Posts by Caroline

Book Review: Get Clients Now

Get Clients Now This book was recommended to me when I first started and forms the cornerstone of my marketing system for Virtually Sorted. So many people ask me for a copy of my marketing plan or to know how I built my marketing system – it’s no big secret, it’s right here in this…

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Catch Caroline and Michelle on The Apprentice!

Eagle eyed viewers of BBC1’s The Apprentice might have spotted Caroline and fellow SVA member Michelle Smith of ValueAdd doing deals with Karen Brady’s team last night… (Note the glass of wine – typical Glaswegian fashion. Michelle: We need to stop being such cliches!!) Filmed during the summer heatwave, we were sworn to secrecy about…

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Find an Approved VA

virtual assistant approved by www.SocietyofVirtualAssistants.co.uk

Society of Virtual Assistants have over 2,000 virtual assistant members in the UK.   We aim to raise the standards of those VAs and help connect them with clients.  These rules form the basis of best practice for virtual assistants.  SVA pioneered virtual assistant standards in 2007 by establishing what was the minimum that professional VAs…

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The Never Have I Ever Game – For Virtual Assistants

Virtual assistant games: Feel free to share – our new game for virtual assistants: Never Have I Ever! 0 = REAL VA 1-5 = ESTABLISHED VA 6-19 = NEWBIE 20 = Are you even a VA??? By the way – it’s not the only game SVA has… If you would like to try out the…

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Price increase letters

Virtual Assistant Pricing

Over the years we’ve been asked for examples of price increase letters – each VA business is different and you will know your clients best, but here’s a few ideas about how you can increase your virtual assistant rates without alienating the clients. Why raise your virtual assistant rates? Firstly, remember that your clients will…

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Virtual Assistant Rates: Should I lower my VA charges?

Virtual Assistant Pricing

It’s the eternal battle… Income vs High Rates.  If you have carefully crafted your virtual assistant rates to reflect your experience, your costs, the quality of your work and your ability to continue in business, can you afford to work for less?  Should you work for less?  (Still struggling with calculating your rate?  Check out…

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Virtual Assistant Scam

Every virtual assistant’s nightmare – a con artist for a client, stiffing you on payment or (worse) ripping you off by emptying your bank account! Some of these virtual assistant scams have been around for years, some are more modern – as Emma’s story below shows. Emma’s Case Study:  Don’t get hit by frauds &…

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Sales Letters for Virtual Assistants

sales letters

We get asked for sales letter advice all the time…  One of the reasons I tend not to give out advice on it is because 1) Sales letters have a very poor return (usually 1%-5%) and 2) Because each business will have a unique personality which needs to shine through in their marketing. Having said…

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Expand Your Virtual Assistant Team

Expand Your Virtual Assistant Team

About Caroline Caroline has been a Virtual Assistant (VA) since 2004 in her business, Virtually Sorted. With a background in music and advertising, she worked in the creative industries for over 10 years, both in London and Glasgow. Trying to avoid wearing a suit every day, Caroline switched into entrepreneur mode and has never looked…

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