Welcome to the VA Handbook!
I’m guessing you’re here for one of three reasons:
- You’re thinking about becoming a Virtual Assistant and want to know more
- You’re kinda new to the whole VA thing and want to check you’re doing everything right
- You’re already a pretty awesome VA but you’d like to be a better one
Well, you’ve come to the right place.
Why I created this site
Life is short. We all get about 80 spins around the sun if we’re lucky. Although none of us knows how long we have, it sure as hell won’t be as long as we’d like… and we spend half of it at work
So, what you do for a living HAS to be something worthwhile otherwise it’s a life half wasted.
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 whomever 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 will help you set up our business. 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.
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 very different things. A VA needs to be detail-orientated to help organise clients, but they also need to have bigger picture skills in order to make their own decisions and steer their business in the right direction.
The first one will come naturally (you’re an admin machine, this is why you’re drawn towards the profession) but the second one probably won’t which is why a lot of my content focuses on how to be a good business owner and not just how to become a VA.
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 focus heavily on how to run a successful business and not just how to set up.
Integrity and honesty – I sometimes recommend products and services that I know you’ll find useful – but these are always 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 fairies – I’m not a fluffy, sparkles and cupcakes kinda gal and it’s not my style to write in a cutesy woo-woo kinda way. I can also be a bit direct but I just prefer to say what I think and not waste time tarting up a blog post so people will like me… ‘aint nobody got time for that!
Retargeting cookies – I made the decision to never do retargeting ads so if you visit my website, I won’t chase you around the internet like some deranged lunatic. I hate retargeting ads and I refuse to associate my brand with that kind of marketing. Even if they may work for some businesses, they make me so angry that I immediately feel hostility for the brand doing them.
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, sometimes a little 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 but some of it is paid because you can’t give everything away – especially if you’ve spent years learning and perfecting it.
What to do now
1. Join my VA Handbookers Facebook group
This is a wonderfully friendly and helpful international community of over 16,000 like-minded people all sharing their freelance journey and it should definitely be your first port of call. Click to join.
2. Sign up for some free courses
Whatever stage your business is at, I’ve got you covered. Whether you need help mustering up the confidence to get going, just want to know how to set up your business, are struggling with marketing, or simply want to grow your existing VA business, there’s a free mini-course to match.
3. Get on my mailing list
I’m not someone who emails you constantly (SO annoying!) but I do send out a monthly “Coffee Break” roundup newsletter with loads of useful info. It takes me days to write and I think it’s pretty good actually (brag). If you download my Free guide on what tools you need (and don’t need) to set up your VA business, you’ll automatically be added to my list and will receive the newsletter.
4. Read some blog posts
There’s a lot of information on my site and I want it to be really easy for you to find what you need. The best way to do this is to go to the Start Here page and click on the article you want to read.
The most exciting journey of your life starts right here.
Disclaimer – Although my website is called the VA Handbook, I’m not actually the person who wrote the book of the same name. The domain name was free and summed up what I wanted the site to be about so I took it!