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
Put some Spring back into your Business Goals

Put some Spring back into your Business Goals

It’s Springtime and a perfect time to Re-evaluate your Goals. Can you believe it's Springtime? The time just zooms by doesn't it? Time sure does fly when you're having fun and keeping busy within your business. The beginning of spring heralds a time of new beginnings and fresh starts. So it’s an excellent time to look at the goals you set yourself at the start of the year - just to make sure you're on target. It’s a perfect time to re-evaluate and take a good look at every aspect of your business. During…Read more
How to Re-purpose and Refresh Your Content

How to Re-purpose and Refresh Your Content

Re-purpose and Refresh Your Content to Reuse Keeping content fresh is an important part of making content marketing work for your business. A really fast way to boost the effectiveness of the content you’ve worked hours on is to re-purpose and refresh the content you already have. I can’t think of anyone who, while running a small business has the time to write a daily blog, especially if you haven’t the funds to support a team of content writers. Adding to the equation content gets old, and information becomes outdated. That doesn’t mean…Read more
8 Free Tools and Software to Streamline Your Business

8 Free Tools and Software to Streamline Your Business

Free Tools and Software to Streamline Your Business Starting up in business can be an expensive time and you don’t want to make any costly mistakes, especially where purchasing tools and software for your business is concerned. People love quoting that nothing in life is free, but when it comes to awesome tools and software that you can put into use for your business right now, nothing could be further from the truth. There are an array of great free tools and software available that can help you run your entire business. Here…Read more