Local Virtual Assistant

Local Virtual Assistant

Why I choose to be a local Virtual Assistant   Everyone who knows me will tell you I am a massive tech geek. Yes, that’s a big bonus when you consider that my business life revolves around tech and the virtual world. I could easily support any business, anywhere in the World, but I choose to be a local Virtual Assistant within Exeter, Devon… Why? I’ve recognised that even though tech is fantastic. Human contact is the best: I use real in person connections to offset the coldness of technology. As a local…Read more
Freelance Nightmare — When the Customer Doesn’t Pay

Freelance Nightmare — When the Customer Doesn’t Pay

What to Do when your Customer doesn't Pay   It is a freelancer's worst nightmare. You've slaved for hours working on a project for a client, you've done a fabulous job, delivered on time, and then your customer doesn't pay their invoice. It could be that the client is completely avoiding you, or promising to pay by a certain date.  Time and time again, and always failing to make the payment. Worse still is the client has paid but with with a bogus cheque. In the world of freelancing, it does happen. Yes,…Read more
QuickFile Cloud Accountancy Software for Free

QuickFile Cloud Accountancy Software for Free

Start-ups cut your costs and use free Accountancy Software When you first start-up your business and venture into the world of self-employment and your new entrepreneurial life. You may not have bags of cash to throw into it. What you don’t want to do is divert money earmarked for your core business to money for accountancy software. Although, you still want and need the ability to send out professional looking Invoices. Connect with your business bank account and produce monthly financial reports. Getting paid for your services or product is a given. But,…Read more
Ten Tips to Have More Productive Business Meetings

Ten Tips to Have More Productive Business Meetings

Stop wasting valuable time and have more productive business meetings. I have attended countless meetings over the years. Some have been productive business meetings, being constructive and well planned. While others have been a complete waste of everyone's time, and have dragged on for hours. Horror! Some businesses even have meetings… to discuss meetings.  If you want to have useful and productive business meetings you can, if you follow these ten steps. How to hold productive business meetings:   1. Have a Purpose – If you don’t have a single purpose for a…Read more
Hiring a VA Helps You Become the CEO of Your Business

Hiring a VA Helps You Become the CEO of Your Business

No CEO of any Business does everything on their Own.   In fact, if you ask the employees they’ll say that the CEO doesn’t do anything. Of course, we all know that the CEO does a lot and what they do best is delegate. Smart CEOs surround themselves with highly qualified and capable people that make them look good - people who love their jobs, and want to perform at the highest level; the thing that they consider themselves experts in. As an entrepreneur you can do that too. You don’t have to…Read more
Using Microsoft OneNote for your Small Business

Using Microsoft OneNote for your Small Business

Forget any other applications when organising work for your business – OneNote has it all.   For the past 4 years I have used many note taking apps - I am in no way going to dismiss any of them, as the ones I've used all work very well. I've just recently been looking into streamlining my working processes and the apps I use. Having been a Microsoft 365 small business user for many years I was shocked that I had not yet utilised OneNote for use within my business. So, for the…Read more
Self-Employment and Taxes – Do You Maximise Your Tax Deductions?

Self-Employment and Taxes – Do You Maximise Your Tax Deductions?

Tax deductions? Oh, the joys of HMRC!  It can be a real challenge to understand what is a tax deduction and what is not. Even the most well intentioned people are intimidated and afraid they’re going to make a mistake as there are so many grey areas. So, here’s how to maximise your tax deductions, legally in simplified terms. #1 - Understand the difference between a business expense and a capital expense Business expenses are expenses incurred doing business. They’re usually tax deductible and include things like rent, travel and contractors and employees.…Read more
Getting a firm grip on your Business Finance.

Getting a firm grip on your Business Finance.

Business Finance and Cash Flow must Do's   One, if not the essential element to running a successful small business is business finance and cash flow. I’m often flabbergasted by the number of sole-traders and freelancers who contact me requesting information on my bookkeeping service, who cannot tell me within a few minutes how much money they are owed, and in some cases have no idea what their payment terms are - due to the fact that they haven’t set any! To ensure that your business becomes cash happy and the cash is…Read more
How to get away from work when you are a Freelancer

How to get away from work when you are a Freelancer

Don't forget your life when you are a Freelancer   You are a freelancer, and life is grand! You have the freedom to do things your way, to keep your own hours, to wear whatever you want to work. You no longer have to fight traffic or scratch and sweat your way to the top at the office, you are in control of your own destiny.  You are probably extremely good at what you do and passionate about your work. In the beginning, you are living your dream, but, it doesn't take long…Read more
What Constitutes a Fruitful Task?

What Constitutes a Fruitful Task?

Busy doing nothing? … Fill your day with only your fruitful task list. When people start their own business they often think it’s going to be all money earned and no more Boss, not realising that it’s also going to be a lot of hard work. To produce the money to allow your business to survive and thrive, productive billable work will need to be accomplished, or sellable products will have to be made and sold. In order to do that you need to concentrate on only your fruitful task list. In business…Read more