Feb 162013

We all like to think we can do it all, that we can be Wonder Woman or Superman and achieve everything that needs to be done to succeed in business and at home.  The fact is, there are simply not enough hours in the day for business owners or entrepreneurs to achieve everything on their never ending to-do list, without neglecting something or someone. 

You may have heard of Virtual Assistants, VAs, Virtual PAs/EAs, Administration Consultants, Virtual Specialists, Virtual Business Managers. We are known as many things, but we too are business owners, and we are here to support your business to grow.  

Meet Virtually There.   Established in 2005, the services offered by Virtually There are many and varied.  We are the Productivity Solution you are looking for.  We can relieve you of your general administration tasks, and we also specialise in online Customer Relationship Management (CRMs – also known as databases) including implementation, customisation, training and ongoing support. 

We are your behind-the-scenes admin support.

We help business owners achieve their goals by giving you your time back – time to grow your business, time for yourself, for hobbies, for family…

We help you kick your goals.

We work from our own office.

We are cost effective! 

We relieve your admin workload – when you need us.

We can support your existing staff with administration overflow to prevent burnout.

Temporary or long term administration solutions, without recruitment agency costs.

Virtually There Owner, Kerryn Sonnet says “I will love your business the way you do. I am passionate about alleviating stress, offering solutions, sharing the load and I am determined to be the first person my clients think of and turn to when they are feeling pressure and need some help. I take ownership of tasks and responsibilities necessary in business, to free up business owners and staff so they can get on with growing their business.  I can be your right arm, or just a little pinkie.  Whether you need admin support on a grand scale or from time to time, the benefit of my service is you can come to me when your business needs me”.

Jan 242013

Kerryn Sonnet qualifies for worldwide Virtual Assistant certification at VAcertifed.com

vacertifiedBendigo, Victoria, Australia – Kerryn Sonnet, owner of Virtually There announced today that she has qualified for the new worldwide Virtual Assistant Certification from VAcertified.com.

VAcertified.com is the new standard for Virtual Assistant Certification which clients worldwide can use to benchmark the services they are looking for in a Virtual Assistant (VA). The first internationally recognized VA certification, VAcertified.com offers a carefully calibrated and unbiased assessment of a VA’s skills, education, professional experience and industry contributions to gain business owners’ confidence in the skills of certified VAs.

To qualify for the certification, Kerryn Sonnet was evaluated by 13 industry leaders and specialists from the four corners of the world on a broad spectrum of personal and professional traits pertaining to her expertise and professional ethic.

Sonnet is one of thousands of Virtual Assistants (VAs), business owners who work from their own offices providing professional support, services and skills to their clients via phone, fax and Internet-based technology. Partnering with a VA reduces stress, protects cash flow, eliminates administrative hassles and enables business people to find the success they originally set out to achieve.

As more and more businesses look toward affordable, online solutions to sustain and grow their bottom line in a tough economy, Virtual Assistants are enjoying increased demand for their services. For business owners and managers who may have considered outsourcing support tasks to a VA in the past but could not justify the understandable risk of hiring an unknown, VA certification provides an assurance that the VA in question has the skills and experience needed.

Sonnet specializes in CRM (database) implementation, customization, training and ongoing support, along with general administration and is an administrative professional providing various online services to her clients. She started her Virtual Assistance career to help other businesses owners to succeed and grow their businesses and to do so with less stress.

Certification is extremely important to Kerryn Sonnet so that her clients and potential clients know that she is passionate about her role in their businesses, that she is professional, well regarded in her industry, and someone who cares about their businesses and the Virtual Assistant industry.

For more information about Virtually There visit www.virtuallythere.com.au.

The VAcertified.com seal of approval tells prospective clients that a global panel of experts has thoroughly reviewed a Virtual Assistant’s skills, experience and professional ethic. To learn more about becoming a certified Virtual Assistant or to discover the benefits of hiring a certified Virtual Assistant, visit http://www.VAcertified.com

About Virtually There

Launched in 2005, Virtually There specializes in supporting businesses to grow.  Virtually There offers a variety of services to alleviate the stress and workload preventing you from growing your business. Visit the website at www.virtuallythere.com.au.


About VAcertified

VAcertified.com is the go-to resource for Virtual Assistants who want credible, unbiased and international recognition for their skills, education, professional experience and industry contributions. Devoted to creating and growing a certification program that embraces diversity, VAcertified.com strives to enhance and evolve professional relationships between VA and client. Follow ( @ ) VAcertified on Twitter for up to date information about this worldwide certification for Virtual Assistants.

For more information contact:

Tawnya Sutherland

Founder, VAcertified.com

Toll Free: 866-943-6665

info ( @ ) vacertified dot com

Follow ( @ ) VAcertified on Twitter

Jul 312012

I’ve been very quiet on our Facebook page for the last month.  I needed to take a lengthy break throughout July for some major surgery and recovery time.  I have a few important messages to share with you if you have a minute (if not now, come back later, it’s worth it!)

Thank you messages

  1. Thank you ever so much to Miss Kelly for your help in my absence. I’m very happy to have you on board and I hope you enjoy being part of the VT team.
  2. Thank you to my wonderful clients who have been very understanding and very supportive. I truly appreciate every one of you and look forward to our achievements together in the future.

Special Offer

Now that I am back and absolutely raring to support you with your business, I would love to offer you a bonus as a “Welcome back Kerryn” promotion.  For the first time ever, Virtually There is going to offer Pre-Paid Business Support Accounts AND for the month of AUGUST ONLY, every pre-paid account will receive a 20% bonus!

For example:

A $100 Pre-Paid Business Support Account will receive $120 Virtually There credit.

A $500 Pre-Paid Business Support Account will receive $600 Virtually There credit.

Here are the TERMS:

  1. Only purchases made within the month of August 2012 will be eligible for the additional 20% bonus.
  2. Your Pre-Paid Business Support Account can be used whenever you need assistance up until 31/07/2014. This means you can use 20 minutes today and 2 hours in 3 months or whatever you choose, when it suits you, for the next 2 years.
  3. No minimum purchase.
  4. No maximum purchase.
  5. No refunds.
  6. Credit is not transferable.
  7. Value is deducted from your Pre-Paid Business Support Account based on Virtually There’s rates for services at the time the service is utilised.
  8. Virtually There will provide you with a live update of your Pre-Paid Business Support Account, so you can view value used, tasks completed and value remaining, at any time. 
  9. All new clients are asked to sign an agreement which contains all relevant terms and conditions for our working relationship. 
  10. All existing clients are free to purchase a pre-paid account as per the above terms.

What next?

Please email kerryn@virtuallythere.com.au if you wish to discuss our rates and services in consideration of your purchase of a Pre-Paid Business Support Account.

I appreciate your ongoing support of Virtually There. Thank you in advance for sharing this special offer with your friends if you think they may be interested.

Wishing you all the very best



Jun 052012

Some more from Mentalfloss!

Earlier this year, Bill DeMain introduced us to 15 Wonderful Words With No English Equivalent. Now that  you’ve integrated those into your vocabulary, here are 14 more.

1. Shemomedjamo (Georgian) You know when you’re  really full, but your meal is just so delicious, you can’t stop eating it? The  Georgians feel your pain. This word means, “I accidentally ate the whole  thing.”
2. Pelinti (Buli, Ghana) Your friend bites  into a piece of piping hot pizza, then opens his mouth and sort of tilts his  head around while making an “aaaarrrahh” noise. The Ghanaians have a word for  that. More specifically, it means “to move hot food around in your mouth.”

3. Layogenic (Tagalog) Remember in Clueless when  Cher describes someone as “a full-on Monet…from far away, it’s OK, but up close  it’s a big old mess”? That’s exactly what this word means.

4. Rhwe (Tsonga, South Africa) College kids, relax.  There’s actually a word for “to sleep on the floor without a mat, while drunk  and naked.”

5. Zeg (Georgian) It means “the day after tomorrow.” Seriously, why don’t we have a word for that in English?

6.  Pålegg (Norweigian) Sandwich Artists unite! The Norwegians have a non-specific descriptor for  anything – ham, cheese, jam, Nutella, mustard, herring, pickles, Doritos, you  name it – you might consider putting into a sandwich.

7. Lagom (Swedish) Maybe Goldilocks was Swedish? This  slippery little word is hard to define, but means something like, “Not too much,  and not too little, but juuuuust right.”

8. Tartle (Scots) The nearly onomatopoeic word for that  panicky hesitation just before you have to introduce someone whose name you  can’t quite remember.

9. Koi No Yokan (Japanese) The sense upon first meeting a  person that the two of you are going to fall into love.

10. Mamihlapinatapai (Yaghan language of Tierra del  Fuego) This word captures that special look shared between two  people, when both are wishing that the other would do something that they both  want, but neither want to do.

11.  Fremdschämen (German); Myötähäpeä (Finnish) The  kindler, gentler cousins of Schadenfreude, both these words mean something akin  to “vicarious embarrassment.” Or, in other words,  that-feeling-you-get-when-you-watch-Meet the Parents.

12. Cafune (Brazilian Portuguese) Leave it to the  Brazilians to come up with a word for “tenderly running your fingers through  your lover’s hair.”

13. Greng-jai (Thai) That feeling you get when you don’t  want someone to do something for you because it would be a pain for them.

14. Kaelling (Danish) You know that woman who stands on  her doorstep (or in line at the supermarket, or at the park, or in a restaurant)  cursing at her children? The Danes know her, too.

Read the full text here:  http://www.mentalfloss.com/blogs/archives/102722#ixzz1wsRKx0Gg –brought to you by mental_floss!

Jun 052012

Ahh, finally!   Great article from MentalFloss.

The Global Language Monitor estimates that there are currently 1,009,753  words in the English language. Despite this large lexicon, many nuances of human  experience still leave us tongue-tied. And that’s why sometimes it’s necessary  to turn to other languages to find le mot juste. Here are fifteen  foreign words with no direct English equivalent.

1. Zhaghzhagh (Persian) The chattering of teeth  from the cold or from rage.
2. Yuputka (Ulwa) A word  made for walking in the woods at night, it’s the phantom sensation of something  crawling on your skin.
3. Slampadato (Italian) Addicted to the UV glow of tanning salons? This word describes you.

4. Luftmensch (Yiddish) There are several Yiddish words  to describe social misfits. This one is for an impractical dreamer with no  business sense. Literally, air person.

5. Iktsuarpok (Inuit) You know that feeling of  anticipation when you’re waiting for someone to show up at your house and you  keep going outside to see if they’re there yet? This is the word for it.

6. Cotisuelto (Caribbean Spanish) A word that would aptly describe the prevailing fashion  trend among American men under 40, it means one who wears the shirt tail outside  of his trousers.

7. Pana Po’o (Hawaiian) “Hmm, now where did I leave  those keys?” he said, pana po’oing.  It means to scratch your head in order to  help you remember something you’ve forgotten.

8. Gumusservi (Turkish) Meteorologists can be poets in Turkey with words like this at their disposal. It  means moonlight shining on water.
9. Vybafnout (Czech)  A word tailor-made for annoying older brothers—it means to jump out  and say boo.
10. Mencolek (Indonesian) You know that  old trick where you tap someone lightly on the opposite shoulder from behind to  fool them? The Indonesians have a word for it.
11. Faamiti  (Samoan) To make a squeaking sound by sucking air past the lips in  order to gain the attention of a dog or child.

12. Glas wen (Welsh) A smile that is insincere or  mocking. Literally, a blue smile.

13. Bakku-shan (Japanese) The experience of seeing a  woman who appears pretty from behind but not from the front.

14. Boketto (Japanese) It’s nice to know that the  Japanese think enough of the act of gazing vacantly into the distance without  thinking to give it a name.

15. Kummerspeck (German) Excess weight gained from  emotional overeating. Literally, grief bacon.

Many of the words above can be found in BBC researcher Adam Jacot de  Boinod’s book ‘The  Meaning of Tingo and Other Extraordinary Words from Around the  World.’

Read the full text here:  http://www.mentalfloss.com/blogs/archives/94828#ixzz1wsPJ7hdl –brought to you by mental_floss!

May 082012

Early to bed, early to rise makes a [wo]man healthy, wealthy, and wise. – Ben Franklin

This is the phrase that repeatedly ran through my mind as I scrambled around at 4:45am this morning, getting a toddler ready, and rushing out the door to deliver my husband to the airport.  When I pulled back into the driveway of our home at 7:45am, it occurred to me that that phrase is quite true.  Wouldn’t it be great to get a head start every day?  Surely it would, but I’m definitely not up to 4:45am every day… I just don’t have the stamina!


Fabulous article from Tech Savvy Virtual Assistants

May 082012

This list has been shared by the Administrative Consultants Association

It is a fantastic and generous resource.   I hope it saves you lots of time and frustration.

Over the years, we’ve discovered tons of helpful (and free!) software and tools that make the job of running a business much easier

New links are added all the time, so check back often and  be sure to save this page to your favorites”.

Free Business Software

May 082012

Time to grab a cuppa and have some quiet reading time — this one is a long one, but worth your time.  A little old now, but still has some great tips when using Skype.

Original Source: Maximum PC

Spend a little time learning Skype and you’ll soon discover it’s much more than a one-trick pony. Sure, Skype’s bread and butter is still its ability to let users make phone calls using their broadband connection, but there’s so much more you can do with this versatile app.