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VYA turns eight

VYA turns eight years old

Today Virtually Yours (Assistance) called VYA turns eight.

It all started on this day in 2009.

Had been at work & had a thought for a couple of friends who were looking for extra cash.

Talked to one after work but then had to wait to reach the other person after 6pm.

When they both agreed, we then had to decide on a name for what they’d call their service & what the company (me) would be named.

The advertising exec in me started brainstorming different names until it felt “perfect”.

Finally at 6:30pm the right sounding name was chosen & with assistance in brackets.

With my less than impeccable entrepreneurial skills back then, created a Facebook Fan page.

Friends raved about how great it was to land my “first contract” with what seemed to them was a large company.

Had to laugh and say I am the company that hired me!

First jobs consulted of placing ads & sending leads to service providers on a commission basis.

Next was finding focus group attendees which I’d done in the past for select companies.

Fast forward from then to now.

In the past seven years there’s been a lot of changes.

Much development of myself & skills as the company has grown from just a one woman show.

Newer services being added frequently, help given to worthy & the addition of tech tutorials.

We are actively working on making a difference towards reducing global poverty.

This was the dream of my Maternal Grandmother.from

She’d grown up in extreme poverty & during my early childhood years this is what she instilled in me.

As we go forward into year eight, here’s to more continued growth & achieving more successes.

One goal I want to strive for is to win an award; that’s something I’ve always wanted but never got.

Here’s to us and our Executive Team of Firecrackers!










Regular Business Hours return

Just over three weeks since the holiday season ended & this week regular business hours will return to normal for all businesses.

Had to make a few personal customer service calls & the lines were busy which meant long hold times.

Some places offer priority call support which saves agony of sitting on hold forever.

During and after holiday times is stressful for customer service as first they deal with the mad pre-rush, then after holiday sales, inventory & returns.

Takes two weeks from the start of January for things to settle & another full week before things return to regular business hours tasks.

For non retail or online marketplaces things can be quite slow. This is industry dependent but this week everything will return to usual.

Having spent much of November with our usual yearly hiatus & then the holiday season with life commitments; we’re ready to get back into things.

Our plan here at VYA Online is to go back to business networking in a week from today.

Regular Business Networking and VolNetworking is on our list to take us into February and beyond.

Looking forward to putting our Business God lessons into overdrive!

We will also be getting ready for our company work anniversary is also in thirty-two days.

How will we celebrate?

The usual way with our MemeOlogy

What else would you expect from Geeks?


Lendpreneurs help career pros

Lendpreneurs help career goals

Lendpreneurs are those who assist others in their career or business. We hear all the time about helping others.

Each one of us has access to information, leads or resources that can help another person.
Business Friend shared a digital contract signing service with me & I have shared it with others.
I have shared which CRM program I use with others.

Resources & helping other career professionals usually comes thru conversations we have with others.
Friend of mine once said what CRM they use that’s inexpensive & integrates with LinkedIn.

In the last four years or so; have been blessed with knowing medical professionals online & when I have a question can ask them what resources are best.

The only thing is that when we get help we need to not sit on it idly.

Client & I were talking once.

Mentioned how I’d met people through various business networking, workshops & more.
Sometimes these people were fairly new or struggling.

I’m no Marketing or Profit expert but may be able to introduce them to those who are able to help.

In fact, had said to those who mentioned where they struggled that I may know a person to help them.
Wasn’t an easy road when I started & had no one to help me at the start.

I remember my disappointment from back then and how I struggled.

Hope with a Professional Introduction suited to their business, they will get helped too.

Well, succeeding wasn’t that important to them.

Why? Because they didn’t jump on my offer to introduce them.

I have a rule on the role of Lendpreneurs – offer help twice.

It’s not my business that will benefit financially & should you do nothing; you’re on your own.

If you’re sinking & I throw you a lifesaving device it’s useless not to use it.

Self Employment – 5 yrs ago today

Self Employment for some is a career wish.

For others, it’s what they’d never wish for.

Not everyone is the employee type & do better working on their own.

Self Employed isn’t always your own business (we’ll discuss in future).

Five years ago today left a regular work schedule but still do contract work.

The good side of self-employment is that you can set your own schedule, work your own hours.
Doesn’t matter whether 2AM or 2PM (depending on what needs doing) you can get work done.

We do our best work quietly in the early morning & pre-work tasks before the rest start their day.

Being a person who is always in demand in my regular life & who spent a lifetime dealing with my own illnesses; self-employment works great for me. All those who told me to give it up are the ones who depend on me.

I like being able to set my own hours, work well alone & enjoy less noise. No having to call work and say kids/family are ill & that I must take care of them.

In our home; I handle all the telephone calls, postal mail & other home life administration.

The downside to self employment is you don’t get the same interaction you do in a regular job.
There’s no regular paycheck every two weeks. You don’t get to meet your co-workers & there’s no such thing as days off anymore.

Nothing is regular, not even your workday.

Working for yourself requires much self discipline to keep yourself on track.

You live, eat & sleep work.

All in all, would not give up this career life for anything.

Being self employed was a life long dream.

Luckily from long before VYA started; have other life interests that help balance out the serious work week.

Side Income for Layoffs

Side income for Layoffs

Job loss and layoffs everywhere we turn.
Caught a bit of the news last night & heard of a city with a mill shutting down.
They are laying off 200+ people & December isn’t a good month for it to happen.

Been fortunate to have never dealt with being laid off due to company closure.
Have had two seasonal jobs in my life & one of them turned into permanent.

Now the age of old question is it bad to be self-employed or is it better (or bad) to hold a regular job & risk closures & layoffs.

During most of my adult life was always a two jobs person in order to have a “safety net”.

If one job ended or was slow then I’d at least have a backup.

Many say that sources of income work the same way.

They say the Average Millionaire has at least Seven Sources of Income.

Friend that I’d made thru a former workplace once said that while he’s chosen to stay in a FullTime job; his income doesn’t stop there.

He believes that even those who work a regular job should have side income opportunities for extra money.

Many people involve themselves in Multi-Level Marketing or perhaps they’re a DJ, tutor, baker etc.

Have tried my hand at Multi-Level Marketing but it wasn’t what I was cut out for.

I also had very weak sales & prospecting skills at that time.

People often wonder what to do as a side income.

Friend had once asked myself & another what she should do.

Suggestion offered by me was pick skillset interest.

When becoming a technology tutor; it was because a relative called asking how to do something.
I’m a Geek just never thought it to make $$. Anything is better than zero.

What skill do you have to make extra money?

Try Business Volunteering

Business Volunteering for Leads

This month most of our articles will be business networking related. December 5th is International Volunteer Day. Four yrs ago an article on Business Volunteering arrived in my inbox.

It had been published by another & I’d subscribed to article digests.

The article mentioned how volunteering is great for getting business leads.
And yes, we all need to make money but how about volunteering in a business setting?

Article author mentioned they’d started volunteering at a local association.
When the opportunity came that their service was needed; they were chosen.

I remember having once read an article about a man having volunteered at the YMCA in his town while unemployed & looking for work.

When a job fitting his skills was advertised in house; he applied & got the job.

I’m used to volunteering with causes & fundraisers. Hadn’t really thought much of it for business networking unless someone I knew was asking.

Well, that was about to change!

Switched up my networking to mainly conferences. It’s great for leads & exposure but don’t expect them right away.

As a volunteer you get to meet everybody, overhear conversations, know who does what & get “seen”. For a quieter person, great way to build communication skills.

Last fall, was olunteering at a conference. One person I knew passed by where I was & said everytime I see you it’s as volunteer.

I smiled & said It’s how I pick up leads!

Later, wife of a business group organizer passed by & said Hi, mentioning not having seen me in a while.
Told her networking is mostly conferences nowadays. Just then, her husband walked by. I say Hello & what I’d just told his wife.

His reply was best way to get leads!

Always nicer when experts in their field have the same advice!

Business Volunteering gains leads, references & increases your visibility.