Archive for January, 2008


Gary the Gizmo Guru

January 13, 2008

Gary was the Gizmo Guru. He even had the awards and accolades to prove it!  Twenty years of working in the Gizmo and Gadget industry had given him the skills and industry knowledge to sell Gizmos better than anybody. The problem was Godfrey’s Gizmos & Gadgets wanted him to sell an equal number of Gadgets. And he hated Gadgets! 

So Gary took some Business courses and opened up Gary’s Gizmos working from his home office. He had a few contacts, but was busy making more every day. Gary knew that relationships were the key to selling Gizmos. Gary wore all the hats. He was the Marketing Exec, the Bookkeeper, even his own IT guy and he did all the administrative stuff too. Gary really began to miss Gidget, the sales team Administrative Assistant. He had never truly appreciated all the hard work she had put into keeping him organized and on track. He thought, “well I can find my own Administrative Assistant to work for me.” 

He remembered his business courses told him about hiring employees. He went back to his books and looked up the chapter on Employees which referred him to the IRS and his state’s web sites. He was dismayed to learn that the cost of hiring an employee was far more than just the employee’s salary. There was insurance, taxes, and more that nearly quadrupled what he thought an employee would be paid. And when he learned that highly skilled Administrative Assistants were paid far above minimum wage, he knew he couldn’t go that route. As he looked around his small office he thought “and where would I put her?”

It was getting late, and he still didn’t have anything in the house to fix for dinner. He headed off to the store to pick up a few groceries and promised himself he would take a look and see what else was out there on the internet. Surely someone had come up with a solution for the solo-prenuer.

As he was picking up a tomato from the produce department he heard a cheery voice behind him say, “Gary, is that you? How’s the Gizmo gig going?”  It was none other than Gidget! 

“I was just thinking about you,” Gary said, “and before you say anything else, I want you to know how much I appreciated all you used to do. I never appreciated it until I had to do it all myself!” 

Gidget blushed and laughed, thanking him for the compliment.

Gary went on to tell her about his latest dilemma about finding someone to take on his Administrative tasks so he could focus more on selling.

Gidget couldn’t believe what she was hearing!  She told Gary about a group of individuals that call themselves Virtual Assistants or VAs. She told him they are highly skilled Administrative Professionals that work with small business owners like Gary to help take care of the Admin stuff so they could spend more time on things that bring in money. She admitted to him that she was looking into starting her own VA Business and quitting her job at Godfrey’s. But not until after her 2 year anniversary. She would be vested in her 401K and would be able to take that money with her when she left!

Gidget told Gary about a wonderful group of individuals at the Virtual Assistance Chamber of Commerce (VACOC). She had checked out the site herself, purchased a few forms and read everything she could find on the industry. She knew that the VACOC had a directory where Gary could find the perfect guy or gal for Gary’s Gizmos.

Gary was so happy he picked up Gidget in a bear hug. She had provided him with exactly what he needed, when he needed it. He thanked her and rushed to the checkout so he could look up this new industry, Virtual Assistance. He just knew this was the solution he was looking for! 

Okay, it’s a little corny, but if this sounds like a scenario you’ve played out in your business, it really is time to see if a Virtual Assistant is for you!


VACOC Monthly Guest Expert Teleseminar Series:

January 7, 2008

Know Your Inner Consultant:

5 Steps to Learning the Art of Intuition

Presented by Intuitive Artist Jennifer Crews


DATE: Thursday, January 17, 2008
TIME: 5pm PST / 6pm MST / 7pm CST / 8pm EST
DURATION: 60 minutes (please call in 10 min. early)

INVITE YOUR BUSINESS BUDDIES! This class is open to all Virtual Assistants and small business owners. Copy and paste any text on this paste and post invitations on the forums, listservs and groups you participate in.

Intuitive Artist Jennifer CrewsEveryone is blessed with intuition, and with practice and dedication to learning, one can excel and strengthen this innate gift.

Learning intuition is not any different than taking art, dance or music lessons to advance in the learning of a skill. The first of these five steps is “awareness” of your inner language. Your inner language is your own source of receiving information. You have your own personalized way to receive information—your own inner consultant.

Learn more as well as all five steps in how to master this invisible intelligence and strengthen your intuition in business and in all areas of your life.

Register Now!

About Jennifer Crews

Jennifer Crews, M.A., is an intuitive artist, child intuitive, visionary educator, writer and speaker dedicated to honoring the essence of children worldwide. She began her work in the care-giving profession as an international pediatric speech language pathologist. She has 13 years experience working with children and their families all over the globe, and specialized in working with children with severe and multiple physical, sensory and cognitive challenges. Though the children were non-verbal, she realized she literally could hear and see what they wanted to share, communicate and express through her own inner language—her intuition. She decided to honor this gift and founded Intuitive Teachings, LLC.

Jennifer offers individual and group teaching sessions on the following topics: Five Steps in Learning the Art of Intuition, Understanding the New Children, Energy Management, and Multidimensional Living. She also offers individual intuitive sessions locally and long-distance.

For more information about her work and services, visit Jennifer’s website at