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Exploring the VA role at office* show

We are halfway through the ‘decade of the virtual assistant’, owing mostly to the fact that since 2010, there has been a 156 per cent increase globally in VA job postings.

In response, more and more PAs are taking the plunge and going it alone as virtual assistants – self-employed business operators providing administrative, secretarial, technical and creative services via remote means — and many of them have been hugely successful at starting agencies that employ several assistants.

At this year’s office* show, PA Life editor Amelia Walker will be hosting a Q&A with Michelle Smith, founder of her own VA business, Value Add Business Solutions (VABS).

Michelle started VABS with the aim of building a business which helps other businesses thrive, having spent more than 20 years in the service industry. She prides herself on bringing a fresh eye to existing roles at short notice, wearing many different managerial hats and delivering first class service while meeting every client’s needs.

In this informal session, Amelia and Michelle will explore the role of the VA, looking at the challenges of going it alone and how to make your business a success should a PA choose to develop their career in this direction.

Attend Amelia and Michelle’s Q&A session in the office* Experts Theatre at 3:30pm on Wednesday 13th October.