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: The power of a career-path

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 power of a career-path

The will to succeed is important, but what’s more important is the will to prepare. – Bobby Knight Continue reading

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Society of Virtual Assistants November 2014 Newsletter

Hi there,Virtual PA-233

SVA Premier: We’ve been told there may have been some issues with SVA Premier members receiving their email training month to month – if this has affected you, please email me at info@societyofvirtualassistants.co.uk for a refund and also immediate activation on the system so you can start getting your goodies!!!

UK Blog Awards:  We’ve also been entered into the UK Blog Awards under 2 categories this year (Digital Tech and Education).  Please click through to vote – you need to vote under each category, which is a tad annoying, but it should raise the profile of VAs in the blogging community which is great as many of these small businesses will be looking to outsource!

Also: We are significantly down on the numbers of people who have filled in our SURVEY this year, unless we get enough people we can’t run it at all – which would be a shame as it gives a valuable insight to trends and numbers which are unavailable elsewhere.

And we are spreading a bit of Christmas cheer… Details below!

Caroline Continue reading

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Jingle Bells – I hear Santa’s sleigh…

As virtual assistants, we don’t get Christmas parties.  Or secret santas.  Or even holidays sometimes!!!!

Anyway – to spread some festive cheer, I’m trying something a little off the wall this year.  Myself and my team of administrative elves will be trying to grant as many wishes as possible throughout December and January… with your help of course.  The idea behind this is to give in order to get – we’ll be matching what you are able to give with someone else’s Christmas wish.

A few ground rules:

  1. You must be UK based and an SVA member in order to take part.
  2. Try to give something which would be useful to another VA – perhaps you have a netbook you no longer use, or maybe you’d be happy to donate a business book, or perhaps you would like to send a VA a lovely box of chocolates (that’s on my list!!!).  Whatever you give, you have to be able to post it by the end of January, and I reserve the right to ban you from next year’s Secret Santa if you don’t!
  3. Your wish list: List as many items as you’d like, the more the merrier – it gives us more chances to match you up with something someone is donating… We’ll only be granting one wish each though.

That’s it – make some wishes come true!

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Book Competition: Instant Cashflow

One of Billionaire Brad Sugars’ bestselling books – the cornerstone of his whole empire, cashflow is king.  In the interests of full disclosure, not all of his 282 money making tips will be suitable for VAs, but some of them are killer marketing strategies!

I like this one because you can just flick through the ideas and pick out the ones which will work for you.

Get the book – we have a freebie to give away…

ENTER HERE

T&Cs: You must be UK based – winning entry will be randomly chosen on 15 December 2014


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Society of Virtual Assistants – October 2014 newsletter

Hi there,Virtual PA-233

Still looking for some more responses for our annual Virtual Assistant Survey – really important to get a statistically valid sample of the industry, so if you haven’t filled it in, please do so now!!!

NB: Please use Firefox/IE as your browser and make sure your internet cache is cleared if you are experiencing problems with it. TAKE PART HERE

Still not working? If you are still having problems, we do have a paper survey downloadable here which you can scan and return to papersurvey@societyofvirtualassistants.co.uk

Small personal announcement: Baby number 2 due April, so I’ve been a bit under the weather of late – apologies if we haven’t got back to you, please do hassle me if you haven’t heard back on something!  The plan is to take some time off in the spring but SVA will continue as normal with our fabulous team of volunteers.

Caroline Continue reading

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IYOTSA 2014: PA Power

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:

PA Power

If you want people to listen, you have to have a platform to speak from, and that is excellence in what you do.   – William Pollard Continue reading

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Virtual Assistant Nightmares

With Halloween just round the corner, I thought I’d tell some spooky stories about being a virtual assistant.  When I ask VAs to think about the scariest thing they can imagine, the same things pop up – and it’s often these things which stop them from ever starting as a VA.  So I’m going to drag the monsters out from under the bed and let them see the cold light of day… Continue reading

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IYOTSA 2014: The value of relationships in the workplace

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 value of relationships in the workplace

Success can be measured not only in achievements, but in lessons learned, lives touched and moments shared along the way. – Nishan Panwar Continue reading

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Society of Virtual Assistants: September 2014 Newsletter

Hi there,Virtual PA-233

Firstly, thank you to the overwhelming messages of support I received after last month’s email furore – it truly makes all the work that goes into keeping SVA going worthwhile when I hear how many people have found it helpful!

Our annual survey (which, I’ve been told countless times, is VERY useful to new and old assistants alike!) is now live and ready for your responses.  NB: Please use Firefox/IE as your browser and make sure your internet cache is cleared if you are experiencing problems with it.  TAKE PART HERE

This year there are spot prizes for people filling in: 1-5, 50, 100 and our magic number 142 surveys….I can reveal that we are approaching number 50…

Caroline Continue reading

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Mummy shortcuts

One of the questions I get asked most by aspiring VAs, is one that for years I was completely unqualified to answer: “Will I be able to juggle being a mum and working as a VA?”

Back then as a singleton, I didn’t really know… As a multi-VA I often got tales of woe from VAs submitting work late because their child had been sick or had helpfully removed all the letters from their keyboard.  I’m pretty unsympathetic about that kind of thing, because the deadlines on the work I outsource are short and they shouldn’t wait til the deadline to let me know there is a problem – and invariably they would know before they said yes to the work too.  Those kinds of excuses annoy me.  Now as a mum, I probably have more of an understanding of the problems, but I’m still not very sympathetic.  Mostly because I have a lot of back up systems in place and believe other mums should too. Continue reading

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