Pinterest

Every morning after breakfast, my husband and I go to our “little corner” and go on a social media blitz. We check our blogs,  emails, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. Sometimes when one of us sees an interesting post, we “share” it and even “talk” online!  Oftentimes, we laugh about how we are just beside each other and yet communicate on social media. But I guess, such is the twenty first century when technology can sometimes get over the best of us.

Like I said earlier, one of these so-called social media online services is Pinterest.

What is Pinterest? Here is it’s website definition…

Pinterest is a Virtual Pinboard.

Pinterest lets you organize and share all the beautiful things you find on the web. People use pinboards to plan their weddings, decorate their homes, and organize their favorite recipes.

Best of all, you can browse pinboards created by other people. Browsing pinboards is a fun way to discover new things and get inspiration from people who share your interests.

My husband and I have so much fun going through the “pins” that other people have posted. Many times, we also upload our own. We like the inspirational quotes and beautiful pictures pinned and repinned.

As a VA, Pinterest is an online and mobile service you can’t be without.

Log in now, better yet, create an account and enjoy using Pinterest. Click this link:  http://pinterest. com/

My Fate Awaits Me

After a month or more of burning the midnight candle, I finally finished the assignments from the VA Seminar that I recently had. A satisfying sense of achievement swept over me when I “zipped” the files and hit the sent button!

I must admit it was an arduous experience doing all the tasks assigned to us. But it was well worth it!

I love learning new things. There’s a vast wealth of knowledge out there waiting to be learned, beckoning.

The next step is going to http://odesk.com and apply for a job.

My fate awaits me…  🙂

~ Marisa

A (literally) Sunny Day for a VA

My husband and I woke up to a sunny morning, with sheer delight!

It’s the first time in almost a month that the sun has come out smiling. The birds are chirping out loud. The neighbors are washing clothes and hanging them on clotheslines, eager and longing for that elusive sun.

I live in Baguio City. We are 240 kilometers north of Metro Manila, where lies the capital of the Philippines.  Baguio City is commonly called the summer capital of the Philippines because of our cool climate. We sit high in the Cordillera Mountain Ranges, 1,500 above sea level. That’s pretty cool, isn’t it? No pun intended. On the down side, Baguio gets largely affected by heavy rainfall during the rainy season of July to October. That’s why, a sunny day like today is something to celebrate about.

Working as a VA is quite advantageous for me. No need to brave the storm to get to work. No need to dress us very early to catch a good ride going to the office. No need to worry about domestic concerns because I’m at home, working. The wonders of technology!

~ Marisa

Dropbox

DROPBOX is an internet tool that offers File Hosting services.

It provides users the opportunity to store their data or any document, photos or videos online. It is also very convenient because anyone with a Dropbox account, can access the files stored from the Dropbox website from any computer or mobile phones.  Any file that is saved or updated on your DROPBOX account will automatically save the file to your computer, phone and website. No need to email updated versions of your documents to yourself again.

Because of its file sharing feature, DROPBOX allows the user to share their files to anybody to whom they allow access to their files.

DROPBOX, for free accounts can store up to 2GB of space.

If you want to secure your files — documents, photos and videos — store them online through DROPBOX. Then you won’t have to worry about losing your files again!

Here is a short tutorial on how to install and use Dropbox.

Log Me In

Sometimes in our work as a VA, we need to be able to gain access to our client’s computer. Or vice versa.

LogMeIn may provide us a solution.

LogMeIn has a free software that allows remote access to to our laptop or desktop so that we can open files, check our email, check our Facebook and Twitter accounts, run programs from any computer, iPad or mobile device through the internet.

It’s like being able to work on our computer (or our client’s computer) even if we are in a different location.

Oh, by the way, LogMeIn has an extra security feature. It boasts of having the highest level of security in computer software. The same one used for online banking.

Awesome, isn’t it?

Let me walk you through the simple steps of creating a LogMeIn account…

Google Docs

 

Google Docs is a free online internet tool which makes communication between two parties easier. For example, If I invite my client to collaborate on a document with me, he/she gains access to my document. He/she can view my work, and together we can work on our project online… in real time!

Now, that makes our work easier and faster, doesn’t it?

Mind you, Google Docs is not only limited to Document files. It is likewise available for Spreadsheets, Presentation files, Forms and Drawings.

Managing files, saving and uploading them,  and sharing it with others is made much easier through Google Docs.

 

Sharing Files Online

Ge.tt is an internet tool that allows file sharing and file publishing in real time. It allows you to share all typesof files such as documents, videos, music or photos by sending it through email, Facebook or Twitter. You can even track the number of people that have downloaded or viewed your files through Ge.tt.

Ge.tt is purely internet based and you work directly from your browser. No need to upload a special software or install a plug in. No need to create an account (unless you would like to). With Ge.tt you can start sharing from your browser in just a few seconds.

What’s more? Ge.tt provides up to 2GB of storage space for FREE.

Here is a short tutorial on how to use Ge.tt

Protect your Computer from Spyware

Working online is exciting. The world of cyberspace provides us with so much to explore. However, if the computer we own, is our main work horse, so to speak, it is just right that we take good care of it.

A basic requirement for computer maintenance is exerting an effort to safeguard it from computer virus and malware. As defined by Wikipedia:

A computer virus is a computer program that can replicate itself and spread from one computer to another.

Malware, short for malicious software, is software used or created to disrupt computer operation, gather sensitive information, or gain access to private computer system. 

One of the most common forms of malware is Spyware. Spywares are unknowingly installed on our computers to gather information about the user. Usually, they are difficult to detect.

With all the information aforementioned, users of computers undoubtedly must have anti virus and/or anti spyware installed. There is an array of choices available online, one of them is AVAST.

AVAST is a free anti virus and anti spyware software or internet security. The free version blocks viruses and spyware from getting into your computer. There are paid versions available that offer additional benefits.

Make sure that your computer is safe and secure. Use AVAST and let me show you how …

A VA’s Journey

It was barely a month ago when I first encountered the term Virtual Assistant. A friend sponsored me to a Virtual Assistant Seminar and what I learned from it was quite a revelation.

Wikipedia defines a Virtual Assistant (typically abbreviated to VA, also called a virtual office assistant), is generally self-employed and provides professional, administrative, technical, or creative (social) assistants to clients from a home office. Common modes of communication and data delivery includes the internet, e-mail and phone call conferences, online work spaces and fax machine. 

The world has become smaller with the onset of technology. My husband and I regularly communicate with our family and friends in the US through the VOIP. If we use Skype, we can even see the other party! Email, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and other social media websites are largely used for marketing. LogMeIn and similar websites, allow someone from a remote place to look at what you are working on your computer in real time.

There is so much to learn and so much to explore from the buffet of knowledge available. Through this blog I plan to post write ups, tutorials and feature articles on Virtual Assistants.

I hope you will visit my blog regularly.  See you more often…

~ Marisa Aguas