Posts Categorized Learn and develop

How Virtual Assistants manage childcare

One of the reasons people become Virtual Assistants is so they can fit work around their family life. Because I don’t have any children I asked my VA Handbookers Facebook group how they handle childcare whilst running their business so you could gain an idea of how they manage their day and see how freelancing would fit your current situation.

Continue reading

FAQs about my (awesome) DIY VA course

If you’re looking to set up your own Virtual Assistant business then you may be considering buying my DIY VA course. The course is really popular because it not only shows you how to become a Virtual Assistant, but also how to market yourself and then work better once you are one. Here are the questions people ask most often.

Continue reading

Why Joining a Mastermind or Accountability group will make you a better VA

One of my favourite sayings is “you’re the sum of the five people you spend the most time with”, so if the people around you are negative complainers who always find a reason why something can’t be done, they will eventually bring you down to their level and you’ll never reach your full potential. This is why you need a Mastermind or Accountability group.

Continue reading

Do you need a blog and what should you write about?

Members of my VA Handbookers Facebook group often ask whether it’s worth writing a blog. On one hand they hear that it’s good for search engine optimisation (SEO), but they also don’t want to write one if they don’t really need it – plus they’re not really too sure what to write about even if they do decide to start one.

Continue reading

7 awesome Gmail labs for your Virtual Assistant business

I’ve said it before but Gmail is just invaluable for VAs. One reason is that they have a whole section called Labs where you can find useful add-ons to make your inbox a lean, mean productivity machine. Some are simply handy, some are just for fun and others are absolute lifesavers that will make you bow down and worship at the alter of Google!

Continue reading

How a SWOT analysis can help you overcome any challenges you may encounter

Back when I did personal training, I mentioned to a friend that a couple of trainees had confidence issues. I’d given them every practical step they needed to become a VA, but I didn’t have any more knowledge to impart and wasn’t sure how to move them forward. He reminded me that I wasn’t a therapist and then asked if they’d ever completed a SWOT analysis.

Continue reading

Taking minutes will earn you a fantastic income throughout your entire VA career

I often meet up with another VA called Rachel Brown. I’ve known her for years now and we often get together for a chat. We discuss how our businesses are doing, our plans for the future and see how each other is getting on. But when Rachel said she makes an absolute killing from minutes taking, I was intrigued and wanted to know more… loads more! 

Continue reading

These are the books that have helped my freelance career

I love a good business book but I’m reeeeally choosy about what I buy. Because I don’t want you to waste a whole load of time, money and effort picking through various reviews and descriptions, I thought I’d give you a list of the ones I like the most. I own every one of these books and know they will help your career and get you where you want to go.

Continue reading

How to use Pinterest to collaborate with your clients

Although Pinterest is the third most popular social media platform, many people still think it’s just a load of women planning their ideal wedding and designing an imaginary dream home. Although it kind of is (guilty!) it’s also a whole lot more and can even be a great way to share client work and collaborate with your clients.

Continue reading

How to chase invoices for your clients

A good service to offer is credit control – i.e. chasing invoice payments. You might shudder at the thought of calling strangers to chase money, but it’s actually completely painless if you know what to say. Many small businesses and freelancers prefer to outsource this task because it creates a buffer between them and their client.

Continue reading