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WAHMs What Are Your Kids Doing This Summer?

Posted by Erin on July 13, 2009

erin stinsonLast week at the’s event VAvirtuosos I meet several VA moms that where interested in tips for working while the kids are home or with their babies. Well as a single WAHM I have pulled out many “tricks” and want to share my ideas with you. Hope you can feel some relieve soon!

Its summer time and the kids are freed of their school schedules. Now what is Mom going to do?

You have a huge project that is due tomorrow, but what can you do for your baby while you work?

Ladies I have some activities for you and your kiddos.


Swing. Bring in the baby swing and set it to the lowest volume. They love to swing, they are having fun while you work.

Pack’n Play. Bring this into the office so they don’t get into wires or papers. You can place a toy or set of toys in with them. Be sure they are close to you so you can closely monitor them and that the toys are not harming the baby. If they get sick of the toys try a new toy. Then take a break and have some baby-mommy time.


Coloring. This is what I do with my daughter when she wants to help Mommy work. I will bring her high chair in my office. Grab a few color books and them chose one, options are good for toddlers. Then give them a few colors, not too many. Be sure you watch them closely so they don’t eat the colors! I find she will color for awhile and I can get quite a bit done.

Hire a high school student. They are on summer break and would love to get out of the house and earn some money. Have them come over to the house for a few hours every day and you can get a lot done. Their rates will be significantly lower then a sitter.

Preschool. Maybe this is an option that would work for you. They will usually attend for a few hours while they play, sing and learn. This can be a good way to help their social skills and sharing! Head over to the cafe next door for a few hours of uninterrupted work.

Plastic Pool. Okay this is the best $10 investment I have made in a long time!! I can bring it in the house and fill it with balls for literally hours of play. Or take it out side and put some water in it for hours of play. I get to get out of the house for a little sunshine and work. But be sure you are watching them like a hawk…it only takes a second for something to happen.

Building Blocks. These are great for them to learn with and they will be entertained for quite some time.


Movie Theater Day. Turn your living room into the theater and your kitchen into the snack bar. I even love this one. Have some awesome snacks and great movies and maybe even invite one of their friends.

Sprinklers. Smear on the sunscreen then head outside. Don’t forget the laptop! They will stay out here all day if you let them. Maybe even take out the football or other think of other games they can play.

Legos, Barbies, Ponies and the like. You know what one your child likes. Get them out in the living room and they will be fixated for awhile.


School programs. This is a good way to keep up the education, let them have time with friends and get out of the house all rolled up together.

Camps. Find a summer program at the art center if they like art, maybe a horseback riding camp. Anything they like that your local community has resources for.

Summer Time Activities. Finding something they can do without supervision can be a scary thought sometimes, but it is possible. Planting a new garden in the backyard, making a dog house, reading a new book series (maybe a bonus system as an incentive to read more), art project. Even watching their younger siblings and playing games with them, this is a two for one deal!

Let them work for your business. This can be a great activity for you and them. Filing, organizing, data entry and other simple tasks. Depending on the child’s age and interest will help you decide what is a good task for them. You can even publish their picture on your website. They will love that!

Also one more thought for you to consider. Think of other moms that you can schedule play dates with. Try to work it around your projects and assignments so you get the most of these little breaks.

Boost your business now by getting on the inside!

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This Week at VAnetworking

Posted by Erin on July 6, 2009

This is an exciting week at! I have joined the Summer fun courses at that are scheduled to being Today. Tawnya, the founder of VAnetworking will be conducting the first class on becoming a VA. It appears there are a few seats left so hurry over to join me!

Here is the line up of classes this week:

July 6th – Monday – 6PM PST
Tawnya Sutherland – Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Becoming a VA But Were Afraid to Ask!

July 7th – Tuesday – 10AM PST
Karri Flatla – 3 Little Things (And One Big Thing) to Help VAs Create Winning Web Copy

July 9th – Thursday – 2PM PST
Anna Baron – What Every VA Should Know About SEO

I hope to see some of you there!

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Virtual Assistant Summer Fun

Posted by Erin on June 22, 2009

Are you a Virtual Assistant who is ready to stop stressing about the economy, have some fun while getting smarter and getting ahead?

What about a series of informative and engaging webinars given by the best and the brightest in virtual assistance? All for one low price PLUS a truckload of free downloads and special offers?

Tawnya Suthernland has rounded up the brightest and the best of the VA industry. And they’ve committed to sharing real world tools and examples of how they themselves are maintaining-even growing-a successful VA practice. This is an exciting summer workshop series of 28 educational eSeminars to benefit virtual assistants worldwide.

These seminars will be presented, over the course of the summer, by fellow Virtual Assistants who have been there, done that, and want to share all that (and more) with you! You will gain access to cutting edge information about getting ahead in an increasingly competitive virtual business environment.

The cost? ONLY $27 to attend all 28 seminars!

Order now!

(NOTE: There are only 100 seats available and they will go quickly at this fantastic low price!)

Now, can you afford NOT to Pay 96 cents Per 1-hour seminar, each presented by some Of the most talented virtual pros in your industry?

You can’t beat this anywhere online. She has scheduled these eSeminars for a variety of times throughout the summer to hopefully catch each and everyone’s time schedule.

Plus each of our speakers will give you an added FREE resource to download after the seminar. There will be tip sheets, eBooks, audios, special reports and more.

So…pop over to view who’s walking down the red carpet to speak to you …

I hope to see you there. From one VA to another…ENJOY!

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The Benefits of the VAnetworking toolbar

Posted by Erin on June 4, 2009

I have been using this toolbar for a long time now and it is just great. I can’t even tell you how many times I use it in a day.
You can type in the Google search bar and ‘wala’ there you go, there’s your search. There are VA goodies and tools that you have one click access too. These are very helpful too. You also have gadgets that can come in handy from time to time. You can also add more easy items, such as POP3 email notifications, forum updates, VA global groups,  up-to-date weather and more.
If you would like more information or to download the VAnetworking toolbar visit their site here ( Enjoy your new toolbar.

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Why should you network with other virtual assistants?

Posted by Erin on April 29, 2009

Most virtual assistants start their own business with an extensive background in administrative or secretarial work. But not all of us have a networking or PR background. So this means you will have to take the step to learn this new area and develop your skills. A great place to start is with forums and groups that are specifically for VAs. Join and look around, read all the introduction announcements and rules so you know how to interact with the group appropriately. If you know any of the VAs in the group connect with them. Introduce yourself and your business. This is a great learning ground for how to network yourself.

Once you are comfortable and feel you are getting the hang of it you should branch out to social networking sites. These are great places to present your brand, and your unique business. Show your expertise! Take time on your profile, input all you can. This is the first thing people will see about your business. Link your site and your blog if you can. Add your articles where you can. Give advice if someone needs it. Join groups within these social networking sites. Keep your profiles up to date and fresh.

One of my favorite networking sites is This site has so much information. You can become a VAinsider and have access to new learning materials, examples and much more. I am a VAinsider and love it. I get to attend learning seminars, access discounts, learning archieves, templates, and the list goes on.

So go out and get started on your networking. You will learn more, get to know other virtual assistants, and potentially get more work. It is well worth your time. Once you start it will become a habit and will no longer be difficult for you. You may even enjoy it!

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VAcommentators at

Posted by Erin on April 23, 2009

I have been volunteering for for a few months now and I love it. This volunteer position is called VAcommentators. This is a great opportunity for both new and seasoned VAs. You are increasing’s exposure to virtual assistants and individuals that are looking for more information on VAs.

While doing this you are also earning exposure for your business!! How can does that work? When you are commenting on blogs, forums or networks you have the opportunity to share your knowledge and expertise. You can get a valuable backlink to your site on many occasions. The best part is you can earn advertisement on the site. This site gets thousands of visitors a month, imagine the exposure you could going to get from that alone. You will also learn while doing this volunteer position. You will get faster, learn the tricks and even receive some tips from the moderator. This is a win, win situation that can help your VA business.

I enjoy this opportunity to increase my business and meet great people while I do it.

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VAccolade Business Entrepreneur Award

Posted by Erin on April 15, 2009

vaccoladeI am very happy to share with everyone that I have just received this wonderful award. What is the VAccolade Business Entrepreneur Award? This is given by to show your professional commitment to excellence as a Virtual Assistant (VA) business entrepreneur. It not only recognizes participation at VAnetworking , but also recognizes the professionalism with which the Virtual Assistant, presents him/herself on the web thereby giving them more credibility amongst their competition online.

I am very happy and honored by this award. Here is the forum post on the forum. I am also featured on the blog here.

If you would like to nominate a virtual assistant you know please read all the instructions here:

VAccolade of Virtual Assistant Networking Association (VANA)

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Fun Virtual Egg Hunt going on until April 15th

Posted by Erin on April 6, 2009

There is an egg hunt going on with a great prize. How do you play? Go to and look for 10 eggs. Find the complete details here.

VAnetworking Egg Hunt

They’re having a spring egg hunt and your invited! Check out the prizes you will win!

I found my 10. Have you?

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