When it comes to online businesses, Emma and Justine have been there, seen it, done it and bought the T-shirt. Both have started their own businesses from scratch, and both have gone on steep learning curves as they learned everything the hard way. As a result, they now run a number of online businesses and have joined forces to teach others how to do the same.
In 2008, Emma and Justine joined forces for the first time to set up VA Success Group, which helps aspiring and existing virtual assistants in the UK to build and grow successful VA business by providing a variety of practical and affordable products from industry experts.
Now you can learn all the secrets form the best in the business – two successful entrepreneurs and businesswomen, who are devoting their time and effort to help you succeed. They will teach you all the insider secrets they have learned along the way, so that you can benefit from their extensive experience, build your business on solid foundations, and see it expand rapidly and successfully.
Emma Walker’s first business venture in 2005 was a West Midlands-based virtual assistant business, www.ckpa.co.uk, which specialised in helping coaches, entrepreneurs and home-based businesses concentrate on the moneymaking activities within their businesses by providing full PA support.
Having established her VA business, Emma was keen to share her knowledge and wrote her first e-book, ‘So you want to become a Virtual Assistant’. She felt there was a gap in the market for information relating to starting and operating a business, especially a virtual assistant business. For more information, please visit www.ckpa.co.uk/products.
In 2010, Emma transformed her virtual assistant business into its current form – a business mentor, which helps mothers to succeed in business and become ‘mumpreneurs’. The Mumpreneur’s Mentor offers a variety of products, tools and resources designed to help mothers transform their ideas into successful businesses, the easy way! For more information, please visit www.themumpreneursmentor.com.
Emma fits running her businesses around her young daughter, Megan. Being her own boss has allowed Emma to devote extra time to Megan, and to watch her grow and develop into an amazing little girl, who is the inspiration behind everything that she does.
Emma is a serial entrepreneur, author and busy mum.
Justine Curtis established her first online business, an internet marketing company, in 1998, while working full-time. She sold it in 2003 for a six-figure sum, and it is still running under its new ownership today.
She is the founder of the UK Association of Virtual Assistants (UKAVA), which was formed in 2005 to fill a void in the virtual assistant market
Virtual assistants were becoming increasingly in demand as small businesses and sole traders flourished. Yet, no association existed to provide information, advice and recommendations to either virtual assistants or their prospective clients. What the industry needed was a one-stop shop for both potential clients and virtual assistants alike. So, the UKAVA was born. It has since gone on to become the primary resource for virtual assistants wishing to advertise their services to potential clients, and for potential clients looking for their perfect business partner. For more information, visit www.ukava.co.uk.
Justine is the author of the first book published in the UK on the subject – ‘Setting Yourself Up As A Virtual Assistant’. It is available in paperback from Amazon.com, or as an eBook download from www.ukava.co.uk
Justine is also the founder and director of My Virtual Assistant Limited. My Virtual Assistant is a flourishing business support service, rapidly expanding through a network of licensees across the UK, providing virtual office support, personal assistance, secretarial, business support and administration services to entrepreneurs and small businesses. For more information, see www.my-va.com.
Interviewed as an expert in her field by BBC Radio 4’s Women’s Hour, The Times, The Independent on Sunday, CNBC Business Magazine and the London Evening Standard, Justine is also delighted to be able to pass on the benefits of her vast experience of the VA role to aspiring and progressive VAs as a co-founder of the VA Success Group. For more information about Justine, go to www.justinecurtis.com
In her spare time, Justine enjoys sailing, diving, horse riding, yoga, driving fast cars around racetracks, watching Formula 1 motor racing and raising money for various charities, including, The Mango Tree and Oxfam.
Why listen to us?
- Emma is author of an eBook for start-up virtual assistants
- In 2003, Justine sold an online Search Engine Optimisation business, which she had developed, for a six-figure sum
- Emma was an Enterprise Nation Home Business Award finalist in 2007 and 2008
- Justine developed another online virtual assistant business to the point of franchising
- Emma successfully balances running her various online businesses along with bringing up her young daughter
- Justine developed a membership site in the virtual assistant niche offering an online listing and benefits for an annual fee
- Emma was awarded The VAccolade Business Entrepreneur Award March 2007 from Virtual Assistant Networking Association (VANA)
- Emma and Justine developed an online training company currently selling online, learn at home courses to virtual assistants
- Emma was runner-up in the National VA of the Year Award 2008
- Justine is the author of several guides on various subjects, including internet marketing and setting up a virtual assistant business