Box set and binge-watching are back with a bang.

We’ll talk about how that could create opportunities for the smarter VA in a moment.

First, just take a look at what’s happening out there as a result of recent global lockdowns.

Streaming service Netflix saw a huge spike in subscriptions in its most recent quarter. Across the globe, it added 15.7 million paying customers to its books. Worldwide membership has topped 180 million.The box set not just for entertainment

Amazon Prime is fast catching up, with around 150 million subscribers. The service not only offers TV shows and films but also next-day delivery and food delivery options.

Disney+ has almost doubled its global subscribers since the coronavirus outbreak, up to around 50 million people. And you can bet Apple TV is seeing some gains, too.

One of the biggest benefits of these streaming services is that customers can view what they want when they want, where they want. On their smart TV, laptop, tablet device or smartphone.

People can watch single episodes at a time or binge-watch an entire season all in one go.

We live in a world where many have a box set mindset.

And that’s not just in people’s living rooms. It is also a factor in boardrooms and businesses.

No longer enough to say “I’m competent” in Word, Excel, Outlook or PowerPoint”. Companies want their teams, especially when working remotely, to be able to share ideas, solve problems, give instant feedback and work together in synch.

Bosses want their people to have the ‘box set’ of skills, knowledge and know-how to keep things moving. To stay afloat or to stay ahead.

That mentality will be the same when they work with external professionals, such as VA’s.

They will expect you to know how to use the full G Suite or the box set of Microsoft 365 applications and tools. These days, the latter is also likely to include the Microsoft Teams communications and collaboration hub.

If you are on top of how to complete tasks and make the technology simplify your clients’ lives, you are going to be in demand.

Create your own box set

There are also opportunities to package up your services, whether general or specialised. All delivered without any drama, naturally. It’s certainly worth giving it some thought.

When you look back and analyse it, things were always going to move this way. The global pandemic simply accelerated it all to this point.

The box set not just for entertainmentVirtual team working. Remote working. Online collaboration. Online meetings. Online presentations. These will be part of the ‘new normal’, long after these strange times are past.

You may also have noticed how people have been using their time at home to learn something new. You cannot move around social media without seeing a post or ad about the latest online course for almost any topic under the sun.

Sadly, many of these pieces of training will have been dashed together in a rush, in an attempt to jump on the bandwagon and ‘cash in’ on any opportunity to make a quick buck. Do make sure you choose wisely.

Some professional trainers, like myself, have been providing online courses and training for many, many years.

You can see for yourself all the individual Microsoft 365 topics I cover.

Each online course offers a step-by-step video guide to the essentials for each application. No padding, no waffle. Just the things you really ought to know how to do.

You can learn when you want, where you want, how you want. Just like streaming your favourite show.

Do I have a box set available with every single episode of learning in it?

Of course, I do. It’s the complete set of my online courses. It’s where you will find everything together in one place and it’s called Tomorrow’s VA Hub – also known by some as ‘The Fully Monty’

Watch and learn in any order. Dip into what you need or fancy first. Or go through it systematically, ‘season by season’.

There’s even an option to pay in US Dollars if you prefer.

Popcorn anyone?

Shelley Fishel

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