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Virtual Assistant Fun: You have £500 to spend on your business…

This is a bit of fun… If I was to give you £500 to spend on your business, how would it get spent?  A lot will depend on what stage you are at with your business, so tell us how long you’ve been going too.

Things to consider: Upgrading your skills via a course, investing it in more networking, going to a VA conference, hiring in help for a few hours each month to free up your time for business planning…

So we might have:

  • Lisa – start up VA, would spend money on designing a cool logo, printing business cards and sorting a website.  Would allow her to launch her business without bootstrapping.
  • Caroline – seasoned VA, would book self into spa for “business planning session” LOL! (I’m joking – please don’t let the tax man be reading this!!)

Okay: So here’s your £500 – what do you do with it???!  The best response gets a little surprise! 

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  1. Carole Meyrick on 20 August, 2014 at 3:17 pm

    I’d buy a new chair. My existing one has been with me since I started up 10 years ago with Office Stuff! I would also book my place on the Northern VA get-together next year, and possibly take myself down to Office this year. A couple of good outings before returning, rejuvenated and full of ideas, to the comfort of a new supportive chair!

    • Caroline on 22 August, 2014 at 12:20 pm

      Well I reckon you can treat yourself to a new chair Carole!

      The Northern VA Collaboration is really brill – would highly recommend it if you can spring for it!

  2. Catherine Stewart on 29 August, 2014 at 2:07 pm

    Your Girl Friday Fife is still relatively new therefore I would use the £500 to create a more suitable working area, get some brochures printed and also some adverts in newspapers.

  3. Ingrid on 1 September, 2014 at 4:31 pm

    Just starting up a new little business today and well besides needing some advice and help I need to take a course or two and get some programmes to help me be my best for any new business out there. It is a tough environment and its a scary adventure, but it is one I need to take. I have been out of work for a few years so any help would be a blessing.

  4. Rachel Wall on 1 September, 2014 at 4:36 pm

    Hello, I started Lighthouse Virtual Assistant in October 2013. As a new business I would get a professional to look at my website, update some software and invest in some training courses. I think £500 would just about cover that wish list!

  5. Heather Greig on 5 September, 2014 at 9:09 am

    I would like to host a drinks reception for all my clients to say thank you for keeping VPA-NI in business over the last 7 years.

    Without them I wouldn’t be where I am today – oh, that’s sitting at my desk, going through a mountain of work – maybe I will just have that drink myself!!

  6. Dawn Lane on 7 September, 2014 at 1:19 am

    Having professional make up/hair done, a flattering new outfit and professional photos done to use on website and marketing material. Have always had these done by someone I know and think that a professional photographer would get a much better image of me when I hate havingmy piccy taken.

  7. Shannon Douglas on 9 September, 2014 at 2:33 pm

    I would spend £500 on SEO, marketing and attending networking/VA events. 🙂

  8. Karina Bailey on 13 September, 2014 at 4:01 pm

    This is more difficult than I first thought, as there’s so much.

    I’m also going to go along the lines of Dawn Lane, and would opt for a professional photo shoot.

    I’d also like to jazz my office up ~ it’s very magnolia and a bit dull, consisting of a variety of mishmash storage and desks. Considering I spend so much of my day in there, it’s the shabbiest room in the house.

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