SVA put together 10 baby-steps to becoming a VA – a must-read for any aspiring assistants! Continue reading
One of our members Debbie Condon agreed to share her clever timesheet which tracks how long you spend on each project – download it below! Continue reading
Our guest blogger Helen of Discovering Work Life Harmony plots the ups and downs of working from home.
I’ve been working from home for eight years now. Before that I’d worked from home on the odd occasion, but the majority of my working life had been office based. I remember thinking very carefully about whether working from home was the right thing for me. I wasn’t too worried about my motivation or ability to work from home, but I was concerned about the potential social isolation. But having weighed up the pros and cons (or what I thought they were at the time), I made the decision to accept a new job that involved remote working.
I guess I had some pre-conceived ideas about what working from home would be like. I knew I wouldn’t spend all day in my pyjamas watching daytime telly with a laptop on my knee. But I probably did focus on what I perceived to be the positive aspects of working from home. I hadn’t anticipated some of the negatives of working from home.
So what have I found to be the main pros and cons of working from home? Continue reading
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We’ll be putting some free resources up there and links to some useful posts plus you can ask questions in a closed forum, chat and inspire one another!
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Lots of great articles on the website this month and we’re also after your input on what you’d like in the free summary for the SVA Survey.
Caroline Continue reading
My attempt at a desk… practical? Yes. Creative? No!
I watched my 3 year old playing Lego today and realised it’s really very similar to running a business – first you need an idea, you need the building blocks as basics, and you need to execute the plan.
My husband has huge creativity – they attempt to build airplanes and bridges and stations with escalators and subways interconnecting. I’m more your common builder with a practical view, building stuff which is likely to withstand a toddler playing with it.
I wish I had more of the imaginative stuff in my business though… sure, I can write some great copy or execute a decent marketing campaign – but the vision to start these things is often something which falls off the bottom of my To Do list underneath the 12 million other things which demand my attention.
But my point is, you need both the practical and the imaginative to build a business. And that my friends is the challenge…
Inspired by this article: http://www.vapromag.co.uk/5-reasons-why-its-ok-to-keep-your-va-business-small/ I thought I’d share a couple of my own insights into why small is beautiful when it comes to VA businesses… Continue reading