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The Ultimate Tech System for VAs

The Ultimate Tech System for VAs

The Ultimate Tech System for VAs Congratulations! You have started out in business. You have decided what to call yourself and now your thoughts turn to how you are going to work and what you need to work with/on. I am often asked : What kind of computer should I get...

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3 Tips for Every Presentation You Create

3 Tips for Every Presentation You Create

Presentations are a way of life in business. And – despite what you may hear from some quarters – PowerPoint remains a popular tool for helping to deliver them. You may in your VA career come across grumbles from some clients or company employees. They might even use...

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How to Stay Ahead of the Infographics Curve

How to Stay Ahead of the Infographics Curve

Infographics Businesses are constantly looking at the best ways to get their message across to their audience. And sometimes the information they want to get across can be quite complex. That’s when they may turn to using an infographic to tell the story. You have...

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8 Excel Functions Every VA Needs to Know

8 Excel Functions Every VA Needs to Know

When you think of the changes in technology it's easy to be seduced by the latest shiny new thing. Yet when it comes to handling numbers and data the King and Queen of applications is still Excel. It's hard to believe the program is more than 30 years' old. The Mac...

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8 Excel Functions Every VA Needs to Know

Virtual Assistants – How to sort your data – FAST

You have a mega spreadsheet. Loads and loads of data. It has taken you ages to compile it for your client. As you finish, panic sets in. Adding the data was easy. What if the client asks you to provide it sorted in a particular way? What is the fastest way to sort...

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Help! Word ate my document? Did it Autosave?

Help! Word ate my document? Did it Autosave?

Recently I have been asked about getting back lost documents a few times. It is all to do with AutoSave, OneDrive and Office 365. Let me set the scene. You are working on a project and have a series of documents to create. You create the first one, save it and then go...

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Why I became a VA

Why I became a VA

Guest post Series Hi, I’m Jacqueline Leake and I am a VA based in Nuneaton, North Warwickshire.  Generally, most VA’s have chosen to be a freelancer to fit our lifestyles around the need to work. I am no different, I am a carer for my Mum who lives with me and...

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Virtual Assistants – Do you get asked to research things?

How to use Smart Lookup

Why use Smart Lookup? When you are working on a document and want to get a definition or some more information about something, use Smart Lookup to add that extra dimension. In Word you will find Smart Lookup on the References Ribbon in the Research group (I will talk...

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Virtual Assistants – Do you get asked to research things?

How to control spacing after paragraphs

Today's Tip– Space after Paragraphs Before I dig in, this tip is the same for both Windows and Mac versions of Word. Let me set the scene. You are doing some work in Word, and you need to have more line spaces between each paragraph. What we tend to do, is to press...

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Virtual Assistants – Do you get asked to research things?

How to Draw on your Word Document

How to draw on your Word document Today's tip is for those of you who use a touch screen device. That may be a touch screen laptop like a Microsoft Surface or Surface Pro, or an HP with a touch screen or a Lenovo – you get the idea. A laptop that can be used with a...

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How to use Find and Replace Formatting in Word

How to use Find and Replace Formatting in Word

How to Use Find and Replace in Word Now most people know that you can use Find and Replace in Word to find a word and replace it with something else. Particularly useful if you have misspelled a word throughout your document and need to correct it everywhere. Did you...

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How to use Find and Replace Formatting in Word

VAs – Create Word Templates to speed things up!

Templates Templates help speed up work. A template will hold formatting such as Styles and Margins plus any standard text that is needed. Templates can be created for many purposes, a standard letter, a letter of engagement, anything that will save you time if you...

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3 Tips for Every Presentation You Create

VAs – Start a presentation from a template

Templates In PowerPoint Now you may be thinking – I know you can start a presentation from a template, but did you know that Microsoft provides lots of ready made design templates both locally on your computer and online? No? Well let me show you. In PowerPoint click...

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8 Excel Functions Every VA Needs to Know

VAs – Conditional Formatting can show the way in Excel

You are a busy VA – that's a given! A client has asked you to show her what her data means. What is the top value in the list of sales? Can you see values that meet a condition? Conditional Formatting will show the way. What is Conditional Formatting? Conditional...

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