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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 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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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

Hiring a Virtual Assistant

By Caroline | 18 June, 2019 |

We often get asked by clients to guide them through the process of hiring a virtual assistant. What questions to ask your virtual assistant; how much they should pay; what checks to make; what they should expect. A lot of these questions are obvious to us, because we hire VAs all the time… But to…

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How many secretarial skills do you use in your VA business?

By Caroline | 18 June, 2019 |

Had an interesting chat recently with Rosemary Parr who runs Scottish PA Network – we were chatting about the different skillsets VAs and PAs have…and that’s why the transition can sometimes be difficult. I thought it might be useful to run a poll: Certainly on the SVA Forum there’s some debate about what is unique…

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Sole Trader vs Limited Company

By Noel Guilford | 12 June, 2019 |

“Should I be a sole trader or a limited company as a virtual assistant?” We get asked this a lot from start-up virtual assistants or those thinking of becoming a virtual assistant. Certainly the vast majority of VAs are sole traders (81% of UK VAs are sole traders*). But then the majority of VAs are…

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VAT Registration – for VAs!

By Noel Guilford | 5 June, 2019 |

It is very unlikely that you will have to register for VAT, at least initially, as a virtual assistant. You only have to register if: Your turnover (the amount you invoice your clients) for the previous 12 months is more than £85,000, the threshold at the time of writing, OR You expect to go over…

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