SVA put together 10 baby-steps to becoming a VA – a must-read for any aspiring assistants! Continue reading
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
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.
Best Newcomer VA (Under 15 months in business as at 31st March 2015)
VA of the Year (More than 15 months in business as at 31st March 2015)
Outstanding VA – Category Specialist Awards (Categories to be announced.)
If you are interested in entering the awards, please e-mail email@example.com. First closing date for entries will be 15th April 2015.
Please spread the word and support this valuable new initiative, in order that the enormous benefits Virtual Assistants bring, may be shared with the wider business community.
Regular updates can be found on Twitter, if you follow @vaconference and @bemyva .
The Federation of Small Business recently launched a big study into home working in Scotland… obviously more relevant to those north of the border, but nevertheless an interesting read when you look at the headline figures!
- Home working is worth £19 BILLION to the Scottish economy.
- 1 in 5 people employed by the private sector work from home.
- Business services (i.e. like being a VA!) make up 12% of the home based sector.
- Over half (54%) have been trading for more than 10 years.
You can grab more on the report here:
A VA asked me today how she could get more hits to her website, it had been up for several months and was averaging just a few hits a day… Now firstly whilst this seems a bit rubbish, it’s actually not unusual for a VA website – here’s the average number of hits our members get:
Secondly there are a few nifty shortcuts you can do… Continue reading
If 2015 is your year for blossoming into a confident business woman, this book is a great first step. Written by Sheryl Sandberg of Facebook fame, it examines why women aren’t succeeding in business when they are getting better marks than their male counterparts at school and university.
For VAs, I think it also poses some real questions about work:life balance and our value in the home. I swear by the end of it you will be pushing rubber gloves at your significant other and heading out to a networking event (or at least signing up to Lean In’s inspiration Facebook group, which I highly recommend!).
We have a beautiful hardback book to giveaway…
T&Cs: You must be UK based and only one entry per person – winning entry will be randomly chosen on 30 January 2015.
As part of the International Year of the Secretary/Assistant 2014, participating organisations are developing themes for their members in order to raise awareness of Secretaries and Assistants throughout the world… This month is:
From here to the next 30 years…
All successful people men and women are big dreamers. They imagine what their future could be, ideal in every respect, and then they work every day toward their distant vision, that goal or purpose.
– Brian Tracy Continue reading
Fresh from the success of its fifth edition last month, office* has been crowned ‘Best PA Industry Event’ 2014. It won the popular vote at pa-assist.com’s Members Voice Awards, which were announced on 21 November.
Having already won widespread support from across the UK’s PA and office manager community, with 86% of surveyed visitors rating the 2014 show as excellent/good, office* can now count many of pa-assist.com’s members amongst its legion of fans. According to pa-assist.com, a total of 7,649 votes were cast across its six award categories.
Please click here for the full article.