I'm a highly motivated and hardworking Virtual Assistant with over 20 years of PA/EA/Administration experience, across sectors such as Asset Management, Media & Production and Travel & Tourism. With excellent organisational skills, I both multitask and prioritise work where necessary, and I’ve acquired many skills including:
Business Continuity plans
Correspondence, (emails, letters etc.)
Creation of online Magazines
Database creation and maintenance
Event organisation and Logistics
Social Media Marketing
Many of my projects and roles have been time-sensitive, with a requirement to work to prioritise, to meet specific deadlines. I’m reliable and 100% committed to my clients. This is because I’m passionate about my work. Communication is a key element and I believe in being thorough and organised. All of this helps to achieve the best for a client, their product, and their company.
I have specialist knowledge in many subjects and I’m always ready for a challenge. I'm willing to put in the extra effort to learn more about a company, or subject, to get the best possible result for a client, this has lead to me working in a variety of sectors on some interesting projects:
Adhesive products - Brand proofreading
Archaeology and History - Writing and proofreading
Automotive - Brand proofreading
Caravan hire/sales - Article writing
Construction - Voiceover scripts, proofreading
Education - Research, data collection and admin
Health - Article writing, Voiceover scripts, proofreading
Motor Industry - Brand proofreading
Multimedia Company - Website copy and social media assistance
Music Artists - Website copy and social media assistance
Publishing Industry - Assisting authors with social media, and all publishing tasks
Restaurant sector - Menu proofreading
Telecomms - Brand proofreading
Theatre (Leisure) - Research, data collection and admin
Travel and Tourism - Article writing, website copy and social media assistance
*Please note that due to confidentiality clauses on some projects, I'm unable to note some companies/work undertaken.
When I’m not working, you can find me out and about, exploring my local canal, or a historic site. I love learning about history. I enjoy painting and patchwork sewing too. I also have a great sense of humour!
I'm always doing further training to help update or fine-tune my skills. Some courses are for fun, others are to help give my clients further confidence in my ability to help them.
Courses I've completed in the last ten years are:
Archaeological Techniques: An Introduction - Exeter University
Ancient Egypt: The Old Kingdom - Exeter University
Ancient Egypt: The Middle Kingdom - Exeter University
Proofreading and Editing Diploma - Distinction Grade
I'm currently doing the following two courses, due for completion in Summer 2021:
Copywriting - Writing Persuasive Copy
Copywriting - Headliners and Openers
Office and Legal Stuff
I have a dedicated office. It’s secure, with the ability to keep all client work confidential
Each client's work is done under their own profiled workspace
I can be contacted via email, phone, or other app-based means
I can do video calls via, MS Teams, Zoom or Skype
I’m an Apple Mac user, but I have Chrome, MS Office Suite for Mac
I can also use organisation/business communication applications such as Slack, Kajabi, Ora, Radaar, Trello, Notion, Canva Pro and Book Brush. I'm open to learning new software if it assists a client. Clients will have to add me to their systems to allow me assist them. Everything is kept on client secure profiles
I can also use Weebly, Wix and Wordpress for website maintenance and updates
To give my clients peace of mind, I have testimonials on my website below, as well as links to example software public work. Due to confidentiality clauses on some projects, I'm unable to share any work that has been noted, as confidential, by my clients.
I have Public Liability Insurance with Hiscox
Pricing and Hours
My hourly rate as a Virtual Assistant is £14.00 per hour, charged in UK Sterling. (If you live outside of the UK and require the exchange amount in another currency, I can add it to the invoice, next to the sterling rate, please ask for this when the job has been completed.)
Proofreading is charged at a different rate:
£20 for every 1000 words, for the first check of documents (1000 words minimum charge £15)
£10 for every 1000 words for the second check of the document (if it is required)
Example: A document of 2350 words would be £47.00, a second pass would be £23.50. All would be charged on the same invoice once the job is completed. My normal working week is Monday to Friday, 9 am to 5 pm. I can amend these hours to be flexible if required.
All invoices are itemised and sent out to clients upon project completion.
I don’t charge VAT
No expenses are charged unless previously agreed with a client on the booking
Invoices are payable by the client within 28 days of the invoice date by bank transfer as noted on the invoice. International payments are accepted
Heart, Creative Agency, Rotterdam, The Netherlands:"Chrissie has been a priceless addition to our agency offering proofreading and checking of long and short copy for various projects including, Saint Goban Autover, Glassdrive, Sekurit Partner, Satay Bar and ESET. As well as original and fresh content in native English, Chrissie works fast, gets truly familiar with the subject, understands our different and diverse readers, and has a positive and professional way of working. We hope to be using her expertise for many more years."
Nefis Travel, Zakynthos, Greece: "For quite a few years now Chrissie Parker has become my right ‘writing‘ hand in our successful company Nefis Travel, Zakynthos. In the modern world of social media, I realized that not having English as my native tongue started to give some disadvantages. Chrissie has been my rock in all sorts of situations. Whether it was to alter my promotional text or help with answers on Tripadvisor. Or to brainstorm with me to tackle the corona crisis, with the right written text, to inform our clients about the do’s and don’ts, in a friendly but also strict informative way. Running our tour company in these extremely hectic times has been a bit more bearable for me with Chrissie’s help. Her creative way of playing with words and knowing to articulate exactly what I am thinking and feeling for my company, has been a huge help." Bobby Goertz, Owner of the Zakynthos Informer, Greece:"I have been more than happy with the work Chrissie has put in both on the Zakynthos Informer website and Blog, and as admin on the Zakynthos Informer Facebook page. Chrissie's dedication to finding all the information for some of the charity events, historical background, and other facts of Ionian island life, has made the blog very successful. Her attention to detail is second to none and her determination to provide accurate, interesting readable news and views has made the Zakynthos Informer website and blog available to all. Chrissie's contribution to the Zakynthos Informer Facebook page has also ensured its success as it continues to grow towards 20,000 member's. Chrissie Parker is an asset to anyone."
PQA Swindon, UK:"Our company needed a Business Continuity Plan. Chrissie at Fossend Publishing was recommended to us and she did a good job helping us understand how Business Continuity Plans work and did one for us."
Groovesyncmedia, UK: "Chrissie helped clients set up their social media, writing website copy and other relevant business functions. Very personable, and clients were happy, I'd recommend her." DTA Education, UK:"Chrissie helped us with various admin tasks including a project that involved calling schools to collect data for our touring database. Her work was thorough and a great help to our company."