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Additional Income for Virtual Assistants

If you’re a Virtual Assistant or you run a Digital Agency, there’s now a brand new opportunity to generate a steady stream of additional income every month by selling property listing videos to realtors.

And don’t worry if you’ve never made a video before because Noble Samurai has put together a short training video to show you just how easy it is to do.


Here’s why Realtors are an excellent target market for this type of service:

  • Realtors regularly pay upwards of $200 for a single listing video, and they need ongoing videos as they list new properties each week…
  • Every property up for sale has a marketing budget associated with it, so there’s already money set aside for videos…
  • 74% of all internet traffic is video, but only 4% of Realtors use any form of video to help them sell properties – so this is a massive opportunity…
  • Realtors are often focused on building relationships with their clients, so typically they aren’t tech savvy and prefer to have someone create videos for them

So check out this free training video now, and be one of the first people to get in on the ground floor of this new opportunity to generate a new stream of online income.



Happy Client, Happy Me!! Solving WordPress Premium Theme Issues

I love the challenges of working with WordPress websites.

The sense of fulfillment I feel after seeing the output of my work and having   happy clients that express their gratitude.

Below is a screenshot of my conversation with a client who had posting issue with her WordPress website:



Having issues with your WordPress websites? I might be able to help. 😉

Virtual Services: Its Origin and Evolution

By: Anna Garcia


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With the advent of computers and the world wide web, it’s not so difficult to imagine that people now have access to a world of infinite possibilities — especially when it comes to information technology. The benefits brought on by these innovations, however, are not limited to the efficient processing and storing of data. They have also made possible a new era of professionals — the virtual assistants.

But when did this type of profession actually emerge? What inspired its inception? Who were the forerunners of this digital age concept? Who came up with the apt term? Well, if you want to know the answers, don’t stop reading.

The Beginning

Many believe that the precursors of what the world now know as virtual services was what people used to call “secretarial services”. And if you really think about it, it makes sense. After all, secretaries were the all-around assistants of managers, supervisors and executives. Decades ago, before computers and typewriters, the main tasks of secretaries were to take down notes for their bosses or superiors within the confines of a private office or a meeting room — regardless if they’re for important reports, contracts, business correspondence, or mere reminders.

For Males Only

But did you know that when the secretarial profession was born, only men were allowed to do it? As a matter of fact, the first secretarial school that was founded by Sir Isaac Pitman, the inventor of the shorthand method, only accepted male students. Back then, women were relegated to the role of mere housewives. When the typewriter got invented during the 1860s, however, women started to find a place in the secretarial arena and slowly began to dominate the field.

The Birth of the Virtual Industry

To further enhance the skills of professionals in the US secretarial industry, the National Secretaries Association was founded in 1942. Not 10 years after that, people who wanted to be professional secretaries, had to take and pass the Certified Professional Secretaries Examination. Since then, over 60,000 people have qualified for the said certification.

Decades after women dominated the industry and years after the internet has gone mainstream, a woman from Connecticut named Christine Durst had a vision of utilising the internet to pave the way for doing business globally. This was one of the reasons that in 1995, Durst founded both Staffcentrix and the International Virtual Assistants Association along with Michael Haaren. Thus, virtual services was born.

Who coined the term?

According to Durst, the one who came up with the famous term was her co-founder Michael Haaren. She said that it was Haaren’s vision to help people with disabilities as well as military spouses utilise these digital age technologies to develop portable career solutions for themselves.

However, another version of the story is that years before, a home-based entrepreneur named Stacy Brice has been providing travel planning and personal assistance to international clients from her home since 1992 — about 3 years before Durst and Haaren founded IVAA. According to Brice, years after she had been working from home, a client by the name of Thomas Leonard, the founder of Coach U that later on became Coachville, contacted Durst to take over his administrative duties while he goes on a sabbatical. He called the position “virtual assistant”.

Whichever version you might give credit for the term, the fact is that the profession started out as an alternative source of administrative services for entrepreneurs who wanted to concentrate on their business’ core tasks. Clearly, it was an answer to a demand for cost-effective and efficient administrative work.

What exactly do Virtual Assistants actually do now?

Virtual services today don’t just entail secretarial tasks, but more of vital administrative duties. In fact, many of them are now more aptly called Virtual Specialists since they offer a wide array of support services for any type of business and in almost any industry. Some virtual workers offer special skills such as in marketing, creative and technical services, web design, web development and maintenance. Others also offer specialised administrative assistance for particular industries such as in medical, legal, and real estate — to name a few.

The road so far…

The virtual industry has certainly come a long way from its earlier roots. When virtual assistance was in its infancy, professionals utilised telephones as well as the internet to perform their tasks. Now, they mostly rely on the power of the internet to efficiently deliver excellent results. Of course, the internet has greatly evolved since the 1990s and will probably continue to evolve in the years to come. And with the help of technological advances and continued training, virtual assistants will continue to become more skilled and efficient in their field.


Author Bio: Anna Garcia writes for Regus, an international provider of digital solutions to small and medium-sized businesses as well as large corporations. Among the products and services they offer are workplace recovery solutions, business lounges, meeting facilities and virtual services.

How to Create QR Codes using Kaywa

The Evolving Virtual Assistant

Are you familiar with the image? Have you seen one of these in magazines? This is what you call a Quick Response (QR)  Code which is similar to barcode used by retailers to keep track of inventory. It originally came from Japan for their automotive industry. Presently, it has become more popular because of its fast readability and more storage capacity than the UPC barcodes.

In mobile marketing, it can be used for many purposes such as contact information and directions to your business, promotions, coupons and special offers, survey and feedback forms,  and provide details of products and services.

The image above is my very first QR Code for this blog site. I was so amazed of what I have done and made a tutorial on this. Check it below and start creating your own QR Codes.


Reposting here a post I posted at my awesome group, the Jomar Hilario Mastery Group. This was with regards to my subscription with the Virtual Assistant League of Experts (VLE), the newest mentoring program of Sir Jomar Hilario.

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Sayang di ko ma-avail ang EDSA discount ng Marvellous Deal this month dahil after 24 hours (bukas) pa ma-activate eon card ko. 😦 Last August pa ako nag-transact nito online pero dahil nag-aadjust pa ako kay baby na bago lang nakalabas sa NICU nun, di ko na-asikaso. Another lesson learned. Dapat kumuha na kaagad bago ka pa mag-VA para ready all the time to invest in yourself.

Di ako magastos na tao especially sa financial status namin after sa hospitalization namin ni baby last year, I only spend sa needs ng mga anak ko, sacrificing my own. Pero dahil naniniwala ako sa program ni Sir Jomar Hilario at alam ko ang kakayanan ko, nung magkapera konti yung hubby ko, pinagbigyan ko sarili ko, I downloaded the VA Seminar late last year, then the FBME, tapos ngayon itong bagong Marvellous Deal. Naka-dalawang gig na ako as a VA but I really love learning new things and skills that will benefit me, my family and other people. Para di ako mag-regret sa huli. 🙂

Thank You, Jasmine!

Thank You, Jasmine!

This poster was personally made for me by one of Sir Jomar Hilario’s Virtual Assistant, Jasmine Roces. We, members of JH Mastery Group are just blessed to have these people supporting us all throughout our VA journey. They’re already like online family to me although we don’t know each other personally.

My Interest with Pinterest


I first learned about Pinterest through my mentor, Sir Jomar Hilario and got hooked with it. Pinterest is your virtual pinboard where you can organize anything you find in the web that is of your interest like inspirational quotes that makes your day, food recipes that you are planning to prepare for your family, how to make different kinds of crafts to keep your sanity of taking care of your kids , home decor ideas for your dream home, your favorite books and even different kinds of information on how to work from home as a Virtual Assistant.

For me, Pinterest have great advantages to entrepreneurs  especially those in the small and medium enterprises and online sellers. These are the following:

1) It’s a great venue for them to showcase their beautiful products and services.

2) Creates links to people who have great interest with their products and services which can be their potential clients.

3) Get to know more their market for effective strategies and promotions.

Now my personal interest with Pinterest is this. Since most entrepreneurs are so busy planning and finding means to grow their businesses, they have no time to focus on tasks such as marketing and promotions. I have learned from different sources on the topic of Entrepreneurship that at present, one effective way of businesses to reach  their market is through their online presence. Meaning, they have to have their own websites and sign up with the different social media available. This is where the help of a Virtual Assistant (VA) comes in. They can hire VAs to take care of those tasks such as creating websites, signing up for the different social media, marketing and promoting. This is where I can be of service to entrepreneurs and business minded people.

With the Philippines experiencing growth in economy and the stock market, I am hopeful that Virtual Assistants will not only be in demand to foreign clients but to Fil;ipino entrepreneurs and businessmen as well.

Interested with Pinterest? Sign-up now! Here’s my step by step tutorial on How to sign up with Pinterest using Facebook Account.