Insurance – what do VAs need?

If you are running a business – ANY business – you need to make sure that you and your customers are adequately protected. We live in an era when someone purchasing a hot drink can take legal action against the vendor if they don’t receive adequate notification that...

What should you expect to pay your VA?

The UK minimum wage for individuals aged 25 and over is currently £8.21 per hour[1], with the living wage (calculated from evidence about living standards in London and the UK) currently set at £10.55ph in London and £9.00ph everywhere else in the UK[2].  As a...

How to pick the right VA coach or trainer for you

Finding a coach or trainer to help you with your VA business can be a challenge.  There are many great people out there and it can be hard to differentiate between what people offer. But when you find a great coach, magical things can happen.  A great coach...

Entering awards – vanity exercise or business necessity?

Last year, Meg Bell of Clockwork PA entered her first ever awards process. She self-nominated for 2 Virtual Assistant of the Year awards in the North West PA awards and The Manchester PA Awards. Here she tells us about the internal struggle to enter the awards in the...

Protecting your energy & staying sane!

Protect your energy - stay sane as a small business owner! It is said that ‘the first sign of madness is talking to yourself’ – I doubt many of you would consider yourselves mad but I know from talking to freelancers that most of us talk to ourselves!   When we...