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  1. Hi, I'm based in the UK and have been running my business since 2006. I would definitely recommend Public Liability insurance as it will cover you for damages you may cause at a client's office or if they were to hurt themselves at your property (not probable I know, but that is what insurance is for - to cover you for the unexpected). Also, Professional Indemnity and Legal Expenses - whilst you may never need it and hopefully won't, it will give you peace of mind. I have my insurance with Simply Business Sheena
  2. HI Denise I haven't used SugarSync but have been a user of Carbonite for several years with no issues at all. I also use Dropbox with several clients which seems to be improving over the past year and OneDrive for my own cloud storage which I prefer to Dropbox. Sheena
  3. For the past 11 years I have been running my business with Outlook very happily. However, I would like to move to a cloud based email system that is accessible from any computer and wondered what you would recommend. Some things to bear in mind are: I have 9 different client email domains running through outlook and whilst the easiest way to go would be to use Office 365, they do seem to want to charge for every domain name. Also, I like that I can have the calendar feature on the same platform. So far I've whittled it down to Thunderbird or Mailbird but wondered if anyone had any experience with these two or if there are some that I've missed. Thanks for your help and/or comments and suggestions. Sheena
  4. Good luck with your new venture. I have been doing this for 10 1/2 years now, it's great fun but very challenging!
  5. You'll all probably think I'm mad, but I bill in increments of 1 minute - a definite "pay only for the time spent"!
  6. Hi, thanks for all your great advice. I've made a note of it all and will be going through it with the client later this week. Thanks again.... Sheena
  7. Hi Danielle Thanks for your reply which is very helpful indeed. At the moment the client is toying with combining a 'live' event with a virtual one so it could be interesting times ahead! With very best wishes Sheena
  8. Hi, I'm hoping someone might be able to help. One of my favourite clients has asked me to look into organising an online conference for his society. My expertise is in 'live' conferences and so I was wondering if anyone could recommend any useful tools/hosts/booking systems that will help me make the initial move forward with this. Thanks for your help. Sheena
  9. My main holiday is Christmas, when I take two weeks. During the rest of the year I may take one or two long weekends. It may sound like very little, but I am very strict and don't work weekends unless there is a major crisis. My clients accept this and respect my long winter break. Sheena
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    UK VA's

    I'm UK based... near Bath, Somerset. Established since 2006
  11. I actually bill to the minute with no rounding up or down of hours and find TimeTrax perfect for this. Sheena
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    I use a headset/mic combo. I've had skype for 4 years but only installed a webcam last week because my daughter is moving to Austria for a year and I thought it would be really nice to see her as well as speak. I probably wouldn't use it for business though (I'm a bit shy that way)! Sheena
  13. Well at the age of 17 (just)and having recently raised £265.00 for the Mercury Phoenix Trust by bungee jumping - you should see the video here, her face is a picture! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QzuXC3zQYfQ Dee has now finally got her new online music magazine/blog up and running. The first interview is with 'My Passion' who recently graced the front of Kerrang! magazine. There are also album reviews she has written and presented on the local radio station.... take a look if you have a minute and let me know what you think. She is after some feedback... http://www.underdogmag.com/ Thanks Sheena
  14. Hi Tawnya, I'll take your word for that... I'm putting it to the back of my mind for now. I'm just about to pick up her new business cards - she's launching herself as a music journalist and will hopefully be doing her first interview with a band on Sunday for the local radio station where she is working until she starts college in September... Very motivated young lady - I want to be young again Sheena
  15. Thanks, she's really looking forward to it.. I actually think she will beat her target, she's marketing herself very well! Sheena
  16. My mad fundraising daughter is off again but now that she's met Brian May she's even more full of enthusiasm! The story was in the local paper here: Queen guitarist backs teenage bungee jumper Dee is the one with the big grin I'm a very proud (but a nervous) mother! Sheena
  17. Thanks Patti... I'm actually spoiling myself and having the afternoon off Sheena
  18. Thanks! I did bite the bullet and send it in the end but I think Tawnya is right - I will call my contacts in the local newspapers and offer them an interview/press release... I'm notoriously green and recycle everything - and I don't turn it on unless I need it! Thanks again Sheena
  19. Hi, I was recently asked by Business Link (a national government support network) to participate in some 'educational' films for home based business giving advice on how to run a more cost efficient and greener office. You can see the videos here - www.businesslink.gov.uk/southwest/greenerhomeoffice Would you send this sort of thing to your clients and network. I thought it might be good advice but also an opportunity for them to see me and my office. What do you think? Sheena
  20. Good for you! Sometimes we just need a 'fresh pair of eyes' to give us some motivation
  21. Congratulations Jenny, very well done. Please take time to appreciate this great feeling Sheena
  22. Thanks! I am really proud - especially as she is very quiet so walking amongst thousands of strangers and encouraging them to sign up was a major achievement for her - and getting on the stage - well she was white and shaking but absolutely determined! She's a lovely girl, very helpful to me and she just got 8 A's, 2 B's and one C in her GCSE exams.... very hardworking indeed. I'm very, very proud today Sheena
  23. Hi, I just wanted to share this... my daughter (who is wonderfully quiet) took an extremely brave step in not only doing this but agreeing to be interviewed and have her photograph in the local press (unfortunately its not on the web) I'm a very proud mum! http://www.thisissomerset.co.uk/guardian/n...il/article.html Sheena
  24. Thanks Candy I've just signed up for this, it will certainly save me some time! I've emailed the person directly but I am also going to take some legal advice and get something concrete in place to make it easier to deal with - it's like you say, I just don't have the time! It's very personal, you wouldn't go into a supermarket and say "I like that loaf of bread, I think I'll take it" the same way as you wouldn't steal from someones purse... Hopefully, this will all be resolved soon. Sheena
  25. As you all know, I have in the past been very happy to help any new or established VA's in any way that I can and have been happy to meet or hold telephone consultations (free of charge) Unfortunately, some of these people have recently been 'borrowing' content (in one case almost all) from my website. Whilst they may feel that they will 'in time' update it please note that if a website is 'live' and viewable over the internet and you are not using original content then you have plagiarised - ie: stolen - from somebody else. In order to keep tabs I have recently set up the following procedure that will be put into place whenever I am contacted about setting up and running a VA businesss: 1) I will immediately check my website using http://www.copyscape.com/ 2) I will immediately set up a 'google alert' for the person, company name and website of the enquirer 3) I also check my website regularly using copyscape (as above) If I find I have been plagiarised I will contact the person and ask them to remove the copy. If this is not forthcoming I WILL take further action - obviously I'm not going to give full details here, but rest assured, it will be done! If anyone has any other suggestions I would be very, very grateful... I'm extremely frustrated at the moment. Best Wishes Sheena
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