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We often get asked by clients to guide them through the process of hiring a virtual assistant. What questions to ask your virtual assistant; how much they should pay; what checks to make; what they should expect. A lot of these questions are obvious to us, because we hire VAs all the time… But to…

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Had an interesting chat recently with Rosemary Parr who runs Scottish PA Network – we were chatting about the different skillsets VAs and PAs have…and that’s why the transition can sometimes be difficult. I thought it might be useful to run a poll: Certainly on the SVA Forum there’s some debate about what is unique…

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"Should I be a sole trader or a limited company as a virtual assistant?" We get asked this a lot from start-up virtual assistants or those thinking of becoming a virtual assistant. Certainly the vast majority of VAs are sole traders (81% of UK VAs are sole traders*). But then the majority of VAs are…

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It is very unlikely that you will have to register for VAT, at least initially, as a virtual assistant. You only have to register if: Your turnover (the amount you invoice your clients) for the previous 12 months is more than £85,000, the threshold at the time of writing, OR You expect to go over…

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This landed on my desk this morning - a fortuitous bonus when my recent OIVAC session included lots of VAs saying "Yes" to horrible jobs, horrible bosses and horrible rates!  I really liked this colourful guide to saying "NO!" in all sorts of situations, not just work ones. So if you: Say yes to invites…

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SVA started in 2005 and is now officially the oldest active virtual assistant organisation in the UK. Just 7 VAs got together with (the infamous!) Alan the Geek in a restaurant in Edinburgh in June 2005. The idea was to promote virtual assistance as a profession and spread the word about how VAs could help…

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This landed on my desk this morning - a fortuitous bonus when my recent OIVAC session included lots of VAs saying "Yes" to horrible jobs, horrible bosses and horrible rates!  I really liked this colourful guide to saying "NO!" in all sorts of situations, not just work ones. So if you: Say yes to invites…

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We had a few people recently asking why they need their full mailing address as part of the SVA Approved process… There’s quite a few legal obligations which mean you MUST have a contact mailing address on your website: Why virtual assistants NEED a proper mailing address https://www.gov.uk/online-and-distance-selling-for-businesses – so if you are selling products/services…

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Society of Virtual Assistants have over 2,500 virtual assistant members in the UK.   We aim to raise the standards of those VAs and help connect them with clients.  These rules form the basis of best practice for virtual assistants.  SVA pioneered virtual assistant standards in 2007 by establishing what was the minimum that professional VAs…

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The Small Business Commissioner, Paul Uppal, has been tasked with tackling late payments for small businesses... We all know the pain of juggling cashflow because a client has been late to pay.  The knock on effect means you can't pay your own suppliers - or maybe it means you are late paying household bills? Getting…

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