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
How to Start a Virtual Assistant Business

How to Start a Virtual Assistant Business

Over the past 3 years’ not many months have gone by when I haven’t received an email asking me for advice on how to start a virtual assistant business. I’ve mentored a few new VAs, so I thought I would put it all down in one place. Before you read further. I have no interest in building or starting a profitable virtual assistant advisory service, neither do I want to offer courses as a VA coach. I am 'just' a hard working, happy virtual assistant offering a little advice to those who want…Read more
Top Tips for the new Freelancer

Top Tips for the new Freelancer

Top Tips for the new Freelancer I’ve been a freelancer for just over three glorious years now. I am more than qualified to let everyone know that starting out as a freelancer is utterly terrifying. I can assure you of that much. But don't let that scare you. I remember well the first time my business phone rang and I knew it was a potential new client. I went to pieces. All of my past experience and the confidence that I knew I had went away. It vanished and reduced me to a…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
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. [bctt tweet="Change is part of the landscape of business." username="VirtuosoPA"] 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…Read more
8 Email Management Tips

8 Email Management Tips

Email Management Tips If you feel that email feels like more burden than it's worth, then you need email management tips. The truth is, email is a valuable tool that has revolutionised the way that we work, if you feel like email is a burden and a drain on time you need help on how to deal with it and making it less of a burden. When used correctly, email is a terrific time saver and productivity tool. For many of us, without access to the type of email we're used to using…Read more
7 Reasons why I Love being a VA

7 Reasons why I Love being a VA

Why I love being a VA On Sunday evening I was chatting to a friend and she was amazed that I had no sense of the Monday morning blues; I was actually happy about getting back into work mode the next morning. She asked me to explain why, so I had a think about it ~ although I didn't have to think about it for long. I basically love being a VA (virtual assistant) for a number of reasons and none of the reasons has anything to do with a relaxing work-life or…Read more