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The downside however, is that the kind of self promotion, boundary setting and supreme confidence that is required to gain and retain clients, doesn't come easy to people like us, who spend their time happily in the background, just getting on with it. We might keep the wheels of daily business turning at our employed jobs and people know that they couldn't accomplish what they did without our strong, reliable help, but openly `trumpet tooting' about our achievements and how we keep things motoring ahead calmly whilst all around us there's chaos, doesn't feel natural. PAs, secretaries and administrators are largely great `number twos' - excellent at support, a levelheaded sounding board and a `rock' to the people we assist.
However in this industry, we not only have to be all of that, but also an entrepreneur in our own right, as we are out there trying to win business, gain clients' confidence and establish ourselves as VAs. And that's before we get to the `doing the work' part!
In this book I'm not going to tell you how to get a website, the legal requirements for setting up a business or how to act at a networking meeting - other `starting in business' books will cover all of that. This is a practical guide to the unique challenges of starting up as a VA in the UK. You will find if you do further research, that lots of `Real Estate' agents in the USA use VAs to book their advertising, administer their paperwork and organise their diary.
I've tried all routes to market and I've yet to take on one Estate Agent as a client! Therefore this book is written for the British market, acknowledging our unique culture and working practices. I hope that it will provide you with a starting point of how to develop your business from here, provide some new ideas and help you to create something that not only `does the job' but also suits your preferred lifestyle. After all, that's what being a VA is all about.
As a VA and author myself, I found Nadine's book extremely informative, written in a warm and accessible style and with a few tips and tricks that I hadn't considered! Read morePublished on 18 Aug. 2012 by Celina Grace
The book is well written and covers all the topics required in general, but I found it severely lacking in details and examples. Read morePublished on 9 Aug. 2011 by Wendy Sheridan
Nothing new in this one. I was very disappointed of how basic the book was. There is no significant substance in this book whatsoever, you can find more info for free off the... Read morePublished on 12 July 2011 by Buyer from UK
A well written informative book for the beginner but an excellent reference book for the more experienced Virtual Assistant. Highly recommended.Published on 6 July 2009 by Carole
While this book is a comprehensive guide to starting and running a VA business in its own right - it's the author's honest, encouraging and down-to-earth style that makes this... Read morePublished on 5 May 2009 by Ms. V. K. Knight