What a difference 1 player makes!

What a difference a game makes, what a difference 1 player makes to the team….Vancouver Hockey fans saw that last night with the return of Daniel Sedin to the line-up; the team went from a not-quite-gelling, not quite connecting, to bringing their best effort of the series, scoring 3 goals and even facing down a penalty shot! The end result was a 3-1 win for the Canucks!

As I’m not a Sports Reporter, why am I writing about hockey in my business blog? Well, it’s quite simple – last night’s game showed us just how how much a single person can influence the team and make great things happen! 1 person can inspire a group of individuals to identify the goal, work together as a team and turn that goal into reality. If you or your team could do with another player, contact me and let’s see how we can work together and turn your goal into a reality!


What is a VA (Virtual Assistant)?

I bumped into an old friend over the weekend and we spent an hour catching up. When the discussion turned to what I do, I told him that I’ve started my own business offering Virtual Office Assistance and Support Services. He wasn’t sure what that meant so I explained. His question got me thinking that if he didn’t know, then chances are that others don’t either. What does Wikipedia say about a Virtual Assistant?

A virtual assistant (typically abbreviated to VA, also called a virtual office assistant)[1] is generally self-employed and provides professional administrative, technical, or creative (social) assistance to clients from a home office.[2][3] Because virtual assistants are independent contractors rather than employees, clients are not responsible for any employee-related taxes, insurance or benefits (except in the context that those indirect expenses are included in the VAs fees). Clients also avoid the logistical problem of providing extra office space, equipment or supplies. Clients pay for 100% productive work, and can work with Virtual Assistants, individually, or in multi-VA firms to meet their exact needs. Virtual Assistants usually work for other small businesses.[4] It is estimated that there are as few as 5,000-8,000 or as many as 25,000 virtual assistants worldwide; the profession is growing in centralized economies with “fly-in, fly-out” staffing practices.[5][6]

The Pushing Paper team allows a business owner to hire for just one job such as creating a brochure for a set rate or to perhaps ‘man the phones’ while their own receptionist is sick or on vacation for example; the business owner pays only for the time or project completed, no additional payroll to worry about. Business owners can “Push the Paper” over to us, freeing up their valuable time and concentrate on growing their business!


Everything’s Blooming!

I started my day with a wonderful email from Elizabeth, Daughter For A Day for whom I had created a direct mail template – she had received over 20 email responses as of Monday! Now that’s news I like to hear!

I spent the next few hours contacting potential customers and working on my website. When I realized just how stiff and tired I was, I grabbed the dog and went for a walk. The trees are now in full bloom.

Have a great evening!

Getting Started – Get Cracking

When starting your own business, there are a gazillion things that you need to do….and once I’d made the decision to start my own business – I got cracking!

I decided on a business name, designed my logo and created my corporate identity; I placed an order for my business cards which I received a day later on Thursday and they look good! (Thank you Minuteman Press in Maple Ridge for the speedy service!).

Also on Thursday I finalized the constant contact email template for my very first client, sent my very first invoice and received immediate payment!!! Thank you Elizabeth, President of Daughter for a Day – Home Care and Support for Seniors. Elizabeth and her team offer a fantastic service – take a look www.daughterforaday.ca

After all the errands and excitement, I grabbed the dog and hit the dyke for a nice long relaxing walk. This is at the bottom of the lane off 132nd, leading up to the dyke in Maple Ridge.

I plan on featuring in my blog scenes captured of Maple Ridge and area, while out on my daily walks with Sally.

Today I published my website http://pushingpaper.net/ and although it’s still a work in progress and has a ways to go, it’s a start! I’m officially open for business and looking for clients!

The weather was gorgeous today and I grabbed my camera and Sally and hit the dyke this afternoon. Below are a couple of photos from along the Alouette River, looking at Golden Ears.

Sally enjoyed herself too!

Now it’s time to watch the Canucks last game of the season – Go Canucks Go!