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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

How To: Retrieve Sent Emails

By Caroline | 15 November, 2010 | 3 Comments

We’ve all done it – hit the “send” button and yelled “DOH!”. You might have forgotten an attachment or hit “reply all” instead of just reply. If you use Outlook you can use a workaround… delaying all outgoing mails for a couple of minutes before they actually send. That gives you a bit of breathing…

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Free Virtual Assistant!!

By Caroline | 11 November, 2010 | 1 Comment

I was chatting to a newbie VA the other day through my work at and she was telling me about a new client she had landed from a networking event.  She was so excited about having a real life client, she’d sort of glossed over the reality of what they’d agreed. The client needed…

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A day in the life of a VA

By Caroline | 8 November, 2010 | 6 Comments

What does a virtual assistant do all day?  What kind of tasks pass over their desk?  Does it really provide a work:life balance?  Well here is my day in pictures for you…

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SVA Newsletter: October 2010

By Caroline | 30 October, 2010 | 2 Comments

Hello again, I’ve been busy connecting with some very cool people this month.  Firstly the Girl Geek Dinner in Glasgow on the 12th – what amazing women!  I’m not a big fan of women-only networking as I find it quickly descends into a mothers meeting of epic proportions, but here was a collection of women…

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