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Choosing the best business training

By Caroline | 15 March, 2018 | 1 Comment

Following on from my post here on choosing the best virtual assistant course something made my blood boil recently… We’ve all seen them: Those adverts which claim that their course will let you spend your life sitting on a beach. Now don’t get me wrong – I know some VAs who do sit on a…

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Congratulations To Kerry Seymour For Winning A Virtual Assistant Award

By Caroline | 7 March, 2018 | 0 Comments

Congratulations to Kerry Seymour for winning a virtual assistant award at the 2017 Maximise Business of the year award. Kerry runs her own VA business which she started up at the end of January 2017, providing a bespoke service to her clients. She works from home, successfully juggling work and family life.   The awards…

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Press Release for Virtual Assistants

By Caroline | 1 March, 2018 | 0 Comments

During SVA’s UK VA Survey v8 you asked us to develop more shared resources that you could use to promote your business… One of the things which Virtual Assistants felt would be useful was a customisable press release that you could tweak with your own details and submit to local news outlets.  Local papers may…

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Choose the best virtual assistant course

By Caroline | 30 January, 2018 | 17 Comments

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…

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Subcontractors looking for work…

By Caroline | 28 November, 2017 | 0 Comments

We’ve had a few requests recently to put a call out for subbies – there’s a few people who happily regularly hire subcontractors in their businesses, and would be happy for people to approach them looking for work…  We’re collecting these in and we’ll be publishing soon – feel free to skip any parts which…

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New Year – New business planner / diary!

By Caroline | 1 November, 2017 | 3 Comments

If you are an organised Virtual Assistant, you may already have ordered the bible which keeps you on track… Planner, diary, journal, organiser, filofax – doesn’t matter what you call it, just that it works. Surprisingly for an online industry, there’s a big slice of the VA industry who rely on paper and pencil to…

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Virtual Assistant Skills – unique to the industry!

By Caroline | 15 September, 2017 | 2 Comments

Virtual Assistant Skills:  “I’ve been a PA for 26 years – I don’t need told how to write a document” – except this aspiring virtual assistant most definitely did need told, because she had just completed our virtual assistant skills spelling test and had spectacularly failed it leaving in misspelt words, inconsistent formatting and hadn’t…

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Is “virtual assistant” going out of fashion?

By Caroline | 8 June, 2017 | 0 Comments

The USA tends to be about 5 years ahead of us here in the UK when it comes to the virtual assistant world… (Check out the history of the virtual assistant! https://www.societyofvirtualassistants.co.uk/2013/07/08/the-history-of-the-virtual-assistant-2/) But one trend I’ve noticed is that increasingly VAs are distancing themselves from the term “virtual assistant”.  A variety of words are now…

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So you want to be a subcontractor virtual assistant?

By Caroline | 30 May, 2017 | 2 Comments

(Or how much a VA’s virtual assistant gets paid!) “They’re paying HOW MUCH for a virtual assistant subcontractor???”  Yes, the outraged exclamations on Facebook Groups for a subcontract virtual assistant job this week raised a lot of eyebrows…  But you know, the virtual assistants doing these subcontract jobs aren’t necessarily doing the same job as…

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Top 10 Tips for Becoming a Virtual Assistant

By Caroline | 15 May, 2017 | 27 Comments

SVA put together 10 baby-steps to becoming a Virtual Assistant – a must-read for any aspiring assistant!

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