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...
Get Ahead of the Competition as a Virtual Assistant

Get Ahead of the Competition as a Virtual Assistant

Anyone need help to rewire their house? I’ve not done any electrical work before, apart from when I set my foot on fire changing a socket front plate, but I think I quite fancy having a go again. That’s okay, isn’t it? I’ll charge less than...
The Transition from PA to VA (webinar for #adminchat)

The Transition from PA to VA (webinar for #adminchat)

I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to record a webinar for Executive Secretary Magazine and their weekly #adminchat on the transition from Personal Assistant to Virtual Assistant. In this webinar I cover: What is a Virtual Assistant? The mindset of a business...
Seven steps to get yourself a regular piece in a local editorial

Seven steps to get yourself a regular piece in a local editorial

Social media is amazing for getting your name out there, Facebook groups allow you to share your knowledge, engage in your pyjamas and learn from others, but we can’t just rely on social media to market ourselves and our business. We have to continually look for...
How much money do I need put aside to start my VA business?

How much money do I need put aside to start my VA business?

Great question and one many of us Google or ask before we take that leap from the ‘safety’ of employment to business owner. I’ve put safety in quotations marks because is employment really any safer than being in complete control of your own destiny?...
Is there such a thing as a secure job anymore?

Is there such a thing as a secure job anymore?

I first read this article over on LinkedIn, written by my connection Melanie Coleman. I couldn’t have written it better myself, so I invited her to adapt it slightly for you. It sums up perfectly why stepping into the world of business owner isn’t actually...
Are you ready to go it alone?

Are you ready to go it alone?

This post was written by Carl Reader (my autocorrect on my phone always wants to change it to card reader :)) Carl is widely regarded as the UK’s leading expert and advisor to small businesses. He prides himself on offering straightforward advice to businesses looking...
How much should you charge as a Virtual Assistant?

How much should you charge as a Virtual Assistant?

‘I’m new to being a VA so I am charging £15 an hour.’  ‘I need to build a client base, so am charging £12 an hour.’  ‘I’ve never done this task before so I’m learning on the job, that’s why I’m charging £10...
Being a Virtual Assistant is perfect as a side hustle, right?

Being a Virtual Assistant is perfect as a side hustle, right?

I understand that wanting to work from home is a massive pull, wanting to be there for the children is life-changing, but being a VA just might not be the direction you need to be heading. ‘I’m thinking of doing some VA work so I can make a bit of extra...
Dealing with negativity

Dealing with negativity

Since starting my VA business I’ve had endless support from all those around me. Family, friends and ex-colleagues all know I’m someone who sees through everything I say I’m going to do. They also know I’m a very organised, proactive tenacious...
Being a VA and a Mum. Can you?

Being a VA and a Mum. Can you?

So, you’ve been trawling the internet to find jobs you can do from home to work around your tiny humans.  Something that you can fit around school, after-school clubs, nap times and Lego building. There, amongst the endless amounts of MLM opportunities, you see it,...
What Virtual Assistant services should I offer?

What Virtual Assistant services should I offer?

Okay, stop Googling other Virtual Assistants’ websites just for one minute and let’s concentrate on the most important person here, you! Your business! If you’re going to build a successful profitable VA business you’re going to have to enjoy...
How to get those clients

How to get those clients

You might already have a business name, business cards, a website, an amazing desk space in the spare room and a drawer full of colourful stationery, but you ideally need some clients so you can properly be a business owner and pay for more stationery as and when...
When to leave your job and be a full-time Virtual Assistant

When to leave your job and be a full-time Virtual Assistant

I think I Googled this question about a million times hoping that someone had the answer. When can I hand in my resignation and really call myself a business owner? When can I shimmy out of that office once and for all? What you don’t want to read is...