Here at Get Ahead VA, our people are everything. Our ever-growing team includes a wide range of highly skilled professionals with different backgrounds, expertise and personalities to ensure we can find exactly the right virtual assistant to match our customers’ requirements.

Here’s 60 seconds with one of our new VAs, Clare, a copywriter, editor and proofreader based in Bristol:

Name: Clare Diston

Area of expertise: Copywriting, editing and proofreading

When & why did you join Get Ahead VA: I joined Get Ahead VA just a couple of months ago, in October. I’ve been working from home for five years now and I love it, but the thing I miss most about working in an office is being around people. It’s been lovely to make connections with other people who work independently, and now that I’m part of the Get Ahead VA team I feel like I have colleagues again.

What did you do before you joined Get Ahead VA: After graduating from university with a BA in English Studies and an MA in Creative Writing, I worked for an online marketing company in my home county, Cornwall, where I wrote and commissioned articles and copy for online businesses. I was fortunate enough to keep the job when I moved to Bristol in 2012, and I started to work from home. For a few years I built up my freelancing business during evenings and weekends, and then in October 2015 I was able to become a full-time freelancer. I’ve never looked back!

Career highlight to date: It’s always extremely satisfying to receive good feedback on a piece of work I’ve done. I was particularly pleased when I edited the seventh edition of a textbook for a publishing company last year, and the author congratulated me for discovering errors that had crept into the book over its 26 years of publication.

Plans for the future: I would love to keep expanding my business, making new connections and working with new clients. There’s a huge amount of variety in a job like this – you never know who you’re going to meet or what you’re going to end up working on – so I would just like to keep on doing exciting projects with interesting people.

If your business could benefit from Clare’s writing or editing skills, or from any of our other virtual assistants in the UK, please get in touch on 01483 332220 or email [email protected]. We pride ourselves on being the staff you don’t see, but the difference you do.

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