The 6th annual Australian VA Conference will be held at Melbourne Docklands in March 2015. The early bird bookings close very soon. If you’re planning to go, why not go visit the AVAC site to get your booking in now! Dates are 20-21 March. All details are on the website.
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Not only Australia’s oldest VA Network, but also the second oldest in the world. Established as a network in April 1996, “A Clayton’s Secretary” has witnessed many changes and lots of growth in the Virtual Assistant industry during that time.
Until 31st December, we have a special offer for 12 months’ membership at the price of $99AUD.
You can apply here and follow through with your resume and subscription payment to become a member of this team of Virtual Assistants, with members in many countries. Members should have a minimum of 5 years’ working experience, however, if you have less and want to join, please email Kathie Thomas direct with details of your experience. Why should you have working experience before becoming a VA? Because you need to have the knowledge of how to do what you’ll be offering as a service. You won’t have a ‘boss’ or ‘senior’ person watching over you as you work in your home office, but also you need to be able to liaise with the clients – as they will be your clients. “A Clayton’s Secretary” (or ACS) guides you in setting up your VA business, puts you in contact with other VA members and we also provide opportunity for you to gain clients of your own, but we can’t be with you in your office showing you how to do your work. Hence the importance in having experience.
Want to be a VA but not sure that you know all you need to get started? That’s ok, we have a VA Trainer course that lasts for 10 weeks and is delivered via email. This will certainly help you get set up, work out rates that are right for you and guide you in creating a client base of your own. If you are already running a VA business but still feel the need for guidance, this course may be just what you need! Why not visit www.vatrainer.com for details?
If you’re a regular reader of my blog and visitor to my site, you’ll know that I run a Virtual Assistant Network and also provide VA Training via a 10 week course delivered by email. Many may think I don’t do much else, other than participate on forums and social media, but I thought I’d give you some insight to what I do.
I still service my own clients. Why? Because it’s part of my income stream but also because I enjoy the work I do. I currently provide Secretariat services for an NFP organisation, Social Media support for several clients and another NFP organisation, web hosting and web design for a multitude of clients, and occasional newsletter set up and sending for more clients. Periodically some word-processing, PowerPoint presentations, and database management. There is one client overseas, for whom I receive mail, do regular scanning of items received and then printing off letters and invoices for him to mail back out to his clients. I do around 25+ hours a week supporting these clients.
That’s the ‘usual’ type of client but I do have another type. And that is the Virtual Assistant, generally those that are new to the industry, although I have many in my network who have been VAs for nearly as long as I have been. There are days when I might get several email requests for advice or support in some way. Or phone calls from someone wanting to find out about becoming a VA. They feel comforted by the fact that they can talk to a ‘real’ person rather than just filling out a form or sending an email. I regularly receive email contact from those doing my VA Trainer course. And when homework has been received I need to spend time going through that, marking it, adding comments and preparing a letter and certificate, along with the marked homework to send back to the VA student.
I get periodic potential clients also calling to find out how to use a VA and how it will work for them. Ok, some of them might be tyre-kickers, but I still give them time to help them learn about and understand more of the VA industry. The more information I can share about the industry, the better. I think of myself as an educator in that regard.
And just in case that’s not enough, I’m also on the sub-committee for the Australian VA Conference (currently planning our 6th event for next March) and President of the Australian Virtual Assistant Association.
So, there you have it. I lead a very busy life in the VA industry and enjoy being a part of it.