Hilde van den Braak

Ethics when working virtually


Ethics in client relationships

Ethics in Client Relationships



The Pro’s and Con’s of Using Instagram for Social Media Marketing

instagram for social media marketingMany of us have seen photos that employ the use of Instagram technology to achieve a desired look.  Often times, this method revolves around slightly modifying the brightness, contrast and hues of a photograph to display a weathered and classical appearance.  Since the launch of this technology into the mainstream public just over one year ago, Instagram has enjoyed a massive amount of success in social networks and other photo sharing communities.  Thus, some of us may be wondering as to whether Instagram for social media marketing campaigns is effective.  Let us take a quick look at some of the benefits and pitfalls of utilising such a technology. Continue reading

Thanks to a GREAT team!

Giving Thanks!  A few weeks ago I had a family emergency. It was quite bad, and it meant that I was out of reach for a week. I had only my Blackberry and a serious situation on my hands… Continue reading

Belated 1 Year Anniversary

August 2011 Hilde van den Braak and Christine Bearse decided to join forces and started VBBAssociates. A lot has happened in this past year. Both Hilde and Christine started with approximately 3/4 clients each and now after one year, VBBAssociates… Continue reading

I hate school, but love powersearchingwithgoogle

I really hate school and I hate being in a class even more. I have had to do some courses for my work over the course of my career. And I´ve always hated them. Being in a classroom with people… Continue reading

How to Become a Virtual Assistant

I am writing this blog post because of a book I have been asked to review. It is Become A Virtual Assistant by Tess Strand. You can buy it here or here.

Of course, I was rather flattered. I… Continue reading

Connecting, reconnecting – and a valuable lesson learned

This week I was on Twitter, Skype, Facebook, LinkedIn and Pinterest. I spoke with a schoolfriend I hadn´t seen for 30 odd years, exchanged photos with someone in Jerez, reconnected with a friend of 22 years with whom I shared… Continue reading

The best is yet to come…..

and babe won´t it be fine. it is one of our favorite songs, especially when performed by Nancy Wilson.

Van den Braak, Bearse & Associates started in August 2011. We were hopeful that we would build a better and stronger… Continue reading

When Not to Rely on your Network

Our virtual world relies on networking. We sit at home doing all our work with the computer, we find our clients, but also our solutions online. For this we need our network. The network we have carefully built through our… Continue reading

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