Personal Assistant for administration and event coordination.
Are daily administrative tasks distracting you from your core business? You may like to consider outsourcing those essential daily tasks to a Virtual Assistant.
Hello, I’m Karen Barclay, and I’m a Virtual Assistant.
In our competitive market, your growing business needs support. My skills drive productivity, no matter what industry you are in.
From my office in Melbourne’s North-West, I can provide a cost-effective alternative for organisational day to day and project tasks allowing you to focus on the strategic development of your business.
Supported by a solid history of more than twenty years’ experience as an Executive Assistant and a Personal Assistant, I have gained knowledge across several industries working in businesses both large and small.
My ideal clients are small businesses, sole traders, and start-ups who are trying to balance the strategic aspects of their business with the demands of their daily operations.
I crave knowledge and am constantly re-educating myself to remain highly skilled in all aspects of administrative processes and technology.
I have provided my services, in a volunteer capacity since 2009, to the child protection organisation – Bravehearts.
Hiring a Virtual Assistant is a flexible and cost-effective alternative to employing an administrative professional. You only pay for the time you use. I do all things a Personal Assistant would, but without the need to attend your office.
Get your schedule back on track and take your life back. Contact me today to see what Karen Barclay Virtual PA can do for you.
Board and Committee support
Correspondence and reports
Diary management and meeting coordination
Editing and proof reading
File and database management
Real Estate support
Travel and flight management
Social media and website management
Design and print brochures/newsletters
Coordinate trade booths
Furniture and equipment hire
Liaise with expo organisers
Couriers and transport
Prepare delegate satchels
Organise venues, catering, entertainment
Manage guest and VIP lists
Distribute invitations and collate RSVPs
Organise seating arrangements
Invoices and debtor statements
Debtor follow up
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHAT IS A VIRTUAL ASSISTANT?
A Virtual Assistant is an independent contractor who provides secretarial, administrative, project coordination and event management support to businesses. Using the latest technology, a Virtual Assistant is able to work flexible hours and from their own home office or leased office space. I am a Virtual Assistant.
HOW KAREN BARCLAY VIRTUAL PA WORKS
The initial consultation is free. This is where we discuss your business, what your requirements are, how I can assist you and together we develop a plan on how we can partner to make your business better. All this will be confirmed in a Service Agreement issued with a Welcome Pack prior to work commencing.
AS A VIRTUAL ASSISTANT, WHAT CAN YOU DO FOR ME?
I can do the majority of things that a personal assistant does, but without the need to attend your office.
WHY SHOULD I CHOOSE YOU?
I care about my business and the business of my client. Each client receives personal, friendly service, my exceptional high standards and attention to detail, reinforced with confidentiality and a wealth of experience obtained from working within a variety of industries. My job is to make yours easier.
WHAT TOOLS DO YOU USE?
Advancing technology allows me the opportunity to work remotely whilst maintaining the ability to stay in touch at any time. I am experienced in various office-based software that can be found within any business. I am fully competent in all Microsoft Office modules, productivity software, the Adobe suite of modules, Google apps, a variety of CRM databases and accounting programs, Skype and online meeting programs, and file sharing programs such as Dropbox, OneDrive, Google Drive and Evernote.
HOW MUCH DO YOU COST?
The type of work required determines the cost involved and is discussed at the initial consultation.
The fee structures I offer are:
A base hourly rate for a straight forward 'one-off' job, eg. copy typing or document formatting.
A slightly higher rate will be charged for a more complex 'one-off' job, eg. report writing or minute taking and processing.
Projects and event management require that hours and work involved be calculated and a packaged price quoted.
Retainer packages are available if you need ongoing weekly, fortnightly, or monthly support.
Packs of hours can be purchased at reducing hourly rates from the base hourly rate. Packs of 5, 10, and 20 hour packages are available and are valid for twelve months from the date of purchase.
5 hours $42 per hour = $210
10 hours $40 per hour = $400
20 hours $35 per hour = $700
Transcription services are charged by the audio minute (a/m) and depend on the turnaround requirements, transcription style, and quality of the audio recording. Transcription pricing starts at $1.60 per a/m for a five-day turnaround, up to $1.90 per a/m for 24 hours turnaround. Other considerations such as background noise, heavy accents, etc. attract a surcharge of $0.18 per a/m.
HOW ARE HOURS TRACKED?
Time tracking software 'TOGGL' is used to monitor the time spent on a particular task or project. A report is generated and provided to the client.
WHAT ARE YOUR PAYMENT TERMS?
An invoice is issued and a deposit of 50% is required in advance. The balance of the invoice is to be paid within seven days from completion of the job.
Hour packs are invoiced and payable prior to any work commencing.
Retainer packages are invoiced monthly and payment is required within seven days of the date of the invoice.
I care about my clients and respect the integrity of their intellectual property. At no time will any information or client material be shared with a third party.
All work is stored in "pCloud" which uses TLS/SSL and Zero Knowledge encryption. More information on the security features of "pCloud" can be obtained from https://www.pcloud.com
All electronic client material will be kept for a period of 12 months from the date of completion. Copies of electronic files can be obtained upon request by the client within that 12 month period. After this time, all client files will be deleted, and any paper documents securely destroyed.
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What Clients Say About Me
There’s no better way to tell you about my business than by letting my clients tell you themselves. When they’re happy, I'm happy. Have a look at some of my testimonials below.
"Very happy with Karen's prompt, efficient, and courteous service. Even for a small job like mine, Karen went the full nine yards. I wish her continued success"
Dr John Pulvirenti
Brunswick West, Vic.
"Our company recently utilised Karen's typing and data entry skills. Her work was thorough and presented in a timely fashion. I will definitely use her again and have no hesitation in recommending her."
Administration Manager Containerspace
"Karen is an experienced Executive Assistant who was thoroughly dependable and demonstrated initiative in providing support to me. Her good natured and professional approach made for a harmonious and productive working relationship."
Dr Andrew Gosbell
Director of Policy & Research and Deputy CEO
Australasian College for Emergency Medicine
"Karen is detail orientated, highly organised and has a craving to know more (as seen in her collection of books!), to ensure a job well done."
Director of Training & Accreditation
Australasian College for Emergency Medicine
"Karen has taken over the property management of my rental property. I was looking for someone who would provide personalised service when it came to managing my investment and a transparency of costs. Karen has recently completed putting the property on the rental market, personally vetting tenants, providing good constructive feedback the result of which is a long-term quality tenant. Karen has also managed all maintenance requirements (and there have been a few) quickly and efficiently to everyone’s, landlord and tenant’s, satisfaction. I would not only recommend her but continue to use her services valuing her transparency and good old fashion service."