Dictating on the Go

Dictating on the Go

One of the tasks that it easiest for a lawyer to outsource to a virtual legal assistant or virtual paralegal is plain old typing. I’ve talked about the value of dictation for lawyers before, as they can dictate various types of instructions, as well as “traditional” dictation where you simply just speak whatever you want typed (of course!) Recently I had a client ask me if I knew of any iPhone dictation apps so that he could...

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Quick Virtual Assistant Tips

Quick Virtual Assistant Tips

There are so many things to learn when you are starting a new business, and there are some things I really wish I had known when I started my virtual legal assistant business! Whether you aspire to be a virtual assistant or you or thinking about working with a virtual assistant, I thought I’d share some quick tips I’ve learned and would have benefited from implementing sooner: Be clear from the beginning on your preferred method and...

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Value of Legal Dictation

Value of Legal Dictation

I have had plenty of experience with transcribing documents, especially prior to starting my virtual legal assistant business, when I worked in a number of law offices. Dictation was standard for the majority of lawyers I worked with, as it was accepted that it was a more valuable use of time for the lawyer to quickly speak their instructions than to type their own materials up. In my very last law office, I noticed a trend toward lawyers who...

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Time Tracking Tool

Time Tracking Tool

I was recently given the opportunity to review Chrometa, and the review is now up over at Alyssa Gregory’s Small Business Idea Generator blog. You may note that it is a “sponsored” review, simply because Chrometa gave Alyssa (who then gave me) one full license for Chrometa in exchange for the press. The review is 100% my honest opinion though – so please take a look at it! I am pointing the review out on my blog, though I...

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Time Blocking Tip

Time Blocking Tip

I love summer, but I have to tell you how glad I am that the school vacation part of it is almost over! Besides, fall colors are so pretty, it’s a great season to look forward to. This summer, my multi-tasking abilities were definitely put to the test and my biggest tip for getting everything done: time blocking. photo credit: wwarby That’s because while I say I “multi-task”, there are times when too many things going...

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Gmail plus Calendar and Docs

I’m a little late in learning this but I thought I’d share anyway – I doubt I’m the only one who doesn’t catch things instantly! So, I use Gmail for my catchall email account.  The email for my virtual assistant business is through my host (laurie AT halosecretarialservices DOT com) but is all forwarded to my Gmail account.  I simply find Gmail to be easy to access and easy to work with. It also then gives me the...

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