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  • Can You Afford to Miss AVAC 2013?

Can You Afford to Miss AVAC 2013?

Each year we’ve had wonderful discussions on what attending AVAC has meant to the many delegates.  Last year’s popular phrase was ‘not-negotiable’. The date for the AVAC event should be put into every VA’s diary for the following year and marked as a not-negotiable date. That means you don’t let clients, family, hobbies or other interests get in your way.

It’s a known fact that when people attend an industry based event, they come away filled with new knowledge, ideas and will often grow their businesses even faster after applying what they’ve picked up from an event.

But there’s so much more than that.

Imagine being in the company of VAs you only know online for a full 2 day period (longer if you plan to do things before or after the event).  This means sitting with them at the lunch or dinner table, as well as chatting during refreshment time. Being able to pick the brains of those you’d wanted to meet and chat with. Share ideas and thoughts, swap business cards, develop friendships.  Many have developed strong friendships after meeting for the first time, face-to-face, at an AVAC event.

Here is some of the feedback from last year about the presenters:

  • She made me feel like a million dollars!  4BAs will rule my business
  • Networking is most important to business and the only way to grow your business
  • I am a new VA – this session shows me networking is a key business builder
  • Very good practical working knowledge for this industry
  • I didn’t think I’d like this one because I don’t do too much in Word/Excel and I know the programs well, but I loved what she shared, and she was delightful to watch
  • Awesome hints and here I was thinking I had a lot of knowledge in these programs

And some about the event in general:

  • Meeting some very interesting ladies and speakers that covered many relevant topics to business that many of us may or may not be aware of. Interesting topics to improve my business.
  • Very informative and funny. It made me realise being a VA doesn’t mean my struggles/concerns are just mine- we all go through the same thing.
  •  Starting out as a VA it was being in the presence of practising VAs giving their working knowledge
  • I crystallised who my ideal client is; renewed friendships and may have secured a client
  • I have learnt so much that is relevant to my VA business. The speakers are tailored to my profession and very relevant.
  • Meeting other VAs that you talk with on forums. Opportunity to network.
  • Socialising and meeting more VAs, and reconnecting with the old. Being re-inspired in business.

AVAC is for all VAs – new and experienced, and even those who haven’t started yet but are thinking about it. Here’s an ideal opportunity to get a lot of information in a short space of time.

Finally, I’d like to share with you words from a seasoned VA who attended a VA conference in the US. Her words very much apply to our Australian event too:


Many newer VAs say that because their client load is low, they don’t have the money to spend on such things. I can safely say I attracted more clients, and earned several thousands of dollars more, the year following my first convention, simply due to putting into practice some of the relatively easy revenue-generating ideas I got from others at the conference–from the speakers, of course, but especially from the other attendees. In my opinion, coming to the convention is not an extravagance; it’s something you owe to your career. It’s an investment in your business–and it may very well be the thing that keeps it from failing. I have seen a huge percentage of those who try self-employment give up and go back the job world because they simply didn’t know enough about how to get and keep clients.box text here

Nina Feldman

I believe this is an event that many really cannot afford to miss out on and it’s not too late to book. Why not do that today?  Register today at http://australianvaconference.com/registration/

Written by Kathie Thomas for AVAC


Digital Publishing Specialist Program Starts 30 April 2012!

There is a major switch happening right now in the Digital Publishing industry. The reality is the people LOVE their books, but more and more are snuggling up to a favorite book or magazine on their Amazon Kindle Fire or iPad (via the handy dandy iBook). While physical books may not be “exiting stage right” anytime soon, the growth of digital book sales here in 2012 is simply staggering! People are consuming their favorite publications digitally at alarming rates. In fact in 2011, Amazon digital book sales surpassed both hardcover and paperback book sales by more than double!

The reality is that digital books are cheaper, faster to receive and more accessible then the good old hard copy. Not to mention … Authors are recognizing the HUGE profit potential of digital book sales over physical books.

So, to summarize the facts …

  1. Digital books are selling like crazy
  2. Authors are chomping at the bit to create a digital format of their book

AND, Virtual Professionals have the unbelievable opportunity right now to position themselves as a Digital Publishing Specialist. Remember, Authors love to write, but they don’t want to think about the technical set-up required to publish their book on Kindle or iBook. This is a prime opportunity to build a very hot, income-building niche into your business.

Our friends at the popular training center, VAClassroom.com have just released the brand new and hotly requested “Digital Publishing Specialist Program“. This course will give you the exact steps to set-up a physical book in a digital format through Amazon Kindle and other popular online publishing platforms. This course will fill a HUGE skill gap currently preventing authors from profiting in the digital realm.

The course begins April 30th and there are still a few seats left.

Check out all the details here: