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 it’s definitely good to get one at some point) 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) and 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 and much of the world 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 as you may be able to guess), it’s about moving forward and ensuring you are in a strong financial position, have choices and can create a successful future whatever happens to world economics.

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Three 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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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

Back when I used to offer personal training, I mentioned to my boyfriend at the time that a couple of trainees had confidence issues and, although I’d given them every practical step they needed to become a VA, I didn’t have any more knowledge to impart and wasn’t sure how best to move them forward. First (and rightly) he said that I wasn’t a counsellor and then he told me if I had asked them to do a SWOT analysis.

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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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3 example VA tasks for you to try

Although the types of tasks you’ll be given will obviously vary depending on what your services are and what your clients do for a living, I thought it might be a good idea to provide three different examples so you can get a basic idea of what to expect. These are not unusual tasks and cover the main areas of research, data entry, collation and attention to detail.

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How to write a great LinkedIn profile

Aside from analysing LinkedIn profiles and groups for my clients and using LinkedIn to identify, research and qualify potential clients for my own VA business, I also used to write loads of LinkedIn profiles as part of my CV writing business – so when it comes to LinkedIn, I’ve seen it all! There are good profiles and truly dreadful profiles – here’s what a good one looks like:

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