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Northern VA Collaboration

The Northern Collaboration Event is an annual one-day conference, held by Virtual Assistants for Virtual Assistants – both existing and aspiring. 2014 saw our inaugural event take place on 31st May at The Stadium of Light, Sunderland and with five years of events bringing together VAs from across the North East (plus some honorary Geordies…

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Essential Virtual Assistant Software

We haven’t compiled a list of essential virtual assistant software for a while – mostly because the same ones pop up frequently: MS Office, Express Scribe, etc. Shockingly, the last time we did it was 2014! A lot has changed! Companies merge. They will move from a free to a paid model and restrict access…

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SVA turns 14!

longest running UK organisation for virtual assistants

SVA started in 2005 and is now officially the oldest active virtual assistant organisation in the UK. Just 7 VAs got together with (the infamous!) Alan the Geek in a restaurant in Edinburgh in June 2005. The idea was to promote virtual assistance as a profession and spread the word about how VAs could help…

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Tackling Late Payments

Late payments

The Small Business Commissioner, Paul Uppal, has been tasked with tackling late payments for small businesses… We all know the pain of juggling cashflow because a client has been late to pay.  The knock on effect means you can’t pay your own suppliers – or maybe it means you are late paying household bills? Getting…

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Catch Caroline and Michelle on The Apprentice!

Eagle eyed viewers of BBC1’s The Apprentice might have spotted Caroline and fellow SVA member Michelle Smith of ValueAdd doing deals with Karen Brady’s team last night… (Note the glass of wine – typical Glaswegian fashion. Michelle: We need to stop being such cliches!!) Filmed during the summer heatwave, we were sworn to secrecy about…

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Price increase letters

Virtual Assistant Pricing

Over the years we’ve been asked for examples of price increase letters – each VA business is different and you will know your clients best, but here’s a few ideas about how you can increase your virtual assistant rates without alienating the clients. Why raise your virtual assistant rates? Firstly, remember that your clients will…

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