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 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...
"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."
"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 - 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."
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”
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."
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."
Elite Star VA
Raising awareness, promoting best practice and supporting the UK Virtual Assistant industry
Latest News from the Society of Virtual Assistants
IR35 for virtual assistants – what does it mean? Essentially IR35 stems from highly paid IT execs forming a Limited Company to get paid via dividends instead of doing PAYE tax, so not only were they paying less tax overall on their “self-employed” earnings, they were also able to claim expenses of running the company…Continue Reading...
If you book travel for clients, there are a few issues which you need to be aware of. It straddles a variety of different areas, and our advice at SVA is either: Use a specialist travel agent who is able to do the bookings for you. Just do the research and send the client the…Continue Reading...
Virtual Assistant Training – what to look for If you’re a newbie VA, one of the first things you’ll look at is finding the best virtual assistant course or some virtual assistant training. I am probably going to get very nasty emails about this post – I know there are going to be good friends…Continue Reading...
Results of our Covid-19 survey in August 2020 are below. This was presented as part of FSB’s industry leaders panel on Thursday 13 August 2020. Overall: 20% were experiencing an uplift in work – 60% have been negatively affected. Around 40% had been able to access grant funding. Just under 13% have had to take…Continue Reading...