Posts Categorized Learn And Grow

Mastering the ChatGPT custom instructions box: An essential guide for Virtual Assistants

ChatGPT is revolutionising the way VAs work and frankly, we all need to keep up or risk becoming obsolete. If you’ve ever used ChatGPT you’ll know that it can do some absolutely incredible things including getting through twice the amount of work in half the time. But did you know that using ChatGPT’s custom instructions will produce even better results?

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AI image showdown: Same prompt, 12 different platforms, interesting results

AI is the most groundbreaking advancement in the history of the Virtual Assistance industry and I am all over it. New technology and AI are evolving at an unprecedented rate and any VA who wants to stay competitive really should stay on top of these changes because, just like our clients, we need to stay relevant if we want to stay competitive.

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The perfect task-management calendar for Virtual Assistants

Whether you’re still in the process of setting up your VA business or have already started working with clients, managing your time can be a real challenge. Your schedule as a business owner will be very different from when you worked as an employee, so having an effective task-management system in place will make a huge difference.

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Quick Win: How to detect and deal with plagiarism

Another great quick-win task to suggest to your clients is monitoring for plagiarism. This is actually something my own Virtual Assistant does for me every month as I like to know my content isn’t being used without my permission. Not only is this a great service to offer clients, but you can also check to see if your own website content is being stolen.

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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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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, you’re going to flip over this carefully curated collection of online courses I’ve put together for you.

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Why the pandemic was a ‘little ships’ moment for Virtual Assistants

As I write this post in response to the global Coronavirus pandemic, I feel lucky that the VA industry is so robust. Virtual Assistants have numerous transferable skills; we can work with any type of business, in any location, in any timezone and in any currency. Virtual Assistance is a highly agile business model that withstands turbulent times.

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How to future-proof your Virtual Assistant business

I’m sorry to tell you this, but some unpleasant and unexpected events are likely to take place during your freelance career. To help you anticipate what these events could be and to prevent them from impacting your business, I’ve created a disaster recovery exercise so you can implement steps and future-proof your business against every eventuality.

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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 mention that I use a Chromebook in conjunction with a “regular” Windows laptop to run my business. This interested quite a few of my readers so I thought I’d tell you more about Chromebooks and how they work so you can decide if they are something you’d like to use as well.

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FAQs about my DIY VA course (and why I’m the right person to help you become a VA)

If you’re looking to set up your own VA business then you may be thinking about buying my DIY VA course. The course not only shows you how to become a Virtual Assistant but also provides lifetime support and advice once you are one. Here are some FAQs about the course and why I think I’m the right person to help you.

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