Pen Pals Newsletter | Giving Thanks

Hello Pen Pals, I know it is very early in the month of November, but it’s never too early to give thanks. Even though the “big meal” is not for another few weeks, I want to take this time to thank the people that mean the world to us, our clients. This month, instead of […]

Pen Pals Newsletter | Spooky October

Hello Pen Pals, October can be spooky for lots of reasons, not just Halloween. In the stock market, the third Wednesday of September is known as triple witching, when three major indices that market watchers look at occur on the same day. That means that investors can get spooked even before October begins. If you look at the month […]

Pen Pals Newsletter | Labor Crunch

Hello Pen Pals, I hope everyone had a safe and relaxing Labor Day! For many, this holiday represents the end of summer and the beginning of another school year. Students are returning, but many teachers are not returning to their classrooms. In June 2023, about 51,000 teachers and other educational staff quit their jobs across America. According to the Bureau […]

Pen Pals Newsletter | VA vs VA

Hello Pen Pals, In the 1968 sci-ficlassic 2001: A Space Odyssey, HAL the computer says, “I’m sorry, Dave. I’m afraid I can’t do that.” It’s the kind of line that stops you cold. The audience suddenly learns that the computer has a mind of its own. Scary stuff. HAL is a computer designed to control […]

Pen Pals Newsletter | From Start Up to Started

Hello Pen Pals, This month marks a milestone. One year ago, this month, I finished my business plan. I got my EIN number from the government and filled out my LLC paperwork so I could get Red Pen Virtual Assistants started. Soon after, I got my first client. It’s been a great year and a […]

Pen Pals Newsletter | Coffee or Tea?

Hello Pen Pals, The pandemic made many of us reevaluate how and where we were working. I know many of you left your offices in 2020 and haven’t returned. Many jobs can be done at home just as effectively as in an office. A study I recently read from last year found that 61% of […]