Should all your clients be on retainers?

Should all your clients be on retainers?

I know, I know, if clients are on retainers you know what’s coming in every month (caveat – providing everyone pays their invoice and don’t decide to stop working with you). But many VAs find it extremely stressful and complicated trying to convert...
What skills do you need to be a Virtual Assistant?

What skills do you need to be a Virtual Assistant?

Being a VA affords me a wonderful working life and I know many want that life too. Why should we, when employees, just word for the weekends – 2 days a week every week to be ourselves, to relax, to enjoy our hard earned money? Work shouldn’t be stressful!...
Are there any male Virtual Assistants?

Are there any male Virtual Assistants?

I’ve never been one for only working with one gender, to me that’s not what equality is, so when father of four, Mark Smith, came on my radar in my VA trainer capacity I was thrilled to have him in the Private Members’ Club. I sat him down over a pub...
What should I call my Virtual Assistant Business?

What should I call my Virtual Assistant Business?

This is one question that is so popular, and can hold many people back from staring their VA business ‘What shall I call my Virtual Assistant business?’ First of all let’s think about some things to definitely consider before deciding on a name: It...
Nailing Your Niche – Do You Need To?

Nailing Your Niche – Do You Need To?

‘What’s your niche?’ ‘You’ve got a niche, right?’ ‘Oh, you need a niche!’ Yeah, thanks for that but what is a niche? And why do you need one? In a nutshell, a niche is something you specialise in or someone you prefer to...
Should I display my rates on my website?

Should I display my rates on my website?

Before I answer the question with my thoughts I want to ask you why wouldn’t you display your prices on your website? are you worried it will put people off? are you not confident with what you charge? are you hoping people will phone or email and then you can...
How to offer bookkeeping as an additional service 

How to offer bookkeeping as an additional service 

Guest blog from Zoe Whitman, owner of But the Books: Bookkeeping can be an excellent additional service for Virtual Assistants to offer, every business has an element of bookkeeping work and it’s often the thing that’s on the bottom of the to do list. Business owners...
What if I get ill?

What if I get ill?

I know this is a major fear for many new or aspiring VA’s and was a big one for me too. It’s good to be concerned about this if you went into starting your own business not considering these things you could be stuffed if it happened, but equally try not...