Category Archives: Business

5 Tips to Keep Your Mac Running Smoothly

5 Tips to Keep Your Mac Running Smoothly

by Bob Black | Black Ink Virtual Assistance As an experienced Mac user, I’ve become the resource for friends and family when it comes to Apple-related questions. One of the most common is, “how do I keep my new Mac running smoothly?” My initial response is always the same; just stay out of your Mac’sContinue Reading

How to use your tablet to sign people up for your MailChimp email list

How to use your tablet to sign people up for your MailChimp email list

by Bob Black | Black Ink Virtual Assistance You’re speaking at a function or convention. You have a table set up with a sign-up sheet available for those interested in your mailing list. Awesome – you’re capturing those leads! Only thing is – now you’re left with the task of entering all of those namesContinue Reading

Our Top Five Favorite Apps for Team Collaboration

Our Top Five Favorite Apps for Team Collaboration

by Bob Black | Black Ink Virtual Assistance There are dozens of productivity apps for team collaboration on the market for mobile devices – as well as web-based apps that perform the “heavy lifting”. The following is a list of our top five favorite apps for team collaboration. (A few of these are affiliate links, soContinue Reading

Coaches:  Who’s Helping You?

Coaches: Who’s Helping You?

By Melissa Black, Founder and Creative Director Dear Coaches, I’ve worked with many of you:  business coaches, health coaches, and life coaches. The one thing you absolutely have in common is that your passion lies in your work with clients, and I very much admire your commitment to improving lives. The other thing you haveContinue Reading

Do you have a trusted circle?

Do you have a trusted circle?

by Melissa Black | Black Ink Virtual Assistance I met up with a friend yesterday, who needed a hand with putting together a WordPress site for her resume. It had been a while since we saw each other last, and so we had a lot of catching up to do! Michele is a marketing andContinue Reading

Flickr: A Whole New World

Flickr: A Whole New World

By:  Tera Norberg, VA and Social Media Specialist for Black Ink Birthday parties, weddings, holidays…what’s the one thing these occasions have in common? Photos — lots and lots of photos! Taking pictures has become a huge part of our culture, and I don’t even think we realize it. There was a time when taking yourContinue Reading

What are you saying with your Facebook “Likes”?

What are you saying with your Facebook “Likes”?

by Melissa Black | Black Ink Virtual Bob and I went to a new restaurant for dinner with some friends a few weeks ago.  It was a place we had never heard of, kind of in the middle of nowhere, but our friend assured us that we would love it.  And she knows us wellContinue Reading

Why Instagram is Insta-Good for your Business

Why Instagram is Insta-Good for your Business

Instagram. For some, the thought of logging on is overwhelming. Take my mother-in-law for instance.   She has the app on her iPhone, but has no idea how to use it or what it’s for.  At the same time, every picture I share to Facebook from MY Instagram account – she loves!  So why doesn’t sheContinue Reading

Ready for Launch: Gabardi.com

Ready for Launch: Gabardi.com

We’re so proud to announce the launch of one of our most recent collaborations, Gabardi.com. Lisa Gabardi, Ph.D is an Oregon-based psychologist who came to us upon referral from one of our wonderful clients, and it was an absolute pleasure to go on the journey from concept to completion with her. Dr. Gabardi was interestedContinue Reading

Repeat after me, Mac users: “Command S is my friend”

Repeat after me, Mac users: “Command S is my friend”

Recently, my lovely wife Melissa was hard at work writing an article about a charitable local business person. She smashed away at her keys with passion and intent. I could hear her making progress as I prepared dinner, occasionally asking how she was doing. “Great!”, she said, as she continued typing for what felt likeContinue Reading