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Offers toll free and/or local numbers (where available). Easy-to-use online service that keeps you in touch with your customers and in control of your communications. Gives you the professional image you're looking for.  It screens and forwards incoming calls, takes voicemail, sends and receives faxes, and notifies you of important messages.  Plans start at 9.99/month, with 100 included minutes. Messages and faxes can come to email. No "double leg" billing for connected calls. Perfect way to have your client's virtual team appear centralized to your location. Also, for those of you on cell phone only, you can record your greetings using the mic on your computer!  

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I recently came upon a super VA Startup Step-by-Step Workbook & Program, created by Tawnya Sutherland, who is also the founder of VANA, which as of today has over 12,000 members. After reading the 48 page sampler and researching the VANA website/forum, I highly recommend her Virtual Business Startup Program. She has every day mapped out (for 30 days) with reasonable, important steps to startup your VA business (along with useful coupons and other helpful resources). I wish this was available back in 2001 when I started .... it would have saved me a year of research!  Especially if you have a limited budget for start-up, this is the "how to roadmap" I would purchase first. Click here to read the free 48-page sample.
Thinking about being a Virtual Assistant? 
Read this first: How to be a Virtual Assistant  
Written By Rebecca Trelfa in 2001. Note: no longer exists; however, there is much valuable information in this article regarding becoming a Virtual Assistant, including expectations, challenges, benefits, etc.
Step 1: Read this:
Step 2: Consider one of these options:
Step 3: Research these Resources:

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