FAQs about becoming a Virtual Assistant

I know from experience that when you first discover VAs exist and you suspect you might want to become one, you research the subject to death and then quickly become overwhelmed with information. So, here are the most frequently asked questions about becoming a Virtual Assistant to help you decide if it’s the right career for you.

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How to become a Virtual Assistant

Being a Virtual Assistant is awesome. I have an incredible lifestyle and have worked from countries all around the world. But the life of a freelancer isn’t all unicorns and fairies and it’s definitely not a way of making ‘easy money’. So, let me tell you what is actually involved in setting up and running a Virtual Assistant business so you can decide if it’s for you.

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The platforms, apps and tools I pay for (and the ones I don’t)

Confused about all the different platforms, apps and tools that Virtual Assistants talk about online? Worried that if you don’t know what they are and how to use them then you can’t be a VA? Uncertain whether a platform should be used by you or one of your clients instead? Not sure if you should upgrade or stick with the free version?

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How to work out your Virtual Assistant niche

Having a niche comes with numerous benefits not least because it’s far better to be the irreplaceable Virtual Assistant whose clients would pay anything rather than lose, than the average do-it-all VA who can be easily interchanged with another one. I know for a fact that you have an area of expertise in your repertoire, so let me help you work out what it is.

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VA Interview with award-winning VA Joanne Manville

This is a VA case study and interview with Joanne Manville. Currently living in Devon with her husband and 4-year-old daughter, Joanne launched her business Joanne Manville Virtual Assistance in October 2015.  Outside of the office, Joanne spends a lot of time walking on the moors and is also on the committee of the Exeter Districts Scouts.

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Why I just moved to a country I have never been to before

“I think you’d be surprised if you knew how much time I spend thinking about Rome,” I said to my friend as I perched on a barstool in her kitchen, “I really do love it there. Italy is definitely my soul country and I think about it all the time”. So if I love Italy so much why have I just moved to Montenegro – a country I had never previously been to?

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Advice for newbies from experienced VAs

If you’re still in the setting-up phase of 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… there is!

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What UK Virtual Assistants need to know about tax and National Insurance

When you decide that you’re going to become a Virtual Assistant and take over the Universe, one of the things you’ll need to do is tell the Government you’re no longer working for The Man but for many men (and women) instead. The information below is based on current UK tax laws so please check what your own government requires if you live outside of the UK.

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Free (or low-cost) learning resources for Virtual Assistants

If you’re anything like me, then you love learning new things. In fact, it may even be one of the reasons you decided to set up your own business. But whether you’re a Virtual Assistant looking to upskill or you simply want to know all the things, I know you’re going to flip over this carefully curated collection of online courses I’ve put together for you.

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How I survive winter without frostbite, fractures or a massive heating bill

Winter can be hard for freelancers. If you’re not careful you could slip on ice and break your wrist, spend months freezing your butt off or end up crying over a massive heating bill. But there’s no need to worry about staying safe and warm this winter because I have some fail-proof ways to get through it without falling foul to frostbite or fractures.

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Interview with Scotland-based VA, Toks Coyle

This is a Virtual Assistant case study and interview with Toks Coyle (née Adebanjo) from TAVA Services. Winner and runner-up of a number of VA awards, Toks lives with her husband in East Lothian, Scotland and set up her business in the Autumn of 2016 after struggling to find a career path she was truly passionate about.

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How and where to host your Virtual Assistant website

When you set up your Virtual Assistant website you need to sort the domain and hosting. Think of a domain as the name of your shop and the hosting company as your landlord – they make sure your shop stays open! You can buy a domain name from many platforms (I personally use GoDaddy) and Bluehost is a great place for hosting.

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