I was overwhelmed with all the 'to do's' and suggestions I researched so I started using notepads, then Evernote. Finally what worked for me was creating lists on index cards and tacking them to a huge bulletin board in my office. This way it's in my face every time I walk into my home office. For example one index card is a list of sites to get pics from, another card is a list of project management programs other VA's have suggested, another is a list of VA sites I love, and so on. So get a huge bulletin or whiteboard for ideas you'd like to keep track of or remember.I'm in the process of getting my business started and wanted to know if there are things you found that you absolutely need or wished you had? Besides the obvious computer, phone, etc. of course!
Are there any business books in particular you reccomend?Besides the obvious I would say some great business books are essential. Being from a remote area I would also say a battery back-up devise and alternative internet connection.
Everyone had different needs and "comfort" items so I am really curious to see what people add to the list.
If you haven't done so already, the VAF e-books are super helpful, as well as the VA Jumpstart class. I took it and it goes into the legalities of starting your biz, as well as your website, home office, your services, rates, etc. etc., lots of good stuff!Are there any business books in particular you reccomend?
Wow Alice! Thank you for all the great tips! I too kind of like writing things....I'm kind of a "pen junkie" lol I love using different kinds of pens to write. I know about Google Drive and Drop Box, but what kind of external hard drive do you have? Are they expensive?I second Beatrice about the VAF e-books and Jumpstart course. I'm taking Michelle Mangen's course right now and it's amazing.
Other must have's
A word processing program. I use Open Office, it's free, and just as good (in my opinion) than MSWord. Time tracking software, there are free and paid options GetHarvest and Freshbooks are free for the first few clients. Some sort of external backup (or two or three LOL) I use Google Drive, DropBox and an external hard drive depending on what needs to be backed up. Oh, and backup softward, Carbonite is fantastic, but not free. I only mention that as a must have because my computer crashed about 10 days into my getting started, fortunately all my documents were backed up so I didn't loose anything.
I also love using notebooks and note cards. Evernote and Skitch are useful also but as gadget oriented as I am I think it's the writer in my that loves the feel of actually writing stuff (however I can never find it, or read it, my handwriting sucks LOL).
Also being social media savvy is really a must have. A FB business page, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google+ accounts are wonderful resources.
I'm with you, I need a chair too! BUT ever since I read that sitting down for long periods of time is the worse thing for your health, I get up and walk around when I get uncomfortable in my wooden kitchen chair (yes that's my office chair right now)Luz reminds me that I should now get a new chair. I am guilty of complaining about my work place.