ASSOCIATION OF VIRTUAL ASSISTANTS BLOG

The AVA blogs are designed to be educational, inspiring, helpful, and celebrate virtual assistants. Whether we are highlighting our members, providing you with the best business practices, discussing mindset, or goal-setting you can bet that this is the best blog created with virtual assistants in mind. 


No Frills VA Podcast: Creating A Non-Urgent Productive Lifestyle

In this episode, AVA Founder & CEO, Melissa Smith shares how she's gone from having a very urgent, productive lifestyle to a non-urgent, yet still productive lifestyle.    In this week’s episode, Melissa shares:   1:25 - Three things that helped Melissa create a non-urgent, productive lifestyle; 1:43 - How

No Frills VA Podcast: TaVona Denise: Releasing Launch Trauma

TaVona Denise is a Master Certified Coach who helps entrepreneurs not be miserable during their launches.     In this week’s episode, TaVona shares:   1:49 - What is not talked about enough when it comes to launches; 2:38 - What launch trauma is; 3:02 - What happens when there

AVA Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment is Happening NOW!

The Association of Virtual Assistants’ open enrollment is happening NOW! You have until Friday, September 23rd at 5pm ET / 2pm PT to join the best association for virtual assistants.    Goal-setting is part of any assistant’s DNA. It’s right up there with follow-up and making sure nothing falls through

No Frills VA Podcast: When Networking Feels Icky

In this episode, AVA Founder & CEO, Melissa Smith talks about why networking feels icky and how to make it feel natural through relationship networking.   In this week’s episode, Melissa shares:   1:29 - What makes VAs feel icky about networking; 1:56 - Why the amount of networking VAs

The Value of Networking Before You Need to Pt. 2

The Value of Networking Before You Need To – Pt. 2

In August, the Association of Virtual Assistants is highlighting the value of networking on our monthly blog, podcast, and by bringing in guest expert, Robbie Samuels, to speak to our members. Here is our previous blog on The Value of Networking Before You Need To.   Recently, Robbie published an

No Frills VA Podcast: Networking for High-Achievers

In this episode, AVA Founder & CEO, Melissa Smith shares why it’s important to network even when you’re a high-achiever.   In this week’s episode, Melissa shares:   0:55 - Why the AVA is focusing on networking during the month of August; 1:20 - The disconnect between the value of

The Value of Networking pt 1

The Value of Networking Before You Need To – Pt. 1

The greatest value of networking is doing so before you need to. Most virtual assistants agree that there is value in networking. In fact, when we surveyed respondents for the State of the VA Industry Report and asked; How important is general networking to you? Over half of the respondents

Automating Your Virtual Assistant Business Pt. 2

Automating Your Virtual Assistant Business: Pt. 2

Automating your virtual business is essential to achieving freedom and flexibility. Earlier this month, we shared the benefits of automating your VA business. One of the Association of Virtual Assistants’ favorite automation tools is HoneyBook. In fact, in July we have a special training for our members with one of

No Frills VA Podcast: Keeping a Scorecard

In this episode, AVA Founder & CEO, Melissa Smith shares why she keeps a scorecard, what she does and doesn’t track, and what you should have on your scorecard.   In this week’s episode, Melissa shares:   1:00 - What a scorecard for your business is; 2:00 - Why she

Automating Your VA Business Pt 1

Automating Your Virtual Assistant Business: Pt. 1

Automating your virtual business is essential to achieving freedom and flexibility. Freedom and flexibility are the number one reasons to become VAs. However, there are many benefits to automating your VA business.    In this week’s blog post, we’re going to share several benefits.    Automating creates a scalable business

Vacation as a VA pt 2

Vacationing As A Virtual Assistant Pt. 2

Vacationing as a virtual assistant is an essential part of your business. Whether you are traveling or planning a staycation, the easiest way to truly disconnect is to know nothing is falling through the cracks in your business.    Remember, you are your first client. Treat yourself accordingly. Taking care

No Frills VA Podcast: Sherry Parks: Transforming Your Life & Mind

Sherry Parks, CPA, is a Life Coach who helps clients escape feeling trapped by their finances.  She is passionate about helping them change their mindset, emotions, and actions regarding money.   In this week’s episode, Sherry shares: 1:17 - How Melissa found Sherry; 2:14 - Sherry’s background; 5:07 - Why

Vacationing As a VA Pt. 1

Vacationing as a Virtual Assistant: Pt. 1

The AVA knows the importance of vacationing as a virtual assistant. We also know that many VAs don’t take enough time off, vacation or not. We find this ironic since this is one of the greatest benefits of being a virtual assistant is the ability to take time off and

No Frills VA Podcast: Failure, Flipping and Flopping

In this episode, AVA Founder & CEO, Melissa Smith shares all about the ins, outs, and benefits of failure, flipping, and flopping.    In this week’s episode, Melissa shares: 1:16 – Why we will forever have failures and flops; 1:57 – How Melissa knows she is getting to do something

Marketing Your VA Business Pt. 3

Marketing Your Virtual Assistant Business Pt. 3

Marketing your virtual assistant business doesn’t have to be hard. In fact, marketing your VA business often plays to the strengths of you as a VA.    This month we’ve shared what you can be doing to market your virtual assistant business – organize and create value.   This week,

No Frills VA Podcast: Educating Clients as an Opportunity

In this episode, AVA Founder & CEO, Melissa Smith challenges you to see educating clients as an opportunity.   In this week’s episode, Melissa shares: 1:14 - What client education is; 1:45 - Why it’s important to understand client education; 2:20 - How to spot a client opportunity; 2:50 -

Marketing Your VA Business Pt. 2

Marketing Your Virtual Assistant Business Pt. 2

As we shared last week, marketing your virtual assistant business doesn’t have to be hard. Playing to your strengths as a VA through organization is the first step. This week we’re going to assist you in creating value.Now that you are organized and have a strategy, you know how to

Marketing Your VA Business

Marketing Your Virtual Assistant Business Pt. 1

Marketing your virtual assistant business doesn’t have to be hard. In fact, marketing your VA business often plays to the strengths of you as a VA.    The biggest mistake made by VAs when it comes to marketing is trying to market without having created a strategy. Without a strategy,

No Frills VA Podcast: Dot Rock: Delegation is an Art

Dot Rock is the Founder and CEO of Dot Rock Consulting, a strategic consulting firm that focuses on helping burnt-out business owners stop doing everything and start living in their zone of genius.   In this week’s episode, Dot shares: 1:45 - Dot’s burnout story; 3:09 - Where scaling your

No Frills VA Podcast: Redefining Success

In this episode, AVA Founder & CEO, Melissa Smith invites you to redefine success.   In this week’s episode, Melissa shares: 1:25 - Melissa’s latest book recommendation; 2:47 - What the parable of the NY businessman and the Mexican fisherman teaches us; 5:12 - How Melissa knew to keep going

Having A Growth Mindset

Having A Growth Mindset As A Virtual Assistant

Having a growth mindset as a virtual assistant is the difference in having a growing VA business or not.    When it comes to your VA business, your mindset holds the most valuable real estate. So it makes sense that the most important and most valuable thing about your business

No Frills VA Podcast: What are You Speaking into Existence?

In this episode, AVA Founder & CEO, Melissa Smith reminds you about the power of your words and shares two dreams she spoke into existence.   In this week’s episode, Melissa shares: 1:00 – Where our words come from; 2:00 – The first time Melissa spoke a dream into existence;

Grow Your Virtual Assistant Business Systematically

Grow Your Virtual Assistant Business Systematically

In order to grow your virtual assistant business systematically, you must first have a system in place. It doesn’t need to be hard or complicated. In fact, it shouldn’t be either if you plan to set yourself up for success. The idea of having a system is to do something

No Frills VA Podcast: Are You Going Deep Enough

In this episode, AVA Founder & CEO, Melissa Smith shares the questions you want to be asking yourself to understand if you’re going deep enough or if it’s time to pivot and walk away from your goals.   In this week’s episode, Melissa shares: 0:45 - The question to be

Join Now

Join the AVA NOW!

The Association of Virtual Assistants open enrollment is happening NOW! You have until Friday, April 1st at 5pm ET / 2pm PT to join the best association for virtual assistants.    During the live webinar last week, we shared why the AVA exists, who should join, and the three keys

No Frills VA Podcast: AVA Membership is Opening!

In this episode, AVA Founder & CEO, Melissa Smith shares her favorite announcement to make and it only happens twice a year!   In this week’s episode, Melissa shares:   1:13 – Why you want to join the AVA webinar; 1:41 – What makes the AVA different; 2:35 – Why

Open Enrollment is Happening Soon

Open Enrollment Is Happening This Month!

The Association of Virtual Assistants’ open enrollment is happening this month! We know many of you have been waiting months to join and your chance is coming soon.    Starting a virtual assistant business is a necessary step to achieving the freedom and flexibility you desire. It is only the

No Frills VA Podcast: Pro Idiot

In this episode, AVA Founder & CEO, Melissa Smith shares her latest revelation in being a “Pro Idiot” and where that term came from.   In this week’s episode, Melissa shares: 0:58 - What happened when she didn’t do the thing she needed to do; 1:28 - What the term

No Frills VA Podcast: Latrice Prater: Natural Born Leader

Latrice Prater is the CEO of The Digital Solutions Team, an agency providing tech solutions to female business owners. In this episode, Latrice shares her journey of solo VA to creating a team of 14 in just two years!   In this week’s episode, Latrice shares: 2:20 - Latrice’s background

No Frills VA Podcast: Tired of Toxic Positivity?

In this episode, AVA Founder & CEO Melissa Smith gets to the nitty gritty of toxic positivity. Melissa shares how it can show up in her life, online, and why being positively toxic doesn’t serve you or your business. In this week’s episode, Melissa shares: 1:30 – Why the Gram

Top 5 Skills

The Top 5 Skills Clients Are Looking For in 2022 Pt. 5

The Association of Virtual Assistants is sharing the top 5 skills clients are looking for in 2022 in our January blog series!    Founder & CEO of the AVA, Melissa Smith, shared these already with members of the AVA and we are breaking them down for you week by week. 

No Frills VA Podcast: Ready for a Reset?

In this episode, AVA Founder & CEO shares how she resets herself and you can too! It’s the beginning of the year. Resolutions and goals are on the top of everyone’s minds.   In this week’s episode, Melissa shares: 1:43 – Her consistency board and why she prefers to use

Top 5 Skills

The Top 5 Skills Clients Are Looking For in 2022 Pt. 4

The Association of Virtual Assistants is sharing the top 5 skills clients are looking for in 2022 in our January blog series!    Founder & CEO of the AVA, Melissa Smith, shared these already with members of the AVA and we are breaking them down for you week by week. 

Top 5 Skills

The Top 5 Skills Clients Are Looking For in 2022 Pt. 3

The Association of Virtual Assistants is sharing the top 5 skills clients are looking for in 2022 in our January blog series!    Founder & CEO of the AVA, Melissa Smith, shared these already with members of the AVA and we are breaking them down for you week by week. 

Top 5 Skills

The Top 5 Skills Clients Are Looking For in 2022 Pt. 2

The Association of Virtual Assistants is sharing the top 5 skills clients are looking for in 2022 in our January blog series!    Founder & CEO of the AVA, Melissa Smith, shared these already with members of the AVA and we are breaking them down for you week by week. 

Top 5 Skills

The Top 5 Skills Clients Are Looking For in 2022 Pt. 1

The Association of Virtual Assistants is sharing the top 5 skills clients are looking for in 2022 in our January blog series!    Founder & CEO of the AVA, Melissa Smith, shared these already with members of the AVA and we are breaking them down for you week by week. 

Podcast: Veronica Romney: Architecting Your Dream Team

In this episode, Veronica Romney goes into how she uses VA's to help build her own amazing team. She is considered a Dream Team Architect, helping online entrepreneurs dial in their human resources, develop phenomenal company cultures, and profitable bottom lines. She’s a former Speaker and Trainer for Tony Robbins

Association of Virtual Assistants Best Blogs of 2021! Pt 4

The Association of Virtual Assistants is sharing the best blogs of 2021 in our December series!    Every month, the AVA writes on a new series and each new blog shared is to educate, inform, inspire, and encourage virtual assistants everywhere. This month we’re bringing back the best of the

Podcast: Racks: Creating High-Ticket VA Programs

This interview was a bunch of fun! Seeing where Racks has taken her business over just two years has been amazing. Once a Virtual Assistant, now Racks normalizes sold out launches, high paying months and intentional and sustainable growth.   01:44 – The digital nomad 04:38 – Corporate departure 08:15

Association of Virtual Assistants Best Blogs of 2021! Pt 3

The Association of Virtual Assistants is sharing the best blogs of 2021 in our December series!    Every month, the AVA writes on a new series and each new blog shared is to educate, inform, inspire, and encourage virtual assistants everywhere. This month we’re bringing back the best of the

Association of Virtual Assistants Best Blogs of 2021! Pt 2

The Association of Virtual Assistants is sharing the best blogs of 2021 in our December series!    Every month, the AVA writes on a new series and each new blog shared is to educate, inform, inspire, and encourage virtual assistants everywhere. This month we’re bringing back the best of the

Podcast: Max Fisch: Hiring Virtual Assistants in the Philippines

Max started out as a mortgage originator in the early 2000s. Within his first year, he completed his first flip, netting a significant profit. Over the years, Max has completed hundreds of real estate transactions between financing, wholesaling acquisition, rehabbing, and long-term investing. With the rising costs of marketing and

Association of Virtual Assistants Best Blogs of 2021! Pt 1

The Association of Virtual Assistants is sharing the best blogs of 2021 in our December series!    Coming in at #1 is: Virtual Assistant and Goal Setting In 2020 Pt. 1   Virtual assistants and goal setting go hand in hand. This blog is so relevant even through turbulent times

Podcast: Suzie Flynn: Everything is Possible As a VA

In this episode, I talked to Suzie Flynn, an ex corporate Assistant in London, turned Mindset & Business Coach at Suzie Flynn Coaching. She helps Executive Assistants start their Virtual Assistant business by coaching them on the ‘how’ of finding clients, through her 1:1 online coaching program. She is a

Practicing Gratitude

Practicing Gratitude as a Virtual Assistant

Practicing gratitude as a virtual assistant benefits your business. Earlier this month on the AVA blog we shared, Creating a Virtual Assistant Vision Board in Canva. We were inspired by the training offered by AVA Member, Nhien Dinh. Nhien had members exciting a new kind of vision board in a

Creating a Vision Board

Creating a Virtual Assistant Vision Board in Canva

Creating a virtual assistant vision board in Canva is something many Association of Virtual Assistants members are working on at the moment thanks to AVA Member, Nhien Dinh. Nhien recently shared her tips for creating a vision board with ease in Canva.    Vision board(s) represent our goals and dreams.

Podcast: Emily Reagan: How to Be A Unicorn Virtual Assistant

Emily Reagan is a mom of four, air force wife, Digital Marketing Consultant and founder of vacrashcourse.com   Emily’s “VA” freelance business helps creative entrepreneurs take their talents online, grow their social media presence and build their sales funnels. She set out to distinguish herself as more than “just a

Authentic Branding

Authentically Branding Your Virtual Assistant Business

“Authentically branding your virtual assistant business works like a magnet to attract your ideal clients,” says AVA Advisory Board Member and owner of The Digital Solutions Team Latrice Prater.    As someone who is forever authentic to herself and her brand, Latrice knows how authenticity can propel your business forward.

Confidently Branding Your VA Business

Confidently Branding Your Virtual Assistant Business

Confidently branding your virtual assistant business shows you understand who you are but that’s not all. Confident branding means you have clearly defined the audience and clientele you are speaking to as well. This is a key factor when branding your business because confidence ensures better client conversations.    Of

Podcast: Tara Shea: How to be Golden as a Virtual Assistant Coach

Tara is the owner and founder of Tara Shea The VA, LLC. Tara provides done-for-you administrative services for successful female entrepreneurs. She is also the creator of Foundations, an action based course where Tara teaches other women how to start their own successful Virtual Assistant business. Tara is passionate about

AVA Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment is Happening NOW!

The Association of Virtual Assistants open enrollment is happening NOW! You have until Thursday, September 30th at 5pm ET / 2pm PT to join the best association for virtual assistants.    Goal-setting is part of any assistant’s DNA. It’s right up there with follow-up and making sure nothing falls through

Open Enrollment Happening Soon

Open Enrollment is Happening Soon

The Association of Virtual Assistants’ open enrollment is happening soon. We know that assistants of all kinds pride themselves on careful preparation and planning. We also know many current assistants plan to become virtual assistants in 2022. With that in mind, the time to prepare for 2022 is now.   

Back to School Part 2

Back to School for Virtual Assistants – Part 2

As we all prepare for children to head back to school, whether you have children or not, it’s the perfect time to reassess your schedule. The Association of Virtual Assistants is here to help VAs who were hit hard by the pandemic to get back into the swing of things

Podcast: Claire Coleman: Becoming A Pinterest VA

Love Pinterest? Want to work as a Pinterest VA? Listen to this episode with Claire Coleman! Claire Coleman is the owner and founder of CC Assist, a VA company that offers business support services and Pinterest management to wedding professionals and creative entrepreneurs so they can focus on the bigger

Back to School Part 1

Back to School for Virtual Assistants – Part 1

We’re coming up on the time of year when back-to-school plans are impacting everyone, including virtual assistants. Whether you have children or not, the back-to-school push has an impact on VAs. This month we’re going to be sharing tips on how to transition back to school, including homeschooling. The Association

Freedom and Flexibility As A Virtual Assistant

Freedom and Flexibility as a Virtual Assistant

Freedom and flexibility is the number one reason for becoming a virtual assistant. More importantly, 98% of virtual assistants are experiencing the freedom and flexibility they desired when becoming a VA. For this detail and more, be sure to check out the VA State of the Industry Report.    While

Taking Time Off As A Virtual Assistant Pt. 4

Taking Time Off As A Virtual Assistant: Pt. 4

All month long the Association of Virtual Assistants has been devoting the blog series to taking time off as a virtual assistant.    Part 1 discussed and shared the science behind planning a vacation that makes us happier. Part 2 was how to plan your time off so you can

Taking Time Off As A Virtual Assistant Pt. 3

Taking Time Off As A Virtual Assistant: Pt. 3

In June, the Association of Virtual Assistants is devoting the blog series to taking time off as a virtual assistant.  Part 1 discussed and shared the science behind planning a vacation that makes us happier. Part 2 was how to plan your time off so you can get the most

Virtual Assistant Vacation Part 2

Taking Time Off As A Virtual Assistant: Part 2

Taking time off as a virtual assistant is a necessity, not a luxury. Just as you give your clients the ability to disconnect from work, you deserve the same.    Last week we discussed the science behind planning a vacation and why it makes us happier. This week we’re going

Taking Time Off As A Virtual Assistant - 1

Taking Time Off As A Virtual Assistant: Pt. 1

The Association of Virtual Assistants knows the importance of taking time off as a virtual assistant. We also know that many VAs don’t take enough time off. Ironic since this is one of the greatest benefits virtual assistants give to their clients – being able to take time off and

Mental Health Awareness

Mental Health Awareness: A Client’s Journey Pt 2

The Association of Virtual Assistants continues to bring awareness to mental health during the month of May with the help of guest experts.   Georggetta Howie, licensed clinical social worker, life coach, and expert on an impressive range of subjects related to high achieving adults, emotional management,  trauma, managing mental

Mental Health Awareness

Mental Health Awareness: A Client’s Journey Pt 1

The Association of Virtual Assistants continues to bring awareness to mental health during the month of May with the help of guest experts.    Georggetta Howie, licensed clinical social worker, life coach, and expert on an impressive range of subjects related to high achieving adults, emotional management,  trauma, managing mental

Podcast: Monday Musings: How to Find a Business Coach

Kiri poses a question to AVA's community about finding a business coach: What do you look for? And when do you make the leap from coaching into applying what you've learned? Kiri goes into stories from her own career which includes a dinner call that didn't go well and how

Relaxation is a Necessity Not A Luxury

Mental Health Awareness: Relaxation Is A Necessity Not A Luxury

The Association of Virtual Assistants continues to bring awareness to mental health during the month of May with the help of guest experts.    Georggetta Howie, licensed clinical social worker, life coach, and expert on an impressive range of subjects related to high achieving adults, emotional management,  trauma, managing mental

Podcast: Jeannie Harris: How a VA Pioneer of 20 Year Still Hustles

Jeannie is a small business professional with over 20+ years of freelancing remote experience as a Virtual Executive Administrative Assistant, Operations Manager, Content Writer and Fundraising Program Developer. Her expertise extends to Online Business Management, Content Creation, Blogging, Social Media, Website Management and Virtual Customer Service. 01:58 - Becoming a

Podcast: Monday Musings: Worst and Best VA Business Investment

Listen to this episode where Kiri polls the AVA community on their best and worst business investment! The most common answers included: -The importance of community -Business coaches -Software -Sponsorships This episode provided insight into how to look at your investments and make sure you are choosing wisely when using

Admin Week 2021

Virtual Assistants & Admin Week!

It’s Admin Week and the Association of Virtual Assistants is thrilled to be celebrating our members and admins everywhere.   The AVA has teamed up with some incredible leaders to celebrate our members with awesome prizes and giveaways this week.   Special thanks to:   Peggy Re James for offering

Growth vs Withering VA Business

Is Your Virtual Assistant Business Growing or Withering?

The difference between having a virtual assistant business that is growing and one that is withering is all in your mind. To have a growing business you must first have a growth mindset.    When it comes to your VA business your mindset holds the most valuable real estate. So

Podcast: Monday Musings: Your VA Business Profit Margin

In this episode, Kiri discusses the profit margin you can have in your VA business. She talks about the importance between saying what you make versus taking expenses into account as well. Kiri talks about her one year where she made the biggest mistakes and did not make as much

Spring Forward Virtual Assistant

Spring Forward As A Virtual Assistant

The Association of Virtual Assistants loves to see VAs and particularly our members spring forward in their business endeavors. What is most amazing is that planting the smallest of seeds can have you reaping the biggest rewards!   Is your VA business in full bloom?    Here are three ways

Podcast: Jamie Feinberg: Living A VA Life That Lights You Up

Jamie Feinberg is a virtual assistant, traveler, entrepreneur & creative problem-solver helping sensitive, aspiring adventurers get the confidence & tools to craft their dream life now. Jamie’s many hats have included the roles of musician, educator, virtual assistant, administration professional, musical theater aficionado, and life coach, with a Bachelor’s in

Roadmap to High Performance

3 Simple Tools to Cleanse Your Money Mindset

During the month of March the Association of Virtual Assistants has been focusing on the topic of money. Specifically taxes and how to manage your expenses to avoid an audit. When it comes to money and your virtual assistant business, we cannot forget the important topic of mindset. It’s still

Podcast: CC Henderson: Knowing Your Capabilities & Limitations as a VA

Capri Henderson is a multifaceted force with an impressive resume that boasts over 20 years of administrative, organizational, and leadership skills rendering her one of today’s leading professionals. Capri’s passion for business administration derived from her appointment as head manager at Taco Bell at the age of 18 years old.

Top 7 Savvy Tax Saving Expenses for Virtual Assistants

Top 7 Savvy Tax Saving Expenses for Virtual Assistants

During the month of March, the Association of Virtual Assistants is focusing on the topic of money. One of the most common topics that comes up this time of year is regarding taxes. For this topic, it is crucial to bring in an expert. Adam Knihtila is a Virtual CFO

COMMINGLING EXPENSES IN YOUR VIRTUAL ASSISTANT BUSINESS

Commingling Expenses in Your Virtual Assistant Business

Do you know what it means to commingle expenses in your virtual assistant business? In March, the Association of Virtual Assistants is focused on the topic of money. As we prepare for taxes we need to know what is part of our personal expenses and what is considered a business

Podcast: Dori Zabari: Crystallizing a VA Career From Academia

Dori Zabari created DIZI (“dee-zee”) strategies for purpose-driven business owners, supporting them by prioritizing process details, market research, and the user experience. Their purpose becomes tangible through online course development, website and client attraction, and implementation support. Dori builds for the creator, bringing their vision to life! In this conversation,

Black History Month & Virtual Assistants

Black History Month & Virtual Assistants

During Black History Month the Association of Virtual Assistants has featured several of our exceptional members, Latrice Prater, Brittany Dantzler, and Tara Spencer.   Choosing to be a virtual assistant begins with a dream. Every person’s dreams matter. What may not be widely understood is that the dreams of VAs

no frills va podcast

Podcast: Monday Musings: Choosing a Business Name

In this episode, Kiri Mohan explores how VAs and others came up with their business name. It's a fun episode that delves into topics like: -Long vs. short business names -Creativity behind the business name -How the past can influence the business name -Abbreviations and trying not to have a

Celebrating Black History Month - Latrice Prater

Black History Month & Virtual Assistants-Celebrating Latrice Prater

Black History Month is an annual celebration recognizing the achievements of Blacks and African Americans in U.S. history. The Association of Virtual Assistants celebrates Black History Month and is taking special consideration to recognize its members during the month of February. The AVA is proud to support all its members

4 Steps to Help VA’s Achieve Their 2021 Small Business Goals

4 Steps to Help VA’s Achieve Their 2021 Small Business Goals

The Association of Virtual Assistants is excited to have Fundbox as a guest contributor to this month’s blog series on goal setting. With the mission of keeping companies moving forward, Fundbox knows what it takes to achieve your goals in 2021! — During quarantine, you’ve likely had some extra time

Podcast: Erin Sturm: Niching to Enjoy Life

Erin Sturm has worked as a virtual assistant since 2014. She launched The Sturm Agency in 2015 specializing in social media marketing and virtual assistant services. Since then, she has worked with large and small companies, authors, entrepreneurs, and coaches. Her favorite thing to do is create processes! If you

Best Blog 5

Association of Virtual Assistants Best Blogs of 2020! Part 5

The Association of Virtual Assistants is sharing the best blogs of 2020 in our December series!  Coming in at #5 is: Celebrating Administrative Professionals: Becoming Your Own Chief We’re not surprised that our blog featuring Phoenix Normand came in as a top blog of the year. This blog was part

Best of Blogs #3

Association of Virtual Assistants Best Blogs of 2020! Part 3

The Association of Virtual Assistants is sharing the best blogs of 2020 in our December series!  Coming in at #3 is: Your First Year In Business As A Virtual Assistant: Member Stories You don’t have to struggle your first year in business as a virtual assistant. You also don’t have

Podcast: Sarah Noked: Evolving from a VA to an OBM

Today’s guest is Sarah Noked, founder of Sarah Noked OBM, an Online Business Management Agency where she empowers entrepreneurs and creatives in all stages of business to grow a thriving online business. In this episode, we go into the OBM certification, what the modules consist of within the certification, and

Best Blog #1

Association of Virtual Assistants Best Blogs of 2020! Part 1

The Association of Virtual Assistants is sharing the best blogs of 2020 in our December series!  Every month the AVA writes on a new series and each week there is a new blog posted to educate, inform, inspire, and encourage virtual assistants everywhere. This month we’re bringing back the best

Self-care Burnout 3

Self-Care & Being A Virtual Assistant: Burnout Part 3

Practicing self-care and being a virtual assistant is essential to protect you from burnout and this is part three on the topic of burnout. If you missed the first two blogs in the series be sure to read those first. Part 1Part 2In the first two blogs we addressed the six

Self-care burnout part 2

Self-Care & Being A Virtual Assistant: Burnout Part 2

Practicing self-care and being a virtual assistant is essential to protect you from burnout and this is part two on the topic of burnout. If you missed last week’s blog be sure to read it to learn the main causes of burnout according to Harvard Business Review.  Last week we

Podcast: Latrice Prater: Freedom to Design Your Life

We are so excited to release this episode on Veteran's Day! Get ready for a FUN episode! Latrice Prater is a confident, savvy business woman and also a Navy veteran. With a varied ("crazy") career, she shows you how to just go for it. We salute our veterans today! In

Self-Care Burnout Pt. 1

Self-Care & Being A Virtual Assistant – Burnout Part 1

Practicing self-care as a virtual assistant is essential to protect you from burnout. Freedom and flexibility are the number one reasons for becoming a VA. While it can certainly start that way, without the practice of self-care, even running your own VA business can lead to burnout. Burnout is not

Self-Care Virtual Assistant

Self-Care & Being A Virtual Assistant

Practicing self-care and being a virtual assistant means we often put ourselves at the bottom of the list. There seems to be so many other individuals that come before us. Of course, we have our families to take care of. Our client’s needs are always on the top of our

Podcast: Oxana Romanyuk: Elevating a VA Business

Oxana Romanyuk is founder and CEO of Remote Rockstars® that offers high-end online business management and professional virtual assistant services to visionary entrepreneurs, industry experts, and coaches. Oxana works with her home-grown team of rockstar account managers and virtual assistants, helping entrepreneurs systematize and grow their businesses. Her website is

Branding Who's Watching

Branding Your Virtual Assistant Business: Who is Watching?

Do you ever wonder who is watching or paying attention to the branding of your virtual assistant business?  Be sure to check out each blog in this month’s series.  Branding Your Virtual Assistant Business: What’s Missing? Branding Your Virtual Assistant Business: Can it Wait? Branding Your Virtual Assistant Business There

Branding What's Missing

Branding Your Virtual Assistant Business: What’s Missing?

Branding your virtual assistant business is essential, but do you know what’s missing most often?  The AVA’s last blog post discussed what can wait and what can’t wait when it comes to branding your VA business.  In your personal branding a strong and authentic voice of who you are, how

Podcast: Speaking a Mutual Language

In this episode, Lizabeth discusses a bit of her Six Sigma training, how she sold her designer bags to start her business, and also touches on how she has failed in business prior to L-12. Lizabeth Wesely-Casella is the Founder and CEO of L-12 Services LLC and a member of

Podcast: Melissa Smith, AVA’s CEO

Melissa, AVA's Founder and CEO, goes into how she began her career as a career assistant, transitioned to a remote assistant, and finally to a VA. From being a VA, she went into matchmaking between clients and VAs, and founded the Association of Virtual Assistants in order to disrupt the

Podcast: Mimi Klosterman, AVA’s CMO

Mimi Klosterman is the owner of Your Virtual Services, a VA company she started in 2009 because she wanted to learn about running a business to teach her children in their homeschool curriculum (and prove to her husband that being a VA is legit). She takes us through her career,

Branding: Can it wait?

Branding Your Virtual Assistant Business: Can it Wait?

Branding your virtual assistant business can’t wait. Spending money to brand your VA business can wait! Your personal branding can’t wait. You have to start somewhere to see what works for your business and what doesn’t. The longer you wait to make a bold statement about your personal brand the

Branding Your Virtual Assistant Business

Branding Your Virtual Assistant Business

Branding your virtual assistant business is an exciting time! Branding your VA business means you are not only confident in your business and making your mark in the industry, it means you have clearly defined the audience and clientele you are speaking to.  It’s not uncommon for virtual assistants to

Navigating Difficult Conversations: Client Satisfaction

Navigating difficult conversations becomes much easier when you know your client satisfaction level. We started the blog series on how to have the frame of mind and how to prepare yourself. Last week we discussed raising prices. However, nothing prepares you like knowing how satisfied your clients are.  There isn’t

Raising Prices

Navigating Difficult Conversations: Raising Prices

Navigating difficult conversations when it comes to raising prices is one of the most common for virtual assistants. In this week’s post, we are sharing the best steps to take when it comes to navigating these conversations so they don’t have to be viewed as difficult.  Last week we discussed

Navigating Difficult Conversations

Navigating Difficult Conversations

Navigating difficult conversations successfully is a combination of the right frame of mind and preparedness. When we think of anything that we consider difficult, why do we think it’s difficult? It’s due to a lack of training which doesn’t allow us to prepare. Anytime we haven’t had training in a

Last Call for Membership

Last Call for Membership!

If you were waiting for the last call for membership it’s here! Tomorrow, Monday, August 31st is the last chance to join the Association of Virtual Assistants for only $14.99 a month or $150 a year (U.S.D.). After 5pm ET last call for membership will close and the price will

Membership Provides Referrals

Membership Provides You With Referrals

The Association of Virtual Assistants membership provides you with referrals and this shouldn’t come as a surprise. The idea behind creating the AVA came from Founder and CEO Melissa Smith’s bestselling books and her findings as the premier VA Matchmaker in the industry. The AVA was designed to answer the

Top 5 Membership Values

AVA Top 5 Membership Values

The AVA Top 5 Membership Values Are: Support – we communicate via Slack in real-time and pose any number of questions to the other members for feedback, guidance, and best practicesCollaboration – our members appreciate collaboration and enjoy being able to share without wondering if how they do business goes

Membership Unlimited Possibilities

Membership With Unlimited Possibilities

When you join the Association of Virtual Assistants, you are gifting yourself a membership with unlimited possibilities. We know this because when we asked in our Virtual Assistant State of the Industry Survey, “Are you enjoying the freedom and flexibility you desire?”, 93.6% of the respondents answered “Yes!” When Freedom

Membership Mindset Benefits

Membership Mindset Benefits

The Association of Virtual Assistants comes with membership mindset benefits. Struggling with mindset issues in your business? You’re not alone. In fact, it is so common it is something we talk about, offer training on, and write about often.  Mindset is one of the most popular topics talked about in

Educating Clients

The AVA State of the VA Industry Report – Educating Clients

The Association of Virtual Assistants is committed to educating those we serve – clients. Our mission is to be the most trusted source of information in the industry and provide a high standard of excellence for VAs and clients. It’s clear that virtual assistants feel very strongly about the need

Virtual Assistant Adminja

Partnerships Built For Virtual Assistants – Adminja

Whom the Association of Virtual Assistants partners with really does matter. Not all partners have the same endgame in mind regarding what is best for virtual assistants. As virtual assistants we have unique needs, not just in the ways we assist clients, but as business owners. Adminja realized this, saw

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Partnerships That Help You Grow Your Business – Facebook Ads

The Association of Virtual Assistants is committed to providing members with opportunities for partnerships that help them grow their businesses.  Virtual assistants at all stages in their business want to grow their businesses. Whether it is to gain their first client, have a full book of business, grow a team

Slack Ambassadors

Meet your Association of Virtual Assistants Slack Ambassadors

The role of the chosen Association of Virtual Assistants Slack Ambassadors is to use his/her strengths within the Slack platform. The goal of the AVA Slack Ambassador program is to assist, engage, and support members in the AVA Slack community. This includes understanding how to use Slack, real-time support, feedback,

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Meet your AVA Adminja Ambassador

The role of the chosen Association of Virtual Assistants Adminja Ambassador is to use his/her strengths within the Adminja platform. Our goal for the AVA Adminja Ambassador program is to raise awareness of the AVA, model the industry standards by fostering online and in-person relationships, bringing value to virtual assistants and

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Celebrating Mompreneurs: Not A Pinterest Mompreneur

In this month’s blog series, we are celebrating mompreneurs. There was once a time when you wouldn’t dare mention you were a mom because you might not get hired. Or if your work performance was ever in question it could be blamed on being a mom. Moms just couldn’t seem

Celebrating Mompreneurs

Celebrating Mompreneurs: An Unlikely Mompreneur

In this month’s blog series, we are celebrating mompreneurs. There was once a time when you wouldn’t dare mention you were a mom because you might not get hired. Or if your work performance was ever in question it could be blamed on being a mom. Moms just couldn’t seem

Celebrating Administrative Professionals

Celebrating Administrative Professionals: Becoming Your Own Chief

In this month’s blog series, we are celebrating administrative professionals who are also successful business leaders. You can be a successful administrative assistant, executive assistant, virtual assistant, or remote assistant AND a successful business leader. The Association of Virtual Assistants is proud to have had the opportunity to interview some

Your First Year In Business As A Virtual Assistant

Your First Year In Business As A Virtual Assistant

Do you remember your first year in business as a virtual assistant? The Association of Virtual Assistants is celebrating its 1st birthday and what a year it’s been! As you can imagine the first year of any business is about growth and development. Some at amazing speeds! We are thrilled

Black History Month

Black History Month & Virtual Assistants

It has been the AVA’s great pleasure to recognize Black History Month and the Virtual Assistants who represent our industry so well.  This has been a great reminder of all that is to come for our future, as well as never to forget the past. To every assistant, in person

Black History Month & Virtual Assistants

Alicia Peterkin of New Methods Consulting Inc. is this week’s featured Virtual Assistant during Black History Month. The AVA is excited to share more about Alicia with you.  Q. Why is Black History Month important to you? A. “Black History Month is important to me because it is a way

Black History Month

Black History Month & Virtual Assistants

Latrice Prater of Latrice Prater, E.V.A., is this week’s featured Virtual Assistant during Black History Month. The AVA is excited to share more about Latrice with you.  Q. Why is Black History Month important to you? A. “Black History month signifies resilience and strength. It gives us an opportunity to

Black History Month

Black History Month & Virtual Assistants

February is Black History Month and the AVA is showing its support and celebrating our African-American virtual assistants. Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing the central role of blacks in U.S. history. Each year Black History Month also has

Virtual Assistant and Goal Setting In 2020 Pt. 4

Now that it’s the final week of January 2020 let’s discuss goals for this year. If anyone thinks it’s too late, this is a great reminder to keep agile and be ready for change. The Association of Virtual Assistants sees its members pivot and sometimes very quickly because that is

Virtual Assistant and Goal Setting In 2020 Pt. 3

The January 2020 Association of Virtual Assistants blog is all about goal setting. In part one we discussed mindset and in part two we talked about tools. This week we’re going to talk to Debbi Sherman of Marketing Design Strategy, again to discuss what happens when you don’t meet your

Virtual Assistant and Goal Setting In 2020 Pt. 2

In the second week of January 2020, you may have discovered your goals for this year are coming together nicely. Or you may find yourself juggling not only your goals but your clients’ too. It can be easy to start right out of the gate but much like the crowded

Virtual Assistant and Goal Setting In 2020 Pt. 1

It’s January 2020 and many of us, no matter what business you’re in, have been thinking about our new goals for several months. This year we didn’t just end another year we began a new decade. Not to mention there is a lot that goes into goal setting – if

A Year in Review As A Virtual Assistant Pt. 5

This blog series is a year in review as virtual assistants who are on the forefront of client services, experiences, and assisting to share what they have observed and what they are forecasting for the future The Year in Review As A Virtual Assistant blog series is now coming to

A Year in Review As A Virtual Assistant Pt. 4

This blog series is a year in review as virtual assistants who are at the forefront of client services, experiences, and assisting to share what they have observed and what they are forecasting for the future. The Year in Review As A Virtual Assistant blog series is now moving to

A Year in Review As A Virtual Assistant Pt. 3

This is the third blog in the Year in Review As A Virtual Assistant blog series. We have already discussed online courses and social media. We’ve been looking at the numerous changes and opportunities for virtual assistants and the clients we serve. There are a lot! Now let’s talk about

A Year in Review as a Virtual Assistant – Pt.2

This blog series is a year in review as virtual assistants who are at the forefront of client services, experiences, and assisting to share what they have observed and what they are forecasting for the future. In last week’s blog series we discussed online learning, where clients of virtual assistants

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