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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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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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WordPress Launches Campaign To Help Promote Positive Mental Health

WPandUP

WordPress has launched a new campaign #PressForward in order to help promote positive mental health within the Word Press Community. Word Press is one of the most popular website and blog management platforms available today. Currently, around 30% of the websites and blogs online use it as their content management system of choice. The service…

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Optimise Your Invoicing With Invoice Cheat Sheets

Late payments are a common problem for many businesses in the UK. This problem causes cash-flow problems for those businesses affected and costs the economy billions of pounds a year. In addition to the financial cost, a lot of time is wasted by businesses chasing unpaid invoices. One of the solutions proposed by Sage in…

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Online International Virtual Assistant Convention 2018

OIVAC 2018

OIVAC is the original and best Virtual Assistant Online International Virtual Assistant Convention – times are given in US, but UK based VAs will be able to ask questions in advance and download recordings later if you can’t stay up late (Get The Schedule with Time Conversions Here).   Log on from the comfort of…

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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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Typing Gold – or those little things which make a big difference!

audio typing for virtual assistants

Dictation, audio typing, transcription Back in 2004 when I started my virtual assistant business, digital dictation was just starting to take off.  We occasionally got the odd cassette tape delivered, but more and more dictation was being emailed.  Over the years, our clients have asked us for various tweaks to the system – and for…

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Marketing Benchmarks for virtual assistants

Virtual Assistant Marketing Stats We all know we should track our marketing – but how do we know what’s good and if we’re doing well?  I’ll give you an example: I had a really good giggle recently at a social media training event… The “experts” were boasting that one of the blogs they managed “got…

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