How to go from a PA to a VA 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 a massive heating bill

Winter can be hard for freelancers. Your heating bills are huge, you freeze your butt off for 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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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?

Members of my Facebook group often ask whether they should take out business insurance and because the information out there can be complicated and hard to understand, I wanted to provide you with a summary of the various different policies so you can make an informed decision for yourself. Many Sole Traders I know don’t have any insurance, but should you?

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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 they can manage their time when they’re trying to run their own business as well as managing multiple clients. I’ve picked up quite a few time-management tricks over the years and here’s 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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Why I celebrate my business birthday and you should too

On Wednesday 10th June 2009 I left my job to become a full-time freelancer. I wish I could say that I screamed “UP YOURS LOSERS!!” as I waved to my previous employers (without using all my fingers) whilst sprinting for the door with the contents of the stationery cupboard, but I didn’t. Instead, I quietly walked out of the gates into the unknown.

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