West Coast Way’s Vision for Working in the 21st Century

Virtual Worker – a qualified business professional working from a remote location (usually a home-based office), providing temporary or ongoing business administration & executive support or project management services on a contract basis. Virtual Workers offer services including: office administration, project/operational management, graphic & web design, writing, research, legal secretarial, transcription, event planning, and specialized … Continue reading

Top 5 Tips to Become a Virtual Worker ~ Part III – 2010 Virtual Workforce Series

For students paying their way through school, those graduating with little to no work experience, or anyone else interested in the challenging virtual workforce industry, I’ve compiled a list of five important considerations.

Class of 2010 – Where Did All the Jobs Go?

Don’t ever, ever quit. Recognize that stopping now, regrouping to try a new approach isn’t quitting. If you quit, you’ll regret it forever.” ~ Rudy Ruettiger I caught a snippet from The Early Show this morning reporting on a young American graduate, with a 3.72 GPA, not able to find work in his field of … Continue reading

Environmental Benefits of a Virtual Workforce ~ Part II – 2010 Virtual Workforce Series

In Part I of my 2010 Virtual Workforce Series, I discussed how Virtual Workforces Provide Solutions to Typical Telework Challenges. This post continues that series with information about environmental benefits of a virtual workforce. With the global celebration of Earth Day just yesterday, timing for this post seems appropriate. One of the most topical and … Continue reading

How Crucial is Good Customer Service to Your Bottom Line?

As I am both a service provider and a consumer, I’m quite comfortable saying I believe good customer service is essential to maintaining or growing your business. Excellent customer service is what begins to separate one from the crowd. So, it stands to reason that, regardless of how great your service or product is, poor … Continue reading

The Benefits of Working with a Virtual Independent Contractor

I am pleased to introduce our newest guest Blogger, Pamela Hilliard Owens, M.Ed., of Writing It Right for You. Please enjoy her first contribution to WestCoastWay’s Blog. _____________________________________________________________________ Today’s traditional workforce is undergoing major changes. The 19th and 20th century model of leaving home to “go to work” in an office or manufacturing plant is … Continue reading

Virtual Workforce Tip #4: Virtual Worker Personalities

Not all personalities are suited to working from remote locations as a virtual worker… After 10 years of working virtually as well as hiring virtual workers under contract, I’ve learned a few lessons about the importance of having the ‘right’ personality to be a virtual worker. There are people who may have decades of experience … Continue reading

Virtual Workers take Telework to the Next Level

Teleworking and virtual working is not necessarily the same thing. Generally, a teleworker is still an employee of a company working from a remote location—usually a home office. As an employee, the company remains responsible for all current staff-related costs as well as additional costs to support the remote working location. As most already know, … Continue reading

What’s Your Business Story? ~ Word of Mouth Marketing

Traditional, and costly, advertising methods still don’t hold a candle to the effectiveness of ‘word of mouth’ referrals. Even with the Yellow Pages, Google and TV commercials to help consumers make decisions about who to call to roof our house, fix our car, file our taxes or provide business services; word of mouth remains a … Continue reading

The Game Has Changed – The Virtual Workforce Paradigm

“The game has changed.” Never has a statement about the traditional model for business services been truer. Today’s virtual workforce is no longer limited to virtual assistants working from home offices, providing general administrative or web-related services. Virtual workers are able to provide business support services at all levels from administration to mid and upper … Continue reading