Hi there and welcome to the VA Handbook!
I’m guessing you’re on this site for one of three reasons:
- You’re thinking about becoming a Virtual Assistant
- You’re new to the whole VA thing and want to check you’re doing everything right
- You’re already a pretty awesome VA but want to add to your skill set and maybe expand or change your niche
Well whatever the reason, you’re in the right place!
Why I created this site
Because I kept getting emails from wannabe Virtual Assistants asking for advice. They said my business model was different than others they’d seen and my website was fresh and modern. I looked different than a lot of the other VAs out there and they wanted to know if I could help them.
I knew exactly what they meant.
When I first started thinking of becoming a Virtual Assistant, I looked at a ton of websites to get an idea of the market – and what I saw didn’t reflect the view I had of myself AT ALL.
Most of the sites were corporate navy, dryer than the Sahara, had cartoon secretaries all over the place or they looked like the personal blog of a 14 year old girl – whereas I saw myself as a modern business woman offering valuable support to other professionals.
So I decided not to use any VAs as role models and forged my own way instead.
The road was hard but I made it and, because I don’t always have the time to answer questions in as much detail as I’d like (or at all), I thought I’d provide a place where potential VAs can find the answers to all their questions along with lots of useful resources and training so they could stride out and be awesome.
Then I thought, “hell, why not go the whole hog and provide existing VAs with some useful information too – why should they miss out?” … and lo, the VA Handbook was born.
What I want
- To show you how to be a modern Virtual Assistant
- To tell you how to set up a Virtual Assistant business from scratch
- To advise you how to get more clients, keep them happy and become more successful
- To help you work better and have a fulfilling work life
- To teach you new things so you can grow and adapt your business as you go along
Our skills are valuable. We’ve worked damned hard to earn them, and people should pay well for our support because we’re saving them time and money. A lot of people barely know what a VA is so they’re not going to pay top dollar for someone they see as little more than a typist.
I punch this message home quite a lot!
When someone hires a Virtual Assistant they’re freed up to get on with what they do best which is secure new clients, work on business development, build their company and spend more time with their family.
I think that’s worth something don’t you?
What you’ll find here
Lots of useful information – I want to tell you what you need to do to become a Virtual Assistant and then how to work better once you’re up and running so you can expand and adapt as your business grows.
Integrity and honesty – I’ll be recommending products and services that I know you’ll find useful but these will always be things that I use myself or wholeheartedly endorse.
I promise to always tell you when something is an affiliate link and that everything I recommend will be 100% useful to you. Some things are more important than money and my reputation is definitely one of them.
And what you won’t
Bullshit – Excuse my French, but I really want to cut through the plethora of crap out there and give you some useful free information so you can have a successful business and a happy work life. We’re all busy here so I want to give you clear facts so you can just get on with it.
Unicorns and fairy dust – It’s not my style to write in a cutesy way and I’m not a fluffy la-la sparkles and cupcakes type of person. I can also be a bit blunt (in case you hadn’t noticed!) and not everyone likes that, but it’s my way to just say what I think and not waste time tarting up a blog post so people will like me… we’re all busy here!
Why the information is free & what I get in return
When I first started out I couldn’t find decent information that reflected the sort of freelancer I wanted to be. I found uninspiring and outdated information on ugly websites and people were (and still are) having the gall to charge a fortune for it.
But I’ll be honest with you, although I’m providing all this free information so you can set up and run a successful business, it’d be great to get something back for all the hard work I put in.
So I’ll be telling you everything you need to set up and become a fantastic Virtual Assistant, but I also hope to make a small income from some affiliates, downloads and training because I can’t work for my own clients if I’m doing this!
If I can make a small return from something I’d recommend anyway or tell you how I got thousands of pounds in client work, then it’s a win-win situation for everyone.
What to do now
* Use the links on the Start Here Page or the Categories section in the sidebar to choose which articles to read next.
* Click here to sign up for updates and unique subscriber-only content and freebies as well as a free copy of what tools you need (and don’t need) to start a Virtual Assistant business.
* Check out my various training packages if you want to learn how to set up your own VA business.
* Congratulate yourself on having reached the end of your search because everything you need is right here, and your hunt for decent advice is over!
*Disclaimer – Although my website is called the VA Handbook, I’m not actually the person who wrote the book with the same name. The domain name was free and summed up what I wanted the site to be about so I took it!