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Ep 48: Gratitude

Gratitude is something we should all practice every day. Feeling appreciated is important to everyone.

But I’m amazed how little gratitude clients can show to VAs… and conversely, how little VAs can show for clients!

© Lyn Prowse-Bishop – The Virtual Business Show

Ep 47: Audio Transcription

So… you want to be a transcriptionist because – well, you can type! Isn’t it the same thing? No … it most certainly isn’t! And clients – a typist is not the same thing as a transcriptionist!

In this episode I run through some of the basic skills you need to have if you want to be a transcriptionist, and give clients some tips on what to look for in a professional service provider, and what affects the cost of transcription.

© Lyn Prowse-Bishop – The Virtual Business Show

Ep 46: 20 Things I’ve Learned in 20 Years – Pt 2

On the 28th February 2020 I will have been in practice as a virtual assistant for 20 years. In this 2-part podcast I’d like to share with you 20 things I have learned in that 20 years being in business as a VA!

In this episode I cover 11 through 20 of the 20 things I’ve learned after 20 years in business.

You’ll find other episodes referred to in this podcast in the Show Archive.

Did you miss part 1? Find it here.

© Lyn Prowse-Bishop – The Virtual Business Show

Ep 45: 20 Things I’ve Learned in 20 Years – Pt 1

On the 28th February 2020 I will have been in practice as a virtual assistant for 20 years. In this 2-part podcast I’d like to share with you 20 things I have learned in that 20 years being in business as a VA!

This episode covers the first ten.

You’ll find other episodes referred to in this podcast in the Show Archive. I refer to Kathie Thomas’s excellent article in this episode and you can find it linked below:

Kathie Thomas – Not Everyone Can be a VA

Part 2 – where I share the second lot of ten things I’ve learned – will be available 28th February!

© Lyn Prowse-Bishop – The Virtual Business Show

Ep 44: Offshore Freelancers: Thoughts for Our Colleagues

I assume that many of our offshore colleagues want to be a VA for the same reasons we all do: freedom to work when we like, be our own boss, autonomy, travel, childcare or elder care needs, disability. 

Part 3 of our Offshore Freelancers series focuses on our offshore colleagues offering tips on things to consider – primary amongst them understanding what a VA actually is!

© Lyn Prowse-Bishop – The Virtual Business Show

(Image: kiwiqa.com)

Reference Links:

History of the VA Industry

Ep 41: Offshore Freelancers – Part 1

Ep 42: Offshore Freelancers – Part 2

Professional Virtual Assistants – Philippines

Rochefel Rivera – YouTube

Should Cost of Living Count

Worth v Value

No, Not Everyone Can Be a VA – Kathie Thomas

Ep 43: Interview: STP and Super

Please note this show is for our Australian listeners only.

In this special episode we interview Pauline Pickering, director of Globe Accounting and small business accounting specialist on the new Australian Single Touch Payroll system, and the superannuation guarantee, and discuss any issues there may be for VAs.

The Single Touch Payroll system (STP) may affect some VAs who pay themselves a wage or who have family members assisting them from time to time they are paying. And did you know if you are a sole operator structure you can’t pay yourself a wage? Instead you’ll take drawings.

A recent VA blog post raised the issue that VAs are eligible for superannuation so we discuss this with Pauline and whether this allegation is actually accurate or the information shared is oversimplifying things. Note, if you operate as a company, trust or partnership structure the superannuation guarantee legislation does not apply to you.

(As this episode is an interview recording the audio quality is slightly different to previous shows.)

© Lyn Prowse-Bishop – The Virtual Business Show

Reference Links:

Globe Accounting Pty Ltd

Globe Accounting Facebook

ATO – Single Touch Payroll

ATO – Contractor example for employers

ATO – Superannuation entitlements for contractors

ATO – Employee or Contractor Table

ATO – Contractor v Employee Decision Tool

ATO – Superannuation Eligibility Decision Tool

STP Solutions Vendors:

Xero

Easy Payslip (free trial)

Lightning Payroll (free trial)

Reckon (3 variations)

CloudPayroll MICRO (free trial)

ePayroll Micro (free trial)

GovReports (free trial)

Ep 42: Offshore Freelancers: What Clients Need to Know

We continue our offshore freelancer series with this episode focused on helping clients understand the differences between local and offshore support, and highlight some of the things you might not have thought about when choosing the offshore option – including a breakdown of a real life example of one outsourcing company’s costs.

(Please note: This podcast refers to the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement – this agreement is now defunct after the US withdrew, and was replaced by the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) of which China is not a member.)

© Lyn Prowse-Bishop – The Virtual Business Show

(Image: kiwiqa.com)

Reference Links:

History of the VA Industry

Outsourcing Company Ad

Outsourcing Company Costs

Episode 41: Offshore Freelancers

Ep 41: Offshore Freelancers – Why you needn’t worry!

Offshore freelancers aren’t new – and they aren’t going anywhere.

There is still some fear locally surrounding offshore “VAs”. If you buy into that fear, you will always view freelancers from emerging economies as a threat to you and your business.

Nothing could be further from the truth!

© Lyn Prowse-Bishop – The Virtual Business Show

(Image: kiwiqa.com)

Ep 40: Changes

Something all business owners need to face from time to time is change.

As Greek philosopher Heraclitus said: “The only constant in life is change”.

How you respond to those changes will determine your success – or failure – in business.

Shows referenced:

Business Peaks and Troughs

© Lyn Prowse-Bishop – The Virtual Business Show

Ep 39: Should Cost of Living Count?

We hear it a lot when there are discussions around VA rates. That your cost of living should factor in … but how much of a role should it really play?

References:

Starting a Business in Vanuatu

Other shows about rates:

What Do I Charge

Let’s Talk About Rates

Worth v Value

© Lyn Prowse-Bishop – The Virtual Business Show