SVA put together 10 baby-steps to becoming a VA – a must-read for any aspiring assistants! Continue reading
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:
Leadership skills for the Secretary/Admin Assistant
If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader. – John Quincy Adams Continue reading
An awkward email was received in my inbox today – awkward for a few reasons:
- It wasn’t addressed to me but to another VA
- It was clearly a mass mailout untailored to my business and touting for work with a skill which I don’t offer to my clients and wouldn’t be interested in offering
- It had spelling mistakes in it
- It was from a home email address
What does this tell me about the VA? Continue reading
“We’re virtual assistants – not Del Boy and Rodney down the high street”
“I don’t want to come across as being pushy or annoying”
“My aim is to build a small business not an empire, why do I need to know about sales?”
Just a few of the comments I’ve had over the years about why people don’t want to follow up on their marketing leads… This always strikes me as odd – a bit like climbing halfway up the mountain only to go back down again without seeing the top. Continue reading
Back in 2011, I made a fairly radical departure from my working life… Up until that point, I’d been a fairly unusual virtual assistant because I worked from an office which was just round the corner from my little flat.
When we moved to a much bigger house which needed rather a lot of work doing to it, having me on site to project manage was not only possible but also sensible too. So I built my own little organisational corner here.
Three years on, what’s worked and what did I change from my original plan?
Last year Francesca Greens got in touch asking me to share with her a little bit about the technology I use to run my VA business… It was a pretty in-depth questionnaire and she spent time researching the whole industry and selecting a variety of types of VA to speak to.
The resulting book is a really interesting stand alone research project, as well as an informative read! Continue reading
Had a lovely email today from a VA who attended our BIG MEET event nearly 2 years ago… All that time she’s been plotting and planning her VA business and is finally in a position to launch – hooray!
She also asked me a very relevant question:
Will I be in danger of reading about becoming a VA rather than actually being a VA?
In other words, should she get stuck in or does research pay off? Continue reading
As part of my personal streamlining process, I stumbled across Project333. Essentially the idea is that you have just 33 items in your wardrobe that you wear for 3 months. This sounded easy for me, as I’m not a clothes horse, nor do I really ever leave my cupboard. Continue reading