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Is Authenticity Lost In Larger Facebook Groups?

In my Facebook Group Virtual Service Provider Odyssey I asked members what they look for in a group, one thing particularly stood out to me and that is that authenticity is sometimes lost in larger groups.   Is authenticity lost when a group size is bigger?   This is my assessment after moderating groups as …

Should I Blog As A Virtual Service Provider?

There’s a lot of buzz to blog in the Virtual Service Provider (VSP) communities but is blogging for everyone? I don’t think every VSP should undertake blogging. It helps with SEO is the most common reason given for blogging but how does this work for VSP’s who don’t enjoy writing and don’t want to outsource …

Should You Use The Loss Leader Strategy In Virtual Services?

In our Facebook community the topic of loss leaders was introduced. Do we use the loss leader strategy in the virtual service industry? Typically if you ask Virtual Service Providers (VSPs) if it’s a good idea to provide 1-2 hours of tasking time as an introductory offer you’ll receive an echoing no. While some won’t …

How to Use Client Comments as Quote Testimonials

Many virtual service providers (VSPs) offer their services for short term projects  in exchange for experience and testimonials. This isn’t a new thing in the business world though it may not be widely discussed. One aspect of this business arrangement is to understand that it is ‘business’ and to treat it as such. Far too …

An Open Letter: Stop Pitching So D*m Much

Dear Online Business Person, Can I tell you a little secret? Your constant pitching in annoying. I see you. Pitch, pitch, pitch. For goodness sake can we just talk for a minute here! I get it you have a business, I have a business and the blue widgets (blue is my color) aren’t going to …

Finding The Right-Fit Mentor Or Accountability Partner

Starting in the virtual service world of online business can be challenging. There is setting up the business and skill assessment to be done and many are seeking a mentor or accountability partner. This post shares tips to help you think through what you want in a mentor, mentor program or accountability partner as well …

Managing Facebook Groups And Group Overwhelm

You’ve joined group after group after group and you’re realizing it’s all too much. Here are a few tips on managing Facebook groups and the OMGawd! overwhelm that comes with it. 1. Notifications Turn them off. That is unless you want to get pinged every time someone post what Facebook considers a highlight. Highlight is …

How Drilling Down In Your Niche Helps Your Message

There’s been a lot of talk in the virtual service communities about defining your audience and drilling down to your niche. This becomes a sticking point for many and makes it challenging to get started because they feel uncertain about who they are targeting. You can be a Jack or Jill of all trades and …

Should I Provide A Resume When Asked For One?

There is a pushin-my-button word for some in the virtual service industry and that word is  resume. Some have gone so far as to advise others that if someone ask for a resume they’d better run and run fast or they’ll be treated like an employee. The IRS has some great guides in place to …
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