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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   

UK virtual assistant industry - become a virtual assistant

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Latest News from the Society of Virtual Assistants

What is a VA?

By Caroline | 6 August, 2010 | 0 Comments

A virtual assistant (VA) provides administrative support and specialised services to businesses, entrepreneurs, executives, managers and other busy people. They are highly skilled independent contractors who make use of the advances in modern technology to complete assignments via the Internet, email, floppy or CD. Traditional methods such as regular mail and overnight courier are also…

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Pricing

By Caroline | 5 August, 2010 | 6 Comments

Question: What is the one element of your business which ensures you will fail if it is not correct? Answer: Pricing This was inspired by a topic on the main forum regarding call answering, which had me, erm… a little “strident”!   And this one from newbie VA Anne Marie Hendry.  Pricing, and in particular positioning…

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How To: Offer Audio Typing as a service

By Caroline | 3 August, 2010 | 7 Comments

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…

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How To: Offer Call Handling Services to Clients

By Admin SVA | 3 August, 2010 | 4 Comments

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…

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