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About Cynda Pike

Cynda Pike is Virtual Gurus' blogger and VoIP manager. She also writes web content and horror film screenplays. Check out her articles at, and her website

What’s It Like To Be A Virtual Assistant?

How many of us have interactions like this on a regular basis? "What do you do for a living?" "I work from home as a virtual guru." "Wow, I would love to do that!" At Virtual Gurus, we provide services to individuals, organizations or companies via the Internet. It is an excellent work-at-home opportunity and one [...]

By |April 20th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

Speed Things Up – How To Understand The Internet Speed Test

Ok everybody, raise your hands if you’ve been in this situation before... You move into your new swank house or apartment and go through the usual rigmarole to get your Internet set up. The Internet customer service representative rattles off bundles, plans and download speeds which, after a while, sound like a bunch of gibberish. This [...]

By |April 11th, 2017|Productivity, Technology, tests, tools|1 Comment

To Do: Try A New To Do List

Many of us rely on productivity rituals and tools to help us become more organized and effective with our time. There are the most common methods: to do lists, calendar scheduling and time tracking. All of these have benefits and drawbacks. To do lists can become impossibly long, calendar scheduling can become overwhelming (planning my [...]

By |April 6th, 2017|Blog, motivation, Productivity, tools, Virtual Workplace|0 Comments

How To Write Better Emails And Get Better Results

Guess what peeps? The latest statistics on email claim we spend A LOT of time wading through the inbox. Despite all the productivity blogs and books on how to streamline emails, we’re still spending significant amounts of time reading and replying. So, given that the inbox crawl is not going away anytime soon, let’s focus on [...]

By |April 4th, 2017|Blog, Business, Productivity, Virtual Workplace|0 Comments

Virtual Assistant Spotlight – Chantal Bertrand

At Canadian Virtual Gurus, our greatest resource is our team of highly skilled virtual assistants! This month we shine the spotlight on virtual assistant Chantal Bertrand. Chantal originally hails from Ottawa, Ontario and has extensive (over 20 years!) IT experience. She studied network administration in British Columbia where she quickly became a DOS and mainframe [...]

Get More From Google Drive

If you’re a virtual worker, it’s likely you’ve had to try out a variety of file storage and sharing systems. There’s many different offerings such as Dropbox and Hightail, but most Gmail users have rallied around Google Drive. Google Drive does what any file sharing tool does – store, synchronize and share, but it does [...]

By |March 28th, 2017|Productivity, productivity tools, Technology, tools|0 Comments

Super Cool Cell Phone Hacks

For most of us, cell phones are our life line to just about everything, whether it be personal or work related. Virtual workers rely on cell phones for staying connected to clients and managing their work. Like the Mac and PC users, some of us swear by Androids and others, by the iPhone. Whichever one [...]

By |March 23rd, 2017|cellular phone, productivity tools, Technology|0 Comments

The Other Distractions – Staying Focused In Your Home Office

Unless you’ve been living in a cave for the past few weeks, you’ve probably seen the hilarious viral video of this very, very serious professor being ambushed by his children during a BBC interview. For anyone working in a home office, the scenario is a familiar one. No matter what we do to keep our [...]

The Best Music For Work? Try These Playlists!

For virtual assistants working from home, the unique challenges often pale in comparison to the benefits. Nothing like having your own personal bathroom, for example, and never having to walk in heels again! Another perk of working from home is total control of the radio. No more cloying easy listening stations or headphones; you are [...]

How To Write A Better Facebook Ad

If you handle social media for clients, at one time or another you may have to work on advertising campaigns. Many businesses use Facebook for advertising. This is a good idea, if simply for the massive audience you can reach. The problem is many users don’t fully understand how to create an effective Facebook ad. [...]

By |March 14th, 2017|Blog, facebook, marketing, social media|0 Comments

How To Use Zapier For Notifications

For virtual assistants, juggling multiple clients and tasks is part of a daily routine. As your client base grows, the need for shortcuts and time savers increases as well. This is where the web automation tool, Zapier, is a great resource. Zapier is a tool that connects web apps to perform automated tasks. To do this, [...]

By |March 9th, 2017|Blog, Productivity, Technology, tools, virtual assistant|0 Comments

Gmail Labs – Tips For Using Gmail’s Experimental Features

Gmail has many powerful features and it’s easy to use, which is why it’s become so universally popular. But did you know some of the features, such as send and archive, were once part of the collection of feature hopefuls in Gmail Labs? Gmail Labs, the experimental turf where features either do or die, is [...]

By |March 7th, 2017|Blog, Business, Productivity, Technology, virtual worker|0 Comments

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