Welcome to the VA Handbook!

I’m guessing you’re here for one of three reasons:

  1. You’re thinking about becoming a Virtual Assistant.
  2. You’re kinda new to the whole VA thing and want to check you’re doing everything right.
  3. You’re already a pretty awesome VA and now you want to be a better one.

Well you’re in the right place for all three.

Why I created this site

We only get one short life. None of us knows how long we have, but it sure as hell won’t be as long as we’d like – and we spend half of it at work

So for me, what you do for a living HAS to be something worthwhile.

It’s the 21st century and there are no rules any more. As long as you can pay your rent and eat, you can do what you want, when you want, where you want, and for whom you want.

Millions of people work like this and there’s absolutely no reason why you can’t as well.

You just need to know where to start.

So if you’re thinking of becoming a Virtual Assistant, I’ll help you set up. And if you’re already a VA, I will do my utmost to make you a better one.

What I want

  • To show you how to be a modern Virtual Assistant.
  • To tell you how to set up your own business from scratch.
  • To help you create a fulfilling work life.
  • To teach you new things so you can grow your business.

Our skills are valuable. We’ve worked damned hard to earn them, and people should pay well for our support because we’re saving them time and money. A lot of people barely know what a VA is so they’re not going to pay top dollar for someone they see as little more than a typist.

When someone hires a Virtual Assistant they’re freed up to get on with what they do best which is secure new clients, work on business development, build their company and spend more time with their family.

I think that’s worth something don’t you?

But being a VA and being a business owner are different things. A VA needs to be detail-orientated to help organise clients, but business owners need to have bigger picture skills in order to make their own decisions and steer their business in the right direction.

So a lot of my content is focused on not just how to be a good VA, but how to be a good business owner as well.

Because you need both to be successful. 

What you’ll find in this site

Lots of useful information – I want to tell you what you need to do to become a Virtual Assistant and then how to work better once you’re up and running so you can expand and adapt as your business grows. As mentioned, I’ll be focusing heavily on how to run a successful business.

Integrity and honesty – I’ll sometimes be recommending products and services that I know you’ll find useful but these will always be things that I use myself or wholeheartedly endorse.

I promise to always tell you when something is an affiliate link and that everything I recommend will be 100% useful to you. Some things are more important than money and my reputation is definitely one of them.

And what you won’t

Bullshit – Excuse my French, but I really want to cut through the plethora of crap out there and give you some useful free information so you can have a successful business and a happy work life. I want to give you clear facts so you can just get on with it.

Unicorns and fairy dust – I’m not a fluffy, sparkles and cupcakes kinda gal and it is not my style to write in a cutesy woo-woo kinda way. I can also be a bit direct but it’s just my way to just say what I think and not waste time tarting up a blog post so people will like me… ‘aint nobody got time for that!

A bit about me

My name is Joanne Munro and I live in Brighton on the south coast of the UK. I’m a no-nonsense, straight-talking kinda gal (alright, untactful and blunt) who likes to get straight to the point without sugar-coating or worrying about egos.

I gave away a ton of free information on this site because I think it’s important to share your knowledge – especially if you think it’s better than what’s already out there. A lot of stuff on my site is free but some of it is paid because you can’t give everything away – especially if you’ve worked really hard to learn it.

What to do now

* Use the links on the Start Here Page or the Categories section in the sidebar to choose which articles to read next.

* Click here to get on my mailing list and claim your free guide on what tools you need (and don’t need) to set up your own Virtual Assistant business. There’s loads of valuable information in my emails and they cover everything you need to run an awesome freelance business.

* Congratulate yourself on having reached the end of your search because everything you need is right here, and your hunt for decent advice is over!


Disclaimer – Although my website is called the VA Handbook, I’m not actually the person who wrote the book with the same name. The domain name was free and summed up what I wanted the site to be about so I took it!