Approx. 12 related domain names .co.uk, incl. 3 x .com
1 x Parked Limited Company Name
1 x retainer client (£350/month)
15 x other regular clients (including financial advisers, business advisers, surveyors, HR company, solicitors, physios)
20 x ad hoc clients
All using audio typing services and some copy typing @ £1-£1.40 per audio minute (roughly £15-£21 per hour).
The seller is happy to provide support for new owner, including templates and 2 x experienced part-time audio typists who have worked for the business for a number of years. The seller is open to offers in terms of price.
I set up my Virtual Assistant business back in 2012, having had many years of hands on experience with the financial aspects of various business’s I thought I was well positioned to run my business. Which I was if you want to run your business the traditional way ie. Sales – Costs = Your Profits.
All good and well I hear you all cry, however that new shiny laptop that you spent £1,200 on and the new printer you spent £500 on has just wiped your profits out. You spent the money because it was in your account and possibly like me you can always justify spending money.
Welcome to Mike Michalowicz and his Profit First scheme. First let me tell you it is the first and only financial book that I have been able to read from cover to cover and understand, and more importantly feel comfortable with. I started reading one night in bed at about 11:30 and I was still reading at 4:00 the next morning, I was so excited that I couldn’t wait to get started, it all made sense and it all seemed so simple. Too simple in fact; but that’s the beauty of it, it is simple to operate and simple to make your profit and guarantee your profit. Continue reading →
Another cracking book landed on the SVA desk – one for the EAs amongst you!
A practical “how to” guide with real life examples of office scenarios, top tips and the nitty gritty of practical skills needed to organise busy executives.
“I identified a huge gap in the market. Many books are available which focus on ‘soft skills’ but nothing was available with the skills you actually need to do the job – the ‘practical skills’. It was that discovery which led me to write my book. It’s the book I wished I could have purchased, when I first started out as a PA.” says Maria Fuller the author.
So we have a copy to give away – must be based in the UK, and winner will be picked at random on 1st September 2016.
Data Protection is one of those areas where if you ask 10 different people “Do I need to be registered?” you’ll get 10 different answers. So we wanted to clear this one up: As a UK VA, you DO need to be registered.
Already registered? Click here to find yourself on the list and to find your registration number.
Firstly because you will be holding and storing data on your own clients. So that might be as simple as their email address to send them an invoice, or it might even be an all-singing and dancing CRM. It doesn’t matter – you still have a responsibility to them to keep that data secure. And therefore you need to understand what “secure” means and what would constitute a data breach. Continue reading →
Virtual assistants have realised that if they want to target online clients, they need to speak to them via social media… and of course, that includes Twitter. It’s been dismissed as a waste of time, wittering about cheese sandwiches and what you had for lunch. Advocates defend it saying they get all their business from it. So who is right, and would it work for your business? Continue reading →
Virtual Assistant Course – Virtual Assistant Training
Since 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 course was born! Continue reading →
Brexit for VAs – what’s the overall effect? I’m not a political beast – but I panicked on 24th June as the European referendum results were announced… And my inbox did not ping. And it stretched into the next day, with just a couple of small bits of work coming in and some ongoing projects to keep the team occupied. But this scares me: I’m used to it being busy and after the out vote, I needed to take a long hard look at the resulting effect on my business.
In reality it was month end which is always quieter for us, but that gulp of panic is going to be replicated in VA businesses across the UK. So here’s my take on it: