Resources for Virtual Assistants: Forums and Groups

by Alicia Jay

Whether you’re new to the virtual assistant field or a seasoned veteran I’m sure you’ve learned that we could all use a little help sometimes. I’ve decided to compile a list of my favorite virtual assistant groups and forums. The inspiration from this post came from reading Vernessa Taylor’s guest post over at Growmap entitled Virtual Assistants: Step Up Your Game.

Virtual Assistant Group and Forum Resources Resources for VAs

In my experience, groups and forums can be really helpful. There are lots of benefits.

–You can get advice from others who have already been there.

–You can learn tips and tricks on everything from time management to retaining new clients.

–If you’re already established you can still benefit. Give back to the VA community and help the newbies. Remember, you were in their shoes once!

–It’s also never too late to learn something new. Forums are always filled with class/training announcements.

It’s a great way to network and connect with others in your industry.

Here’s my little list of helpful groups and forums in no particular order. Most contain links so you can stop by right now!

LinkedIn Groups:

  1. International Virtual Assistants Association (IVAA)
  2. LinkedIn Virtual Assistant Community (LVAC)
  3. VA Outsourcing Resources
  4. VAlinkedin

Yahoo! Groups:

  1. Virtual Assistants International Group (VAIG)
  2. Virtual Assistant Network
  3. Virtual Assistants

Meetup Group:

  1. Virtual Networking Cafe

Forums:

  1. VirtualAssistantForums.com
  2. The VA Passport
  3. VANetworking.com
  4. FindVirtual.com

There you have it. You can start out by picking one or two of these sites and getting involved. Most of them are free to sign up, however, the paid ones are well worth it. I frequent some of these regularly. If you see me, say hi! Do you have any groups or forums to add to this list?

Disclosure: Some of these links are affiliate links. I may receive a commission if you sign up. Hey, we all have to make money somehow, right?

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About Alicia Jay


Alicia is a virtual assistant specializing in transcription. She loves to help her clients make the most out of their audio posts, webinars and teleclasses by re-purposing them with transcripts. Her clients include entrepreneurs, business coaches, health and fitness experts and other virtual assistants. She blogs about news in the VA industry as well as business and customer service tips.

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Bill Dorman

Hmmmm, interesting indeed. One of the hardest things about my job is keeping me organized and on task, because I have to do it. I need an assistant to help me with appointment, remind me what my day has in it, etc. Maybe these links are not the assistants for this, but it sounded interesting……..:).

Good to see you and hope you had a great Thanksgiving with your family.
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Alicia Jay

Hey Bill!

Yes, virtual assistants can definitely help you with the tasks you listed. There are sites with directories in which you can search for a VA that will really narrow it down to their field of expertise. Actually, Find Virtual which is on the above list is also one of those places. I plan on writing a post in the coming weeks with a list of websites that are helpful to VAs. Many of these also help people to find the right VA for them as well. I will definitely note those in the post. If you’re truly looking for someone, I’d be happy to help you with your search.

Our turkey day was great! The baby wasn’t fond of mashed potatoes but other than that, everything was a hit! I hope you and your family were able to spend some quality time together. Thanks for stopping by:)

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Michelle Dale

Thanks so much for the mention of The VA Passport Alicia! Hope you had a lovely Thanksgiving 🙂
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Alicia Jay

Hi Michelle!

You’re very welcome for the mention! Our Thanksgiving was great:)

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Anna

I found it hard also to be organized and such a virtual assistant would be of great help for me. But I can’t imagine how these links help when it comes up to appointments, meetings , etc?
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Alicia Jay

Hi Anna,

This post was mainly a resource for virtual assistants to find each other and connect through groups and forums. I will, however, write a post detailing reliable websites that you can visit if you’re looking for a virtual assistant. Stay tuned and thanks for visiting!

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Virtul Assistant Ecommerce

I just wanted to say that I really enjoyed your site and this post. You make some very informative points. Keep up the great work!

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Alicia Jay

Hi There!

Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting!

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Vernessa Taylor

Hi Alicia,

Thanks for referencing my guest post at GrowMap. Your comment over there, which shared some of these resources, was very helpful. Glad you posted them here. I’ll be checking them out, too!
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Alicia Jay

Hey Vernessa!

It was my pleasure. Thanks again for inspiring this post!

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Ruth25 S.

When ever I need to look for a VA i usually go to Odesk.com and outsource some Professional VA that can meet my requirements. I will going to try some of the VA groups you mentioned here so that I can weight in my options. Thanks for sharing this Alicia.
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Rizwan Sultan

It’s the best thing to search and hire the VA professional it easily available on Odesk and elance like sites and you can hire it.
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Sophia

Thank you for providing so useful resource. The groups and forums are all great assistants.
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Alicia Jay

Hi Sophia!

I’m glad that this post was helpful to you. Thanks for stopping by!

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Amanda Gordon

Is there any service provider that you particularly recommend as a starting point? Care to share your experience with them?

I have been trying out stuff at elance and it can be a hit or miss.
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Alicia Jay

Hi Amanda!

Starting the process can be tough–and a bit intimidating! I just wrote a new post to help people figure out how to get the process started. You can click here to read it: Help! I Need A Virtual Assistant. Now How Do I Find One?. Feel free to contact me if you need more help. Thanks for the visit!

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Elaine

Thanks Alicia, I’ve just started thinking about using VA’s but I didn’t know where to start. You have some great resources listed here so hopefully I can find what I am looking for. Do you have any tips for hiring VA’s?

Cheers,
Elaine
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Alicia Jay

Hi Elaine!

So glad you stopped by! Here are links to two articles I wrote that should help you to get started in your search:
Help! I Need A Virtual Assistant. Now How Do I Find One?
The Three C’s To Consider When Hiring A Virtual Assistant

I hope you find these helpful. Feel free to contact me for further help as I have a list of great, reliable VAs that I can recommend:)

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Elaine

Thanks for the quick reply and furhter info Alicia, I may just take you up on that offer in the near future! 8)
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Alicia Jay

You’re very welcome, Elaine!

I’m here when you need me:)

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Ryan

Hi Alicia,

If you don’t mind just want to ask , why Social Media is not included on the list like Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr etc…

Thanks ;]

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Alicia Jay

Hi Ryan,

That’s a good question. This post was only meant to highlight the benefits of groups and forums. While I do promote the use of social media for networking and marketing, I was only focusing on one thing here. Thanks!

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