Things you need to consider when designing a logo for your Virtual Assistant business

Once you’ve decided what to call your Virtual Assistant business, you may want to design a logo. On one hand, your logo is just a formality so you can launch your business, and on the other, it represents who you are, what you stand for and will also be on all your marketing materials. Plus, if you get it wrong it could be a complete headache to redesign later!

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How to set your Virtual Assistant rates

One of the hardest things to decide when you become a Virtual Assistant is how to price your services. If you charge by the hour then you’ll never earn more than there are hours in the day, which is why it’s better to get a client on a retainer or charge a project rate. “But how does that work and how do I do that?!” I hear you cry. Well, let’s look at those options in more detail.

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How to network like a VA superstar

Virtual Assistants often feel apprehensive about attending networking events but, as many VAs say it’s their most successful way of landing clients and because you’re going to have to do it anyway, it (literally) pays to be good at it. Talking to a room full of strangers may sound daunting, but with my advice, you’ll be a networking superstar in no time.

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Do Virtual Assistants need a contract?

When I started out as a Virtual Assistant I thoroughly researched other VA websites and noticed that many of them mentioned contracts or terms and conditions –  yet when I asked another Virtual Assistant in my area about them she said she never used a contract and simply trusted her clients. So what did I do?

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How to handle late paying clients

At some point during your VA career, you’re going to get some late-paying clients – it’s just the way things are. Some clients are fantastic and pay your invoices immediately, some like to cut it fine, and some will really test your patience. Here’s how to deal with the late payers without going all Daenerys Targaryen on them.

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When and how to fire a client

When I first started working for myself, it never once occurred to me that I could or should fire a client. I’d worked as an employee for years and employees are the ones who get fired not the other way around – plus I was new at freelancing and thought it was important to take all the work I was offered. Rookie error…

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How Virtual Assistants track client work

If you’re a Virtual Assistant who charges by the hour then you’ll need a way of recording your time. Clients need to know they’re paying solely for the time you spend on their task, and it kinda helps if you know how much to bill them for! If you charge by the project then you probably won’t need a time tracker, but if you charge an hourly rate then you will.

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Tips for managing emails and multiple email accounts

Effectively and efficiently managing email accounts is a vital skill for any Virtual Assistant. From the multitude of emails you personally receive to the ones for and from your clients, if you know how to firmly take control of all the different accounts and emails, you’ll not only be a better VA, but your clients will adore you.

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Interview with traditional PA, Rachel Brown

This is a Virtual Assistant case study and interview with Rachel Brown from Secretary Outsource. Rachel lives on the south coast in Peacehaven, East Sussex, her business operates locally from Newhaven Enterprise Centre, and she started trading in October 2007 when she was “the wrong side of 45!”.

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