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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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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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 what 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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This 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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Interview with Wales-based VA Jane Oriel

This is a Virtual Assistant case study and interview with Jane Oriel. As well as being a VA, Jane wanted to freelance as a writer, copywriter and editor so kept her brand identity options open by using her name as her business name. Jane is originally from Kent but now resides in Caerphilly, South Wales with her husband and son. 

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VAs reveal who their last client was (and how they got them)

If you’re a new or potential Virtual Assistant it can be really difficult to imagine what types of business owners would hire you and how that relationship would begin. I already have a blog post on how VAs landed their first client, but I was interested in finding out whether the same methods applied when it came to signing up subsequent clients.

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How to improve your pricing strategy and mindset

Knowing what to charge and then asking for it is one of the hardest aspects of freelancing to get your head around. Not only is the area unfamiliar to you, but even talking about money makes most people uncomfortable. But in order to become a successful (i.e. wealthy) VA, you need to nail your pricing strategy otherwise you have a hobby and not a business.

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The legal stuff you need to have in place

Every Virtual Assistant needs to have legal contracts so they don’t get sued or screwed. Clients expect you to have them and they’re there to give both you and your clients peace of mind if it all goes south. It may start out all rainbows and fairies but client relationships can sour – and you do not want to find yourself naked without a contract!

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I love my Mum but…

Before I start I want to make it perfectly clear that I absolutely adore my Mum. My Mother is absolutely awesome. She had me when she was really young, she escaped an abusive relationship to raise me, she always has my best interests at heart and she’s funny, kind, caring and fun. Her voice sounds like a tinkling bell and I love her to the moon and back…

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