Happy New Year… 2020 is here.  

I hope you enjoyed the festivities, however you celebrate.  And now it’s time to look ahead.  Are you ready for another year?

?Time to make sure you are prepared and ready  

?Time to check you are in good shape to serve your clients.  

?Time to take your VA business to where you want it to be.  

If you’ve not done so already, you may want to give some thought to how you are going to make 2020 a memorable year.  

Here are 5 areas you will want to get to grips with:  

  1. Mindset – Be positive, be confident. Be how you want clients and prospects to see you.  If a little help is wanted in this area, consider working with a coach. Many are specialists in the mindset field.  
  2. Plan for Business – Have you worked out how much you wish to earn this year?  Have you sorted what services you will offer? How many hours a week you will work? How many clients you will need to serve to reach your financial goals?  When you set this down on paper (or on the computer) you will find the clarity gives you focus and energy to get things done.  Sit down and do this first.  If you’ve already got it sorted, well done. You’re ahead of the pack.
  3. Marketing – This is an element which some VA’s struggle with.  It’s about knowing your market and ideal client. Knowing where to find them. Knowing what to say to make them want to work with you.  Do you have a plan for the year? How are you going to use Social Media? How will you use digital? What offline strategies might you use?  And, remember, the most powerful form of marketing is ‘Word of Mouth’. So remember to collect testimonials and case studies as you go.
  4. Build-in Breaks and Holiday – When you are self-employed and running a business, it can be easy to forget to take any time off.  Please don’t make this mistake.  There may be times when you need to put the extra hours in but you also don’t want to wear yourself out. If you’re off sick you won’t be able to serve your clients very well, if much at all. That’s not good for either party. Take care of yourself.  Set aside time upfront for holidays. And build in regular breaks so you can rest, relax and recharge.
  5. Master the Tools and Tech – To serve your clients you’re going to be using applications, software and tools. The better you know how to use them, the better for you and your clients. It means you can spend less time looking up how to do something and more time impressing the people who are paying you.  And, of course, the more productive you are the more you can take on. Those extra bits of work income each month can make a big difference when there are things like family, bills, rent or mortgage to manage.  

This is where you can call upon my help. 

If you’re using Microsoft Office for your business, you can upgrade your learning and skills with my range of online training courses 

Or, you can get the best value deal with lifetime access to Tomorrow’s VA Hub… also known as ‘The Full Monty’. 

 The complete works of my online training at your fingertips, whenever you need it. 

 Here’s to your brilliant year. 

 New year, new success. 

The session was well structured and the explanation was very clear. It was amazing how Shelley managed to squeeze so much info in just one hour and a half! Colin’s support and contributions were also very valuable, and so were “Virtual Veronica”‘s. Thank you for a most interesting and useful training session at the Miss Jones Virtual Summit!

Laura Carizzo- Royal Norwegian Embassy in Argentina

I haven’t used PowerPoint in 20 years, this has really boosted my confidence.

Lyn Parker

Course is packed with so much valuable information in a easy-to-understand and follow language, even for a complete beginner. I can respect the fact that sometimes it’s very hard for an expert to break the information down to basics. but Shelley has done it brilliantly. I was sure that I knew quite a bit but Shelley has proven me wrong even at the very beginning of the basics of PowerPoint. Lessons are short and precise which allowed me to easily transfer the new skill into practice without being overwhelmed and to carry on adding on more with each lesson. I had so many ‘Aha!’ moments and for most of them I couldn’t believe I used to pay graphic designer to do it for me, now, thanks to Shelley, I am looking forward to creating, designing, converting my presentations all by myself!

Iva Freeman – Vertex Human Capital

Shelley was very thorough and knew a lot of tip’s for using Teams, thank you 🙂

James O’Connor – Cavannah Homes

Very informative, constantly getting everyone in the meeting involved, loved every bit of it!

Dylan Teal Hopkins – Cavannah Homes
Fantastic and informative training and great to see all of the exciting functions with Microsoft Teams.
Laura Rigby – The Apprenticeship College
Shelley was really clear in her teaching and went at a pace that was helpful to us. We covered all we needed to know to get us started, as a small team, using MS Teams. She was also very helpful in the run up to the session, with check in calls and ensuring our platform was set up correctly. I would highly recommend Shelley to anyone wanting to learn to navigate their way around MS Teams.
Leigh Dowling – Innuous

Microsoft Teams One to One Training Session

Shelley was approachable, easy to work with, and agile with answering questions to apply the session to my specific needs

Melissa Marshall – Present Your Science

A course on Outlook had been on the top of my list when Shelley asked VA’s what they wanted to learn.

It was a real case of ‘so that’s how you do it’ or ‘I never knew that’. I have to say that I learnt so many great tips it has definitely improved the way I work in Outlook and my inbox is looking colourful and organised and I can’t wait to share this knowledge with my clients.

Jacqueline Leake – JLeake VA Services – Outlook

A great course with lots of examples and step by step instructions. I can now confidently create infographics and as a bonus, I learnt a lot of new PowerPoint functionality that will enhance all my PowerPoint work and save me so much time.

Jessica Bailey – Integral Resource

I really like Shelley’s courses. She has a clear and easy to follow teaching style. In ‘How to Create Fillable Forms’ I’ve learned about the functions of the Developer ribbon which will mean I’ll be able to create a bespoke Returns Form for a client who has an online shop

Freya Henderson – Virtual Office Orkney

Shelley was really clear in her teaching and went at a pace that was helpful to us. We covered all we needed to know to get us started, as a small team, using MS Teams. She was also very helpful in the run up to the session, with check in calls and ensuring our platform was set up correctly. I would highly recommend Shelley to anyone wanting to learn to navigate their way around MS Teams.

Sarah Clements – Inuous

Absolutely superb course, easy to follow and to refer back whilst putting it all into practice! I was unaware of the extent you can customise a presentation and it’s just made me want to know more – what’s next Shelley?

Denise Williams

I thought I had a pretty good grasp of Outlook until I did this course! In her videos, Shelley is clear and concise, and the language she uses is straightforward and jargon-free. Each module is broken down into manageable chunks, which helps keep your attention and means the course is easy to fit in around other commitments. I’ve created email templates and implemented rules that are already saving me time, and as all the other things I’ve learnt start to become second nature, the positive impact on my efficiency is fast becoming clear. This course has been incredibly beneficial and I would highly recommend it to anyone looking to strengthen their skills and boost productivity.

Pip Doleman VA

I thought I knew Powerpoint really well, but I wanted to specifically learn how to use Powerpoint to create better infographics, easily and quickly. Shelley explains everything in a very logical and clear way, so I understood everything the first time I heard it. The most useful thing I learnt was that Powerpoint can do so much more than I thought it could. By also using the short cuts that Shelley showed me I am much quicker than I have ever been and I thought I was already quick!

Susan Marot

Shelley Fishel of Tomorrow’s VA has a wealth of experience in Microsoft Office. I met her in person 2 years ago at the PA Show in London. I also saw her in action in a fab workshop and knew she was the whizz that everyone had told me she was. I have since bought a lifetime access to her HUB and all the courses in there are a MUST if you are a VA on a mission. The courses will give you confidence in all the Office 365 components and will catapult you to dizzy heights

Alex Hughes