As a life and mindset coach for women in business, working with my 121 clients, running group coaching courses and hosting The Ideal Life Club community of 100+ female entrepreneurs on Facebook, my schedule is pretty demanding. And as a solopreneur, there aren’t always enough hours in the day to get everything done – particular when I’m heading into a launch or want to take time out to work on strategy. So I knew I needed to start working with a virtual assistant team that could support me.
Although I’d worked with a virtual assistant previously, my experience hadn’t been exactly as I’d hoped so I did have some concerns before I started working with The Assistant Quarters. But these concerns were quickly dismissed after my initial discovery call with Claire. She was calm, clear and professional. She understood where I was in my business and the help I needed and pulled together a plan that suited my timescales and budget.
Although my initial reason for contacting Claire was to work on my Instagram strategy, which Lucy in the team delivered with tons of tips to improve my engagement and following, I knew that this was a team that could help me in other areas of my business. We’ve subsequently worked together on two launches from brainstorming strategy through to delivering a tangible project plan and I’ve felt so much calmer and clearer knowing that I’ve got Claire and her team behind me – it’s like having an extra pair of hands in my business!
What makes a perfect VA? For me, as someone who trains and coaches high-performing VAs, I would say that the three most important factors are:
– A wealth of experience in your field coupled with true skills that can help your client drive their business forward
– A true commitment to understanding your clients’ businesses so that you can better support them
– An ability to care and build a relationship that extends far and beyond a list of tasks, but that is built on mutual respect, honesty and care.
Claire has all of the above (and more!) in bucket loads. I have been blown away by her invaluable support to my crazy and fast-growing business and look forward to our future partnership. Thank you for all you do Claire.
Claire is the most professional and organised person that I know and she is great to work with. She is so much more than a PA as she makes sure that she totally understands the business and Directors that she works with so that she can contribute to the wider programmes and projects. Her contribution to the team is invaluable. She is extremely diligent in all aspects of her role. She is great to work with and a real asset to any business/organisation.Catherine Douglas
Claire and Helen have done a great job on my one of my Twitter accounts, getting me from 0 to 200 followers in a fairly short time frame on a limited budget. They are also really easy to work with – friendly, efficient and good fun. Highly recommende
Claire is an outstanding EA and PA in every sense. She is a consummate professional, conscientious, hard working, discreet, proactive with her ideas, and a trusted confidante in every scenario. I worked with her for 9 years, and would not hesitate in recommending her skills and talents.Robin Foale
Claire’s skills around being able to prioritise, plan and deliver are second to none. She’s able to balance business need and strategy. Rarely without a smile on her face, Claire can deliver time and time again without skipping a beat. A remarkable multi-tasker.Rachel Nash
Claire is a thoroughly organised colleague and has the ability to juggle multiple & logistical needs of her Director and the wider team. This can include supporting a multiple number of Directors up to Executive level. She communicates well using different and creative media, recognising different audience’s needs. Her contribution and work ethic goes far beyond the standard PA duties such as logistics/ diary management. Claire develops deeper insight and understanding of the business area she works within and can then relate better to colleagues and contribute to projects or initiatives more holistically.Tess Martin