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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:

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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

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Sponsor Opportunities for AVAC

If you have a service or product you feel is of benefit to the Virtual Assistant industry then we would love to have you involved as a sponsor for our event.

There is potential for exposure to over 2,000 VAs via online promotions and local VA listings during the lead up to the event and after the event. So it’s not just the delegates you will get in front of but also all VAs who see these promotions.

Bearing in mind that Virtual Assistants operate virtually, if your product or service is suitable for VAs outside of Australia, then the potential for exposure could be even higher.

Please note: International sponsors more than welcome – our industry is global.

Please click here for full details about sponsorship.

And if you’d like to have a trade table, donate a prize giveaway or have your brochures in our conference bag, then please click here for that information.

A4VB Australian Chapter Survey

The first comprehensive survey of the Australian virtual business industry has now been finalised and we had nearly 50% response rate! Anyone who’s conducted surveys before will know this is an extraordinary return rate.

Thank you to all those virtual business owners who supported the survey.

The results are currently being collated into a comprehensive results report and should be available by September. Watch the Australian Chapter website for updates. If you completed the survey and the form at the end of it you will receive a copy of the summary of the results when they become available. The full report will be available for purchase after the September launch date from the site.

Don’t forget, head over to our Contact page and sign up to be kept advised of what the Chapter will be doing. You can also find us on Facebook and on Twitter!

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VA Industry Survey – just 3 days to go!

The deadline for completion of the comprehensive virtual business survey is looming – you have just 3 days before cut off!

We’ve had 120 VAs complete the survey so far – thank you! But we know there are more virtual business owners in Australia than that and would love to get as many of you as possible to participate so we have a true indication of where the industry stands in Australia. Don’t miss this opportunity to be involved!

Remember, after completing the survey and registering to receive a complimentary copy of the summary report, respondents will also receive a copy of the VA Industry Motivation Series audio interview segment showcasing one of Australia’s own VAs responding to questions about why she started her business, as well as sharing her personal story and insights.

Once the results are tallied you will receive your complimentary copy and the bonus recording.

Remember this is for newbies too! Whether you’ve been in business for years or are just starting out, the survey is for you and we’d love to have you participate.

If you’ve not completed the survey yet please take 20-30 mins to do so by following the link on the home page at www.a4vb.com.au

The A4VBV Committee

MEDIA RELEASE ~ Australian Alliance for Virtual Businesses Chapter Launches First Industry Survey

Alliance for Virtual Businesses Australian Chapter (A4VBAU) conducts first national comprehensive study of the Australian Virtual Assistant industry to document its development, growth and impact on small businesses, entrepreneurs and solopreneurs.

One of the fastest growing work-from-home phenomena in Australia is the Virtual Assisting industry. Currently, it is reported that over 400 professional, self-employed Virtual Assistants provide remote business support services, mostly from their home offices, for entrepreneurs, small businesses and solopreneurs. Beginning Tuesday, June 15 through Friday, June 30, 2011, the Alliance for Virtual Businesses Australian Chapter (A4VBAU) will conduct the first nationwide comprehensive Virtual Assistant (VA) industry survey. The study will collect statistical data on these independent contractors’ best practices, operations and procedures used in running a successful VA business.

Ms. Lyn Prowse-Bishop, chair of the A4VBAU steering committee reports, “Survey results will provide a national benchmark for practicing and future professional VAs. It will document industry demographics, marketing, technology, compensation, and prospective niche categories, as well as provide a thorough snapshot of services offered by industry professionals.”

Sharon Williams, chairperson of the A4VB, the Australian chapter’s parent organization states, “Our ongoing mission is to facilitate the growth of the industry, educate members and promote the benefits of working with VAs both locally and worldwide.” Williams also reported, “The results will offer an important reference document for VAs, the media and businesses seeking documented data on one of the fastest growing ‘work from home’ industries, worldwide.”

For more information about the A4VB, its new Australian Chapter or to participate in the survey, log on to www.a4vb.com.au.  After the data has been compiled, the results will be released during an online Chapter launch party. To obtain a copy of the report summary and subsequent publication, contact media@a4vb.com.au.

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About Alliance For Virtual Businesses

The Alliance for Virtual Businesses is a volunteer-directed organisation, whose primary mission is to advocate globally on behalf of the virtual assistance industry and to promote the growth of free enterprise between virtual assistants, entrepreneurs, small businesses, corporations, associations and other business entities. The Alliance IS the leader in promoting the VA Industry. They communicate a unified VA message around the globe, via web 2.0, print media, TV, internet, presentations and other modalities. Their ongoing mission is to facilitate the growth of the industry, educate members and promote the benefits of working with VAs both locally and worldwide.

Press Contact:   Lyn Prowse-Bishop, Committee Head
Tel:                            +61 (0) 417 648 172
Email:                         media@a4vb.com.au
Website:                     http://a4vb.com.au

MEDIA RELEASE ~ Alliance For Virtual Businesses Launches Virtual Assistants Chapter In Australia

On Friday 20 May 2011, International Virtual Assistants Day, Sharon Williams, founder of the Alliance for Virtual Businesses (A4VB) located in the USA, announced the opening of its Australian Chapter, A4VBAU.

On Friday, 20 May 2011, Virtual Assistants from around the globe celebrated International Virtual Assistants Day, the annual day of recognition of the VA industry. During the celebration, Sharon Williams, founder of The Alliance for Virtual Businesses (A4VB), a US-based Virtual Assistants organization whose mission is to spread the word about the benefits of working with professional virtual asistants and to advocate globally on behalf of the industry, announced the formation of the Alliance for Virtual Businesess-Australia Chapter (A4VBAU) whose mission is to educate, network, and increase industry awareness in Australia amongst small businesses, entrepreneurs and solopreneurs.

Lyn Prowse-Bishop, a Queensland-based VA industry leader  stated, “This is exciting news for the Australian VA industry as the Alliance is THE premier advocacy organisation for the global VA industry. The Chapter now enables Australian VAs to tap into years of expertise, plenty of resources and learning, mentoring and business growth opportunities, but in Australian time”.

A4VB defines Virtual Assistants (VAs) as “independent entrepreneurs providing professional administrative, creative, managerial, technical, business office and/or personal support services. VAs use the most advanced means of communication, and the newest and most efficient and time saving office products and work delivery, regardless of geographic boundaries. Virtual Assistants work from their own offices, on a contractual basis, and abide by an established Code of Ethics requiring integrity, honesty and due diligence.”

It is reported that more than 400 professional virtual assistants currently reside in Australia and the A4VBAU Chapter will be a place where existing business owners can find their perfect match when looking to fulfill their virtual business and outsourcing needs.

Now more than ever before, states Williams, “VAs are a necessity for small business owners, entrepreneurs and solopreneurs who have found that it makes good economic sense to outsource support services and the running of their businesses.”

The role of A4VBAU is to provide a local support base for its Australian members and serve as a connector for business owners seeking to partner with VAs. This expansion has also created a huge opportunity for virtual businesses to share and benefit from the expertise, knowledge and resources of the host membership organisation. A4VB will also provide appropriate information, education, coaching, training, networking and mentoring for up and coming and established virtual businesses.

The Australian Chapter is lead by eight Australian VAs, representing several States of Australia, who have provided administrative and Internet-based support services for a wide variety of clients. All aspiring, emerging or seasoned virtual business owners are invited to join the A4VB community and share their knowledge, experience and expertise with other dynamic entrepreneurs.

For more information about the A4VB and its new Australian Chapter and to register, log on to www.a4vb.com.au.

 

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About Alliance For Virtual Businesses

The Alliance for Virtual Businesses is a volunteer-directed organisation, whose primary mission is to advocate globally on behalf of the virtual assistance industry and to promote the growth of free enterprise between virtual assistants, entrepreneurs, small businesses, corporations, associations and other business entities. The Alliance IS the leader in promoting the VA Industry. They communicate a unified VA message around the globe, via web 2.0, print media, TV, internet, presentations and other modalities. Their ongoing mission is to facilitate the growth of the industry, educate members and promote the benefits of working with VAs both locally and worldwide.

 

Press Contact:        Lyn Prowse-Bishop Committee Head

Tel:                             +61 (0) 417 648 172

Email:                         media@a4vb.com.au

Website:                     http://a4vb.com.au

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