Welcome to The VA Handbook
There’s a lot of information on becoming a Virtual Assistant out there and you’re probably already in a bit of a pickle by the time you’ve reached this site:
- You’re confused as to whether you could cut it as a VA
- You’re not completely sure what being a VA involves, what your niche should be or how to get clients
- You’re not even sure where you start finding this stuff out
- You’re not certain if and when you should leave your job and just go for it
- You’re worried you’re going to balls it up and end up penniless in the workhouse
- You’ve already read a ton of information and now your head is about to explode
- You’re probably completely over-thinking everything
Don’t worry. You’ve found my site and everything is going to be ok!
Your search is over. Here you’ll find everything you need from how to set up a Virtual Assistant business, advice on how to work better once you’re established, tutorials so you can pick up new skills and expand your niche, and further resources to help you become the most talented, sought after VA on the block.
How to use the site
Because there’s a lot of information on the site and people are at different stages in setting up their business, I want it to be really easy for you to find what you need without having to trawl through the whole thing.
So just use the category section or search bar in the sidebar or take a look at the complete list of all my blog posts below then simply click on the article you want to read.
BLOG POST ARCHIVES
I want to be a VA – set up
Are you cut out to be a Virtual Assistant?
Qualities you need to be a stand-out VA
Why there has never been a better time to be a VA
10 things they don’t tell you about being a freelancer
What’s the best thing about being a Virtual Assistant?
Answers to every worry you have
TEST: 3 example VA tasks for you to try
Say no to the naysayers!
Read this then just set up your business already!
New eye-opening video interview series with new VAs
How to go from PA to VA in just 3 months
2 incredible life-changing VA stories
Should you hire a Virtual Assistant trainer?
How to choose your niche
How to decide what services to offer
30 Virtual Assistant services you could offer
How to decide on a company name
How to set your rates
Should you display your rates on your website?
Virtual Assistant website checklist (what you need)
How to get a quick and easy website with WIX
How and where to host your WordPress website
Is your website an abomination?
Do you need a blog and what should you write about?
Things to consider when designing your logo
How to get testimonials when you’re just starting out
When to leave your job to be a full time VA
How to prepare even if you’re still working full time
How to avoid time-waster clients
National insurance and the tax man
Should your client sign a contract?
Using a time tracker to record client work
How to invoice and get paid
What to do when a potential client doesn’t know what they need you for
Should you take out insurance?
How to capture or record your computer screen
How to share your computer screen on Skype
How to work better once you have clients
Using Rapportive for Gmail
5 tips for managing emails and multiple email accounts
This service will earn you a great income throughout your career
Overcome any challenge with a VA SWOT analysis
How to use Pinterest to collaborate with clients
20 ways to prepare your business for next year
How to chase invoices for your clients
When and how to fire a client
How to handle late payers
How to manage difficult clients
Marketing & finding work
25 ways to market your Virtual Assistant business
How to get awesome clients
Why LinkedIn is essential for your VA business
How to write a great LinkedIn profile
Three LinkedIn message templates
The 3 best ways to find your first client
Virtual Assistants reveal their first client (and how they got them)
20 ways to be da bomb on Twitter
How to network
How to write your elevator pitch
Do freelancing job sites work?
How to drive traffic to your VA website
My life – it’s all about me!
20 random things you don’t know about me
Business books that have helped my career
My own Virtual Assistant story
What my workspaces look like
How I keep my financial records
How I survive winter without frostbite, fractures or an extortionate heating bill
My business birthday & some serious motivation
Replay of my first live Q&A session on 2nd Dec 2015
Replay of the interview and Q&A session with my favourite VA client
DIY VA course success stories
If you’re thinking of investing in my DIY VA course and setting up your own Virtual Assistant business then it may be helpful to find out if it actually gets results! Click here to read inspirational success stories from people just like you who have already made the leap into freelance freedom and discover if my DIY course lives up to the hype.
Interviews with established VAs
Because I now have so many interviews with VAs from all over the world, you can see them all in one place along with my own VA story by clicking here.
You can see all my videos including how-to’s, interviews with new VAs (find out whether being a freelancer is all it’s cracked up to be!) and Q&A sessions over on my YouTube channel.