Local Virtual Assistant

Local Virtual Assistant

Why I choose to be a local Virtual Assistant   Everyone who knows me will tell you I am a massive tech geek. Yes, that’s a big bonus when you consider that my business life revolves around tech and the virtual world. I could easily support any business, anywhere in the World, but I choose to be a local Virtual Assistant within Exeter, Devon… Why? I’ve recognised that even though tech is fantastic. Human contact is the best: I use real in person connections to offset the coldness of technology. As a local…Read more
Hiring a VA Helps You Become the CEO of Your Business

Hiring a VA Helps You Become the CEO of Your Business

No CEO of any Business does everything on their Own.   In fact, if you ask the employees they’ll say that the CEO doesn’t do anything. Of course, we all know that the CEO does a lot and what they do best is delegate. Smart CEOs surround themselves with highly qualified and capable people that make them look good - people who love their jobs, and want to perform at the highest level; the thing that they consider themselves experts in. As an entrepreneur you can do that too. You don’t have to…Read more
How to get away from work when you are a Freelancer

How to get away from work when you are a Freelancer

Don't forget your life when you are a Freelancer   You are a freelancer, and life is grand! You have the freedom to do things your way, to keep your own hours, to wear whatever you want to work. You no longer have to fight traffic or scratch and sweat your way to the top at the office, you are in control of your own destiny.  You are probably extremely good at what you do and passionate about your work. In the beginning, you are living your dream, but, it doesn't take long…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
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
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
A to Z of tasks to Outsource to a Virtual Assistant.

A to Z of tasks to Outsource to a Virtual Assistant.

Don’t hamper your business growth by wasting your resources performing the daily essential non-money making tasks. Outsource. Consider my A to Z of tasks below and add to the list. The first thing you need to do is sit down and make a list of all the things you do in your business on a day to day basis. Track your work for a month to have a good picture of what a day in the life of your business looks like. Then look at the tasks you are performing which take you away…Read more
Start-ups: Why it’s best to hire Freelancers.

Start-ups: Why it’s best to hire Freelancers.

The many Benefits of Hiring Freelancers When you start up your small business, it can be very tempting to build a team and employ staff. Especially if you have recently signed a long-term contract with a client. It’s a given that you are going to wonder how you are going to cope with the extra workload, the need for another pair of hands to lighten the load will be strong. However, the unexpected can and does happen. This leaves the businesses with the tough decision of terminating one or more employees. By outsourcing…Read more
Treat your initial contact with a VA as a job interview.

Treat your initial contact with a VA as a job interview.

I would be disappointed if potential clients DIDN’T treat our initial contact as a job interview. I’m a business owner and have been successfully running my Virtual Assistant business for just over three years.  I personally wouldn’t walk into a ‘pop-up’ business and hand over my hard earned cash. Neither would I do the same with an online business without first checking its credentials. So in the same respect wouldn’t expect a fellow business owner to hand over their business administration, and all of their sensitive business information to me. Without first running…Read more
Sole Traders you can take time off for Holidays. Here’s How.

Sole Traders you can take time off for Holidays. Here’s How.

Sole Traders and Holidays Having recently spoken to many small business owners about the summer holidays, I am not surprised to hear that some have not actually had a holiday for at least 5 years. “How on earth can I go on holiday, what would my clients do?” “It would be more stressful to be on holiday than at work” “Holiday, what’s that?” “What would I do if there was an emergency?” Sound familiar? In the weeks leading up to your holiday start making a list of work that needs to be completed…Read more