Dawn Lawson

At Your Service Freelance Administrative Support - President
Romeoville, IL

  • Subcontracting for Other VAs – Pros and Cons

    October 21, 2010

    One of the things I love best about sub-contracting for other Virtual Assistants is they GET IT!!! They know the business. They know the pet peeves. “Client training” is unnecessary. Virtual assistants know there is generally a 24-48 hour turn around (based on the type of assignment). They do not expect e-mail replies immediately. They […]

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  • Is it so wrong?

    July 14, 2010

    There is no doubt I have been slacking on my marketing efforts. 3 months ago I was revved up to expand my business and bring on an assistant. Then along came Spring… I have a 3 and 13 years old daughter. They are the air I breathe and it is no secret I worship the […]

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  • How Social Media has Helped my Business

    March 25, 2010

    A friend of mine asked if Facebook has helped my business. I get this question a lot and being a fan of “re-purposing” for blog entries, I thought I’d share my response. Facebook has absolutely helped my VA business! Actually, the way I have it set up is my Twitter account feeds to Facebook (both […]

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  • On a Personal Note…

    January 26, 2010

    It has been 2 weeks since the horrific catastrophic tragedy occurred in Haiti. Those of you who are close to me know I can be a bit sensitive at times :), therefore my emotions don’t come as a surprise. I have experienced a complete shift in mindset since the eartquake. (Hopefully time will not cause […]

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  • Generating Blog Traffic

    December 16, 2009

    I often hear the questions, how do I get traffic to my blog and why would anyone care about what I have to say in a blog? I will get to the traffic portion in a moment. I don’t care who you are or what you write about, someone WILL read your blog. Obviously the […]

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  • How-to Install a Joomla Update from cPanel

    November 20, 2009

    Go to Joomla.org and click on DOWNLOAD JOOMLA GET THE LATEST VERSION (in the right column) to view the latest release. From the Administrator panel of your Joomla Website (top right hand corner) check which version your website is running on. Go back to Joomla’s latest version and click on, Download other Joomla x.x.x packages […]

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  • Illinois Virtual Assistants Connection

    October 27, 2009

    A few months ago I went to a meetup for Virtual Assistants in Illinois that was organized by Cindy Bruce of Essential Office Solutions through Virtual Assistant Forums. We had a fantastic time talking about how our businesses evolved, successes, failures, resources, client relations, challenges of working from home and how we could gain from […]

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  • When Depression Strikes the Self-Employed

    October 22, 2009

    Depression can strike at any time. Unfortunately, it is a natural part of life to experience hard times. Loss of a loved one, an ill relative, health problems, marital problems, divorce, children acting out and financial troubles are some of the difficult roads on our journey we may endure. Even working from home can cause […]

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  • 10 Simple Ideas for Writing Blog Posts

    August 4, 2009

    One of the things I struggled with most when beginning to blog was coming up with ideas for content. The pressure for an award winning and valuable post caused writers block and resistance. Then I began to tell myself, it’s just like writing an e-mail. I’m not getting graded and the value of each post […]

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  • WYSIWYG Editors and Basic HTML

    July 6, 2009

    I’m creating this post to help my clients, both current and future, who are interested in managing their own websites after I design them. Of course if this information is helpful to anyone else, that’s fantastic. The applications I use to build websites are content management systems. I use CMS Made Simple, Joomla or WordPress. […]

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