Never Underestimate Offline Marketing Methods

Never Underestimate Offline Marketing Methods

Offline Marketing Methods Building a business requires a strategic approach to marketing. While many business owners today become focused solely on on-line marketing tactics, there are offline marketing methods that are effective and provide a significant return on investment. I know, as I’ve used them. Offline marketing methods may take a little longer, but the benefits can be significant. Business Cards Would you believe that people still use business cards? Yes, It’s true, we do. Keep cards in your pocket or wallet because you just never know when you’re going to meet someone.…Read more
Social Media Terminology for Beginners

Social Media Terminology for Beginners

Social Media Terminology for Beginners   The Virtuoso-PA short guide to the Social Media terminology used on popular social networks. I've been asked numerous times by clients' what the meaning of an RT is; not everyone knows that it's good to be added into someone's' circle and what it means.  As we all have to start somewhere I've decided to write this blog for newbies to Social Media. Twitter: Twitter is an online social networking service that enables users to send and read short 140-character messages called "tweets". Twitter currently has 304 Million…Read more
How to Kick-start Your Momentum

How to Kick-start Your Momentum

Momentum is a Great Thing At its height, it makes you unstoppable. It’s the times when everything seems to come together effortlessly and your business just gets better and better. It flows and glides with ease. Unfortunately, keeping momentum isn’t always easy. A lot of us find that coming up with ideas or getting stuck into a project are great fun, but staying dedicated once the going gets tough isn’t always so much fun. So how do you kick-start your momentum when things slow down? Here are a few ideas that I use:…Read more
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