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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1 Billion Digital Nomads by 2035

I thought this video was rather interesting… all about the growth of digital nomads/freelance admin worldwide related back to population statistics.   Food for thought!

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Essential Virtual Assistant Equipment

My name is Caroline and I am a gadget addict… There are boxes of unused gizmos lurking all over my office and somehow I just know that when a new one comes out I’ll still need it.

One of the things I get asked a lot is: “As a newbie, what virtual assistant equipment do I need?”

As a new VA, you will be bombarded with systems and gadgets and “solutions” from IT gurus.  Scratch that!  Here’s what you REALLY need: Continue reading

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Virtual Assistant Business For Sale

VIRTUAL ASSISTANT BUSINESS FOR SALE: A small, but established business trading for 11 years with a variety of regular B2B clients and occasional private clients.

  • Turnover: £1,900/month (£23,000 annually 2015-2016)
  • 1 x .co.uk domain with Google Page Rank of 2
  • Wix website
  • 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.

Please submit expressions of interest to businessforsale@societyofvirtualassistants.co.uk and we’ll forward on your details to the seller who will contact you directly.

Please note: SVA has no affiliation with the seller and all negotiations will be done with them directly.

N.B. Our SVA Premier Course Instant Download includes information on buying a VA business and what to look for. 

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Book Review: Profit First by Mike Michalowicz – Recommended Reading for Virtual Assistants

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

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Exhibitions & Fairs – what does a virtual assistant need?

We’ve had a few posts on the SVA Forum recently asking for a definitive list of what you will need when exhibiting at a fair or show.

For Display and attracting people to your stall:

  • Pop up banner
    Flyers
  • Laptop
  • Plasma screen
  • A large bowl of sweets – clear plastic picnic ware is unbreakable for travelling!
    Shiny balloons to draw the eye.
  • Goody bags
    Raffle prizes – chocolates, bottle of cava, free services Continue reading
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COMPETITION: ‘How to be a PA’ by Maria Fuller

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.

ENTER COMPETITION

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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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