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Rediscover Your Productivity While Working from Home!

by Colleen ElizabethTags: , , , , , , , , , , , , Categories: Work-at-home Tips,Working from Home

From time to time, I find myself feeling a little frustrated when I don’t quite “have it all together.”  Case in point, I’m currently sitting in my home office which very visibly has not been vacuumed since my return from vacation nearly a week ago; the mail basket sitting on my desk is overflowing with envelopes I’ve yet to open; my voice mail box is so full it can’t take any new messages; and I’m sipping coffee from one of 3 drinking vessels left on my work station during the course of the week.  (About 10 minutes ago, I picked up the wrong mug.  Ugh!)
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How to Determine what to Charge for your VA (Or Any Other) Services

by Colleen ElizabethTags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , Categories: Tips on Working from Home,Virtual Assistant,Working from Home

For a few years, a sizable portion of my income while working from home was made as a VA (virtual assistant).  While I did well and worked with some wonderful individuals (partners as well as clients), I soon became dispassionate about my work.  I was stubborn and slow to accept and learn about blogging as an important facet of running a successful business and I was overwhelmed by social media in general.  I’m not as stubborn as I formerly was regarding these common business tools, and while I still have so much learn about them, I am genuinely making the effort.
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Virtual Assistance – Setting the Industry Standard?

by Colleen ElizabethTags: , , , , , , , , , Categories: Virtual Assistant,Working from Home

Before I started my own virtual support business, I read every available Internet magazine article; skimmed every blog; lurked in every VA forum; examined and quietly critiqued every known VA web site; and asked thousands of questions. After paying my due diligence, I felt I was ready to get down to business – well, almost.
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Make Money Working from Home as a Voice Actor

by Colleen ElizabethTags: , , , , , , , , , , Categories: Voice Acting,Working from Home

I haven’t forgotten about my series on legitimate work-at-home jobs; I’ve just been really, really overwhelmed as I’ve had a lot going on, including my water fast.  But I’m feeling pretty good and so today I’m going to briefly discuss another option for anyone who wants to work from home and add a really interesting job to their resume – Voiceover work!

I fell into it quite by accident five years ago and honestly, I was very reluctant to do it at first.
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Looking for a Job Typing from Home?

by Colleen ElizabethTags: , , , , , , , , , , , Categories: Transcription,Working from Home

In my quest to find a lucrative work-at-home job, I pored over many online ads and sifted vigorously, trying to separate the scams from the legit.  My prior extensive administrative experience lent eligibility to much of the typing work available, including transcription, and as I was tiring of the remote telephone customer service work, I thought I’d give it a go.
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How to Work from Home as a Telephone Customer Service Rep

by Colleen ElizabethTags: , , , , , , , , , , , , Categories: Customer Service,Working from Home

My first experience working from home was that of a home-based telephone customer service representative.  I had done some CSR work for a brief stint in my late teens and while at that time I couldn’t get away from it fast enough; let me tell you, desperation over much-needed income with which to support my small family, coupled with the prospect of not having to give a damn about my dress and grooming (it’s a slippery slope) was all the motivation needed to change my perception of the work; and when after two telephone interviews with a reputable communications company I was hired as a home-based independent contractor, I was overjoyed!
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Dressing The Part

by Colleen ElizabethTags: , , , , , , , , Categories: Work-at-home Tips,Working from Home

The rich warm aroma of brewing coffee; the clicking of fingers on keyboards; the clacking of high heels on hard floors; the background hum of paper-shuffling, printers and voices – these are just a few of the ambient smells, sounds and sights of the typical office that I have come to miss while working from home, a sentiment I’ve discovered to be beyond the grasp of many I know still subject to the conventional grind of their occupations and even at times a surprise to myself.
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So You Want To Work From Home…

by Colleen ElizabethTags: , , , , , , Categories: Working from Home

Almost nothing I say interests people more than when I tell them I work from home. This revelation never fails to bring out exuberant responses from others ranging from curiosity to assumptions; and as anyone who works from home can tell you, the latter can have you pulling your hair out!
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