The Challenges of a New Operating System

The Challenges of a New Operating System

In all my years working in law offices, as well as the past four years I’ve spent working as a virtual paralegal, I’ve always used Windows operating systems. This past week though that changed for me. I’m now a dual O/S VLA! My MacBook Pro, after some fun waiting on UPS, showed up at my door late last week. This week I even made it prettier (in my eyes) by pinking it up 🙂 I have to admit though that I’m struggling a...

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Halo Secretarial’s Home Office Update

Halo Secretarial’s Home Office Update

I ended 2011 by redesigning Halo Secretarial’s website. I think the new look is fresh and a little more visual. Hopefully you like it too! I wanted to continue the update trend for 2012, so my first project was my home office. While admittedly I work all over my house (yay for laptops!) I do have a basement home office that was in not so pretty of shape until recently. Here’s the before picture (note boring bare walls and lack of...

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Voicemail Vs Live Person

Voicemail Vs Live Person

Recently I’ve had some discussions with one client, who so appreciates my services he thinks I should start planning to “scale up”. It’s a move I’ve considered, but don’t think I’m ready for just yet. One concern I have, for example, is that this particularly client mentioned that he’d prefer someone was always available to answer the phone for my company, especially if he were to refer certain...

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Setting Up Systems

Setting Up Systems

When I started my virtual legal assistant business, one thing I realized quite early on was how important systems would be to managing my work and my busy personal life. I have tried and discarded more than one system, but currently have a set-up that works quite well for me. I do have a few things I need to add, or improve, as I’m sure we all do! First, I have a calendar system that helps me stay on track of both daily and long-term...

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New Hours for Halo Secretarial

I’ve talked before about how challenging it can be to run a business from home, especially when it comes to taking phone calls! Currently I have an intentionally vague listing on my website for my availability, but I encourage clients and potential clients alike to contact me by phone. A year in business has taught me a lot though, and I think it’s time to put a small clarification in place. I am still going to be easily available by...

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Home Office Inspiration

Home Office Inspiration

It’s been a hectic week here at Halo Secretarial and I know when things get hectic here a little inspiration is in order to help me take some deep breaths and remember why I started my virtual legal assistant business! So here’s my inspiration tip for today: find a quotation (or two!) and post them somewhere around your desk and read them in moments when you are feeling stressed or unhappy or you are simply lacking motivation. You...

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