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...
"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"
"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."
"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."
"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!"
"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."
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."
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."
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."
“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”
Raising awareness, promoting best practice and supporting the UK Virtual Assistant industry
Latest News from the Society of Virtual Assistants
If you are hoping to step into the world of audio typing, we have everything you ever wanted to know about dictation and transcription. SVA put together the advice of several of the UK’s most prolific virtual assistants and asked them for their top tips. How fast do you need to be? What software to…Continue Reading...
Time and time again the subject of offering call answering to clients has been mentioned on the forum e.g. equipment required, how to charge etc without actually looking further into actually undertaking the service. Offering a call answering service to clients is not as easy as it sounds. You have to factor in the fact…Continue Reading...
Today I had afternoon tea with Nick Cohen of PCRepair. Nick was (as ever!) immaculately turned out in a very smart suit. I was wearing a pair of jeans and a tunic top with purple magic mushrooms on it. Nick wasn’t offended at all, as he is well aware of my corporate mission, from way…Continue Reading...