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November 14, 1999

**Note: We had a computer crash this past month and we lost a portion of our information. Part of that was the requests (in the last 2 weeks) of those that wished to be removed from this Newsletter list. If you had requested to be removed, please send us another email so we can take your name off of the list. We apologize that you are getting this newsletter again and hope that you understand our dilemma.


You are receiving this newsletter as you have either won our award and agreed to receive this e-zine or you visited our site and signed up for it or you are friends of mine and I know you will appreciate it. If you are receiving this in error, the un-subscribe instructions are at the bottom and we apologize.

This months 'one-liners' are all extensions to the statement:

"You know you're getting old when......"

You finally find something you've been looking for, for ages;
but can't remember why you wanted it.


Table of Contents:

1. Editor's Note
2. New Things on our Site
3. Hot Links
4. Tips for our Readers
5. Award Picks of the Month
6. Guest Article
7. Rate our Newsletter
8. Great Things You've Have Said About Our Newsletter and Site
9. Joke of the Month
10. Sponsor Messages
11. Unsubscribe Information


1. Editor's Note:

Well, as you may have guessed it from the note above, we have had another problem with our computer system. It crashed....again! Argghhh! Yup, we went out and bought a new computer on the 24th of October and on the 8th of November it decided that it had enough. You would think that a brand new computer would be able to outlast the old one....NOT! We put no blame on anyone as that wouldn't get us very far. Besides, who do you blame....the maker of the hard drive that crashed, the company that put together the computer, the store that sold it to us, or whoever else was involved in the production and distribution of this computer. Blaming isn't going to make any difference. We do want to thank the employees and technicians at the Future Shop on Great Lakes Blvd. in Brampton, Ontario. They were very helpful and we had a new computer up and running in our office within 3 hours. You hear horror stories about people purchasing big ticket items from large stores but we had nothing but great service from this particular store. Thanks again to everyone there. As you may have also guessed from the note above, we neglected to do a backup of certain areas of our information in the two weeks that we had that computer. So, we lost a little bit of information. Not much, mind you, but enough to make us kick ourselves in the butt for putting off running our backups. Needless to say, we have backed up everything, to this point, and are going to be sure that a backup is run every day. Live and learn, I guess. Again, we are sorry to anyone who had requested that they be removed from this list.

Hope you enjoy this month's newsletter! Janice D. Byer
Docu-Type Administrative Services
http://www.docutype.net
jbyer@docutype.net

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You can't finish a conversation because you don't remember what you were talking about.

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2. New Things on our Site:

Thank goodness we remembered to save copies of our most recent changes to our website.....wouldn't want to have to do them over again.

Take a look at our site (http://www.docutype.net) to see the additions of more articles and press releases, a condensed listing of our clients, testimonials from our newsletter readers and our site visitors, and for more great links on our Links page.


Most of your sentences begin with, "When I was your age..."


3. Hot Links:

(See 'Tips for Our Readers' below for more links that will be helpful) We have some really great links this month so let's get right to it.

Baby Laughing - http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/Hills/9703/baby.html - This site really doesn't have any significance except that if you are having a bad day you should turn this on. I dare anyone to have this site up and running and not to break out into a smile.

Microsoft Anti-Virus Trial - http://www.microsoft.com/y2k/antivirus/AntiVirus.htm - This is a 90 day trial version Anti-Virus program that will help to stop any virus' that your computer may encounter at midnight on December 31, 1999. The DLL Archive - http://solo.abac.com/dllarchive/index.html - For anyone that has loaded a program and found it won't run because you are missing a .dll file...this is the place to find it. (Thanks to Kathy Ritchie @ http://www.thebestva.com for this great site) Autonet Canada - http://www.autonet.ca - This site provides all kinds of information for when you are considering getting a different car. From insurance info to the price of a new vehicle, this is the place to look. Small Business Enterprise Centre - http://www.brampton-business.com - This is a great site that helps small businesses in the Brampton, Ontario area.

Cool Javascripts - http://bruce-hamilton.com/javascr.html - Some great cut & paste JavaScript's.


A passing funeral procession pauses to see if you need a lift.


4. Tips for our Readers:

Well, by now you have heard about the latest virus that is striking unsuspecting Netters. To refresh, the virus is not all too malicious but it will send out it's contents to everyone on your email list, without you even knowing it. And, you don't have to open an attachment to have this virus activated. You simply have to open the email. It comes to you by email and has a subject line of "Bubbleboy is Back". It affects all those that run IE5 and/or Outlook and Outlook Express on Windows 95/98. And this time it isn't an attachment that can do the damage, it's the actual email. Apparently it will not have any affect on those that don't use Outlook as their main email server, but I wouldn't take the chance. I would be doing something to try and prevent this from happening. Of course you need to keep your anti-virus program up to date, this is a no-brainer. But, you can also take a couple of other steps to help out. First, you need to set your security on your browser to high. Then you can download a patch from Microsoft that will prevent this virus from striking.

Go to http://www.microsoft.com/security/bulletins/ms99-032.asp for more information.


People are constantly putting a mirror under your nose while
you're napping to see if you're breathing
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5. Guest Article - by Don Wetmore

FIVE WAYS TO NOT GET PROMOTED By: Dr. Donald E. Wetmore "Hi ho, hi ho, it's off to work I go;
From 7-3 it's misery;
Hi ho, hi ho."
Time Management has a lot more to do with "investing" our time wisely rather than just "spending it". A lot of people are not getting the returns from their time that they desire because they are not investing their time effectively, keeping them from getting promoted and advancing beyond where they are, more rapidly. They view their job as just that, a "job", where they exchange their time for money rather than viewing it as a "position", a platform and a springboard to even greater success. In my twenty years as a professional speaker, I have met many who lament that they are stuck where they are at and are not getting the advancement they desire thinking that external forces are keeping them from moving up the ladder. In some cases, this is true. In most cases, it is not. A lot of why we do not get what we want in life is because of what we are and are not doing. Time Management, you see, is not doing the "wrong" things quicker. That just gets us nowhere faster. Time Management is really about doing the "right" things. And so, here are the five surefire ways to "not" get promoted. 1. Don't plan your day. Go to work each day without a plan in mind. "People don't plan to fail but many fail to plan". Respond to whatever comes at you, the loudest voice demanding your attention. You will work "hard" but maybe not "smart". 2. Do the minimum. Many have the attitude "they don't pay me for that". They do what is required of them to cover themselves and fail to recognize that in order to qualify for a raise, we have do more now than what we are already being paid to do. Like a wood burning stove, many stand at the cold stove and demand its heat without recognizing that you have to put the wood in first, start the flame, and wait a while for heat to radiate. 3. Rely on your current base of knowledge. Half of what we know today, we did not know fifteen years ago. The amount of information has doubled in the last fifteen years and it is said to be doubling every eighteen months hereafter. The world, our companies, and our jobs are changing whether we are along for the ride or not. It has been reported that within five years, 60% of us will be doing jobs that are not even in existence today. Statistically, if we continue to do what we do, the same way, within five years, most of us will be obsolete, the world will pass us by. 4. Voice your complaints. Every job has something to complain about. The pay, the hours, the location, the facility, your boss, your co-workers, the customers, etc. Since we can never be sure whether those around us are aware of our particular discontent, be vocal about what you don't like. It will keep you and them from doing what really needs to be done and it will send out a message to the "powers that be" that maybe, just maybe, you won't be here in a few months, so why should they give you any more money or any more responsibility? And you may not mean anything by the complaining but it does have a tendency to send out a negative message about your commitment to the organization and call into question whether or not you will be here in a few months. 5. Don't share the credit. When something goes right, put your name on the top of the list of those who made it happen. Don't acknowledge others' contributions. If something doesn't work out well, point the finger to someone else. "Victory has a thousand fathers. Failure is an orphan"
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Dr. Donald E. Wetmore, a full-time Professional Speaker, is one of the foremost experts and speakers on Time Management and Personal Productivity and the author of "Beat the Clock". If you would like to receive a free copy of his companion article, "5 Practices to Get a Promotion", email your request for "practices" to: ctsem@msn.com. Would you like to receive free Timely Time Management Tips on a regular basis to increase your personal productivity and get more out of every day? Sign up now for our free "TIME MANAGEMENT DISCUSSION LIST". Just go to: http://www.topica.com/lists/timemanagement and select "subscribe" . We welcome you aboard!


Your top three favorite pastimes involve sleep.

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6. Award Picks of the Month:

As most of you are aware, we honour outstanding websites with our Superb Choice Award. The criteria for these sites is the usual...content, display, load time and much more. But the most important has to be that I don't mind if the site is up on my computer and my 4 yr. old daughter comes into my office and sees it. So, if you haven't already applied for our award, send us a note with you name, email address, site URL and title, where you found out about our award, your geographical location and we will be sure to check it out.

Docu-Type's Award Winner Pick of the Month.........

Ritchie Secretarial Services
http://www.thebestva.com

This site is constantly growing...and she's a pretty good virtual assistant :-)
Check out her services, send a card to a friend, sign up for her Newsletter and so much more!
Great site Kathy.....you go girl! & All Family Resources
http://www.familymanagement.com/index.html
Designed by Dr. Sheryl Morgan, this site has help on everything family oriented.

Bookmarked this site right away, Doc. Nice work!


The fire dept. is asked to come to your birthday party in case your candles get out of hand.


7. Rate our Newsletter:

You may not know it but TIDBITS is listed in a variety of Ezine directories.

One of the directories is InfoJump (http://www.infojump/?es)


Everyone is happy to give you a ride, because they don't want you behind the wheel.


8. Nice Things You've Said About our Newsletter and Site:

From: J.E. Donahue Sr.

URL: http://members.tripod.com/constabl13
Title: State Constables - Yesterday & Today

Thank you for your newsletter. A very nice job. Please keep me on your mailing list.


9. Joke of the Month:

A man returns from the doctor and tells his wife that the doctor has told him he only has 24 hours to live.

Given this prognosis, the man asks his wife for sex. Naturally she agrees and they make love.

About 6 hours later the husband goes to his wife and says, "Honey, you know I now have only 18 hours to live. Could we please do it one more time?" Of course the wife agrees & they do it again.

Later, as the man gets into bed, he looks at his watch and realizes that he now has only 8 hours left. He touches his wife's shoulder and asks, "Honey, please... just one more time before I die?" She says "Of course dear" and they make love for the third time.

After this session, the wife rolls over and falls asleep. The man, however, worried about his impending death, tosses & turns, until he's down to 4 more hours. He taps his wife, who rouses. "Honey, I have only 4 hours more. Do you think we could....?"

At this point the wife sits up and says, "Listen, I have to get up in the morning. You don't!"

**Thanks to Tom Sheldon of FootPrints Printing (http://www.starpages.com/footprints) for this one.**


Your spare tire is larger than you cars.

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Well, that about does it for this month. Thank you to all who read this newsletter and we hope you find it both enjoyable and informative. Pass it on....

Remember, we love to hear from you. So if you have any suggestions or comments, please send us an email.

Janice D. Byer
Docu-Type Administrative Services
http://www.docutype.net
jbyer@docutype.net

Why just keep up?....Let us help you get ahead!


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