How to write a great LinkedIn profile

Aside from analysing LinkedIn profiles and groups for my clients and using LinkedIn to identify, research and qualify potential clients for my own VA business, I also used to write loads of LinkedIn profiles as part of my CV writing business – so when it comes to LinkedIn, I’ve seen it all! There are good profiles and truly dreadful profiles – here’s what a good one looks like:

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How to go from a Personal Assistant to a Virtual Assistant in just 3 months

People often ask me how long it takes to become a Virtual Assistant and my answer is usually “it depends”. But now I have a definitive answer: if you set aside time every day to get on and focus on the things you need to do in the right order then it should take you no more than three months. And this is exactly how you do it:

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How I survive winter without frostbite, fractures or an extortionate heating bill

Winter can be hard for freelancers. Your heating bills are huge, you freeze your butt off for 3 months and you’re constantly scared you’re going to slip on ice and put yourself out of business. I used to worry about staying warm and in one piece but I don’t any more because I now have fail-proof ways to get through winter without eye-watering bills or a trip to A&E.

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What my workspace looks like

Many people have told me that they thought they needed to get an office or have a ‘proper’ desk set up before they could be a freelancer so I want to show you that this is complete and utter nonsense! Virtual Assistants can work from anywhere they like and you shouldn’t let the lack of an office prevent you from setting up your own business.

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Replay of the Q&A interview with my favourite client

On 11th January I held a live Google Hangouts on Air interview and Q&A session with my favourite client Luan Wise. We held the interview so potential VAs could find out how we work together, what tasks she asks me to do, how I manage her expectations, and what clients look for in a Virtual Assistant.

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How I keep my own financial records

As a freelancer you are legally required to keep accurate financial records and expenses going back over the last six years. My trainees often ask me how they should record both their own financial records as well as their client invoices, so I thought I’d show you the system I use myself.

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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.

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Do Virtual Assistants need insurance?

People often ask whether they should take out business insurance and, although I usually direct them to various online articles (because well, that’s why Google exists!) I thought I should cover it on my website too. Many Sole Traders I know don’t have any insurance, but here’s a summary of the different types so you can make an informed decision for yourself.

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How to manage your time when you have multiple clients

When my trainees are about to be signed off and released into the world of freelancing, we often discuss how to manage your time when you’re trying to run your own business as well as managing multiple clients. I’ve picked up quite a few time-management tricks over the years and here is some of the advice I give them.

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Answers to every worry you’ll ever have

People often email me their questions and concerns about becoming a Virtual Assistant and, although I reckon I’ve now heard pretty much every mindset stumbling block under the sun, I’ve still not found one reason why someone shouldn’t set up their own business. Here are your biggest fears and why they shouldn’t hold you back.

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