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SVA was formed in 2005 by a group of 7 Scottish virtual assistants who wanted to improve the reputation of the industry - it quickly mushroomed into the largest organisation for UK based VAs with over 1,800 members. Our aim is to help virtual assistants set up and stay in business by encouraging and supporting one another whilst promoting best practice in the VA industry.

Being run by actual VAs rather than those who get their income from coaching or specialist services, we're able to give real advice about issues that frequently crop up - how to get more virtual assistant clients, what equipment virtual assistants use, how to deal with client issues...

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"Caroline, who runs the fabulous Society of Virtual Assistants (SVA), is the very reason why I became a VA in the first place, after reading her article in the Office Secretary magazine"

Angela Dawson

"The SVA has been a constant source of inspiration and information.  It has been my pleasure over the years to welcome new VAs aboard, and to meet up with some of them."

Carole Meyrick

"The Society of Virtual Assistants is an excellent resource which helps new & existing VAs, the support & advice I have received since joining them back in 2006 has been invaluable."

Heather Greig

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Latest News from the Society of Virtual Assistants

Week 1 – Introducing Mark Crone of Clearwater Virtual Assistance

By | 4 January, 2011 | 1 Comment

This is the first of Mark’s posts on starting his VA business – apologies for the delay in actually posting it, I think I was at the Christmas spirit a bit early! – Caroline Hello All Firstly thanks very much to Caroline for this opportunity.  SVA has been a fantastic resource and really helped me…

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Happy Christmas!

By Caroline | 24 December, 2010 | 0 Comments

We’d like to wish all UK virtual assistants a very Merry Christmas and a Prosperous New Year! 2010 saw the rise and rise of social networks, a change of government and the worst recession seen since the Great Depression of the 1930s. Despite this, our industry continued to grow, fuelled by social media and the…

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Can I set the cost of my garden office against tax?

By Caroline | 13 December, 2010 | 2 Comments

When you work for yourself you need to set aside some space for your business, if only to complete and store all the paperwork the Taxman requires! The spare bedroom often fits the bill, but where that is not available a purpose-built garden building can be the solution. We are talking glorified shed here, not…

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