Posts by Caroline

Virtual Assistant Skills – unique to the industry!

Love being a virtual assistant

Virtual Assistant Skills:  “I’ve been a PA for 26 years – I don’t need told how to write a document” – except this aspiring virtual assistant most definitely did need told, because she had just completed our virtual assistant skills spelling test and had spectacularly failed it leaving in misspelt words, inconsistent formatting and hadn’t…

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Money Laundering Regulations – Campaign for Virtual Assistants

So last week we asked you to tell us about your experience of asking HMRC for Anti-Money Laundering Regulations advice as a virtual assistant – we had a great response and Joanne Sparkes of VA Pro Magazine co-ordinated the replies (all 31 of them!) into a letter asking HMRC to clarify their position on what…

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Money Laundering Regulations

Jo Sparkes of VA Pro Mag has bravely decided to tackle the thorny issue of Money Laundering Regulations (MLR) registration as anecdotally we’ve heard so many different rules regarding whether or not VAs should register and what is and isn’t allowed. At times it feels like if you called them 10 times, saying exactly the…

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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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Cost of a virtual assistant

We have had a few queries on how long things should take recently – I thought it would be interesting to compare how long/how much it would cost to do certain tasks which rely on the virtual assistants input only (in other words, you aren’t waiting for content or quotes or researching something which could…

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Is “virtual assistant” going out of fashion?

The USA tends to be about 5 years ahead of us here in the UK when it comes to the virtual assistant world… (Check out the history of the virtual assistant! https://www.societyofvirtualassistants.co.uk/2013/07/08/the-history-of-the-virtual-assistant-2/) But one trend I’ve noticed is that increasingly VAs are distancing themselves from the term “virtual assistant”.  A variety of words are now…

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So you want to be a subcontractor virtual assistant?

(Or how much a VA’s virtual assistant gets paid!) “They’re paying HOW MUCH for a virtual assistant subcontractor???”  Yes, the outraged exclamations on Facebook Groups for a subcontract virtual assistant job this week raised a lot of eyebrows…  But you know, the virtual assistants doing these subcontract jobs aren’t necessarily doing the same job as…

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You too could have a 6-figure income…

We’ve all had these emails in our inbox.  The ones promising financial freedom, a Ferrari in the garage of your mansion, days spent playing on your private beach with the children…  All yours for the miniscule investment of $999/month! Now most of us hit the delete button – but what if what the virtual assistant…

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Choose the best virtual assistant course

Virtual Assistant Training – what to look for If you’re a newbie VA, one of the first things you’ll look at is finding the best virtual assistant course.  I am probably going to get very nasty emails about this post – I know there are going to be good friends who think I’m being unreasonable,…

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