So far I've written/am writing posts on:
IS BEING A VIRTUAL ASSISTANT RIGHT FOR YOU?
DON'T LISTEN TO THE NAYSAYERS!
GETTING STARTED - WHAT YOU DO & DON'T NEED
SOLE TRADER OR LIMITED COMPANY?
WHAT YOU NEED TO TELL THE GOVERNMENT
EXPENSES & TAX RETURNS
PERSONAL OR BUSINESS BANK ACCOUNTS?
HOW TO CREATE A WEBSITE (Hosting, domain names, UI, content etc)
HOW TO DRIVE TRAFFIC TO YOUR WEBSITE
HOW TO FIND YOUR NICHE
WHAT SERVICES TO OFFER
TERMS & CONDITIONS & CONTRACTS
HOW MUCH TO CHARGE
HOW TO INVOICE A CLIENT
HOW TO AVOID LATE PAYERS
HOW TO MARKET YOURSELF & GET YOUR FIRST CLIENTS
HOW TO NETWORK & EXPLAIN WHAT YOU DO
HOW TO FIND WORK ONLINE (discussing Odesk e-lance etc)
USING SOCIAL MEDIA TO FIND CLIENTS
BUSINESS OR PERSONAL SOCIAL MEDIA ACCOUNTS?
HOW TO TRACK YOUR TIME
HOW TO MANAGE YOUR CLIENTS
HOW TO LINK YOUR GOOGLE PLUS PROFILE
HOW TO MANAGE YOUR TIME IF YOU WORK FROM HOME
HOW VIRTUAL DO YOU WANT TO BE? (location independance)
TOOLS FOR BEING A DIGITAL NOMAD (see above)
HOW TO COLLABORATE VIRTUALLY WITH CLIENTS
WHEN TO FIRE A CLIENT
DIVERSIFYING AS A VA
HOW TO STORE CLIENTS INFO
WHY IT'S IMPORTANT TO KEEP LEARNING
FEAST & FAMINE: THE QUIET TIMES
END OF YEAR BUSINESS AUDIT
There will also be interviews from existing VA's about how they set up, what their niche is and advice they have for new VA's. So I have a busy time ahead of me as you can see!
What I want to know though is have I missed anything and is there anything else that you wanted to know when you first started out?
I have a Portfolio Career as I'm also a CV Writer and part of my VA work is to oversee the logistics for part of a couple of large UK events. I run both businesses side by side and also do a bit of freelance blogging - so I'm pretty busy!
I'm also in the process of setting up a new and wannabe VA website full of resources and useful articles on how to get going. I get a lot of emails saying I have a different business model than a lot of VA's which is why I thought a resource site might be useful.
- Career PioneersOwner, 2007 - presentI run a successful business writing and reviewing CVs and LinkedIn profiles. I'm the recommended CV writer for Brighton and Hove Jobs, and I have a remarkably high success rate of writing CVs that get people called to interview.
- Fai WatuBars Admin Manager at The Green Man Festival, 2009 - presentFai Watu run every aspect of an event bar including recruitment, training, licensing, design, build, budgeting and logistics. My role is to oversee the vast amount of admin for their events - one of which is the 15,000 person Green Man Festival in Wales. I obtain quotes then raise purchase orders for nearly 100 products, and make sure the staff and logistical information is completed before I arrive on site. I then set up the office and ensure that all stock and equipment arrives daily in the quantity and at the time requested. Once the event is live I cross-reference the stock figures against the till readings to ensure they match, and deal with any issues as they arise. We are entrusted with a large budget and I have to account for every penny. ** Additionally, for the last four years I have coordinated the staff and suppliers for the New Blood art students end of year show at The Truman Brewery and Spitalfields Market.
- Munro PA ServicesVirtual Assistant, 2009 - presentI’m a Virtual Assistant specialising in remote and onsite event support and coordination. I help people make events happen!
- Brighton RacecourseEvent & Admin Manager, 2006 - 2009Events – I ensured that suite layout, equipment, numbers, AV, catering, décor, entertainment, and security were coordinated and that the client’s event exactly met their specifications. I also wrote proposals, made sales, held site visits, and was the main point of contact for around 550 events each year. Admin – Overseeing precise details of each booking with the client, the caterers, and the site team. Duties also included filing, invoicing, staff rotas, and ordering entertainment
Busy Trekker with two lines of work:
I have a very successful LinkedIn and CV-writing business where I write and review CVs and LinkedIn profiles for local, national and international clients.
REMOTE EVENT SUPPORT
I also provide remote and onsite event support and coordination for UK and international events. Current projects include overseeing the logistics for the bars department at the award-winning Green Man Festival each year and am the administrator and competitor liaison for the Yehudi Violin Competition.