The 2-Second Commute

Join the Exploding Ranks of the Freelance Virtual Assistants

Author:Christine Durst and Michael Haaren
ISBN-13: 978-1-56414-792-9
Pages: 288
Dimensions: 5.25 x 8.25 inches
Format: Paper
Price: $14.99

Virtual Assistants work from home, providing everything from administrative
support to high-end consulting via email, phone and fax. Predicted to be a
$130 billion industry by 2008, they don’t commute, they set their own hours,
and they get to spend time with their kids.

Wouldn’t you like to be a VA, too?

Christine Durst founded the Virtual Assistant industry in 1995 from a
basement office in rural Connecticut. Michael Haaren, an ex-Wall Street
attorney (who grew up in a log cabin), was one of her clients. Together they
launched Staffcentrix, a leading VA training company, and the International
Virtual Assistants Association, built the first Portable Career/Virtual
Assistant Training Program for the Armed Forces, presented at the United
Nations, and transformed the Virtual Assistant movement into a global

Drawing on years of experience training and mentoring Virtual Assistants
around the world, Chris and Mike take the mystery out of home-based virtual
careers, and help you avoid the common pitfalls, too.

In The 2-Second Commute, you’ll learn how to

•  Market the skills you already have
•  Overcome shyness to get the work you want
•  Launch your VA business on a shoestring
•  Use the business to strengthen your family
•  And much more!

The 2-Second Commute’s self-assessment exercises will help you decide
whether the VA path is a good fit for you, or if you need to acquire new skills
before setting out. Interviews with successful VAs, VA clients, and telework
industry experts will help you find good clients and projects ASAP (and avoid
bad ones), and leverage your first assignment toward a foundation of
consistent cashflow that meets your financial and work-life goals.

Along the way, you’ll meet people who will support and inspire you to do what
you, too, may have often longed to do – bid farewell to the rat race, earn a
respectable income, and spend more time with your family.

Christine Durst and Michael Haaren co-founded Staffcentrix
(, a leader in VA training, and the International Virtual
Assistants Association (, the industry’s premier regulatory
organization. They appear often in such media as Business Week, Fortune,
and The Wall Street Journal, and publish frequently on virtual career issues.
Chris resides with her two children in Woodstock, Connecticut, and Mike
resides in Sterling, Virginia.  Visit their site to learn more

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