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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IYOTSA 2014: Leadership skills for the Secretary/Admin Assistant

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

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How not to get work as a newbie virtual assistant

An awkward email was received in my inbox today – awkward for a few reasons:

  1. It wasn’t addressed to me but to another VA
  2. 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
  3. It had spelling mistakes in it
  4. It was from a home email address

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Non Sales-y Sales for Virtual Assistants

“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

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The home office

From outside

From outside

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?

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Society of Virtual Assistants Newsletter: July 2014

Hi there,Virtual PA-233

My inbox seems to be overflowing at the moment – I apologise if I’ve been a bit tardy getting back to anyone!  I had a really good newbie question about researching the VA industry.  I published my response because it was so relevant to so many VAs starting out.

And I’ve been attempting to be a bit more organised with my wardrobe… Now anyone who knows me, knows that I usually look like something the cat dragged in, but this Project333 seems to work.

And we had a really good response to changing our SVA Premier subscription so it forms more of a course and a guide around the site… For more info on what’s included, click here.

Angela Dawson and I are also wondering if there are more established VAs out there who would like to band together?

Finally congratulations to Lyndsey Gilchrist, my co-founder of SVA, who had her third little boy this week! Mum and Baby Lewis are doing well!

Caroline Continue reading

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IYOTSA 2014: The role of technology for success – FREEBIE!

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:

The role of technology for success

I believe that not much happens of any significance when we’re in our comfort zone.
- Bob Parsons Continue reading

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Book review: The Ultimate Guide to Technology for Virtual Assistants

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

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Strike while the iron’s hot!

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

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Project333

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

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SVA Premier: The VA Course for UK Virtual Assistants

SVA PremierSince 2009 we’ve run the SVA Premier programme to help VAs who want to fast forward their business by getting access to commercially sensitive or insider information.  Initially we developed this as online webcasts and password protected blogs, but five years on, we’d covered most subjects and it made sense to devise a slightly more coherent way of organising the information… Our subscription was born!  Continue reading

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