Posts Tagged Business Development

Free (or low-cost) learning resources for Virtual Assistants

If you’re anything like me, then you love learning new things. In fact, it may even be one of the reasons you decided to set up your own business. But whether you’re a Virtual Assistant looking to upskill or you simply want to know All The Things, you’re going to flip over this carefully curated collection of online courses I’ve put together for you.

Continue reading

How to future-proof your Virtual Assistant business

I’m sorry to tell you this, but some unpleasant and unexpected events are likely to take place during your freelance career. To help you anticipate what these events could be and to prevent them from impacting your business, I’ve created a disaster recovery exercise so you can implement steps and future-proof your business against every eventuality.

Continue reading

How Virtual Assistants manage childcare

One of the reasons people become Virtual Assistants is so they can fit work around their family life. Because I don’t have any children I asked my VA Handbookers Facebook group how they handle childcare whilst running their business so you could gain an idea of how they manage their day and see how freelancing would fit your current situation.

Continue reading

Associate work: your questions answered

Because Associate work is a great way to take on more work both when starting out and as you become more successful, I asked my VA Handbookers Facebook group to post up any questions they had on the subject and then I asked members who had experience of both sides of the fence to answer them. This is what they said:

Continue reading

How to protect your VA business by conducting a SWOT analysis

Back when I used to offer 1-2-1 training, I mentioned to a friend that a couple of trainees had confidence issues. I’d given them the practical steps they needed to become a VA, but I wasn’t sure how to move them forward when it came to building confidence. He reminded me that I wasn’t a therapist and asked if they’d completed a SWOT analysis.

Continue reading

Books that have helped my business and changed my life

I am a big believer in investing in personal and professional development, and I am not exaggerating when I say some books have not only changed my business but how I view and run my life. If you also possess a growth mindset and want to up your game, these are the titles that have revolutionised my life and that I hope will have a positive influence on yours too.

Continue reading

20 ways to prepare your business for the coming year

As with August, December is often a quiet time of the year for VAs. Clients are winding down for Christmas themselves and, although it’s great to have a couple of weeks off, if you spend some time during the gap between Christmas and New Year (Twixtmas / Chrimbo Limbo) putting your house in order, you’ll start the coming year way fresh and ahead of the game.

Continue reading