How To Be A Virtual Assistant

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How To Be A Virtual Assistant – Review and Words from the Author

There are times in my business that I come across a product that I want to rave about.  This time it is a fabulous book that I found in a roundabout way!


My business was going through a moment of change, and I was adding more services to my current offerings.  Whilst in a discussion with my Virtual Assistant Tribe, one of the members mentioned a Virtual Assistant Mentor called Catherine Gladwyn.

I respect my fellow VA’s very much, so instantly went over to visit Delegate VA and Catherines Facebook page and noticed Catherine had written a book!  This lady must be pretty special! 

Award Winning Number One Best Seller

Not only has she written a book, but it was a Number 1 Bestseller on Amazon and was voted most popular Book for VAs 2019 with the very first Virtual Assistant Voice Awards #VAVA2019 at #VACon19. 

I couldn’t wait for How to be a Virtual Assistant to be delivered by amazon – so Kindle instant download it was!

Sharing her Brilliance!

Catherine’s writing style is perfect, making it an incredibly easy read.  Imagine meeting up with one of your old friends or online tribe members to share your brilliance with each other, that will give you a clue about Catherine’s style.  It flowed with ease, time flew, my notebook was full of facts and tips and before you know it, it was the end of your coffee and catch up and you wish you could have just a little bit more time with her!

Her personality shone through, along with her strength fighting a disease and proving that if she can do it, anyone can and there is no excuse to follow your dreams and head for gold in your business!

How To Be A Virtual Assistant walks you through every step from starting to running your own successful VA Business.

Packed with incredible insights from someone who has been there, learnt the lessons and wants to help you create your own incredible business from the start to success.

Throughout the book you’ll find introductions to every area of the business, with tasks to ensure you work through the book with her.  (I got terribly excited when she said grab your highlighter – I’m a self confessed stationary addict so any excuse to grab my gazillion highlighters!)

How To Be A Virtual Assistant covers:-

  • Finding your Why
  • Going out of your comfort zone
  • Fear of failure
  • Goals and business plans
  • Reviews for your business
  • Asking for reviews for your VA Business
  • Working relationships – The Good & The Bad
  • Identifying your niche as a Virtual Assistant
  • Virtual Assistant Services – What can you offer
  • Becoming an expert in your field
  • Networking as a Virtual Assistant – Networking events / Competitors
  • The importance of social media
  • Virtual Assistant Terms & Conditions
  • What you need to start as a virtual assistant
  • Dealing with every clients
  • What should Virtual Assistants charge per hour.
  • How to market yourself as a Virtual Assistant and so much more!

Packed with case studies, honesty, straight talking and humour, Catherine explains it like it is, and I loved that! 

I cannot recommend this book highly enough, Whether you are already a VA or researching the idea of becoming a VA, this book is well worth a read as it gives plenty of insight into what is required and involved, and I am sure will help enormously and you’ll want to get up and running as soon as you can!

Catherine kindly agreed to take part of my celebration of women in business series.

Let’s get personal! Where do you live? Do you have a family? What do you do for work and play?

Wiltshire. I have a 21 year old daughter who’s studying neuroscience at Bristol Uni and off to Oxford to do her masters in October! I live with my long term boyfriend, Antony, who’s a developer and addicted to Nintendo Switch games.

What is your business called and how did you decide on that name?

How to be a Virtual Assistant – I chose that name because it’s what I teach through my book, which is titled: How to be a Virtual Assistant, and my private members’ club.

What type of business do you have? What is your niche?

I’m a VA as well as a VA trainer and author of How to be a Virtual Assistant, but let’s talk about my VA training business. My niche are people who want to start and run their own VA business.

What do you offer your readers/customers that no one else does?

Tips that actually work now. I am still a VA so am able to share information that is relevant.

What made you start your business? Does the reality of running your own business meet your initial thoughts and expectations?

To help other create the life they deserve. Work isn’t supposed to be hard, stressful, depressing and make us unhealthy.

How many hours a week do you spend on your business? Do you find you can work this around your other commitments?

God knows, wouldn’t like to think really. I don’t ever switch off. But… it doesn’t feel like ‘work’ like it does when you’re an unappreciated employee so I just keep doing it.

Who inspires you most?

My daughter.

What is the big picture? Your business dream?

To continue as I am. I am very happy.

What has been the biggest problem that you have had to overcome, to enable you to get where you are today?

Illness. I have Addison’s Disease which is a chronic fatal disease that leaves me floored some days. Managing that can be hard, but there’s always tomorrow.

Have there been any crazy/unbelievable moments that have happened since you began your business? Let’s celebrate your successes!

Yeah! The book named Best Book for VAs, as voted by VAs. Being an Amazon bestseller and being listed as one of ten best business books written by women in The Independent.

If you could be interviewed by someone famous/a major influencer. Who would it be and why?

Rick Astley. I just want to hear his voice in real life.

Is there any advice you’d give to those who want to start on a similar business journey to you?

I don’t want to say ‘just do it’, but JUST DO IT FFS. I can trump quite a few excuses so if this is what you want, go and get it!

You can find Catherine and details of her fabulous book here

Do you want to get involved?

If you would like to take part in this series, head here to contact me and I’ll get back to you soonest. It’s that simple!

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