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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

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Latest News from the Society of Virtual Assistants

OS Magazine

By Caroline | 20 September, 2010 | 1 Comment

Just a quickie: Remember to get your copy of OS Magazine this month – not only have they done a really nice feature on virtual assistants including top tips for getting started, but it’s packed with clever tips for secretaries and assistants. If you have some virtual assistant media where you’ve been featured, tell us…

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Is being a virtual assistant a real job?

By Caroline | 13 September, 2010 | 12 Comments

Back when I started up I’d never actually met anyone who was a real virtual assistant.  I had a vague idea that they existed, mostly in the USA, but I’d never actually seen someone earning a living from it.  Emma in our office once tried to describe it and they replied “So you sit in…

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Recommended Reading from the world’s leading virtual assistants: Mary Lou Ashton

By Caroline | 10 September, 2010 | 0 Comments

A little while ago, I asked some of the world’s best known VAs for their recommended reading lists for virtual assistants.  The responses were phenomenal with some old favourites being cited again and again, but an interesting number of books which are (of course!) now on my Amazon Wishlist! This week’s virtual assistant is: Mary…

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How To: Catch the copycats!

By Caroline | 8 September, 2010 | 1 Comment

Plagiarism – how to catch the copycats! Sadly, a couple of SVA members had problems with virtual assistants copying their sites (see forum topic https://www.societyofvirtualassistants.co.uk/svaforum/viewtopic.php?t=2099). You automatically have copyright over any original material you create, so you are well within your rights to request this is removed from their site. It also has a knock…

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