Top 10 Tips for Becoming a Virtual Assistant

SVA put together 10 baby-steps to becoming a Virtual Assistant – a must-read for any aspiring assistant! Continue reading

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Data Protection and the Virtual Assistant

Information commissioners logoData 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.

Here’s why:

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

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Twitter – join the conversation

twitterTwitter for Virtual Assistants

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

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SVA Premier: The VA Course for UK Virtual Assistants

sva-premiercourseVirtual 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

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What Brexit means to Virtual Assistants

BrexitBrexit 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:

Clients being based abroad Continue reading

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Competition: Bullet Journaling pack!

So the latest buzzwords in organisation are: BULLET JOURNALLING.

Virtual Assistant bullet journal organise yourself! And we have some nifty stationery to give away to get you started.  Simply click here and add your details. 

Closing date: 1 August 2016 – UK entries only.

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Get started with Adwords

GoogleAdwordslogoGoogle Adwords is one of those much ignored marketing channels for virtual assistants… But it works well for some people!

Adwords: Google is currently running a promo where you spend £25 and get £75 worth of advertising plus get some help setting the account up… https://www.google.co.uk/adwords/… Continue reading

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Vote for which questions you’d like in the UK VA summary…

Back late last year, we asked you to take part in our massive UK VA survey – the results are in and the numbers have been crunched!  It’s all ready to go.

But to say thank you we’re giving a freebie summary to everyone who took part – and every year we ask what 5 key questions you would like included.  You get 5 different options, use them wisely!

What questions would you most like included in the freebie report?

  • Average hourly rate (81%, 13 Votes)
  • Specialist niches the VAs have (81%, 13 Votes)
  • If the VAs have specialist VA training (56%, 9 Votes)
  • Turnover trends and predictions (56%, 9 Votes)
  • VA Heroes (50%, 8 Votes)
  • Outsourcing (44%, 7 Votes)
  • The hours the VAs are working (38%, 6 Votes)
  • What business format the VAs favour (31%, 5 Votes)
  • How many hits VAs get to their websites (25%, 4 Votes)
  • How many Facebook followers they have (6%, 1 Votes)
  • How many Twitter followers they have (6%, 1 Votes)

Total Voters: 16

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Want featured?

yournameIf you’d like to see your name on our blog, drop us a line!

Articles need to be aimed at UK VAs, 350-500 words long, and original… Other than that, get creative!  You might have a rant about people devaluing what we do, or you might have a really good way of dealing with client objections to having you work remotely… If you think it’s of interest to other VAs, reach the largest number of VAs in one quick step.  We’re happy to post links and your details in the bottom of the article.

Send them here: info@societyofvirtualassistants.co.uk

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Dot the i’s and cross the t’s!

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

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Why does my website not show up when I google “Virtual Assistant”?

not workingSo you’ve found your name, you have built your website, and eagerly await some emails…  and wait… and then you google “Virtual Assistant” and all your hard work and careful design does not seem to be registering with the giant cash cow of Google.  ARGGH!!! Continue reading

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