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SUPPORTING UK VIRTUAL ASSISTANTS

SVA (Society of Virtual Assistants) 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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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

"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 - Outsourced administration support for financial advisers

"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

“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

The PA Pod

 

"It is great to share information between the members and to know there is always someone who will have the answer if you have a query. Putting the SVA badge on your website makes an instant impact - it gives prospects the confidence to know that you are genuine."

Maureen Barratt

Helping Hands Office Services

 

"SVA is brilliant!  This is the place I go to find straight forward, honest, no nonsense answers to questions I have about working in the VA industry."

Bianca Botten

Elite Star VA   

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Latest News from the Society of Virtual Assistants

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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Unusual Niches: Scott Valdez, VIDA Select

By Caroline | 7 September, 2010 | 3 Comments

The last in our series of unusual niches – this one comes from across the pond and it struck me as being a really big growth area!  If you would like to feature your own specialist niche, please get in touch. Your name & age? Scott Valdez, 26 years old Business name? VIDA Select, LLC…

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