So, what exactly is a Creative VA then?
I hear you ask..
I'm Fran and I'm a Creative Virtual Assistant, specialising in supporting independent businesses and entrepreneurs who are getting out there and making their mark on the world. I can help you to free up your time to concentrate on the areas of your business that you love the most!
There is so much entrepreneurs need to do these days to stand out from the crowd and get their products or services noticed. If you are finding wearing all of the hats every day is just too much for you, let me ease some of the pressure and give you back some much needed time to focus on what matters most to you, in and outside of your business.
Do you ever hear yourself saying 'I just don’t have the time to ...put together a social media strategy, set up a newsletter, create my brand guidelines, get my head around another platform or whip up a new graphic for….’ If the answer is yes, it sounds like a Creative VA could be exactly what you’ve been waiting for!
Finding the perfect VA to work regularly with means you can build up trust and an on-going partnership, someone who gets you and your values. I know all too well that being a home-based entrepreneur can feel lonely sometimes. So having someone who can be there to bounce ideas off and spread the workload will soon make the world of difference, not only to your business but also to your life as a whole.
This is just an overview of the kind of things I can do for you…
Brand guidelines creation
Social Media Headers
Email Marketing - Set up and implementation
Blog creation and graphics
Setting up systems
Project planning and critical paths
I offer three ways of working with you:
8–20 hours per month £28 per hour
20-30 hours per month £25 per hour
30+ hours per month £22.50 per hour
My retainer packages are based on block booking for three months or more. I feel that this is the best option for both parties, as it allows me to plan my month, dedicating specific times just for you. It allows you to budget properly for the support you need going forward. And most importantly, it allows us to build up a great ongoing working relationship.
PAY AS YOU GO
£32 per hour - minimum booking of two hours. Hours worked are logged and charged in 15-minute increments
If you are working on a particular project you need some support on – do get in contact for an initial chat so we can work out a suitable package together.
MORE ABOUT ME
I've got a degree in design and many years of creative marketing experience, gained from both agency and client-side roles. I've been working as an Office Manager running a busy design studio for the last couple of years too. I'm super organised, used to working in fast-paced environments and like to keep up to date with design and social media trends.
My career to date has seen me do some fun and crazy things including….
Taking 20 tons of real snow to a field in a music festival in the middle of July, to create a sleighing slope (we won a Drum marketing award for that campaign!)
Producing my own TV series that helped launch the careers of several TV presenters!
Developing company brand guidelines and fully rebranding companies.
Trading at six music festivals in one season (that was a fun summer!)
Photographing celebrities at red carpet events
Putting on fashion shows for high street retailers, awards ceremonies in several cities, roller discos and club nights with world-famous DJ’s!
Designing the graphics for several television series, and creating complimentary social media assets for each, scheduling all content across a network of 6 stations’ social media platforms.
Working with celebrities and influencers to help build brand awareness
Papping politicians and national treasures at Press Day at the Chelsea Flower Show!
At just 22, I’d set up a streetwear clothing label with a Uni pal, launched it at Glastonbury, designed the brand and logo and registered it as a trademark! Many moons later after working crazy hours in the events and marketing industries, going through a couple of redundancies and becoming a mum, that entrepreneurial streak took over me again and I set up Shimmy Shimmy Yay, a fun and happy brand that inspires people to live in the moment. Check out my Instagram to get a feel for what I do with my own little indie biz.
Phew! It makes me tired just thinking about it all! Anyway, now I'm a little older I'm quite happy working from home and being my own boss, so I can get that much-needed harmony in my life. If you are striving for that magic work / life balance and think I could help free up some of your precious time to concentrate on working on the areas of your business that you love the most, please do get in contact today!
CLIENTS ARE RAVING
"I've been working with Fran for a year now, she has helped me utilise technology to plan my time, set up a MailChimp account and
design and build my newsletter.
It’s been so good to run through ideas with Fran, and a huge bonus that she is also able to take care of the technical side of things. Working alone all the time means it’s really easy to overthink things & Fran has been amazing at keeping the momentum going & getting my newsletter out into the world. It’s been on my to-do list for literally years!”
"Fran is working with me on a brand refresh and has really taken time to get to know me, my business and my customers. I didn't have a clear vision of how I wanted the rebrand to look but because she'd done extra background work with me she nailed it first time. When she showed me the drafts I was speechless and couldn't stop smiling; I was completely blown away. Her designs have given my brand a much-needed glow-up and re-ignited my passion for the business too."
"Starting to work with Fran was the best thing I did in 2021! Highly recommend! She has been a brilliant fresh pair of eyes on my business, so far she's been helping me refresh my branding and marketing strategy, I'm so excited to see what we do
"I've been working with Fran for a couple of months and she has so many great ideas! She has been helping me get organised ready for scheduling content and has given me a nudge and some accountability to get things done myself in the business too. She has also created some fab graphics for my socials- thanks so much Fran!”
'Fran is fantastic to work with, she is organised, timely and is bursting with amazing creative ideas. Her enthusiasm is infectious. Fran talks through all of her ideas in a clear understandable way and always has suggestions on how to take it further. She has taken my brand identity and really made it fit with me in a way I could never have done with out her. She has taken the time to get to know me and my brand and created everything i need. She really is a branding badass!'