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
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
Why Organisation is Key for Freelancers

Why Organisation is Key for Freelancers

Organisation is Key for Freelancers and those who Support Multiple Clients’ Freelancing is not only lucrative; it can also be a lot of fun. However, it can also be very overwhelming if you aren't keeping your business life in order and this is why organisation is an important key to a successful freelancing life. Without organisation, everything will go badly wrong - Deadlines will be missed, communication with clients will break down, suppliers will be lost, and before you know it, your clients won't be giving you much work. They will simply think…Read more
Why I’ve decided to cut back on time spent on my business blog

Why I’ve decided to cut back on time spent on my business blog

I usually post a weekly Virtuoso-PA business blog and it’s served me well. I’ve received lots of traffic and many business contacts who have read my weekly postings. A blog really does help to promote your business. Readers get to see your areas of expertise, they in effect get to know you and your business. So don’t ever underestimate the power of it to promote your business. I’ve gained new clients’, new fabulous followers on social media (who have also afforded me more excellent Class A+ followers) Plus I have a fantastic list…Read more
How much is your time worth to you?

How much is your time worth to you?

As the old adage goes, time is money. Time is something that most of us like to think we manage well. Truth is it’s often the last thing we actually think about. No wonder so many small business managers and sole traders frequently say such things as ‘There just aren’t enough hours in the day’ or ‘I haven’t had time to do the things I planned’, or even ‘I don’t know where the week’s gone!’ Running a successful business, however big or small, relies a great deal on the management of time. It’s…Read more
Do you Really need Customer Relationship Management – CRM?

Do you Really need Customer Relationship Management – CRM?

One of the most used acronyms over the past few years in the business world has to be CRM. As a start-up three years ago one of the first questions I was asked via Social Media was "What CRM system do you use?" I have to admit I had to Google what is was. I’m old school and had never heard of it before. Soon I discovered that CRM was the buzzword for a customer database. This is what I discovered when researching CRM. What are the key functions of a CRM System?…Read more
Time Management Obstacles

Time Management Obstacles

Overcoming Time Management Obstacles in Easy Steps Time management can be the single biggest challenge to working from home and being successful. Learning to overcome these obstacles can be the key to managing and running a successful small business. What are time management obstacles and what causes them? Many things cause time management obstacles including: 1. Perfectionism - Many people use perfectionism as an excuse; a way to stay busy doing what they know how to do and to let the less tantalising tasks slide. As an example, you’re a skilled writer but…Read more
Multitasking or one Project at a Time?

Multitasking or one Project at a Time?

Rub your belly and head in opposing directions all day! That's multitasking. If, like me you are a freelancer, you’re likely to be working on many projects together simultaneously. You might have five to ten clients with various projects at differing stages. So, is it better to focus on one project at a time or multitask? Well, the verdict is in about multitasking: study after study shows that people who 'think' they are good at multitasking really aren’t. The real question should be: How do I handle multiple projects by multiple clients in…Read more
Advantages to Creating an Editorial Calendar plus FREE download

Advantages to Creating an Editorial Calendar plus FREE download

Advantages to Creating an Editorial Calendar As you develop a content strategy, it's important to start thinking of yourself as a publisher. I know, yet another 'hat' to wear. Publishers have everything planned out in advance based on a month to month cycle. They know in advance exactly what type of content they need to create and produce for the month of say 'February' and why. If you think more like a publisher, you're going to be much more successful in your content strategy implementation, if you use an editorial calendar. I also…Read more
8 Time Management Tips ~ Manage your Time Productively

8 Time Management Tips ~ Manage your Time Productively

Manage your Time It's amazing how much some people manage to get done, while others seem to be stuck in a rut without enough time in the day to accomplish much of anything. But, here's the secret. Everyone has the same amount of time in every single day. It's one way in which we are all created equal. It's now time to take charge of the clock and manage your time. Track Your Activities for a Week To get a real picture of how you spend your time, try tracking everything you do…Read more