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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 nearly 3,000 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


"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

Can I set the cost of my garden office against tax?

By Caroline | 13 December, 2010 |

When you work for yourself you need to set aside some space for your business, if only to complete and store all the paperwork the Taxman requires! The spare bedroom often fits the bill, but where that is not available a purpose-built garden building can be the solution. We are talking glorified shed here, not…

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Start Up Story: Danielle of Priority PA

By Caroline | 10 December, 2010 |

Name:  Danielle Millar Age:  48 Location:  Basingstoke, Hampshire I became interested in the virtual assistant industry after becoming very dissatisfied in my job at the time.   My husband and I were out for a Christmas lunch in December 2009 with some friends and they inspired me to look into being my own boss, offering PA…

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MultiVA: How to secure the relationship

By Caroline | 8 December, 2010 |

I had a really sad phone call last week – a VA called me up to ask if I could help her, and unfortunately there wasn’t a lot I could do, as the horse had bolted.  However, she did agree to let me tell her story (anonymously of course) to act as a warning for…

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Book Review: The E Myth

By Caroline | 1 December, 2010 |

The E Myth This one I think is essential reading for all entrepreneurs – a great present for clients too! Rather than being something to do with online working “The E Myth” refers to the myth that Entrepreneurs are born as fully fledged, gung-ho, marketing geniuses who overfill with creative and visionary ideas. In fact,…

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