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Small Business Saturday is Today – Where Will You Buy Small?

Support Small Business Saturday

Today is a great day to celebrate and support the small businesses that boost our economy. You can show your support by shopping small. Begin by supporting your local Mom & Pop shop, one of the online specialty stores, the lady across the street who sells her own handmade jewelry, one of the many small biz owners in your Facebook community, and endless other small businesses.


Can you believe that last year over 100 million people shopped small on Small Business Saturday? Today you have the chance to be part of something even bigger in 2012. Our Consumer Corner shares some great reasons to do so.

Granny's Kountry Candles Newly Opened Shop in Historic Lyon's, OhioNew small businesses opening across the country, like the new shop by Granny’s Kountry Candles in Lyons, Ohio; invigorate neighborhoods and create jobs. The Free Directory, YOUR Virtual Network is proud to list some of the awesome business owners who are impacting our world.


So, dust off your holiday gift lists and join us as we #SupportSmall and #BuySmall along with the movement started by American Express.


Where will you buy small today? We love comments! Please share your favorite small business to support. Thank you for supporting some of the businesses in YOUR Virtual Network.

~ The Team at YOUR Virtual Service Group invites you to #shopsmall with us at The Born Unique Baby GuideThe KatzMeowz Jewelry DesignBloomin Headz Hair Products, Kittns Purrfections Accessories, Granny’s Kountry Candles, LLC, & endless other small businesses in YOUR Virtual Network! #HappyShopping

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“I Want To Work From Home. What Work Can I Do Online?”


The classifieds are full of listings for job seekers desiring to work from home. But, how do you know if they are real, whether or not they pay, and if they are legitimate? These are usually the more difficult questions, so this article includes some work from home tips to get you on your way to real opportunities you can trust. We have done the work so you don’t have to. If you’ve already done your homework, then you can scroll to the bottom!


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Tip #1 You don’t have to pay to be an employee!

There is one very good way that you can weed out the work at home scams. Don’t pay to work. Online employers are usually not much different from offline employers. There is an application, one or more interviews, paid training, etc.

An exception to this is that many independent contractor or business opportunities require you to pay for a background check and/or valuable training you may need. These are opportunities where you are not an employee, and it is a good idea to do your research before investing. Here is my affiliate link to one of these opportunities: Affilo Blueprint. I have taken their affiliate marketing course and it is very good.

Tip #2 Join a community!

There are many communities, forums, and blogs online where workers are looking to connect with like-minded people. Join or follow one, and learn from their experiences. Most people are happy to tell about employers they’ve applied to or even worked for in the past. This is an easy way to find the latest work at home news, and discover new opportunities. Here are a few, but remember to always take the opinion of others with a grain of salt:,, and

Tip #3 Flexibility is the key!

A surefire way to lengthen your work at home job search is to be inflexible. You will be much more successful if you submit applications for the types of opportunities that are most readily available. They aren’t high paying jobs either, as you can imagine. However, consider the trade-off. You’ll save on transportation, wardrobe, and food costs. You’ll also work in a comfortable environment, and you’ll likely choose your own work schedule.

So, What Work Can I Do Online?

Grab a cup of coffee, browse the list and start applying for some of the following opportunities available today. We’d love to hear from you, let us know when you start working from home!

Finding work from home opportunities can be done. Start your search today!

These days there are more and more work at home opportunities available, and with reputable companies too! In my experience these are usually virtual call center jobs, although other work from home opportunities also exist. Some of these positions are full-time with set schedules, and many more offer flexible schedules that allow you the time to continue building your own business. It’s easy to apply, and I’ve listed a few reputable virtual call center examples below:

Learn more about Liveops Apply here

Learn more about Aspire Lifestyles (previously VIPdesk) Apply here

Learn more about Asurion Careers Apply here

Learn more about Apple Jobs Apply here

Please feel free to comment with your questions, we encourage it. YOUR Virtual Service Group loves to support small business owners, it’s what we do!
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Constant Contact Infographic ~ “How and Why do Consumers LIKE and subscribe?”

Why do consumers LIKE our small business Facebook Fan Pages?

Why do consumers LIKE our small business Facebook Fan Pages?

One question many of us with Facebook fan pages and email Newsletters, ask ourselves is “Why do folks LIKE our page and end up signing up for our e-Newsletter?” If you are as interested as we are, you may find the research conducted by Constant Contact helpful in your daily social media operations. Please feel free to leave us a comment including your small business fan page link, we will be happy to drop by and give you a LIKE!

We love to support small business owners at YVSG, it’s what we do!

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Why and How Consumers Like and Subscribe
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