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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. 


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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

Kiri Mohan

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

A Year in Review as a Virtual Assistant – Part 1

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. As a virtual assistant things are constantly changing. Some clients hire you to pioneer

How AVA CEO, Melissa Smith, Practices Gratitude

What a year it’s been! It’s really been the year where a lot of my dreams came true. At times I cry with overwhelming joy because my heart is so full. Other times I become the GIF queen and laugh until I cry.  Practicing gratitude is what kept me going

How AVA CMO, Mimi Klosterman, Practices Gratitude

Mimi is a woman of few words. However, her words are chosen carefully and have great impact. A lot of people mistake the CMO’s role for merely front-end work. What the client and customer will see. There is so much more to it! Mimi is responsible for making sure the

How AVA COO, Kiri Mohan, Practices Gratitude

How AVA COO, Kiri Mohan, Practices Gratitude In the States, November is often viewed as the month of giving thanks and practicing gratitude. In part, due to the Thanksgiving holiday and getting closer to the end of the year has us reflecting. Practicing gratitude is important for everyone. This month’s

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Getting Back to Your Virtual Assistant Business pt 4

In last week’s blog I discussed how getting back to your virtual assistant business should start by assessing the situation, then taking anticipatory steps and planning. In this week’s blog I’ll discuss why using the last quarter of the year is a great time to start or launch a new

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Getting Back to Your Virtual Assistant Business pt 3

Summer has a natural way of changing how we run our virtual assistant business. However, as VAs we are natural planners so it’s no surprise that many of us will be planning and fine tuning for the last quarter of the year a few months ahead of time. Of course,

Virtual Assistant Business

Getting Back to Your Virtual Assistant Business – Think Like a CEO Pt. 1

In this month’s blog series, Association of Virtual Assistants member Lee Edralinda of Virtualee shares her expertise on getting back to your virtual assistant business. When you’re running a virtual assistant business during the summer, you can’t help but get disrupted. Attending outings with family and friends because you want to catch

Running Your Virtual Assistant Business While Traveling

Running your virtual assistant business while traveling — is it really possible? Over the last few weeks two of our AVA members, Jaime Feinberg & Lizabeth Wesley-Casella, shared their best tips for not only operating their virtual assistant businesses while traveling but caretaking and being a full-time RVer. I get

Travel While Working

Travel While Working As A Virtual Assistant Pt 2

Travel while working, is it possible? In last week’s blog post, Association of Virtual Assistants founding member, Jamie Feinberg, shared her story of how she became a VA and full-time RVer. Now Jamie will share how she runs a successful business and what you should know if you would like

Travel While Working

Travel While Working As A Virtual Assistant Pt 1

Travel While Working… Being a virtual assistant doesn’t necessarily mean you are a stay-at-home mom. What it does mean is that you work from wherever you are, not where your clients are. This creates a lot of opportunities for those who wish to take advantage of such a lifestyle. Association

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Traveling, Caretaking & Being a Virtual Assistant

Not all virtual assistants are stay-at-home moms. However, that doesn’t mean that a virtual assistant is not taking care of a loved one. Virtual Assistants take care of many challenging situations for their clients, as well as their families. Many of those family demands come in the form of caretaking

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Virtual Assistant Business – Running It During the Summer Pt 4

Running Your Virtual Assistant Business During the Summer: Working With a Disrupted Routine Last week we discussed taking a vacation and disconnecting. However, with the longer days, day trips, events with the kids, and what seem like more opportunities to break routine I was curious to find out if our

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Running Your Virtual Assistant Business During the Summer Pt 2

Running Your Virtual Assistant Business During the Summer: Personal Routines and Challenges with Children At Home In our last article we discussed how four of our AVA founding members manage client work during the summer This week we’re going to discuss how and if this affects their own personal routines

Retiring Your Business pt 4 – Formalize A Succession Plan

When it comes to the steps of retiring your business you may find that formalizing the succession plan is not as difficult as it sounds. You’re a virtual assistant so that makes you a natural planner in one way, shape, or form. Succession planning is simply the process for identifying

Running Your Virtual Assistant Business During the Summer Pt 1

Running Your Virtual Assistant Business During the Summer: Managing Client Work Many virtual assistants started their businesses with their families and specifically their children in mind. If you have children that are school age you know there will be regular hours when your children are not at home and you

Retiring Your Business pt 2 – Develop An Exit Plan

Think it’s too soon to begin developing an exit plan? It’s not too soon. However, it could be too late by the time you start thinking about retiring your business. Before you seek the advice of a trusted Certified Exit Planner go in knowing what questions should be asked and

Retiring Your Business pt 1

Retiring your business doesn’t necessarily mean you have to be retiring. You could be moving onto bigger and better things or this could be part of a sale or being acquired. In these times, even if your business reputation for the future isn’t a priority your planning efforts should be.

Rebranding Yourself Completely

Rebranding Yourself Completely pt 1

Rebranding yourself completely is something VAs love to do! However, most don’t consider the consequences. Rebranding can be done at any time during your career and in business. It doesn’t just happen when you change your title or offer a new service. Before you rebrand you should know what you

How to Grow Your Business pt 4 – Hiring Support

In this series on how to grow your business we have covered: The questions of How to Grow Your Business New Services, Packages, & Pricing Keeping All Your Clients In Mind Now we are going to jump into hiring support for yourself and your business. While your first inclination might be

How to Grow Your Business pt 1

How to grow your business? Congratulations! You have gotten to the point in the Life Cycle of a Virtual Assistant where you are ready to grow your business. Or maybe you don’t feel ready but you’re doing to do it anyhow. This is an exciting time but like any business owner

Diversifying Your Income Streams

Diversifying Your Income Streams pt 4 – The Positive Side Effects

In this article series we’ve discussed what diversifying your income streams is and why it’s important, ways to grow your business without leaving the industry and changing your title, and how to earn passive income. What often goes unspoken is that when you diversify your income streams you naturally not

Diversifying Your Income Streams

Diversifying Your Income Streams pt 1

What does diversifying your income streams or having multiple income streams mean? Well, it means you are earning money through more than one source. A stream depicts an abundant flow. Where as one source of income would be a drip of water. The idea of diversifying your income streams can

How to Get Clients

How to Get Clients as a Virtual Assistant pt 3

Now that you know how to get clients as a virtual assistant it’s time to grow your book of business. If you missed Part 1 or Part 2 of this blog series I highly suggest reading those first. Once you’ve closed your first client you are on your way towards a full book of

Starting Your VA Business pt 4 – Why This Isn’t Employment

Starting your VA business? The Association of Virtual Assistants supports all virtual assistants including those who are employed. However, if you are looking for VA employment it is not the same as starting your VA business. Don’t feel bad if you aren’t sure what the differences are. It’s because the title

Determining If Being A Virtual Assistant Is Right For You pt 3

When it comes to your virtual assistant title or trying to come up with another name for virtual assistant there is more than you think to consider. Part one of this four-part series was, Do you understand what it truly means to assist someone by starting a virtual assistant business? In part

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Determining If Being A Virtual Assistant Is Right For You pt 2

In the first blog post we asked you the question, Do you understand what it truly means to assist someone by starting a virtual assistant business? The next question in this four-part series to ask yourself is, Your virtual assistant clients, are you tired of serving them? When consulting with virtual assistants

The Life Cycle of a Virtual Assistant

The Association of Virtual Assistants (AVA) was created by and for VAs at each and every stage of their career. Knowing the life cycle of a virtual assistant means more clarity, provides you with more options and opportunities, as well as helps you paint the vision for any future you wish to

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How to Get Clients as a Virtual Assistant pt 1

Often even before a person decides to become a VA they will ask how to get clients as a virtual assistant. A common response is to ask what the person wants their niche to be. Don’t worry if this takes a little time. The process is not step-by-step or linear.

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