About Janice Byer

Janice Byer is the owner of Docu-Type Administrative & Web Design Services (but you knew that already when you read the first paragraph :-). She invites you to visit her website at http://www.docutype.net and sign her guestbook (another opportunity to get your business name out there).
Is This Business Viable?

Starting any small business is, for lack of a better term, a challenge. You can’t just jump into it without plenty of thought and research. Running your business is a never-ending roller coaster of good days and bad; ups and downs; rewards and failures; all from which we learn.

How To Start a Home-Based Word Processing Business
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So, you want to start your own home-based word processing business? Where do you begin? What do you need to do to get a word processing business started? Well, I could go on and on! There are so many things that need to be covered to assist you in getting started. So, let’s get to it!

Image is Everything!

Marketing is an integral part to any business, especially for a Virtual Assistance who has to rely on a professional and creative image. How you get the word out about your VA service can have a tremendous impact on the success of your business. Just throwing together a business card or brochure to hand out, or a quick website is not enough. You need to create a marketing strategy, one that will portray you as capable of creating an image for your clients.

Take A Break!

Calgon Take me away!

Okay, sorry about that.. a bit of an inside joke. Or, was it? How many times a day do you find yourself muttering those words to yourself.

Virtual Assistance = Higher Productivity

Running any office can be challenging, even in the best of circumstances. Whether the company is a small business or a large corporation, as it grows so does the amount administrative tasks that need to be carried out on a daily basis.

Lend A Hand

Small business owners are inundated with things to do. From making sure their clients are happy to ensuring there is enough capital to sustain the business, there is always something on the go. Some projects that need to be done, whether it’s a project for your client or a revenue generating task for your business, can be very satisfying, while others just seem to take up too much of your valuable time. All in all, there just never seems to be enough time left to do anything else in our lives.

Becoming Certified As A Virtual Assistant

Receiving a certification from a respected organization is always a high point in any professional’s career. Some industries require a certification in order to legally practice in the profession. While other industries offer certification programs as a means of enhancing the credentials of an individual in the industry as well as help maintain excellence in the industry as a whole.

VAs versus Temps

Owning and operating a Virtual Assistance business has many challenges that need to be addressed. Some may be small and some big, but all help us to learn and grow our businesses.

Keeping Clients Happy Keeps them Coming Back

Whether you are a seasoned Virtual Assistant (VA), or you have just opened your doors to new clients, your marketing strategy should not only involve bringing in new business, it should also include keeping your current clients, your most important asset, happy and coming back for more or referring your services.

Choosing the Right Website Designer

You’ve made up your mind. You want to have a website to represent your business. The next decision to be made . . . who should you hire to develop your site?

I Don’t Need a Website… Do I?

Once upon a time, in a small home office, a busy entrepreneur wondered why he wasn’t quite as busy as he would like to be. “I market my business as much as possible”, said the entrepreneur, who has implemented many marketing procedures while running his business.

Do You Really Need a Website?

Having a website is the one form of marketing for your business that just keeps on giving! But how do you know if you need a website?

The Power of Word of Mouth

Most of us remember the commercial that said, “I told two friends, and they told two friends, and so on, and so on, and”, well you get the picture. This commercial, which represented Breck Hair Shampoo, ran so many times that even I remember who the commercial represented.

Common Question: Is this business viable?

Starting any small business is, for lack of a better term, a challenge. You can’t just jump into it without plenty of thought and research. Running your business is a never-ending roller coaster of good days and bad; ups and downs; rewards and failures; all from which we learn.

Simple, Cheap and Effective Marketing Strategies

Every start-up business goes through phases of needing to try something different to increase their exposure and bring in new clients. Even established businesses need to revisit their marketing strategies every once in a while to help bring in new and repeat business.

Strength In Numbers

Doing administrative tasks from a home office has been around for many years but the term VA seems to be becoming more prominent and recognized by those who would need our services the most.

The PROs and CONs of Kids Being Home For the Summer

Summerwe all look forward to it. Warm sunshine, spending time in the garden, lazing by the pool, and having the kids home.everyday!

What is Success?

“To be a happy, successful person whom others can admire and want to learn from”.

Working at Home & Keeping the Children Occupied….How?

WAHM is the abbreviation for Work At Home Mom, but they are more than just 4 little letters. They represent a new career title, and for those of us who are work at home moms or dads (WAHD), we love the fact that we are recognized for being both entrepreneurs and parents.

Tips for a Successful Trade Show

Well, autumn is almost upon us and with the onset of this season comes cleaner air and colourful outdoor scenery and, it is also prime season for trade shows. Sure, trade shows happen all throughout the year but, with many areas recognizing small business month/week, there is a greater opportunity for entrepreneurs to showcase their products or services to their target markets.

Dealing With Stress in Our Overworked Lives

As small business owners, we often take on more than we can handle. Wearing all the hats running our businesses, as well as the other commitments we have (i.e. volunteer work, family, etc.), can sometimes leave us feeling overworked, frustrated, and stressed out.

A Newsletter Is Worth A Thousand Words

There are many, many ways of marketing your business that don’t have to cost an arm and a leg. They are all great ways of ensuring that your contacts are aware of what you do and whom you can help.

Joining Industry Specific Organizations Has Many Benefits

Recently, while providing an up-and-coming Virtual Assistant (VA) with some startup information, she asked me a very interesting question, “Why do you and other VA’s join organizations?”

Show Your Assistant You Care

Whether you are a corporate executive with a full administrative staff; the boss at a mid-size company with your own in-house executive assistant; or the owner of your own small business and utilize the services of a virtual assistant, you know how valuable your assistant is.