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SUPPORTING UK VIRTUAL ASSISTANTS

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 2,500 active members, having helped 8,000 VAs into business over the years. 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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Testimonials

"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
www.theadmindoc.co.uk

"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
www.carolemeyrick.com

"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

www.vpa-ni.co.uk

"Thanks to the support of the Society of Virtual Assistants, I have not only received advice which has proved valuable to the way in which I now conduct myself as a VA, but I also feel motivated, confident and connected by its knowledgeable and supportive network of members. I initially felt slightly isolated and overwhelmed when I set myself in September 2018. It now feels not too dissimilar to having like-minded colleagues to support, share and bounce ideas off each other. Thank you for such a wonderful community - I couldn't have built this up without you!"

Hannah Downing

www.delegate2hannah.com 

 

"The SVA website was such a good support for me when I started out, with useful information to hand and regular email updates I was always up to date with what was going on in the world of VAs! I also found a lot of support in the community area's to discuss things, which in the early days is invaluable."

Katie Mellor

KM Virtual Office Limited

"The SVA Website was my starting point when I set up our business, it has been a constant source of support and guidance.  Very grateful indeed for this incredibly valuable resource."

Debbie Condon

Intuitive Support Services Ltd

"When starting out and leaving the safe corporate world behind, the SVA provided invaluable support and information.  From learning how to actually run a business to ensuring it is professional and upholds sound industry standards, I couldn't have become a successful VA without them."

Katy Pounds-Cornish

Dots & Crosses

"I am so pleased to have found SVA and the advice Caroline has given me. When you decide to set up a VA business, there is so much you need to do and prepare for. It makes life a lot easier to have everything you need in one place. Thank you Caroline for being amazing at helping others and all the information you have put together."

Bonita Bennett

Prosper Virtual Assistant

“SVA was the first point of call when I set up my VA business, giving great business, marketing and legal advise that you can trust”

Jane Condliffe

ThePAPod

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Raising awareness, promoting best practice and supporting the UK Virtual Assistant industry

Latest News from the Society of Virtual Assistants

What’s the return on investment for social media?

By Caroline | 19 October, 2010 | 3 Comments

A few weeks ago I was browsing Facebook and saw a virtual assistant I know had about 6 billion updates… I was puzzled because I couldn’t comprehend how anyone spending that much time on Facebook could get any work done.  Well it turns out she wasn’t, because sadly this week she closed the doors of…

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To Niche or Not To Niche!

By Caroline | 17 October, 2010 | 1 Comment

These days, everyone seems to be an expert.  The dictionary definition is: Expert: a person who has special skill or knowledge in some particular field; specialist; authority.   But it seems to be bandied about at the drop of a hat, especially in the online community.  I am not, and have never claimed to be,…

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TAKING LEGAL ACTION TO RECOVER DEBTS

By | 15 October, 2010 | 1 Comment

The prospect of taking a client to court over unpaid debts is not an easy step for any business to contemplate, particularly as the UK has 2 different legal systems and finding information on taking cross-border action is rather hard to come by.

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Looking for start up VA stories

By Caroline | 14 October, 2010 | 2 Comments

We’re looking for more VA Stars – virtual assistants who are in the process of starting their business and who would be happy to write about their experiences for the blog.

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