SVA put together 10 baby-steps to becoming a Virtual Assistant – a must-read for any aspiring assistant! Continue reading
Punctuation is a (not so secret) code: dots and squiggles that help you make sense of what you are reading. Crack the code and you have the meaning; encode your writing carefully and your reader will get the message you intended.
Joanna Gutmann, author of the iPhone app ‘Dots & Squiggles’, offers tips for some of the awkward marks.
Most problems with the code are with the marks known to be tricky; the semi-colon is a case in point. See that semi colon? I could have put a full stop but I wanted to keep the information in one sentence with a pause. Because both parts would stand alone as sentences, the pause is indicated by a semi-colon not a comma.
The apostrophe is the mark that causes most confusion. In fact the code is simpler than many realise. Ask yourself two questions:
1. What is owned?
2. Who owns it? Continue reading
Was at a launch party for a really ace co-working space in Glasgow last night – there was (as ever!!) a little collection of VAs, and I thought I should just pop a small explanation on here as Michelle Smith caught me wearing exactly the same outfit I was wearing last time she saw me at Northern VA Collab too!
Michelle is too polite to say anything, but I thought I’d explain the reason:
I’m doing Project 333!
The theory behind it is that you have just 33 items in your wardrobe, things that you love and make you feel great to wear. You rotate them every 3 months, so you can change with the seasons, but it avoids having a wardrobe stuffed full of clothes and nothing to wear. The dress in question is this one:
Me, in the middle with denim dress!
Those lovely people @ The Bluffers Guide gave me a copy of this to give away…
A really fun read and great present for those you are encouraging into the world of self-employment! (Great present for start up clients too!)
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Usual rules – you must be based in the UK, no alternative prize is available, one entry per person, competition closes on 1st July 2016.
I’ve had a fair few emails recently from newbies asking why they can’t sign up and get straight on the SVA directory… Well here’s why:
When we started SVA, we did it with the collaboration of a number of VAs, and our strength has always come from sharing our experiences, joining together and working with (not against) one another.
Joining just to get listed on the FIND A VA page goes against the ethos of SVA and we had a lot of people doing just that then not contributing anything to the industry at all – that’s not what we wanted, so our delay in allowing people to apply is so they get to know a little bit about how SVA works so they understand that unique spirit of collaboration.
So as a newbie here’s our best advice:
- Join in and get to know some of the VAs – post on the forum, join the Facebook groups, etc.
- You will get an invite to join, keep an eye on your email!
- Meantime you are very welcome to use the community logos and link with us.
- Make sure you comply with all our rules for approved members – you will be asked to certify this before being activated on the site.
- Be patient – the list is managed by volunteers who usually update once per week, so making sure you fill in all data straight away will minimise delays.