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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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Top 10 Tips for Becoming a Virtual Assistant

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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

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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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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Book Review: Multi VA Businesses

By Caroline | 12 October, 2010 | 2 Comments

A multi-VA business is one where the VA has so much work she can’t truly do it all herself and needs to outsource to associates in order to get everything done. Michelle Jamieson’s book is, I believe, the best on the subject.  It asks some really hard questions of you before it gets into the…

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