Work from Home
Are you considering working from home? What type
of work could you do at home? It is very easy to be lured into network
marketing and the promises of making $2,000 plus per week.
Take my word, it is very difficult to make this type of money without
spending oodles and oodles of your hard earned cash and savings, and not
forgetting the endless hours you need to apply, all for little or no reward.
Starting your own Secretarial Service
Many secretaries at some time consider
their own secretarial business which is understandable because they have the
skills and expertise to provide good service to the general public or those businesses who
need part time staff from time to time to address a back-log of work or
If you do decide this is a business opportunity for you,
you need to do some research before taking the plunge.
Be confident using proven advice you need
when starting your work from home business
Having an edge on other existing businesses
You would need to see how many other secretarial
services are already in existence in the area you are intending to operate
and the type of work they are providing a service for. For example,
are they only taking in word processing, faxing, e-mail, mail redirecting,
If you feel your service could have an edge on those
already existing because you have a special skill in office work that they
are not covering, e.g. legal transcription, or maybe building web pages
and websites, then this creates a special niche in the market for you.
Office Equipment and Supplies
You cannot run a business without office equipment that
delivers a quality end product. This is really important because it
will make or break your business if you do not have reliable office
The question is should you lease, rent or buy?
There are advantages to all of these. Leasing/Renting can be tax
deductible and if you buy, you can claim depreciation. The other
consideration in this equation is if you buy and your equipment becomes
faulty, can you afford to get professionals in to fix it and what do you
do for equipment until then. If you rent, you could have a contract
where a replacement is brought in for you to use until your equipment is
fixed. Also another advantage is that you may be able to exchange
and update your equipment every 2 years for the most current models
available. These are important aspects that need to be checked so
you make the best decision for you.
Building your Customer Base
but just how are you going to start
building your customer base. You need to be competitive - you will
need to know what services others are offering and at what price. Do not under cut your competitor's rates if you
cannot do the task and make a 25% - 30% profit.
There are other ways to get business to come to you.
Consider incentives for anyone using your secretarial agency.
Loyalty schemes have always worked well for cards, videos etc - maybe you
could offer a similar scheme where you do work for the customer 4 times
and you then give them the fifth one half price, or, you give them a
discount after using your service 10 times. Another example could be
to offer a half hour free lesson on how to use the internet or e-mail, or
computer, as these are skills you already have. A freebie is a great
draw card for your business.
Marketing your business
You also need to
market your business and let them know
who you are, where you are and what you do. You may already
have a network of friends and business colleagues you feel may have a need
for your service. There are lots of tricks you can acquire in this
area. You can also set up a
website to draw
further customers and this is something you can do yourself - all the
worry is eliminated .
Friends and Family interruptions
You need to be firm with your friends and family and let
them know your working hours. You need to say you work from 9.00am
until 5.00pm or 10.00am until 3.00pm, or whatever your hours are, otherwise
they may feel they can phone or drop by for chats just because you work
from home. Of course you need to assure them you are always
available in cases where its a family or friend emergency.
You also have to discipline yourself as you may tend to
sneak some household chores in just because you are working at home.
If you start work at 9.00am make sure you treat it just as if you were
going away from the house to work, be ready to start work at that time.
Always do what you say you are going to do. If you
say you are open for business Monday - Friday 9.00am to 5.00pm - make sure
you are. If you use the family home phone for your business, make
sure your phone is not being tied up by your teenager when they arrive
home from school, or if you use a cell phone, make sure it is turned on
and you also have a message bank.
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See below the type of information you can
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What does the Role of a Secretary
The Secretarial role is not for everyone even though it is challenging and
changing. See if you have the desired qualities.
Learn how to use Tips and Tricks in your Secretarial
Working with tips and tricks could make all the difference in making you
number one in your profession. See what time saving and other
techniques you can use in your daily routine.
Is there such a thing as Secretarial Ethics?
Secretaries throughout the world would certainly work using a code of
Ethics - see how the ethics we have developed can assist you in becoming a
valuable member in the workforce and could even assist you in climbing the
Books written specifically for the Secretarial
Books are still an invaluable learning aid used by the Secretary and great
for continual reference. You will be surprised how just one piece of
advice will be used over and over in the office and as times continue to
change you will have the need to reference these books time and time
Does the one resume suit all the Secretarial jobs you
You need to know what to include, what not to, and most importantly how to
adapt your resume to the job you are applying for.
Have your say when you visit the Secretarial Forum
A forum is available for you to share or seek information, comments or
advice. Please feel free to post your questions.
Free Office Tutorials in the following are available
Telephone Etiquette - Do you answer the telephone
correctly? Are you friendly and let the caller know you're listening
and interested? If not, don't distress, we have a lesson for you
that will make your Company proud.
Making Appointments - you will learn how to make
appointments and what information your Manager needs so he has all the
facts and is prepared. Only then will the meeting will be successful.
Writing Correspondence - Step by step instructions on
how to lay out your office correspondence with all the relevant
information. You will even learn how to write your letter so the
message is conveyed to the recipient successfully.
All about Meetings - There are many aspects to be aware
of to make a meeting run smoothly. If you are the key person
responsible for setting up meetings from preparing meeting notices and
agendas, to taking minutes of the meeting, you are in the right
place. You can choose formats and tools that will make your job
Useful Links for any
Check out the links we've made available for you to be kept informed, save
time, and awareness of training available.
Need training to master the advance or basic techniques
The training offered on this site is focused to assist you in your day to
day duties whether you need to learn the basics first before proceeding to
the more advanced lessons. You make the choice.
A Secretarial Newsletter
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What is MOUS Certification?
Find out more about this certification. You can even take the exam
and receive your MOUS certificate. If you're not quite ready, take
the courses that you need to enable you to become certified.
The Secretarial Site has up to date news on various seminars focused
Secretaries, Office Professionals, executive Secretaries, Administrative
Assistants, and Personal Assistants, in locations that may suit you.
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When is Administrative Professional's Day/Secretaries Day
Administrative Professional's Day is always the last Wednesday in the last full week of the month of
April and this full week is dedicated to Administrative Professionals. Mark it now in
your diary so you and your fellow workers can celebrate. Better
still, spread the word and enter it into your Manager's diary so he/she is
made aware of it.
But what happened to Secretaries Day? It has been
renamed to Administrative Professional's Day! Did you know the
National Secretaries Association, now known as IAAP, began this special
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