8 Benefits of using Cloud-Based Services as Virtual Assistants

8 Benefits of using Cloud-Based Services as Virtual Assistants

The Many Benefits of using Cloud-Based Services   Cloud-Based Services or 'the Cloud' as we know it today was originally known as "software as a service," or SaaS. Cloud-based services are a business model that uses licensing and monthly fees to allow its users to have access to software on the owners' own servers. Users have access to the software using a unique URL, username, and password. As long as the user pays their monthly fee, they keep their access to the software. Why I use Cloud-Based Services There are so many benefits…Read more
Why and how to have a Friday routine

Why and how to have a Friday routine

Setting up a Friday routine will allow you to forget work at 5 pm on the Friday and start the following new week at 9 am on Monday, knowing what work you have to do and when. You’ll be able to really enjoy your weekend and have peaceful sleep on your days off work; not waking in the early hours by the dreaded mind midges which gnaw away at the ‘did I do’… areas of our brain. How I set up my Friday routine Fridays tend to be less busy for me –…Read more
5 Tips To Get Website Traffic as a Novice!

5 Tips To Get Website Traffic as a Novice!

A No clue Start-up guide to getting Website Traffic When I started my local Virtual Assistant business four years ago I really had no clue about SEO. I knew I needed to get my business name 'out there', and knew enough to know to do that I needed local website traffic. How to achieve that though was a mystery... Online, I knew that one of the most significant keys to business success was getting website traffic. The more visitors I had, the better my sales and profits would be. I also knew enough…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
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
A Freelancers Guide to the Onboarding Process

A Freelancers Guide to the Onboarding Process

It is far more costly to attract and find new clients’ than it is to put time and effort into maintaining them. So why would you want to lose them? Keep your clients’ happy and coming back to you month in, month out with the help of an effective onboarding process. Your onboarding process should begin the moment your potential client makes contact with your business. Utilise an Onboarding Process Checklist Collect all necessary information to allow you both to begin a working relationship. This not only means collecting and storing the basics,…Read more
Freelancing is on the Rise

Freelancing is on the Rise

Freelancing is on the rise... and don't we know it! Every business in today's economic climate needs specialist skills. But, at the same time they don't want or need to hire full time specialist teams. Instead business owners are looking at freelancers for their knowledge and expertise and that is the major reason why freelancing is on the rise. Skills and experience are the key to business growth, the need for the kudos of corner office with embossed door plaques is gone. Business owners want their business to be successful ~ that's a…Read more
Support Local Business Week 16-22nd May

Support Local Business Week 16-22nd May

Support Local Business Being as it’s Local Business week I’m focussing this blog on the many benefits of buying local, and why everyone should, seek out and support their weekly farmers markets. Buy from the local corner shop. Eat, drink and meet friends at local independent cafés; and find your gift purchases from the small, local designers or artisans. The recipients of the latter will be far more thrilled with the individuality of the gift, rather than something which is mass manufactured. I am so passionate about local business, that not only do…Read more
Tips for Getting and Keeping Clients

Tips for Getting and Keeping Clients

Tips for Getting and Keeping Clients You’re a freelancer and you live and breathe by your clients, right? That makes getting and keeping clients fundamental to the success of your business. Many of my clients’ have been with me since the early days of Virtuoso-PA, steadfastly every month I receive a regular stream of work from them. I’ve become an integral part of their team and I obviously want to keep it that way. How have I managed to do it? Here are my five quick tips for getting and keeping clients. 9…Read more
Continual Learning for Business Growth

Continual Learning for Business Growth

Continual Learning Is Part of the Game No matter how much or how little formal education you have when you start your business.... continual learning is part of business growth. Without the willingness to keep learning, you’ll get swallowed up by those who are willing and open to keep learning. What was popular yesterday is not popular today. It's and ever changing landscape. This requires any business owner to keep learning. To keep learning is to stay in business. Regardless of how much you THINK you know. Continual learning helps you: * Stay Ahead…Read more