How to become a Virtual Assistant

Being a Virtual Assistant is awesome. It’s incredible in fact. I have a really enjoyable lifestyle and have worked from Vegas, Zurich, Rome, Provence, Oman,  the Canaries, Austin and Verona. But the life of a VA is not all unicorns and fairies – I worked my arse off to become successful, but I also learned a helluva lot in the process. And now I’m going to tell you everything you’ll need to know if you want to become a Virtual Assistant yourself.

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How Sarah Liddle set up her VA business after seeing friends go through life changing events

Because my DIY VA course gets such great results, I wanted to share some of the inspiring success stories from people who have taken the course and set up their own freelance business. After seeing friends go through some serious life changing events, Sarah Liddle started to question where her own life was heading and she also wanted to spend more time outside and with her family. Here’s the story of why Sarah took the course and how her life has changed since.

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How Jo Lewis set up her VA business after being overlooked at work

Because my DIY VA course gets such great results, I wanted to share some of the inspiring success stories from people who have taken the course and set up their own freelance business. After working for the same company for 13 years and then being overlooked for a well-deserved promotion, Jo Lewis decided she’d had enough. Here’s the story of why Jo took the course and how her life has changed since.

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How Fay Blakey set up her VA business to spend more time with her little boy

Because my DIY VA course gets such great results, I wanted to share some of the inspiring success stories from people who have taken the course and set up their own freelance business. After being made redundant, Fay Blakey wanted enjoyable, flexible part-time work so she could spend more time with her son. Here’s the story of why Fay took the course and how her life has changed since. 

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How Laura Coyle set up her VA business after being made redundant

Because my DIY VA course gets such great results, I wanted to share some of the inspiring success stories from people who have taken the course and set up their own freelance business. After being made redundant, Laura Coyle wanted a working life that would reduce her stress levels and fit around her three young children. Here’s the story of why Laura took the course and how her life has changed since. 

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How Sophie Khaksari set up and landed her first client within six weeks

Because my DIY VA course gets such great results, I wanted to share some of the inspiring success stories from people who have taken the course and set up their own freelance business. After going on maternity leave, Sophie Khaksari wanted to establish a flexible working life that would fit around her young daughter. Here’s the story of why Sophie took the course and how her life has changed since. 

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How Sadie Finch set up her VA business to become more than just ‘Mummy’

Because my DIY VA course gets such great results, I wanted to share some of the inspiring success stories from people who have taken the course and set up their own freelance business. After leaving her job to start a family, Sadie Finch wanted something for herself and to be more than just ‘Mummy’ to her two small boys. Here’s the story of why Sadie took the course and how her life has changed since.

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How Catherine Gladwyn set up her VA business after literally becoming sick of her job

Because my DIY VA course gets such great results, I wanted to share some of the inspiring success stories from people who have taken the course and set up their own freelance business. When Catherine became sick with stress last year she decided to set up her own business and call the shots instead. Here’s the story of why Catherine took the course and how her life has changed since. 

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How Emma Conway-Hyde set up her business after deciding she wanted more from her life

Because my DIY VA course gets such great results, I wanted to share some of the inspiring success stories from people who have taken the course and set up their own freelance business. After years of commuting and office politics, Emma Conway-Hyde wanted more from her life so decided to set up a business on her own terms. Here’s the story of why Emma took the course and how her life has changed since.

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How Jan Baber set up her VA business and got clients alongside her full time job

Because my DIY VA course gets such great results, I wanted to share some of the inspiring success stories from people who have taken the course and set up their own freelance business. Although Jan Baber loved her job, she wanted to find out what her full potential was and if she could actually reach it. Here’s the story of why Jan took the course and how her life has changed since.

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7 awesome Gmail labs

I’ve said it before but Gmail is just invaluable for VAs. One reason is that they have a whole section called labs where you can find useful add-ons to make your inbox a lean, mean productivity machine. Some are simply handy, some are just for fun and others are absolute lifesavers that will make you bow down and worship at the alter of Google!

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How and where to host your WordPress website

Once you decide you want a website for your VA business (and who doesn’t?) you’ll need to buy the domain name and then find a place to have the website hosted. You can buy the name from anywhere (I use Go Daddy) but then you’ll need a place to keep the site. Think of your domain name as the name of your shop and hosting as your landlord – they’re the person who makes sure your shop stays open!

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Why there has never been a better time to be a VA

As you know, the UK is currently going through a period of economic and political uncertainty. This post is not about blame or discussing whether we had this forced upon us or not (I voted remain and I’m sure your Facebook streams are full of anger and confusion already) it’s about moving forward and ensuring you’re in a strong position with a positive future whatever happens.

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VA interview with Azi Rosenblum

This is a Virtual Assistant case study and interview with Azi Rosenblum. Azi is the Founder and CEO of the Baltimore-based Virtual Assistant firm RemSource which focuses on providing administrative and bookkeeping support to solopreneurs and small businesses. This is the story of how he became a Virtual Assistant and set up his business.

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2 incredible life-changing VA stories

I’m always banging on about how life is way too short to not follow your dreams. It’s a big thing of mine and I’m sure you’ve heard me say a billion times how important it is not to sleepwalk through life and not do anything with it. But just in case you want to know what happens to people who do take action and who do take practical steps towards getting what they want, this post is for you.

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The biggest blunder I ever made

Today I’m going to share a MASSIVE blunder that I made with my main client earlier this year just so you can see that it doesn’t matter if you make a mistake, it’s how you respond and deal with it that matters to the client. And this was a HUGE mistake!

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Why LinkedIn is essential for your VA business

LinkedIn is a massive part of all my Virtual Assistant training. In fact it’s so integral to getting work that many of my trainees have found clients solely through their LinkedIn profile even though they haven’t even got a website yet. Every professional knows it’s essential to be on LinkedIn but having a great LinkedIn profile is just half of it – knowing how to actually use it is vital.

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Want to meet me at the Office Show in May?

I just want to let you know that I’m going to be attending the second day of the Office Show in London on the 12th May – so if you want to stop by and meet me then it would be absolutely brilliant to see you. I’ve never been to the show before but I’ve heard really good things about it so I’m going to play hookey from work on the VA day to see what all the fuss is about… and to meet some of you hopefully!

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Overcome any challenge with a SWOT analysis

The other day I was discussing my personal training with my boyfriend and I mentioned that a couple of the trainees had confidence issues. I’d given them every practical step they needed to become a VA but I didn’t have any more knowledge to impart and wasn’t sure what to do to move them forward. He firstly (and rightly) advised that I wasn’t a counsellor and then said that I should ask them to do a SWOT analysis.

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New eye-opening VA video interview series

I think it’s really important to see what it’s actually like to be a VA so I’ve set up some video interviews with new VAs for you. I want to show potential VAs what life is actually like when you work for yourself, to see that ‘regular’ people can do it and to inspire you to make the leap yourselves. I also want to give existing VAs an insight into how other freelancers work, what tasks they do, who their clients are, how they manage them, how they get them and how much they charge them.

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This service will earn you a great income throughout your career

I often meet up with another VA called Rachel Brown. I’ve known her for a few years now and our chats are always really productive. We have coffee and cake and discuss how our businesses are doing, our plans for the future and to generally find out how each other is getting on. Last year I discovered that Rachel makes an absolute killing from taking minutes at local meetings. Obviously I was intrigued and wanted to know more… loads more! 

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