August 2011 – 10th Edition

In this issue…


Upcomming Events

Get 1st Chapter of Alyssa Avant’s new book

Faith Leaps: The Christian Mom’s Guide to Passion, Purpose & Profits FREE!



A Word from Rhonda

Even though this is only the 10th Edition of The VA Source, it was August of 2010 when I started it. We are celebrating one year of this newsletter, and I am so excited about this. In celebration of our one-year newsletter anniversary I would like to offer to all my subscribers and anyone who reads this edition from now till September 1, 2011 a 25% discount off your next service (good for one service only), just reference coupon code 1YRVASOURCE to receive your discount. 

For this month I am testing out a new look/template. I have also included the attached version of the old look just in case you are not able to view this. I would greatly appreciate any feedback on this emailed newsletter and the attachment of this new look. If you have any trouble viewing it please let me know. If it does not work out we will go back to the old look.


Alyssa Avant, Owner ~ Alyssa Avant Companies LLC ~

Robert Caruso ~ Bundle Post ~

Rhonda Holscher, Owner ~ Rhonda’s Virtual Office ~

Social Media is Key for the Work at Home Entrepreneur

When I first came online to “do” business, social media was small and quiet.  Not nearly the robust powerhouse that we know now as the Web 2.0, but one thing I learned quickly about social media as it grew was that it was a must for a work at home entrepreneur like myself to be involved with and there are many reasons why you should as well. For many work at homers it has been dubbed as the Internet’s water cooler, it is surely a way in which we can connect and where relationships can form.

For me social media is key to several important aspects of the work at home business including:  Read more…

By Alyssa Avant Alyssa AvantCompanies LLC 

Alyssa Avant is a published author, professional speaker, trainer and workshop facilitator, and she has been working virtually since 2007. Alyssa has years of experience working with online professionals and business owners.

Morning Motivation

When I woke up this morning lying in bed, I was asking myself. What are some of the secrets of success in life? I found the answer right there, in my very room.

      The Fan said… Be cool
      The Roof said… Aim high
      The Window said… See the world
      The Clock said… Every minute is precious
      The Mirror said… Reflect before you act
      The Calendar said… Be up-to-date
      The Door said… Push hard for your goals
      And not to forget,
      The Carpet said… Kneel down and pray

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Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.” KJV

Just for Fun

Social Media

How many words can you find in Social Media?

  • Rules:
  • 4 letters or more
  • No proper nouns
  • No plural’s
  • No repeats

See answer’s in next month’s issue I came up with 29 words. Can you top me? Submit your answers and the person with the most answers will get their Name, business name, and website/blog mentioned along with the answers in next month’s issue. So be sure to include that information along with your answer’s and if you get the most we will post it here. Good luck!

Ways to Improve Your Communication Skills

Increase your knowledge

Have you ever been in a crowd of strangers that appear to be more knowledgeable than you? I have. I think we have all been in this or a similar situation at least once in our life. How can we allow ourselves to become more diverse and expand our communication skills? By increasing your knowledge, you are allowing yourself more freedom and a better ability to communicate with others. Read more…

VA Monthly Tips

Q: I just stumbled upon a website. Apparently, people go on there and advertise that they are looking for virtual assistants (and other types of assistance) and service providers “bid” on the projects. I was flabbergasted to find that these “service providers” are bidding like a dollar or less PER HOUR. How do you compete with that?

Question by: Lisa Price

A: You don’t compete on price, it’s as simple as that.

You sell great service and the clients will come.

Put those sorts of bidding sites to the back of your mind – there are plenty of people out there prepared to pay a fair price.

Answer by: Bridie J.

To see your question answered here please submit your question to Rhonda.

Current Industry Trends: Branch Out 

Facebook’s Branch Out is looking to be a promising networking avenue. Branch Out appears to be designed to assist businesses to connect with each other. Branch Out allows you to place jobs/projects on it, and it is free for you to place the job/project posting and free for others to contact you regarding the posting. Right now, it looks promising and only time will tell where it will go, but it is not an avenue I would ignore.

Software Pick: Bundle Post 

Bundle Post is a Social Content Management System that automates 80% of your back-office Social Media functions, resulting in improved engagement, content, post consistency and relationships. The system automatically collects and databases relevant, valuable content for your audience, then schedules, hashtags the posts for you to any social platform through HootSuite. It incorporates content about your band into your social media streams, as well, so you can focus on engaging and driving ROI!

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