A Day in the Life of a Virtual Assistant

A Day in the Life of a Virtual Assistant

  A Day in the Life of a Virtual Assistant Today is Wednesday 26th August 2015 and I have a busy day ahead. As a Virtual Assistant, every day is different; this time next week I could just have one piece of work scheduled and the rest of the day will be spent catching up with my own admin. However, I do try to space my work out evenly over the working week so that rarely happens. Virtuoso-PA officially opens for business at 9:00 a.m. But I try to make sure that I…Read more
Do you want to Work in a Distraction-Free Workspace

Do you want to Work in a Distraction-Free Workspace

How to work Distraction-free Ask any work-at-home professional or small business owner what their biggest hurdle is when it comes to tackling their to-do list and they'll likely tell you it’s the constant distractions. They want to work distraction-free! The kids need attention. Email demands to be answered. The phone is ringing. The cat needs fresh water. There's a pile of ironing that needs doing, and the sky is blue... The list goes on. It’s no wonder you can’t get anything done. So how do those “have it all, work from home” type…Read more
Guide to Starting up as a Sole Trader

Guide to Starting up as a Sole Trader

Starting up as a Sole Trader So, you’re a Plumber/Plasterer/Painter & Decorator* (Insert your own trade) and you’re getting a bit fed-up working for Joe Bloggs and Sons. You’ve always had thoughts of being your own boss, well, since the day your apprenticeship finished anyway, and now you’ve decided to do it. Read on for a brief guide to starting up as a Sole Trader. Where do you start and what do you do? 1. Recognise your obligations As a business owner it is vital that you understand what the law asks of…Read more
Social Media Tips; 10 easy tips to try

Social Media Tips; 10 easy tips to try

10 Top Social Media Tips Small Business Social Media can appear daunting when you first take the plunge. A questions often asked is "How am I ever going to be seen amongst the multiple millions of other social media accounts?" The simple answer is, you reap what you sow. You just have to take note of these 10 Top Social Media Tips and act on them. Yes, It is achievable; one simple way of making yourself seen and heard by your target audience is to follow these 10 Top social media tips and you'll be…Read more
3 Sure-Fire Ways to Work Smarter from Home

3 Sure-Fire Ways to Work Smarter from Home

Work Smarter from Home Every home business owner would like to find a way to save time and increase productivity. Unfortunately, working from home often means that productivity can take a back seat to the million other things competing for our attention. These three sure-fire tips will help you work smarter from home, save time and increase productivity. 1 – Set a schedule and stick to it. It’s tempting to stray from a set schedule when you work from home. After all, working from home means we have the freedom to set our own…Read more
Getting Organised in the Office; 5 easy tips

Getting Organised in the Office; 5 easy tips

Getting Organised in the Office Regardless of whether you're working on a short term project or a longer ongoing piece of work. Such as planning and implementing a new marketing campaign. You really do need to stay on top of the paperwork, keep your electronic files in order and keep your working time flowing effortlessly and you can do this by getting organised in the office. My 5 Tips to getting organised in the office are easy to implement. Organise your workspace My office is the spare bedroom in my house ~ the box…Read more
Email Management; Taming the Email Monster

Email Management; Taming the Email Monster

Taming the Email Monster For the past few weeks I have been massively busy with client work - which is an excellent thing for a Virtual Assistant to be able to say. Far better to be busy and productive than bored and tempted to watch day-time TV in my PJ's. As I'm busy I have to make sure that I use many tried and trusted ways to make sure my business continues to run effectively, one of those key things is to make sure my email doesn't turn into an email monster. The…Read more
Be Super Efficient; PA Your Day

Be Super Efficient; PA Your Day

PA your Day PAs are known for their efficiency, they keep the office and their Boss working effectively throughout the day. How do they do it? One of the key items used to do this is a Diary. Whether paper or electronic, diaries have to be managed to provide super efficiency. Use a diary effectively and you will be well on track to PA your day and your business will benefit. Schedule your day, the day before. Before you leave the office or your desk at night, schedule your next day activities. Remember…Read more
Why Social Media Traffic Matters

Why Social Media Traffic Matters

Social Media Traffic Matters I did a bit of window shopping at the weekend, three hours of pavement pounding and only a few pounds spent. I’m a typical woman and can easily spend hours browsing around the high street stores making mental lists about what I want to buy in future or what I can get my Mum for her next birthday. Now I bet your asking why this has anything to do with why social media traffic matters. So, I'll explain. I never have a list of predefined shops I want to…Read more
9 Tips to Keep your Clients’ Happy

9 Tips to Keep your Clients’ Happy

Keep your Clients' Happy We all want to keep our clients’ happy, don’t we? At the end of the day they are our bread and butter and the reason why we have a business. Without clients’, we would be an employee or worse still claiming benefits. So, how do you keep your clients' happy? I like to think that my clients’ are more than happy and that’s the reason why they use my services repeatedly. So here are 9 reasons why my clients’ are happy and how you can make sure yours feel exactly…Read more