Virtual Assistant Industry

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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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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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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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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Office* Show 2018

Office Show 2018

So… the snow grounded me and I didn’t make it to Office* Show this year – I’m gutted to be missing out on catching up with everyone, getting all the gossip and connecting with all the VA industry’s latest news at the VA Conference.  Michelle Smith and I battled the snow and ungritted roads in…

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Press Release for Virtual Assistants

customiable press release for virtual assistants

During SVA’s UK VA Survey v8 you asked us to develop more shared resources that you could use to promote your business… One of the things which Virtual Assistants felt would be useful was a customisable press release that you could tweak with your own details and submit to local news outlets.  Local papers may…

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