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Be A BrickBreaker

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Remember this game? Most people will know it as the only game that came with their Blackberry way back when. If you don’t know it, this is the idea, bounce the ball at the bricks and destroy them, one by one, until all of the bricks are gone. All you could do was move your little brick bouncing boat from right to left. Depending on the angle and the speed at which you hit the ball, it would fly off in different directions, hitting one or more bricks, and if you were really lucky, you could aim it in such…

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Automate Your Virtual Assistant and Outsource Your Outsourcing

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IFTTT has done it again. It started with a simple question to my FancyHands virtual assistant last week… “Find out how to automatically submit new blog posts to StumbleUpon” It’s pretty atypical to stump a FancyHands assistant but the response I got back was, “There is no current method for automatically submitting blog posts to StumbleUpon.” I held my breathe for the briefest of moments and then my mouth pulled into a smile. I like challenges like this. I didn’t realize this would open a completely new realm of outsourcing for me. I’ve written before about using a non dedicated…

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If This Then Than That

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I love If This Than That because it goes along with my favorite concept of “Set It and Forget It.” The idea of automating things once and then never have to think about them again is obviously very appealing. You can do basic things like automatically sending a tweet at a certain time every day to market a product, or adding every Foursquare checkin to your Google Calendar for a contextual record of where you’ve been. You can also get more complicated like getting a text message alert anytime you get an email from an important person (great for when…

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Podcast #9 with Maren Kate of Zirtual and Virtual Assistant Testing

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I have spent, years, literally, testing different virtual employee services. This is the result of my search. For dedicated assistant service, Zirtual offers unparalleled service. I have helped them create a better presence and consult with them to continually improve their already impressive offerings. So to reiterate, I found the best provider and then partnered with them, not the other way around. I have worked with over a dozen providers, everything from the big names you get at the top of your Google searches to individuals found on Elance. Sometimes I would sign up for the service, and sometimes I would use a…

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The Evolution of the Virtual Assistant: How To Get Dedicated Support for $25 Per Month

The Evolution of the Virtual Assistant: How To Get Dedicated Support for $25 Per Month

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LONG POST ALERT – This is a comprehensive post that will save you time and money and make your life easier, I promise you it’s worth taking the time to read. On Demand vs. Dedicated I’ve written numerous times about the wonders of virtual assistants. There is no question that they make your life easier and enable you to be more effective. By offloading all sorts of tasks that take too much time, disrupt your workflow, and generally mess up your mojo, you can focus on what’s important. There are two basic kinds of virtual assistants, on demand and dedicated….

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Quick Review: AskMeEvery

Quick Review: AskMeEvery

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​Most people would agree that they would be more successful and happier if they were able to optimize their productivity every day. The problem is, we all get distracted and fall behind on important tasks and then forget about them, or worse, get discouraged and give up. That’s where the “Ask Me Every” service can help. The easy to use service will text you a question of your choosing at a specific time each day and you simply reply with the answer. You can then log into their site and view your custom graph to see how your doing with…

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No You Can't Just Do It Yourself

No You Can’t Just Do It Yourself

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I was speaking with a friend the other day about using a virtual assistant and he asked “What kinds of things do you have them do?” I started telling him about some specific-to-me tasks that I like to outsource but than mentioned that I also have them do some very basic quick tasks like google searches and phone calls. He looked at me and said, “Why don’t you just do that yourself, wouldn’t it be quicker and easier than typing up an email?”   The short answer is “HEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEELLLLLLLLLLLLLL NO!!!!”   Could I call up a local store and see…

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Podcast #1 Less Doing, More Living

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I want everything to be as easy and efficient as possible for you. Now you can get great tips for optimizing, automating, and outsourcing your life through podcasts. I hope you enjoy, and keep watching this space for more. My favorite app for streaming podcasts to the iPhone is Downcast. Make sure to check out FollowUp.cc and thanks to Claire Bird for making my awesome intro music.

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