Last Thanksgiving was a time of mixed blessings. We lost Bear, our Alpha cat. Shadow and I were devastated, and stayed pretty close for a couple of weeks. But then I realized that our lives needed more dimension. Had I but known (I still would have done it!)! Here are a few pictures of how Bear 2.0 (L'il Bear) started out, and how he and Shadow interacted. These days, they spend a lot of time hiding from each other, jumping out, and then chasing each other around the house until they are ready for a cat nap.
Jackie McCutcheon just transferred my blog from an outdated format into WordPress. I've known her for years and she is an amazing person: great technical knowledge, technical skill, work ethic, and personality. If you need any forms, she's the person to contact. Using WillMaster's MasterForm, she designed my Easy Ezine Template, and has designed countless other cgi and php forms. And she just loves WordPress. Helps people start up their blogs all the time, because she also has graphic design skills. Oh, and did I mention that she responds almost with the speed of light? That may be exaggerating a bit, but my, how I love working with Jackie when the chips are down and I have an emergency. I also like working with her when there's no emergency!
I am a member of Remote Professionals, a dynamic group that helps others learn how to be the best they can be in the field of online support. The RemoteProfessionals.com Mini-Conference for outsourcing professionals and virtual assistants is now open for registration and the public is invited to attend. The Mini-Conference is a two-track, three class per track, virtual seminar. The first track will be tailored for those new to the industry or those who wish to brush up on (or change their approach to) basic skills. The second track will be for those who have been in the business for several years who wish to expand their reach or deepen their niche. Do consider attending this excellent event. It will be hosted through Yugma - http://www.yugma.com. It allows presenters to use the phone line, desktop sharing and/or the chat feature at their discretion.
Have you ever considered becoming a Virtual Assistant? I did so in 1992, and have never looked back. That said, starting and maintaining a healthy small business is convoluted, to say the least. But it is more than possible, especially with today's technology and the promise of better to come. I belong to an organization called Remote Professionals, and want to encourage you to check out an article by Angela Parker on how to begin a VA business. She not only gives her own recommendations, but she interviewed those of us who are members. Katie Baird, when asked who should begin this type of business, says, "I guess the first thing I'd ask is: 'How comfortable would you be with completely remodeling and building a house on your own? If you are able to juggle all those details, you would probably be a good candidate for this career path.'" This isn't an article for the faint-hearted, but it is definitely for those willing to pay attention to some sound advice. It's a good mix of information. If you know anyone considering starting an online support services business. by all means send them to this URL.