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The Virtual Assistant Handbook: Insider Secrets or starting and running your own profitable VA business

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    Available in PDF - DJVU Format | The Virtual Assistant Handbook: Insider Secrets or starting and running your own profitable VA business.pdf | Language: ENGLISH
    Nadine Hill(Author)

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WANTED: well organised, computer savvy home-workers to help busy professionals and entrepreneurs get more done. Work where you want, when you want and set your own salary as a successful Virtual Assistant. If you have excellent organisational skills, wa

Being a VA is a fantastic way to have a career (without the restrictions and politics that come with large companies) and to combine this fulfilling role with a family balance - whether that means caring for young children or having time for your other hobbies.

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  • PDF | 196 pages
  • Nadine Hill(Author)
  • Bookshaker (2 April 2009)
  • English
  • 8
  • Business, Finance & Law

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  • By Rintu Basu on 6 May 2009

    When I read this book I did so with some trepidation because I didn't think I was in the target readership for the book. I have used VAs in the past and not quite got the results I wanted and the nature of my work means I come across people wanting to start working for themselves all the time. My goals for reading this book were to get some insight into the world of VAs, how I could use one more effectively and more ideas around a business that is different from my own that I could use for myself and others.I got all of my objectives and much more from Nadine's book.Let me start with the one thing that would have made the book even better for me and that is to add some male angle to the work. I guess Nadine didn't because her target readership is female but I couldn't help thinking that there must be a man somewhere that is starting or running a VA business. Anyway this is a mute point against everything that is thoroughly brilliant about this book.The writing style is conversational with relevant stories, experiences and anecdotes throughout. This made the book an easy and enjoyable read as well as extremely informative.I think one of the best features of this book is how specific it is, i.e. it is for VAs starting and running a business in the UK. Within this Nadine speaks from personal experience and it is quite clear she is an extremely capable business woman as she gives good business advice that you can apply to any business. Even though I am not in the VA business I found myself taking notes about things I need to do or check about my own business whilst reading this book.Nadine has a coaching style to her writing and the whole book is laid out to take you through the whole process of starting, marketing and maintaining your VA business. My favourite chapter had to be the one on finding your niche. The advice here applies to any business and Nadine has experience in marketing that really shines out in this chapter.In conclusion I think this book is essential reading for anyone in the VA world whether working as a VA or uses a VA. But I also think it would be wise to read the book with a wider perspective than just that because the ideas, advice and experiences Nadine writes about can apply to any business.

  • By M. S. Thomas on 11 May 2009

    If you have ever wondered what it would be like to turn your talent for organizing and administrative skills into a business, then this book is for you.For those who are not yet familiar with the term, being a Virtual Assistant (VA), allows administrative and secretarial work, traditionally carried out at set times in an office, to be based remotely from the employer or client, hence the term `Virtual'. A way of working that is becoming increasingly popular in the UK for small to medium enterprises, whilst allowing individuals to have more freedom and flexibility in the way they work.I found this handbook very easy to read, portable and packed rich with content on a variety of subjects ranging from; marketing to common mistakes to avoid. The chapters are very comprehensive and well organized.I especially liked the chapters on how to set fees, juggle clients and stay ahead of the game, highlighting the author's experience and success in this work. I was also pleased to see some interesting case studies of how others made the leap to successful business owners, including their perspective on this emerging industry.Aimed mainly at the UK market, this book does not claim to be a complete guide, yet I would highly recommend it.An honest and invaluable reference guide for anyone wishing to consider and make a success of this type of business.

  • By Jo Parfitt on 6 May 2009

    I found masses in this book that will help me in my own small business of publishing consultancy. It is upbeat, accessible and full of great tips and advice for any budding or current VA. The takeaways here on pricing, finding a niche and marketing were very valuable indeed. I shall be recommending this to all my fellow small biz owners.

  • By Jacqueline Long on 30 May 2009

    I am a former secretary and have considered becoming a VA. I would recommend this book as it covered every aspect of what a VA would need to know in order to operate not just as a VA but as a business. I particularly liked the author's description of what character traits VA's typically have. For those new to this type of work, this provides an insight into the importance of these qualities and whether they have them.A good practical guide.

  • By Guest on 1 May 2009

    Drawing from her personal experience as a successful VA in the UK, Nadine takes you step by step from understanding what a VA is and does, to creating your own successful business.I found the book is written in a clear, easy to understand style, and covers everything you may possibly need: how to figure out if becoming a VA is the right choice for you; how to stand out from the crowd with a specific niche; how to market yourself effectively and have a constant stream of work coming your way; how to decide what services to offer and when and how to work, so that you can have the balanced life you wanted in the first place.I have learnt lots and will be implementing all the relevant advice in my own business, although I am not a VA myself, as most of Nadine's sound advice can be applied to any business.I warmly recommend this book if you wish to start or renew your VA career or any home run business.

  • By Cakemaker on 17 February 2011

    Well written and informative, with the author writing from her own experiences. Case studies helpful, too. However, with a good background of the workplace and administrative procedures I did find myself thinking at times that I hadn't learned as much as I had hoped, so probably more useful for those with less knowledge.

  • By K. Ford on 21 September 2010

    Even if you're only toying with the idea of becoming a VA, this book is well worth a read as it gives plenty of insight into what is required and involved, and I am sure will assist enormously in taking a decision of whether or not to "go it alone". Money well spent I'd say.

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