation that you deserve. I am honored to be able to share with you the very strategies I used to leave corporate America behind and create a thriving business of my own. The best part is that I am still learning and seeking new ways to expand my business, so as I grow, you’ll be among the first to benefit from my new found knowledge! So, I invite you to continue on this journey with me!

If you haven’t taken a look around the website, be sure to do so. I’ll be continuing to add new resources regularly and you’ll want to keep up with the blog as I share regular tips on how to transition from corporate employment. And, if you haven’t already done so, be sure to enter your name and email address at the top of this page to pick your copy of my FREE special report, “The Liberated Executive Assistant: How to Break Free From The Corporate Grind and Become Your Own Boss!”

In the coming weeks look forward to the first of many teleclasses, designed to help you create the foundation for your soon-to-be successful business, along with details on special events, guest speakers and much more!

And please … don’t keep this opportunity to yourself! Share it with your friends, family and colleagues. Tell them to stop by www.EAtoVA.com so they can see this for themselves and pick. Then, brainstorm, talk about your ideas and start writing down your plans!

I am so excited that you have stopped by and look forward to getting to know you in the days and weeks to come.


Sydni Craig-Hart