Guest Blog by Janine Henwood of The VA Finishing School

7 Types of Visual Content Virtual Assistants Should Share on Social Media


The main goal for virtual assistants on social media is to create compelling content in order to reach their ideal client. Most visuals will get shares on social media simply because they are attractive and interesting, and around 70% of the world population are visual learners. However, some visuals are more shareable than others. Here are 7 types of visuals virtual assistants should share on social media to ensure they get good engagement.


  1. High-Quality Images of Your Products and Services


Seeing is believing, so good images are a must if you want to grab the attention of your ideal client and get your target audience to understand who you are and what you do. Use them on your social accounts and in your emails.


  1. High-Quality Stock Images


It is okay to use royalty-free stock images in your marketing if you really do not have any in-house images to use. Try ( for a great variety of royalty free images. Stock images are usually very attractive because they have been created by professional photographers. Use them for memes, overviews of your company, to support content you wish to publish on your site or blog in your newsletters and on social media.


You can also use them for Facebook ads, which require a high-quality image. If you are going to buy stock images, be clear about the exact nature of the license you are buying and what you are allowed to use it for.


  1. Memes


Clever memes with good images are hugely shareable. You can use a free meme maker online that has popular backgrounds like Lord of the Rings and Grumpy Cat, or you can upload images to make yours from scratch. Since you will be using them for business purposes, be sure to demonstrate good taste and avoid being offensive. Add your URL to every meme you create, this is a must!


Note that Facebook has created a meme maker that turns your status updates into a meme. You can choose various backgrounds. However, using the meme maker will mean there are no words on the post, making your content unsearchable. This being the case, it is best to upload a meme from your computer and put a keyworded description or comment as well.


  1. Screenshots


A lot of people are interested in how-to content. In fact, around 75% of those on YouTube are actually eager to learn, not just be entertained. Screenshots and/or screen capture videos that show common processes or tricky techniques can be ideal and put you on the map as an expert. Be sure to give a description of what is being illustrated in the screenshot.


  1. Videos


Videos are hugely popular, and sharing them is a very common activity on the internet. Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg has said he believes almost all Facebook content will be video by 2020, and they are setting things up for this in a number of ways. You can now upload videos directly to Facebook, and use Facebook Live to broadcast your content.


YouTube also offers uploading, and Live if you have at least 1,000 subscribers to your channel. The live format is handy for hosting webinars live, by being able to make the event available to those who might have missed it. Keyword your title and description and your videos will be discoverable. Don’t forget to ask for likes and shares.


  1. Slides and Presentations


Slides with interesting facts and figures are always in demand. PowerPoint presentations are essential for most modern businesses. Share individual slides on social media. Share your presentation on, now owned by LinkedIn for higher visibility and discoverability.


  1. Infographics


Infographics are another way to present information in a way that your audience will be willing to share it. Use colors, images, and font types and sizes to make your infographic stand out.  Canva ( has a great selection of infographic templates that are fully customizable or you can make one from scratch.


Use these types of images regularly to get as many shares as possible on social media.  Remember the aim of the social media game is to educate, inform and teach your target audience. Get that right and your ideal client will be taking notices of you sooner than you think.


Janine Henwood




Janine is the founder of The VA Finishing School, an online school & Facebook Group dedicated to helping new & aspiring virtual assistants to build a business they love with courses, resources, and training.


November Personal Post

Losing half a leg.  Do you know the trauma your mind and body go through?  When watching Television, they portray it, as if, it happens in minutes.  But in real life, it doesn’t happen like that.  It takes a few months.  Well, in my case, it is still happening.  Everyone is different.  I suppose if we were all the same, we would be bored with each other.  You find out who your true friends are.  They come and visit, they keep in touch.  Also, you as a person; emotionally, you go through different emotions.  I don’t think I have cried so much in my entire life.

In hospital, before the amputation, you are matter of fact about what you need to do.  But once you come out the operating theatre and you see that part of your leg is gone, that is a different story and the pain – well now! Wow, it was sore.  You live on pain killers and Panado.

The Physio comes to see you, but they are unsympathetic. You just need to get out of bed to the wheelchair even though you haven’t used your good leg in 6 weeks or so.  But you must stand and move to the wheelchair.  That part was terrible, but now your good leg is feeling wobbly and they are not listening to you.  They assist you in standing but your leg gives way and you end up on the floor; shaking and embarrassed as you think this is it – you are sleeping on the floor.  Will I ever get up and get back onto the bed again?  Every time you have physio now you end up on the floor.  So, you get a complex.  You don’t trust Physio’s now.

But guess what? You are released from hospital.  It takes them 3 days to eventually release you.  But you leave.  It takes about 3 hours to get into the car, drive home, get out of the car and then eventually your bed.  But you are home now, and you cry with relief.

You are happy, but in pain as well.  You think about things and you start to realise that you have part of your leg missing.  Your reality is your bed and the bedroom.  Your safety blanket is the bed and room.  People come to visit and help you forget that you have half a leg missing.  But you must face reality sometime and you start accepting that you have half a limb missing.  People start putting pressure on you.  Yes, this is a good thing, but everyone needs to accept things in their own time.  Not your time or anyone else’s time; but your time.  The hardest days are when you have hardly slept at all because you have thought about life and how you are going to cope with your balance and trying to walk or hop or whatever until you get a prosthetic.  You try and put on a brave face and sometimes you fool people and they think that you are doing fine.  Meanwhile, you are panicking inside thinking how life, as you know it, is going to change big time.

Life, really as you know it, will and has changed.  Also, people who haven’t been through it don’t understand what it is to be unbalanced.  You have 2 legs – I don’t.  I have the bottom half missing; the one that is supposed to extend to the floor.  Your whole outlook has changed.  You are totally out of balance with everything.  Don’t get me wrong, I will get through this, but I just need time to get myself and my body back into balance because believe me, being out of balance physically and mentally is not nice.  I am not trying to sugar coat it.  I am being honest with you and myself while typing this.  I have always hated to be judged and now I am being judged with how long I am taking to get up and running again, so to speak.  Do you really think that I like being in one room and on my bed the whole day; 24 hours, 7 days a week?  Being totally dependent on other people to feed you and bring you stuff.  Waiting for your nappy to be changed.  Waiting for people to come visit.  Trying to watch everything under the sun on your laptop.  Television and Netflix and Showmax.  This is your reality.  But wait a minute – I decide I can use my time wisely… I start to study.  I congratulate myself because up to this point, I have done 4 certificates.  Well done to me!  Wow, this is a small victory.  For someone who didn’t study in school – yes, I admit it.  I never studied at school… do I regret it now? Yes, I do.  But I can’t change the past, nor do I want to.  I did it to myself and no one else did it to me.  I fell yes, I fell but I truly didn’t expect to have the lower half of my leg amputated.  Yes, I am repeating it and I am repeating it to myself, so I can accept it.  Believe me, I am not blaming anyone else but myself and oh, my shoes.  I was wearing slip slops.  I wouldn’t recommend wearing these to anyone by the way.

Enough about that.  I now have another Physio who is wonderful, and she challenges me every time she comes here.  Yes, she comes to the house.  Wonderful.  She gives me exercises to do and I find that I am thoroughly enjoying them.  Yes, I am saying that; enjoying doing the exercises and this is helping the mind as well.  I am getting my fix from exercises now and not sweets and chips.  Wonderful feeling.

This is my personal blog and just actually wanted to Communicate yes Communicate what is happening in my life now.

Chat soon.

As Ellen always says, “Be kind to one another”.


October Communication Blog


the imparting or exchanging of information by speaking, writing, or using some other medium.

“television is an effective means of communication”

synonyms:    transmission, imparting, conveying, reporting, presenting, passing on, handing on, relay, conveyance, divulgence, divulgation, disclosure; More

  • 2.
  • means of sending or receiving information, such as telephone lines or computers.
  • “satellite communications”

Communication Defined. It’s nearly impossible to go through a day without the use of communication. Communication is sending and receiving information between two or more people. The person sending the message is referred to as the sender, while the person receiving the information is called the receiver.


Hello again,


My question to you all is Do We as Humans/People Communicate enough?

The above is the meaning of Communication.  Communication is something that I feel quite strongly about.  I am guilty, so I am not pointing any fingers at anyone.  I am pointing it out to myself.  I realised while starting this little VA Business that I need to be able to Communicate more and on all the different media platforms that are out there.  The first one that I picked out was Instagram.  I have started with quotes.


In the year 2001 in fact on September, 11 is when America did the best Communication of the time.  They had all those planes over America and they landed them in 2 hours. I think it was about 2 hours.  Those Air Traffic Controllers did an awesome job Communicating.  They got those planes landed in every place in America and Canada where they could.  But they landed them.


Yes, I am South African but that is the day that I admired America.  They did it.  They Communicated strongly.  Please don’t get me wrong I don’t condone the attack.  But the Americans stood together and Communicated, and everyone assisted where they could.  Some of the Americans and Canadians opened their houses and had people stay with them until some of the passengers could fly again.  Or should I say the Planes were allowed back in the air again?

So, people, my advice works on your Communication with yourself and other people.

I know I am.  I don’t think we ever can Communicate too much ever.  I think in fact I know we need to Communicate more.


As Ellen says “Be Kind to one another”.

Have a good day and chat soon.


Second Blog 23 August 2018

An updated Blog 23 August 2018:   An update on how my life has changed drastically. But let me start at the beginning: On the 4 April 2018 I fell in my garage on my way to my car to go to the shop.  Well I twisted my leg so badly that my toes ended up under my thigh.  I screamed blue murder as I was in such pain.  Now being a person who works for herself I don’t have medical aid.  Anyway, an ambulance Vitalmed was called and duly arrived, they tried to find a vein to give me some pain killers.  They battled as my veins hid away.  Anyway, they found one and knocked me out.  I believe I was then loaded onto a stretcher and taken to Helen Joseph Hospital where I was taken to Casualty. They ran tests and XRays before I was  admitted into the Hospital at about 2 am, yes 2 am in the morning of 5 April 2018.  I had my first operation at midnight on 6 April 2018.  They never knocked me out, I was given an epidural.  Please also note that I hadn’t eaten the entire time I was in Hospital.  I believe I was given a lot of medication – Morphine included – while under Morphine I even asked one of the Doctors for his cell number.  I don’t remember this but the nurses there told me, and they thought it was funny. I was operated on and a metal rod was attached to my leg with 3 holes above the knee and 3 below. This was to hold the knee in place to repair the damage. It looked like a harness thing and believe me when I moved my leg it was sore as it would cut into my flesh.  The nurses were supposed to clean it every day but they “didn’t have time”.  In the middle of all this the cleaning and laundry staff went on strike.  So, we had no clean bed linen.  Thank goodness for family and friends as they brought me towels and sheets and took things home to wash.  I used to only eat their breakfast sometimes.   Despite being told by a specialist that the blood flow to my foot was running, my left foot started to die.  The worst feeling ever is having the pain of watching and feeling your foot going blue. The doctors then advised that the damage could not be repaired, and they would have to amputate the foot. I had my second operation and Amputation on 26 April 2018, I was supposed to have a mid-calf amputation but just before going into the theatre again at midnight I was politely informed that I was having a through knee amputation.  Nothing I could do.  Oh, and yes, I would be awake again.  Another epidural. I got back to my room at about 3:30 am. My life had changed, I had lost the bottom half of my left leg, I was in pain after the operation and lived on pain killers for the next few days.  Oh, and injections for the pain.  Please note that I was not eating properly as the food was not appetising and then the food staff also went on strike, so once again I was reliant on friends to bring things that did not need heating up or refrigeration. Anyway, enough about the hospital.  I came home on 11 May, I was so glad to be in my own bed and home environment however have been bedridden ever since. I have taken myself off all my medications even sleeping pills.  I have what they call Phantom Limb pain.  Not funny when your stump twitches because the bottom half of your leg is in pain, but it isn’t there.  Weird I must tell you, but I will persevere with this.  I hope to be walking soon as I have been doing exercises to strengthen my arms and remaining leg.  I have been home for about 3 months now my wound has healed, and the scar is getting better every day  This is a Big Thank you to a very good friend who I am staying with.  Without her I don’t know what I would’ve done. More to come soon As Ellen says, “Be kind to one another”. Drop me a comment.

Welcome to Jayne VA Services

Jayne Ann Sim virtual assistant

Good day all!

I would like to introduce myself as this is my first blog on my website.  I am hoping that I will be able to give you more insight into my life and my working life.

My name is Jayne Ann Sim, known to work friends as Jayne and family as Jayne Ann and very close family as Barbie, more about that later.  But for now, you can call me Jayne.  I was born and bred in Durban grew up in Yellowwood Park.  A wonderful suburb that was out of the borough of Durban. In the early years when I was 18 months old we used to have cows living next to us.  But the suburb grew into a fully-fledged suburb with our old Water Works becoming a sanctuary for CROW.
At one stage we could hear lions roaring late in the evening.  This was when CROW inherited 3 baby lion cubs.  She brought them up until they were Toddlers.  We had the Stainbank Nature Reserve on our doorstep.  We also had our Girl Guides in the old Castle in the Nature Reserve.  Anyway, enough about my personal life.

I started work in the old Post Office as a telegraph operator.  I was then approached in my 2nd month of working to go for an interview at Standard Bank.  I did so and was given the job to go and work at Jacobs Branch in an Industrial Area off the Bluff.  My first resignation, oh boy how the hell do I do that, I said to the Human Resource Manager and how long notice will I have to give.  Well he told me, you will just have to type up a letter saying you are resigning, giving the date of your resignation.  Also saying you don’t know your notice period but if it is a month then give a month and so I left his office and off I went to write out my resignation.  I gave my hand-written letter into the Post Office.  They said I could go in 2 weeks’ time.  My starting date at my new Branch was the 22 March 1981 which was a further 2 weeks, so I duly contacted the Human Resources Manager and advised him.  He said have 2 weeks leave then.  I was so excited when I finished that I had worked for 2 months and already was on 2 weeks leave.  Anyway, that is how I started at Standard Bank.  I love the Bank.

After a few years, I then transferred up to Johannesburg and worked for Implementation where I travelled South Africa.  Going to the big cities and some very small cities as well that I had never heard of.  I loved that.  But I wanted my life back, so I then transferred back to Head Office and worked in a lot of Departments.  My best was when I started the Microswap Problem Management Department.  I had to put all the processes in place and the reports.  It was awesome and time consuming, but I found that I thrived there.

I eventually left the Bank to work for a family member.  Never work for family.  I was then retrenched, and I decided that I liked working with admin, Bookkeeping, Diary Management and running a small office.  I love typing and have always loved typing since my school days.

Back to my work life.  I then worked in several companies doing Credit Control, Administration work and such.  I was also a PA a few times.  I loved doing that as well.  I have also met some wonderful people as well and some have become friends.

In the year 2016 I worked for a very small company and was the Bookkeeper/PA to the Owner.  I worked there for a year.  My Mom died in the January of 2017 and at the beginning of February 2017 I was retrenched rather suddenly.  But we must move on to bigger and better things.

Mourning my Mother’s death I had to deal with being retrenched as well.  I was devastated by both events.  I then decided I didn’t want to work for any one person anymore.  I started researching the internet and found Virtual Assistant and read more about it and said hey I can do this.  I then had to name my Business and decide what services that I would offer.  I have since studied as well and added Payroll to my list of services.

So that is a nutshell is how Jayne VA Services was born.

My hobbies are reading and Formula 1 motor racing.  Oh, and when I am in the mood I love to cook.  Pull out a recipe, and make sure I have the ingredients, and then cook up a storm.

My pet hates, are bullying of any form.  I was bullied at school and in a work place.  I regret staying in the environment when I was bullied at work and I believe that I should’ve gotten out sooner than I did.  But that is in hindsight.  But I am very very against bullying.  Workplace bullying is quite common I believe.  This needs to stop.  Bullying in any shape or form needs to be stopped.

I will try and blog once a week.

And in the words of Ellen “Be Kind to one another”.  Have a good week!

Chat soon.