How to become a Virtual Assistant

Being a Virtual Assistant is awesome. I have an incredible lifestyle and have worked from all over the world in some exotic places. But because the life of a freelancer is not all unicorns and fairies, I’m going to tell you everything you’ll need to know if you’re thinking of setting up your own VA business so you can avoid some of the mistakes I made!

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How to choose a laptop for your VA business

One of the most popular questions asked by members of my VA Handbookers Facebook group is which laptop they should buy. Because I thought it would be easier to have a source to point people to when they asked this question, below is a comprehensive list of all the things you should consider when choosing a laptop for your VA business.

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The four best ways to find your first client

The most frequently asked question from new Virtual Assistants in my VA Handbookers Facebook group is “how do I get my first client?”. Because marketing and looking for work can be daunting when you’re first starting out, here are the four most successful ways I’ve found to land your very first client.

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How to raise your hourly rate (with email template)

If you charge by the hour, at some point you’re going to reach an income plateau as there are only so many billable hours you can work in a day. You know you need to raise your rates as time goes on, but you’re also worried you might lose some of your clients if you do. Here’s how to up your prices like a pro along with a customisable email template.  

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Which platform should you build your website on?

When you first set up your Virtual Assistant business it can feel like you have a million decisions to make – and one of these will be where to set up and build your shiny new website so you can get found online. Because there are so many options to choose from, I’ve outlined the pros and cons of each one to prevent your brain from exploding.

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Common VA scams and how to avoid them

Because the VA industry is unregulated, people often try to take advantage of the situation for their own personal or financial gain. From amateur “experts”, dodgy clients and outright scammers, unethical practices appear to be on the rise. But if you know what to look out for, you’re far less likely to be taken for a ride.

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Advice for newbies from experienced VAs

If you’re still in the setting-up phase your Virtual Assistant business wouldn’t it be great to receive some personal advice from established VAs who have walked the path before you? I mean, imagine how helpful it would be to hear some words of wisdom, get some pointers and find out what the best course of action would be? Oh wait… what? There is?!

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Interview with VA agency owner, Charlotte Souber

This is a Virtual Assistant case study and interview with Charlotte Souber – known to her friends as Soubs. She lives in New Haw in Surrey with her young son and partner and set up her Virtual Assistant business Hour 25 in September 2016. Charlotte has recently taken on four employees and gone from a solo operation to a VA agency.

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Can a Virtual Assistant just work on a Chromebook?

In my blog post on how to choose a laptop for your Virtual Assistant business, I mentioned that I use a Chromebook in addition to my main laptop. This interested quite a few of my readers and, because they wanted to know if a Chromebook was a viable alternative to a Windows laptop, I thought I’d tell you more about Chromebooks and how they work.

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My decision hack will change your life

You know when you can’t make a decision and you really wish there was a way to quickly come up with an answer so you can just move on with your life and do something else? Well, I’m delighted to tell you that there is. In fact, I’m the smug custodian of a spectacularly fail-proof method which I will happily share with you today… are you ready?

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