Tag Archives: virtual assistant

14Aug/21

Ep 52: Ethics and Success

(12 min listen)

Our industry’s new crop of VA is a new generation – used to instant success, and influencers rather than mentors. This has brought with it a change in what is perceived as ethical, and what they define as success in business.

In this show I look at a recent discussion with one such new VA.

If we want our industry to continue into the future, we need to ensure we are all moving it in a forward direction, and not just looking after our own needs.

© Lyn Prowse-Bishop – The Virtual Business Show

Resources and Mentions:

Ep 36: VA Training

Kate Toon: 19 Things NOT to Do in a Facebook Group

Forbes: What Percentage of Small Businesses Fail?

Venture Beat: 50% of Businesses Fail in Their First 5 Years

Huffington Post: Small Business Failure

US Small Business Administration (Office of Advocacy): FAQs About Small Business

22Jun/20

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

12Feb/20

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

05Feb/20

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

02Jul/19

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

10Jun/19

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

26Sep/18

Ep 36: VA Training – Do Your Homework

Previously I’ve said that I didn’t think it was necessary for VAs to have training – however with the evolution of the VA industry and so many new VAs coming from little to no experience in an office or admin environment, and others straight from school, getting training in running a business, or a specialist niche area, is probably advisable for some. However, not all trainers are alike. You have to do your homework and ensure you’re getting what you pay for! Do your research and ensure your trainer knows what they’re talking about! Check their background and credentials before you part with your money.

Remember: the VA industry is unregulated and there is no over-arching regulating/certifying body … therefore NO training can be “certified”. Getting a certificate at the end of a training isn’t the same as that training being certified. The articles I mention in the podcast are linked below:

I also include reference to what I consider legitimate, valuable trainers and organisations.  I’ve included links to those below:

For specialist Author and Speaker Assistant training visit here.

This should be plenty to get you on the road to a successful VA practice!

History of the VA Industry infographic – find it here.

© Lyn Prowse-Bishop – The Virtual Business Show

22Sep/18

Ep 35: The Evolution of the VA Industry

The VA industry has been going since the early 1980s! Since I began my VA journey back in 2000, the industry has certainly evolved and changed significantly. Back then we had a fledgling industry forged primarily by women who had come from years working in administration, secretarial, PA or EA roles, whereas now there are many types of VA. This means that clients need to be clear on what they’re looking for to ensure they partner with the right VA.

 

I mention Julie Hoflin’s (Your Versatile VA in British Columbia) infographic in the podcast which highlights the difference between what she terms Offshoring (‘the tasker’), Outsourcing (‘the side hustle’) and Contracting (‘the professional’). You can find it here.

 

© Lyn Prowse-Bishop – The Virtual Business Show

05May/12

Ep16: Knowing When to Leave

Sometimes VA/Client relationships don’t work out. You need to know when things are heading south and that it’s okay to leave.

 

© Lyn Prowse-Bishop – The Virtual Business Show

15Dec/11

Ep15: What Do I Charge?

One of the biggest issues facing new VAs – and even an issue that comes up from time to time for existing VAs and anyone in business – is what do I charge? New VAs usually start out by doing a bit of market research, checking out what other VAs are charging and then go from there. But there are a few key things to bear in mind that will impact on the rate you charge.

 

© Lyn Prowse-Bishop – The Virtual Business Show

17Jul/11

Ep12: Today’s VA Magazine

On this show I talk to Renee Chapman from the Admin Chick who, on 12 July 2011, launched an Australian-first: Today’s VA magazine! Renee is an inspiration to all newbie VAs – having only been in business for a year she saw a need and filled it! Today’s VA is the quarterly magazine for the Australian VA Industry, and at just $5.50 per edition it’s great value.

Visit: http://www.theadminchick.com.au and follow the links to subscribe.

 

© Lyn Prowse-Bishop – The Virtual Business Show

29Apr/11

Ep11: Multi-VA Practices

Lots of virtual assistants are starting up team pages on their sites where they show the members of their “virtual team”. This is often referred to as the Multi-VA Practice. But could these VAs be opening themselves up to tax and oncost problems down the track? And what about the members of these ‘teams’? Turns out … potentially.

Tools referred to in the podcast:

The ATO’s Employee/Contractor Decision Tool

The ATO’s Superannuation Guarantee Eligibility Tool

 

© Lyn Prowse-Bishop – The Virtual Business Show

24Jul/10

Ep4: 5 Tips for Starting Your VA Practice

One of the most frequent questions I’m asked by newbie VAs is how to get started. In this first part of a 4-part series I’ll share my top 5 tips to start your VA practice.

 

© Lyn Prowse-Bishop – The Virtual Business Show