Why are some people so negative all the time?

Okay, so I just have to start February off by saying one thing – “Stop Being So Negative!!!”

I have the kind of personality where I am 99% positive all the time (the other 1% is me complaining about Michigan weather).  I feel like negativity just brings people down and makes a bad situation worse.  There are not a whole lot of positive people in this world, and it’s really frustrating.  Sometimes I feel like I’m in a world all my own.  Is anyone out here with me???

Here’s the thing… I am a busy entrepreneur, mom, wife, daughter, sister, and friend.  I juggle my own business, my teenage boys, my widowed mother, a house, normal human responsibilities, and I find time to exercise, read, and learn new things.  BUT…I know some people who think I’m crazy.  Why?  Because I like to better myself?  Because I want to be successful?  Because I want to make some kind of change in the world, even if it is small?

Am I perfect?  Hell no!  I just don’t believe in people sitting around waiting for good things to happen to them.  You have to go out and make it happen, people!  You have to work hard, put your time in, put some effort into your passions, create a life you want by doing what you want, and hopefully, good things will happen!

Since my audience is entrepreneurs, I wanted to share this with you!  I want to tell you that you have to go after what you want.  You have to push hard and learn new things and put yourself out there.  One of my fears is talking face-to-face with people (which is why I love being a Virtual Assistant).  I get severe anxiety over meeting new people.  But, when I’m behind my desk I don’t mind having phone calls with new people.  And I must be good at it because 90% of new calls turn into new clients.

My point here:  I stay positive and push through.  I remain professional and contain my anxiety and move forward.  I hope to have my own physical building one day.  I also want to have other professionals around me, where we’re all working together to make a difference in our community, doing what we love.  That’s my goal within the next couple years.  How do I plan to get there?  By continuing to build my business and by staying positive!!!

Can you share your positive stories, your successes, or your dreams in the comments below?  I’d love to hear how you’ve built your business and reached your goals!!!  And I bet you stayed positive the whole way!!!

Elizabeth Debol
Executive Virtual Assistant


Helping Companies Improve Turnover Rates

I’m the founder of V.A.S.T and the owner of Business Virtual Services, LLC. For the last 6 years, I have been working with business owners of all industries.  I connect with all my clients on a personal and professional level, and over time I’ve grown as a professional.  I’ve come to realize how much I really enjoy working with people.  I have a great sense of how people relate to business and how their work ethic and personality can fiercely effect whether they succeed or not.

Because of these amazing experiences, I realized it was time for my business to grow by offering recruiting services for business owners.  In today’s world with constant job hopping, immature attitudes, social media obsessions, and a lack of work ethic, I think it’s extremely important to take the time to find perfect employees.

Due to my experience and the frustration I’ve seen/heard from my clients, I know that making more of an effort and spending a little more money & time on certain business decisions has a long-lasting effect on the company as a whole.

I plan to dedicate my time supporting business owners as they take the journey into finding AND keeping great employees.

I also plan to assist job seekers in finding that perfect position for them, educate them on professionalism, and advance their talents along the way.

If you’re an employee or an employer looking to support, feel free to contact me!


My Why:

There is something to be said about past experiences.  Our past shapes us, and our future gives us opportunities to grow.  I have worked numerous jobs, quit jobs, been fired from jobs, hated jobs, loved jobs, you name it.  I’ve worked 12 hour days, 8 hour days, and 3 hour days. I’ve started businesses, ended businesses, and changed careers. I’ve been to college, earned a degree, taken online certification classes, and read countless books. My point…I’ve done it all.

The best decision I’ve ever made was to stay home with my kids when they were little.  I started my own home daycare and worked 70 hours a week. When they started school, I cleaned houses and worked 20 hours a week.  I then started a business being a Virtual Assistant, and have never looked back. My family was my WHY.

Now, I find myself wanting to do more, wanting to help others, wanting to really make a difference.  I see my husband come home every night frustrated with a non-functioning HR department at his job, feeling unappreciated and unmotivated because his employer has no idea what it’s like to engage, encourage, and retain his best employees.  I see my special needs son turning 16 soon, being old enough to work, yet not knowing if he can find a job to fit his disability.  They are my WHY.

I want to encourage job seekers to keep going. I want to support business owners by educating. I want to work with people and make a difference. This is my WHY.


My Guarantee:

I believe that the length of time it takes to complete something is just as important to success as the quality of the work.  I work extremely efficient and I am a very productive person.  I have a small staff of individuals who support me, and together, we want to give you a GUARANTEE that we will find you that perfect candidate in less than 2 WEEKS.

This means that if you are looking to hire a new employee, I guarantee that we will find you the perfect candidate in less than 2 WEEKS. And if you are a job seeker, I guarantee that we will help improve your job offers in less than 2 WEEKS.

Just remember one thing…I am authentic. I will give you my very best, but in return, I expect the very best from you. It’s a team effort from my staff members, myself, and my clients!

My guarantee is my way of saying I will work hard for you, I will provide quality work, and I will show you results.


V.A.S.T. Recruiting Services was created for two reasons:

1) To assist hiring managers and business owners find the perfect employees for their businesses without breaking the bank.

2) To advance amazing talent and support job seekers by helping them enhance their career goals.

Companies have to understand how important it is to treat their employees with respect, and they need to learn how to manage incredible talent, motive their staff, engage their teams, express their appreciation, and retain their employees they so badly want to keep. WE CAN HELP by starting with the #1 important task: The Recruiting Process

Employers / Business Owners:

Do you know your WHY?  Why did you start your business?  Why are you looking to hire?  Why do you do what you do every day? Why are you looking for recruiting help?  Why are you growing your business?  Why do you want to find the perfect candidates?  Why do you need to replace workers?  Why are you looking for new workers?  Why aren’t you keeping your current workers?

Job Seekers:

Do you know your WHY? Why are you looking for a job?  Why did your last job not work out?  Why are you seeking help?  Why did you pick the career you’re in?  Why do you need recruiting support?  Why don’t you pick a new career?  Why are you unhappy at your current job?  Why don’t you have a current job?  Why are you settling for a job you don’t like?


Do you want to lose money, productivity, and employee morale because you’re simply not hiring the right people?

Do you need to hire an asset to your company, but don’t have the time to advertise a job description, screen all the candidates, make interview calls, and write up job offers?

Let us help you find that perfect new employee so your turnover is less and your productivity is greater!

Are you ready to have professionals take on this tedious task?

Please NOTE that we do NOT have candidates on hand.  We are not that type of recruiting business.   We cater to the employer and find what they need based on open positions.  We do all the legwork and find you exactly what your business needs.

We are a unique business and want to work with YOU to make your business the best it can be!

Please click HERE to learn more about how we can help you!

(we currently support the AUTOMOTIVE industry, the CHILDCARE industry, and the DIRECT CARE industry).

Thanks for reading!

Elizabeth Debol
Virtual Recruiting Specialist

Event Marketing Presentation

Since I work with mainly business coaches who need assistance with event marketing, I recently put together this presentation to help coaches fill seats to their events in 2018.

I hope this information is very helpful!

Download the rest of the slides by clicking on the link below:

Event Marketing Presentation

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions!  🙂

Elizabeth Debol
Executive Virtual Assistant

Topic: Holiday Parties at Work

I did some research to find some great links that talk about holiday parties in the workplace.  I hope you find this information very helpful this time of year.

A Fun List of Holiday Work Party Ideas – The Balance


Holiday Party – The Balance


Office Holiday Parties Your Employees Want to Attend | Inc.com


76 Corporate Holiday Party Ideas Employees Will Love | Roaming …


15 Office Holiday Party Ideas for Teams of Every Size (and Budget …


5 Creative Ideas For Throwing An Office Holiday Party People Will Love


25 Epic Office Party Ideas That’ll Have Everyone Buzzing for Weeks


Office Holiday Party Etiquette | Monster.com


How to Keep Your Office Holiday Party From Being Lame – CNBC.com


9 Unique Company Holiday Party Themes | Tasty Catering


How To Host a Company Holiday Party Your Employees Want to Attend


Holiday Office Party Do’s and Don’ts | Quintessential LiveCareer


Work Christmas Party Dos and Don’ts – The Muse


The Rise of the Remote-Work Holiday Party – The Atlantic


How to Network at Your Holiday Work Party | Monster.com


Do’s and Don’ts for Making the Company Holiday Party Work for You


6 Tips for a Fun, Affordable Holiday Party – Entrepreneur


5 Tips for Office Holiday Party Planning – Punchbowl


The Office Christmas Party: Holiday Survival Party Tips


Office holiday party etiquette rules – Business Insider


Holiday Parties and Employer Liability | TriNet


Office holiday party etiquette – Boston.com



Elizabeth Debol
Executive Virtual Assistant

Why You Should Hire an Individual with a Disability

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, In 2016, 17.9 percent of persons with a disability were employed.  In contrast, the employment-population ratio for those without a disability was 65.3 percent.

What really frustrates me the most is that these individuals sometimes don’t even have a chance to prove to employers that they can be a benefit to the company.  Whether it’s a lack of communication skills, or a disconnect due to social deficits, good candidates are often (too often) overlooked.  This isn’t because of someone’s disability.  It’s because of those employers or hiring managers who don’t understand the disability.  They also don’t take the time to learn exactly what positive attributes these individuals can bring to their companies.

Also according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, persons with a disability are less likely to have completed a bachelor’s degree or higher than those with no disability. Among both groups, those who had attained higher levels of education were more likely to be employed than those with less education.

Individuals with a disability often have an extremely high IQ.  Or they have a special interest in a related subject to the place they hope to work some day.  And even though they may not have a degree, they are still very capable (if not sometimes more capable) of being highly skilled employee for a specific job position.

Now obviously some jobs require certain education.  And that’s very understandable.  But, every brick and mortar business needs help with cleaning.  Every business needs help with organization.  Every business needs something done that others don’t want to do.  Why?  Because these specific positions are often mundane and repetitive, and require little to no social contact with others.  These are often the BEST opportunities for disabled individuals!

Here’s something to ponder over.  My husband used to go into a McDonald’s (on a fairly regular basis) near his work.  He said there was a man with special needs who greeted him every time he walked in the door.  He was always usually cleaning the tables, cleaning the floors, or emptying trash. And the best part, he always had a smile on his face.  My husband looked forward to going into that specific McDonald’s every week, just to see this man’s passion and attitude.  My husband said that he enjoyed the enthusiasm that man had for his job, and his nice disposition made my husband’s day.  I can guarantee that when my husband went back to work, he didn’t feel that way about his colleagues.  

My point?  A degree doesn’t make you a great employee.  Passion, enthusiasm, and disposition does.  A deep love for your job does.  The way others feel when they’re around you does.  

I challenge business owners to just give someone with a disability a chance.  Go that extra mile to seek out someone who has the passion for just one task at your company.  Special needs individuals give 110%.  They don’t complain.  They’re happy all the time.  They never miss work.  They don’t ask for time off.  They spread joy and inspiration.  And they’ll do anything for anybody.  Who wouldn’t want an employee like that?

Elizabeth Debol
Virtual Recruiting Specialist

Jeeps and the Fallacy of Business Ownership (Guest Post)

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Do you know how many people love Jeeps?  I’m talking about the gritty style of Jeep, the no doors, no roof, barely a seat type Jeep.  The vehicle that camps out next to motorcycles in the dictionary under the word “freedom”.  The answer is most people.  I am one of those people and I bet you are too.

You see, I used to have a motorcycle.  It was incredible to ride and the freedom it brought was uplifting.  The thing about riding a motorcycle as any motorcyclist will tell you is that motorcyclists wave to each other.  As you pass by them, without knowing them personally, you know something about them.  Which brings some camaraderie.  So you wave and you feel good.  That other rider gets it.

The something you know about them is that they have an endurance and a desire for freedom and happiness.  Much like most business owners.

However, I also had a kid, and they don’t make baby seats for motorcycles.  I tried to convince my wife that I could make one and she was pretty clear on that not being acceptable.  So I sold the motorcycle and bought a Jeep.  It turns out that Jeep drivers wave too.  So I started waving to Jeep drivers.

The challenge came in when I would see a Jeep on a beautiful summer day and the driver still had the top and doors on.  They were probably even using their air conditioning.  Waving to them would open the gate for waving to anybody in a vehicle with a top and doors.  That is a lot of waving.  So though the Jeep drivers had the means to portray that they get it, they clearly did not get it.  So I do not wave to them.  They do not understand the endurance, freedom and happiness anymore than the minivan next to them.

Business owners are like that as well.  Some businesses are set up to have employees or contractors doing a lot, if not, most of the work.  The business owner can work on other ventures or go for a drive with no worries.   Their business is running itself.  Other business owners are really just job owners.  They are like the Jeep with the top and doors on.  They have yet to experience the freedom available to a business owner.  So though they have the tools to experience this freedom, they are not utilizing them.

My point is simply this, are you driving your business with the top and doors on, enclosed and limited?  Or are you enjoying the breeze, sun and freedom that driving your business without the top and doors can bring to your business?  Some Jeep owners are completely fine with the look of the Jeep.  The look that says, “Someday, these doors will be popped off.”  Other owners understand that someday never comes and some vehicles were not meant to have doors on.

As a business owner you have a huge opportunity to enjoy this freedom.  All you need to do is take your doors off.  Get employees to work your systems, contract out other tasks and get your business aligned to work for you, instead of you for it.  Then wave to the others that do the same.

James Kademan is a Business Coach for Draw In Customers Business Coaching in Madison, Wisconsin. When he isn’t driving his Jeep with his family, he is busy guiding entrepreneurs to success in business and beyond. He blogs successfully to the world at www.drawincustomers.com. If you are considering hiring a business coach, take a moment to call James at (608)210-2221. Make the decision today to enjoy the freedom your business can bring you.

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