Looking to get work to do at home and be a Virtual Assistant?
You’ve certainly come to the right place! This Virtual Assistant network is run by a veteran of the VA industry with 20+ years’ experience. Accepting members worldwide.
If you’re looking for jobs you can do at home using your word-processing and office based skills then registering as a Premium member would be your best option. Or maybe you’re just looking for support as you set up your Virtual Assistant business? Receiving client requests is only one of the many member benefits we provide. We have 4 membership options you can choose from.
Full details below (depending on the level of membership you choose):
Full support as a team member
Advice on how to set rates and work with customers
Send you regular genuine client requests – you connect direct with them
(if a Premium member)
Web-listing on our site – which you have full control over. Additionally clients can contact you direct, they do not have to come through our office (Regular members and above)
Provide additional services (some have additional fees) such as: free email address, web-hosting, Virtual Assistant training/coaching, books on how to run a VA business, mentoring and other services.
We do not:
Take a percentage of your client fees.
Charge regular monthly fees – we have a once-only annual fee, renewable on an annual basis.
Teach you how to use the software programs you wish to provide a service in – you should already know how to use them.
Accept into our membership anyone who has not had any work experience and would prefer you have a minimum 3 years working background. This can mean secretarial, administrative or any form of office-based experience.
Accept membership of groups or companies – membership is per individual. Any work promoted to the network must be done by a network member. This is a matter of ethics – clients come to us for assistance so the work should be carried out by a registered member of our network.
Join our team today!
Welcome to “A Clayton’s Secretary”® Virtual Assistant Network
There are 3 steps:
- Fill out the application form at the bottom of this page, (this is part 1 – you MUST do the next step)
- Choose which membership level you want on the next screen (essential)
- Pay your membership fee (if applicable),
- If choosing Regular, Premium or Extras, email your resume (we need verification of your ability to meet clients’ needs).
(We have 4 categories: Free, Regular ($75), Premium ($150) and Extras ($350). The next screen after pressing submit will explain what you get with each category).
Please fill out the form below (bottom of page) before choosing your membership category on the next screen, whether it be just keeping in touch with the VA community, or getting a listing on our site which is well placed on the web – to receiving client requests and other materials to help you with your VA business. There is a VA membership category suitable for all, and that means for all VAs in any country.
We have members in several countries so you can join too!
We know there are discussions via various chat forums about work at home ‘opportunities’.
This is not a ‘get rich quick scheme’ or a scam, and there is work involved. But if you have the skills and abilities, suitable equipment and software at home, then there is no reason why you couldn’t be working at home like the rest of our team. We have a Facebook group where members of our network can get to know one another (great for when you want to subcontract or outsource work), learn about being a VA, hear about others’ experiences, and so on. Why not check all the links below to get real information about this industry of Virtual Assistants? If in doubt and worried about a possible scam, just search for our network name on the search engines and you will find lots of web references, listings with directories and many virtual assistants linked to us.
Our longest term member has been with us for over 15 years and many members have been with us for at least 5 years. We are here to stay and would love to have you join us.
Please note: We are not an employment agency and cannot guarantee work. We are a membership based industry group designed to help you establish your business and one of our member benefits includes introducing you to clients. We do get a lot of client requests that come through on a regular basis.
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IF YOU ARE STILL CONCERNED, why not join our Facebook group so you can mix and mingle with our members? The forum is free and will give you opportunity to learn more about our industry.
Are you a returning member?
You may not need to resubmit a form and resume if your details are still current. You can go here to pay your subscription fee to renew your membership.
What is a Virtual Assistant?
A term for home-based secretary, administrative support, and others who supply remote or virtual office type assistance. No need for clients to provide office space, equipment or software – we have our own! Work is carried out ‘virtually’ from your office, no matter where you are! If you have seriously been thinking about working from home, then perhaps now is the time to do something about it! To find out about our criteria for joining, click here
Why do you need to send a resume?
If you are registering to receive client enquiries, we need to verify your background experience to ensure clients of your ability to assist them. We don’t send resumes to clients and are well aware that you’re a business owner – so are we all. But for eligibility of membership, we need to see proof of your experience.
If you’re not sure that you’re ready yet, then participating in an education and coaching program for Virtual Assistants may be what you need. Personal coaching/mentoring is available with VA senior, Kathie M. Thomas, AFAIOP, MVA, ASO. If interested in details, click here.
“I have been a member of A Clayton’s Secretary for several years now and I have always found Kathie to be a dedicated and very knowledgeable person who is a leader in her field. I am always amazed at the many endeavours Kathie undertakes yet still finds time to be a Virtual Mentor as well as a great support to me and the other team members. Kathie is a great moderator of our online group and I have also come to consider her a “virtual friend”. Among her passions are writing, public speaking, blogging and Kathie is also now a VA Coach. Should you at any time require any of the services Kathie provides you won’t be disappointed!”
Monika Newman, Owner, Monika Newman
“Its been a pleasure being a member of Kathie’s ACS Network for nearly 10 years now. She is a great inspiration to myself and all members of the VA network in Australia and internationally. As members we rely on her for support and professional advice in helping us grow our VA business. I wish her continued success in the future.”
Mary Jordon, Owner, Xpress Online Secretarial Services
I just wanted to say how much the jobsleads group has contributed to the phenomenal start my business has had. I have had some great leads as a result of this group, with many of them becoming regular clients for me, and after just 2 ½ months of operation, I have enough work now to justify putting my daughter into daycare for 3 full days a week, with the possibility of having to increase that in the not-too-distant future. So, just a personal thank you for a great service that you offer to your subscribers, I am so grateful to you.
Kindest regards, Lia…
Lia Harman | Virtual Assistant , www.virtual.espire.com.au
Is this a scam? We get asked this question periodically, so here’s the answer:
If you use the search engines for our business name, and for Virtual Assistants in general, you’ll find thousands of references. Our network has been in operation since 1996 and the business name has been in use since 1994 – it is a registered business in Australia. The owner and founder of this group, Kathie M. Thomas, can also be easily found on the web, as a speaker, trainer and author. You can also contact any of the members on our web pages to verify the validity – scams don’t usually make it easy for you to contact anyone, except for a non-descript or free email address and little information on their websites, rarely with an address, phone number or similar.
Do I have to be in Australia?
No, our head office is in Melbourne, Australia but our members are in several countries and we get job requests from clients all over the world. Check our Business Directory menu to see where we are currently.
What do I get for my membership fee?
We get asked this question too, so here’s the answer:
We are an industry based network. Your subscription fee covers your membership plus benefits, i.e. listing on our database, a web page listing so clients can find you, referrals to clients (you keep all the money you earn – we don’t ask for any of it), education, training, coaching and mentoring services are available to members, benefit from all advertising programs already in place, 24/7 support from other members and our head office via a chat forum, discounts on web hosting, website design and other services made available to our members. A welcome email is sent explaining how it all works and a membership pack is also sent out. Because of the work involved and the cost of materials provided we do not refund membership fees.
We get clients contacting this office via phone, contact form or email almost every day of the week.
Please note: ALL members of this network have a minimum of 3 years’ secretarial or administrative skills, have experience in the areas they promote on their pages and are not entry-level typists fresh from school or college. Each has worked in the corporate world in many different fields, including: medical, legal, human resources, real estate, engineering, etc. It is important that you meet the same criteria. All are self-employed business operator VAs who are also responsible for their own furniture, equipment, software, taxes, insurances and all other overheads required in providing services support to clients. As a member of our team, you are not an employee, but a business owner/operator. Therefore we are not employing you, but providing industry based information to help you in your business and direct client contacts.
Mission: To be the household name for secretarial services and office support virtually. To make office and secretarial service support within easy reach of all businesses throughout the world. Service provided with: integrity, dignity, loyalty, confidentiality, competence and trust.
We have 4 levels of membership and we’re sure that one of these will suit you well. Please note that the Regular and Premium memberships require a minimum 3 years’ working experience in the services you plan to offer and you must submit your resume for our records.
Fill out the form below and then on the next page after submission choose your membership plan option. You must fill out the form below AND choose the plan option on the next page or your application will not be processed so please do complete both. There are 4 membership options, designed to suit one and all, ranging from free through to Premium with Extras.
Comments or questions are welcome.