VA RESOURCES 

(Some of these resources contain affiliate links. This means if you sign up using my link then I’ll receive a small fee for referring you.  Because I only recommend products that I use myself or have tried and know will help you)

USEFUL STUFF I LOVE & RECOMMEND
 

  • BLUEHOST

    One of the biggest global hosting companies, these guys can provide you with a domain name and host your website too. Their prices are reasonable and a https security certificate is included as standard. 

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  • MOZY 

    It’s essential to back up your computer and Mozy let you back up your entire laptop to the cloud for just $6 a month. Whatever you use make sure it’s reliable because external hard drives do fail!

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  • GOOGLE DRIVE

    I work 100% in the cloud now and, although you could use OneDrive, I use Google Drive to store all my data. I pay £18 a year for 100GB of storage which is more than enough to save all my photos and documents.

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  • DROPBOX

    This is another online storage platform but it's much more expensive than Drive or OneDrive. A lot of your clients will use this to share documents with you so you should really know how it works though. 

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  • POLICY BEE

    Many members of my Facebook groups have their Virtual Assistant Professional Indemnity Insurance with these guys and they're also the company that I have my own cover with.

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  • MOO

    These are by far the best company to get your business cards from. They have loads of stylish options and whole process is really easy. My chewing gum-sized business cards get loads of attention!

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  • WAVE

    Wave is a free online accounting software that is hugely popular with members of my Facebook group. You can track income and expenses, send invoices and even scan receipts directly from your phone.

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  • FEEDLY

    This is a lovely little RSS reader that I use to aggregate new posts from websites I follow. I then use Buffer to schedule interesting content to go out on social media so I don't have to spend all day posting stuff.

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  • LASTPASS

    This is an absolutley incredible free and secure online system that keeps all your (and your clients) passwords safe. I use this every single day and would be completely lost without it. This is a must for any VA.

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  • CAMSCANNER

    This is a free phone app that lets you scan documents, turn them into PDFs and then email them straight from your phone. I use this both for myself as well as scanning and emailing docs to clients.

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  • CANVA

    God only knows what we all did before Canva! It's basically a free / cheap way to create gorgeous designs from social media graphics and business cards, to blog header images and promotional flyers. 

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  • PICMONKEY

    PicMonkey is a free photo editing and graphic design software like Canva but with slightly different features. I pay for the pro version and switch between both of them to get the effects I want.

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  • LOOM

    Loom is a free Chrome extension that allows you to record just your computer screen, just you, or both together - I use it all the time. You can then either download the video or share the link.

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  • DOODLE

    Doodle is an awesome way to arrange appointments between various people instead of manually doing it yourself. It's free but you can also pay to have the ads removed and to send automatic reminders. 

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  • WE TRANSFER

    WeTransfer is a handy way to safely send large files to clients. It's completely free and is perfect for when you need to send an attachment or video that is just too big to attach to an email.

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  • WIX

    You're going to need a website to promote your shiny new business and, if learning WordPress is a step too far for you, then Wix is definitely the next best option. Just make sure you go for the premium plan!

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  • HOOTSUITE

    Hootsuite is a fantastic social media management platform that lets you create and schedule content to a variety of different accounts. VAs often use this one to schedule client updates as well as their own.

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  • BUFFER

    I use this to schedule one-off social media content that I come across online. The pro version let's you queue more content but the free one is still great. Get this if you want to post or schedule on the fly.

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  • 1TY.ME

    1ty.me is free and provides one-time self-destructing links so you can safely share sensitive information. This is the perfect way for clients to give you login details instead of sending them via email or instant message.

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  • TOGGL

    This is probably the most popular time tracker out there and the free version will be fine for your needs. You simply punch in and out when you start and stop work then send the time report to your client.

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  • RELAX! IT'S ONLY SOCIAL MEDIA

    Essential reading for any VA who uses social media, this is a no-nonsense guide to social networking that shows you how to research, evaluate, plan and execute your approach in order to get results.

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  • SOCIAL MEDIA PLANNER

    If you need help writing and implementing a social media plan, check out the resources from expert marketer Luan Wise. From eBooks to deskpads, there's everything you need for social media!

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  • SWEETSPOT PRICING BOOK

    This is probably the best book I've ever read on pricing. It has loads of case studies (one is on a VA!), exercises to complete and a billion ideas for making more money. Every business owner should read this.

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  • REFUSE TO CHOOSE: BOOK FOR SCANNERS

    Scanners are people who can't seem to commit to one line of work and always have hundreds of projects on the go. Being a VA is perfect for Scanners as the work is so varied - reading this book was like being diagnosed!

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  • MY YOUTUBE CHANNEL

    My YouTube channel has loads of tips, training, walk-throughs, live Q&A sessions, interviews with new VAs and lots of other useful business stuff I think you'll find interesting. Why not subscribe while you're there!

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  • 6 MINS FOR THE NEXT 60 YEARS OF YOUR LIFE

    This incredible video by the indomitable Gary Vaynerchuk on why a 40-70 year old has way more chance at succeeding than an 18 year old will change the way you look at your life forever. Now go do it!  

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  • HOW WOMEN SELL VS HOW MEN SELL

    This is a fantastic video on how women deal with money and sell stuff. Men just ask for money whereas women want to give everything away for free! Definitely worth a watch if you find money a difficult subject.

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  • CASEY NEISTAT'S GUIDE TO LIFE

    I love Casey Neistat and this is one of the most inspirational videos I've ever seen. It totally matches the way I see life and the way I want to live it - I especially like the bit about risk 4 mins in. 

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