Posts by Caroline

The Approved Virtual Assistant Scheme – VA Standards

SVA came into existence in 2005 to: Promote best practice in the virtual assistant industry; create industry wide VA standards; and Help UK VAs find clients. As part of this we run a FREE listing for all VAs who abide by the following rules. More information on how to comply can be found on the…

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Competition – Guess the number of Forum Messages

So our forum is undergoing a long overdue facelift… Up until this point, we’ve not been able to move onto updated software without losing all those years of useful content and posts.  But it has meant that we’ve had to spend a big chunk of cash on doing it – please do DONATE HERE if…

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Advertise on SVA

Recently we’ve been asked a lot about advertising on the Society Of Virtual Assistants website which usually we are happy to do for free if it’s a product which helps VAs.  With 1,800+ VAs on our database, we’ve sold businesses in a matter of days, we’ve done pre-sales on new accountancy products, and we’ve created…

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Collaboration Not Competition

As an industry we have a wonderful ethos of “Collaboration not competition” – I think that’s one of the most special things about the VA industry.  The other special thing is the wonderful range of VA businesses who operate under the term “Virtual Assistant”.  That’s a good thing and it means there is enough work…

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5 ways to say No nicely as a virtual assistant

Learning to say No (nicely) – as a Virtual Assistant. As a Personal Assistant, our usual status is to say YES to things: Yes, I can book a table; Yes, I can get that report updated; Yes, I will make sure your expenses are in on time But the underlying foundation of those YES answers…

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Protecting Your Brand

legal protection

I’ve been asked a few questions recently from VAs about how to protect your brand, website domains, copy which you’ve written etc. from plagiarisers. I thought I’d put down a little HOW TO guide, as it applies to all businesses, not just virtual assistants. As usual, this comes with my very own disclaimer; if in…

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Choosing the best business training

Following on from my post here on choosing the best virtual assistant course something made my blood boil recently… We’ve all seen them: Those adverts which claim that their course will let you spend your life sitting on a beach. Now don’t get me wrong – I know some VAs who do sit on a…

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Virtual Assistant Awards

  One of the highlights of my year is judging the outstanding Virtual Assistant Awards. It gives me a chance to see the wide range of highly skilled and professional virtual assistants on show. I also get to meet many of the other people in our industry.   Unfortunately, because of the really bad snow…

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