6 Top Tips from Top VA’s! - Part 5

This is the 5th and final blog in our series on how to make the transition from PA to VA.  As experienced VA’s successfully managing clients, we wanted to share our strategies on how to stay on top of everything.  In this final blog we have put together our favourite tips using our collective VA […]Read More »

Working from Home and How to Prioritise Self Care - Part 4

Part 4 in our series ‘Taking the leap from PA to VA’ is all about self care. One of my biggest learning curves when becoming a virtual personal assistant, was how to properly look after myself. Gone were the days of going to the gym on the way to the office, a long walk at […]Read More »

VA mindset – hone your outlook for career success - Part 3

Christina Reilly talks about VA Mindset in part 3 of our series “Leaping from PA to VA”.  One of the principal elements that a successful Virtual Assistant can credit to their career success is their mindset.  Challenge your VA mindset Sometimes, fear, negativity or lack of confidence can prevent or make it difficult for us […]Read More »

How do I get clients and market my business? - Part 2

personal assistantThe second in our series ‘Making the leap from PA to VA’ talks about how to get clients and market your business. So how do I market my business?    You’ve done the research and planning and now it’s time to start your VA business.  This is the most exciting part but if you’ve never done marketing or […]Read More »

How to set up as a Virtual PA - Part 1

When I decided to become a Virtual Assistant 2 years ago there wasn’t a lot of information out there on what to do or how to start. The idea of leaving a comfortable and secure job role was daunting and to leave that for the new and predominately unknown world of virtual personal assistance was […]Read More »

Taking the Leap from PA to VA - Part 1

Designated were delighted to be invited to present at this years Birmingham PA Forum Learning and Development conference in February.  Myself and Jane Braithwaite MD, discussed the topic of making the transition from Personal Assistant (PA) to Virtual Assistant (VA) and talking all things flex!   The event was a great success and the perfect opportunity to […]Read More »

What Do PAs Actually Do? 4 Common Myths, Busted!

Most people think they have a good idea of what a PA (or EA or VA) does, but how accurate are they? To appreciate the ways in which a good PA can change someone’s life, we must ensure they have an accurate understanding of what PAs actually do (and don’t do). This means examining the […]Read More »

The Perfect Storm - Making the Decision to Hire an Assistant

As a business owner you’ve burnt the midnight oil, shed the blood, sweat and tears. You’ve hustled, you’re seeing the fruits of your labour but, most notably, you’ve been chief cook and bottle washer, a Jack-of-all-trades… and that’s enough clichés for one blog post. The point is that all successful entrepreneurs and small business owners […]Read More »

Honouring Our Heroes #IWD2018

In celebration of International Women’s Day today, we wanted to pay tribute to the phenomenal women who inspire us here at The Designated Group. Read on for some fantastic, and moving, personal stories! Jane Braithwaite – Managing Director “This year International Women’s Day feels like more of a celebration than ever before as more women […]Read More »

PAs - The Unsung Heroes of Business

A few nights ago I went to see the film The Darkest Hour, where Gary Oldman portrays Winston Churchill in the weeks leading up to the Second World War. His performance was truly awe-inspiring. As I left the cinema I found myself thinking more about the unsung heroes in the team around him. Particularly his […]Read More »

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