The Trusty Oak Post

Entrepreneurs, Self Care, & Burnout

Working for yourself as a business owner, contractor, or freelancer means you set the rules; it's one of the many perks that draws ambitious people to this lifestyle. But it also means you're the one in charge of everything, from your office space to your work hours to how you manage projects. 

8 Ways to Use Virtual Assistants for Authors and Speakers

Here at Trusty Oak, we have a special place in our hearts for authors (who are often also speakers) because we love learning and we believe reading is a critical element to an entrepreneur's professional development. Of course, we also love working with authors, and there are several ways virtual assistants can help them with their personal brand and book promotion. Read on for eight ways to use virtual assistants for authors and speakers and estimated costs. 

4 Important Ways Effective Leaders Communicate

To be a leader is a wonderful privilege, but it also comes with much responsibility, both to yourself and to your team. Learning how to communicate effectively is something we can all use, and those wanting to be successful in leadership must know how to communicate well. Here are four ways leaders can demonstrate their proficiency in communication skills.

A Day in the Life of a Virtual Assistant

When you think of a virtual assistant, what do you imagine? There are plenty of myths out there about VAs, so you wouldn't be alone if you had a few misconceptions about a typical day in the life of a remote information worker. 

How to Look Like a Fortune 500 Company Before You’re Fortune 500

Once, I had a client that apparently couldn’t find my business’s website. She told me, “I tried to look for your website, but I couldn’t find it on Google. I could only find some big corporation with a similar name.”

That “big corporation” was my company of two, thirdbreath.

How to Choose a Name for Your Startup (And How Trusty Oak Got Its Name)

One of the first things we do when we decide to start a new business is name the baby. Not only is it a big decision, it's typically a permanent one so you want to feel great about the name you land on. Naming your startup can be challenging, so we're sharing the story of how Trusty Oak got its name and providing you with some guidelines to ensure you choose a business name that serves you well for years to come.

Writing: When You're Just Not That Into It

One of the earliest examples of content marketing was Benjamin Franklin’s “Poor Richard’s Almanack.” It was a yearly publication Franklin used to promote his printing business and printed more than 10,000 copies a year (a pretty significant feat considering this was colonial America).

FREE Marketing Strategy Giveaway: Winner Announcement

I want to thank all of the participants in our recent non-profit marketing strategy giveaway – we had a lot of fun with this contest and appreciate those that nominated and voted for community non-profits across the country. A special 'thank you' is due to Sonya Macatee, the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas volunteer and scholarship donor who nominated BGC. Thank you, Sonya, for giving us the opportunity to support such a wonderful organization.

See the official final vote counts here.

Trusty Oak Adds Another Branch: Transcription Services!

Trusty Oak is continuously thinking about ways that we can help our clients streamline their business and add value to the services we offer to them. We're proud to announce the latest branch to grow on our tree: Trusty Oak Transcription Services!

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