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The 2-second Commute: Join The Exploding Ranks Of Freelance Virtual Assistants Paperback – July, 2005
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Virtual Work means stronger families (a chance for parents to spend more time with their children), a cleaner environment (reduced or eliminated commutes), and a return to community life the wellspring of values that give us our foundation as individuals, as families, and as a society.
Since 1999, we've helped over 4,000 people from around the world find their place in the virtual workforce and we're honored to have a chance to share our knowledge with you through The 2-Second Commute.
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Last winter I was struck by a car while shoveling out my car and the resulting disability has made it impossible to return to my beloved classroom. I went through rehab. I went through a period of depression. And then a period of anger. And finally, a period when I realized that nothing would give me back the life I had and it was up to me to create a new one that I could love equally as well.
My therapist recommended The 2-Second Commute and suggested I consider starting a business in my home. One that would enable me to work in manner that would accommodate my new physical needs. Grudgingly, I purchased the book thinking, "I am a teacher. What kind of business can I start?"
Firstly, let me just say that authors Durst and Haaren lifted my soul, my spirits, and my sense of self-worth. No easy feat given the state I was in when I read the book.
As an educator, I truly appreciated their organization and understanding of the importance of not skipping any steps lest you create a situation you'll regret later. The exercises and self-assessments were wonderful measurement tools, and truly helped me see my value outside of the classroom.
I now have a bustling home-based business that fits my life. I am editing children's books, writing educational articles, and doing online tutoring. I never realized these things were possible until I read this book.
Thank you for the invaluable role you've played in helping me create my own euphoria!
It is very informative, packed with details to assist you in every step of the process.
Not only does it cover all the topics you'll need to get started - from explaining what a VA does/is to setting up your business and your office - but it also gives you self-assessments that are valuable in and of themselves.
There is also a chapter that helps you to develop a 'Service Menu' for you business and this chapter is also quite valuable. Not sure what services you should provide? Work through this chapter and you'll know exactly what services are best suited for you.
And finally there is the VA Toolbox:Resources & Information section in the back of the book. Here it points you to many other places you can go to further your research.
I very complete and comprehensive book that all beginning VA's should have on their bookshelves.
I have read a couple of other books on being a virtual assistant, but they have not given me enough information to feel prepared to go out on my own. Don't get me wrong, they were ok for basic information, but this made me do some hard core self assessments that taught me a lot about myself.
Thanks to the 2 second commute, I now know what services I will offer, how much I will charge for them, who my niche markets are and, most importantly, HOW I will market to them effectively.
I have already started to write my strategic marketing plan and, if I do say so myself, I think it's going to be a killer!
I cannot say enough good about it and would recommend it to everyone who wants to be a "VA".
Watch me go! :-)
I found this book to be well outlined and well written. It will definitely be a worthwhile tome to add to your library as you investigate and research the business plan you need to write in order to start your freelance operation regarding services you plan to sell online. So read this book with an open mind and do NOT limit you thoughts to just becoming a virtual assistant. There are all kinds of opportunities today to work from home in your PJs providing so many different kinds of services via the Internet. Forget about commuting. Forget about getting dressed up or maintaining a healthy wardrobe. Just worry about being expert at something and selling your time, knowledge and advice. 5 stars!Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The book was for people looking to open there own businesses. It had a good list of fee to charge. I was looking to sign up on line for some jobs on the internet, for work at... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Robin Boyd
Great book, good reference. If you are serious about have a 2-second commute then this book is a necessity. Read morePublished on December 2, 2013 by D. Taylor
The book promises and doesn't deliver. It gives all kinds of ideas and suggestions for employment and not one of them has panned out. Read morePublished on November 23, 2013 by Linda B.
This copy arrived in excellent shape. Haven't really had time yet
to read this, but hope to get to it soon.
I tried to finish the book, but I couldn't, it was just so boring, it's not very well written. I hope this will help other readers to find a more interesting book.Published on March 3, 2013 by george
This is a great book for any VA starting out. Being in this circumstance, I have flicked through a few VA start up books. This book is by far the best one out there! Read morePublished on January 4, 2013 by Sam.execva
Very interesting, but I don't think this is something that I can use. Maybe if I already worked for a huge corp. and could do some of the work at home... Read morePublished on December 29, 2012 by Jeannie A. May
This was a very comprehensive book about breaking into the world of Virtual Assisting. I have read several books about it from the library, but towards the end of reading this one,... Read morePublished on December 7, 2012 by Jessie D.
This is a must read for those wanting to become a Virtual Assistant. Read it cover to cover and take the step to become your own boss and the author of your own destiny.Published on November 27, 2012 by Cynthia B