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.

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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! 

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3 example Virtual Assistant tasks for you to try

Although the types of tasks you’ll be given will obviously vary depending on what your services are and what your clients do for a living, I thought it might be a good idea to provide three different examples so you can get a basic idea of what to expect. These are not unusual tasks and cover the main areas of research, data entry, collation and attention to detail.

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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 three 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 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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