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The Cloud: Round 2

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A while ago I published a blog post called “The Un-“Cloud”-ed Day”, [http://dustwood-media.com/jeri-office/general/the-un-cloud-ed-day/] basically expressing my skepticism towards the enthusiastic embracing of computing “in the cloud”.  The risks of having your business’s vital information stored on someone else’s server (which is what cloud computing basically is) struck me as far outweighing the advantages. I recently received a very pleasant email… Read more »

Lean On Me

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Especially in North America, we hear a lot about how we are supposed to be independent and not need anyone else. This turns out not to be the case. We need other people.  Other people need us.  Even in a one-person home business, we are dependent on others – our clients, our family, supportive friends, even the anonymous people who… Read more »

Home Sweet Home Office

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Doing a Google search the other day, I noticed the business-info-with-photo displayed on the right-hand side of the screen (I assume these are businesses listed in Google Places).  I thought wistfully to myself, “It’s too bad my business isn’t bringing in more money – I could have my own separate office.”  Then it occurred to me, “…but would I want… Read more »

Sick Time? What’s That?

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“I won’t be in to work today – I’m sick”. Most people with a day job have made a call like that at least once.  If you happened to have a job with benefits, you could even rest easy in the assurance that you would still get paid (as long as you hadn’t used up your allowance of “sick days”)…. Read more »

What Is A Virtual Assistant?

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What is a VA? What is a Virtual Assistant (VA)? Who uses VAs?  Why should you use one? A Virtual Assistant is an independent contractor providing freelance business services.  Different VA’s offer different services, ranging from accounting to word processing, from event management to website design.  Whatever the particular service offered, the VA’s goal when working with a client is… Read more »