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Newsletter July 2010

Hello and welcome to the new site!

After much deliberation and faffing with WordPress, the new site is live.  The easiest way to find what you are looking for is to use the Categories index on the right-hand side.  We decided to change because we found that a lot of the content wasn’t being used and the same kinds of questions were being asked in the forum all the time – it made sense to have an easily updateable and SEO friendly format.

A little favour: If you find any errors, please can you copy the web address and paste it into an email to us along with the error you got?

As ever, we’re looking for new ideas and content – if you are passionate about the VA industry or a product, book, or service tell us about it!  We’ll post your story, a nice picture of you and a link to your website.


Unusual Niches

No, I’m not talking about body parts, I’m talking about specialist VAs whose expertise falls into unusual areas.  Over the next few weeks, I’m going to feature three such virtual assistants who have unusual and interesting niche markets.

Why have a niche?  Because it makes you unique.  And (just like with designer clothes) being unique removes price barriers which apply to the normal market.  So it’s a great way of making more money too.

See also  Top tips for Working from home - from the UK's VAs

Our first one is SVA Member Sara Gill of Office Bird.

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Book Review:  The Virtual Assistant’s Handbook

This one is unusual in the realm of VA books in that it was written by a UK VA, Nadine Hill.  So it’s written very much from a UK perspective with lots of anecdotes and stories about real VAs working in the UK.

It’s mostly aimed at people considering becoming a VA or in the very early stages of starting their VA business.  Great all rounder – and gets the thumbs up from me since it’s so UK specific!

Buy: The Virtual Assistant’s Handbook

Hot Posts:

The forum is still very much active – please visit and say hello!  Hot posts this month include:


  1. Carol Charlton on 30 July, 2010 at 1:06 pm

    I must agree about the comments on the Virtual Assistant’s Handbook by Nadine Hill. I found this book very informative and interesting – just couldn’t put it down. Although there were some areas I didn’t agree with in general the book gave you lots of good suggestions when starting up a VA business. I particularly found the section on pricing and getting paid extremely useful.

  2. Jemma Saunders on 30 July, 2010 at 8:25 pm

    I found Nadine Hill’s book very interesting and I keep it on my desk for reference. I read the book the same day as I bought it and remember spending the rest of the day planning my business. The book really helped me decide how to start my business but didn’t give me all of the answers but a starting point from which I developed. I still refer to the book now, when I find myself facing a “brick wall” or lack of direction I pick up this book and soon find inspiration. I would recommend this to future VA’s and new VA’s as this is a bible for the UK VA industry.

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