How Catherine Gladwyn set up her VA business after literally becoming sick of her job

Because my DIY VA course gets such great results, I wanted to share some of the inspiring success stories from people who have taken the course and set up their own freelance business. When Catherine became sick with stress last year she decided to set up her own business and call the shots instead. Here’s the story of why Catherine took the course and how her life has changed since. 

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How Emma Conway-Hyde set up her business after deciding she wanted more from her life

Because my DIY VA course gets such great results, I wanted to share some of the inspiring success stories from people who have taken the course and set up their own freelance business. After years of commuting and office politics, Emma Conway-Hyde wanted more from her life so decided to set up a business on her own terms. Here’s the story of why Emma took the course and how her life has changed since.

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How Jan Baber set up her VA business and got clients alongside her full time job

Because my DIY VA course gets such great results, I wanted to share some of the inspiring success stories from people who have taken the course and set up their own freelance business. Although Jan Baber loved her job, she wanted to find out what her full potential was and if she could actually reach it. Here’s the story of why Jan took the course and how her life has changed since.

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7 awesome Gmail labs

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!

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How and where to host your WordPress website

Once you decide you want a website for your VA business (and it’s definitely good to get one at some point) you’ll need to buy the domain name and then find a place to have the website hosted. You can buy the name from anywhere (I use Go Daddy) and then you’ll need a place to keep the site. Think of your domain name as the name of your shop and hosting as your landlord – they’re the person who makes sure your shop stays open!

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Why there has never been a better time to be a VA

As you know, the UK and much of the world is currently going through a period of economic and political uncertainty. This post is not about blame or discussing whether we had this forced upon us or not (I voted Remain as you may be able to guess), it’s about moving forward and ensuring you are in a strong financial position, have choices and can create a successful future whatever happens to world economics.

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Three incredible life-changing VA stories

I’m always banging on about how life is way too short to not follow your dreams. It’s a big thing of mine and I’m sure you’ve heard me say a billion times how important it is not to sleepwalk through life and not do anything with it. But just in case you want to know what happens to people who do take action and who do take practical steps towards getting what they want, this post is for you.

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Want to meet me at the Office Show in May?

I just want to let you know that I’m going to be attending the second day of the Office Show in London on the 12th May – so if you want to stop by and meet me then it would be absolutely brilliant to see you. I’ve never been to the show before but I’ve heard really good things about it so I’m going to play hookey from work on the VA day to see what all the fuss is about… and to meet some of you hopefully!

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Overcome any challenge with a SWOT analysis

Back when I used to offer personal training, I mentioned to my boyfriend at the time that a couple of trainees had confidence issues and, although I’d given them every practical step they needed to become a VA, I didn’t have any more knowledge to impart and wasn’t sure how best to move them forward. First (and rightly) he said that I wasn’t a counsellor and then he told me if I had asked them to do a SWOT analysis.

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