Top 10 Tips for Becoming a VA

SVA put together 10 baby-steps to becoming a VA – a must-read for any aspiring assistants! Continue reading

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SVA Newsletter July 2015

Hi there,Virtual PA-233

It’s been a while so this is really a very brief round up of what’s been going on recently…

Back to normal next month!


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New Ofcom Changes to Non-Geographic Numbers


From 1st July 2015, Ofcom are bringing in changes to how calls made to most non-geographic numbers will be charged, as well as requiring these charges to be displayed wherever these numbers are promoted. Continue reading

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Virtual Assistants and Law Firms

We are in the midst of a technological revolution and suddenly everyone has access to the newest and latest technology. School children have smart phones with more computing power than the computers that put the first rocket on the moon. Despite this abundance of new technology there is still a lack of acceptance by some professions to adopt these new technologies and instead they are slow on the uptake despite all the benefits it offers them. Continue reading

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The IPSE Freelancer Awards

Are you one of the UK’s 4.5 million self-employed people? Would you like to win £5,000 to help your business reach its potential? How about also winning business support, technologies, media and presentation training?

The ISPE Freelancer Awards is a national competition to find the UK’s most exciting, ambitious and enterprising self-employed people.

Closing date is 1st September 2015 with the awards ceremony being held on 12th November 2015 in London.

To enter the competition visit the IPSE website it now

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Newbie VA Session

This was recorded back in Sept 2012 as part of our online conference “The Big Meet” – enjoy!

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Are You Ready For ‘UK Calling’ – Must Read If You Have A Non-Geographic Phone Number.

From 1st July 2015, the way calls are billed is changing, and unless your number is a standard landline (01, 02), an 03 number or a UK mobile (07) these changes are going to affect your business.

All service charged numbers will be spit into 2 costs; the ACCESS CHARGE which is set by the phone company (contact them to confirm this charge) and the SERVICE CHARGE which the company being called (you) decides on.

Both charges must be made clear to customers and so it is important you review all your websites, business cards etc. to ensure you are in keeping with the law.

The changes are explained more fully here


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Exclusive £300 Voucher Towards Training Qualification

Executive Secretary Magazine is giving away an exclusive discount towards specialist training for the ACEPA (The Advanced Certificate for the
Executive Personal Assistant.)

The even will run in London on 15th – 19th June 2015.

To get your voucher and book click on this link.

Benefits of Booking:
Gain an accredited certificate approved by a UK regulated body (Qualifi)
Use the post-nominal ACEPA™ on your CV, business card and LinkedIn profile.
Show that you have completed international qualifications and that you maintain the skills and experience to manage effectively on a national, regional and global level.


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Want to balance work and motherhood? Here’s why it doesn’t add up…

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I read this article in the Guardian recently.

Essentially this mum was sidelined when she returned to work after having her child and feels that employers don’t value mothers. I fundamentally disagree with her – employers *do* value mothers which is why they collectively groan when a women gives them the happy news that they are going to be a mum.

I can see this from both sides, both as a business owner and as a mum. As a business owner, I am going to have to pay out handsomely for your ability to procreate… here’s why: Continue reading

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VA Conference and Awards 2015.

On November 2015, the Beaumont Estate Conference Centre will hold the The VA Award Grand Finals. However, after speaking with and getting feedback from VAs it has been decided that this year the VA Awards are going on the road!

Regional and National Awards ceremonies will be held in conjunction with other events, up and down the country. For more information please check the VA Conference and Awards Website.

This new structure will allow the talents and variety of virtual assistant roles to be showcased to the business community.

Awards include: Continue reading

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Book Competition: Work From Home – Judy Heminsley

WFHIf you are thinking of starting a business from home, there’s an element of risk… I vividly remember the first day in my new business trying to set up the broadband and reaching for the phone to call IT – only to realise I WAS the IT dept!

A small dilemma – but Judy Hemlinsley deals with the nitty gritty of setting up effective systems alongside some of the other complaints I often hear from VAs about working from home – loneliness, lack of motivation, distractions, procrastination… I don’t think it’s a side that often gets discussed and yet I’m willing to bet that lack of human contact is one of the top reasons people give up being a VA!


T&Cs: You must be UK based and only one entry per person – winning entry will be randomly chosen on 31st March 2015.

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