Tips and updates

Managing Stress in Your Business – How to Let Go of the Small Stuff

This month, I’m sharing a mini-blog series on helping you manage the stress in your business, starting today with the small stuff. You know, the little niggles that you bump down your to-do list and the underlying minutiae that don’t seem that important, and yet they still manage to whizz around your brain at 4am?

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Outsourcing to a Virtual Assistant: How to Get it Right

If you’ve been handling the bulk of the workload in your business for some time, outsourcing to a Virtual Assistant can feel like a huge change. In this post, I’m going to answer some of your common concerns around outsourcing to a Virtual Assistant. I’ll also provide you with a tactical exercise to help you put your VA to work in the most effective way.

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How a VA Can Help with Event Planning and Management

Event planning isn’t easy and there’s a lot to consider. If you’ve found yourself in the position of reluctant, nervous or overwhelmed Event Manager, grab a notebook and a pen – I’m about to give you some practical help with event planning.

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Taking Back Control of Your Workload

When you’re busy trying to build your own business and juggle life as working mum, it’s only natural that you let things get on top of you once in a while. It happens to me too, and I organise people for a living! Here’s how I’ve got back on track recently.

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Freelance Guilt: Recognising it and moving on (or at least trying!)

I hit my two-year business anniversary not too long ago, and since then, I’ve had a few things on my mind. One of them is guilt. It comes up a lot, be it because I’m spending too much time working (and not enough time with my boys), or not enough time working (and therefore worrying about letting clients down). Either way, guilt isn’t healthy and I’m over it. Here’s why.

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Why hire a Virtual Assistant? (A case study)

To help me answer the question why hire a virtual assistant? in a way that you can relate to, I’ve had a chat with one of my clients about her own experiences. If you’re thinking about outsourcing to a Virtual Assistant (VA) yourself but you’re not quite sure how or...

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Business answering service: pros and cons

A business answering service is a way of outsourcing call handling to skilled and trained professionals. Much like you might hire a virtual assistant to manage your inbox, or a virtual social media manager to take care of your profiles, taking on a business answering...

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6 apps to help you increase productivity

When it comes to achieving more in business, I’m a firm believer that we should all be aiming to work smarter, not harder. Being busy isn’t an admirable status anymore, especially amongst those people (like you and I) who are self-employed because we’re looking for a...

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How a Virtual Assistant can help you achieve more

When creative video and audio producer Steve Folland found himself with an overflow of admin work, he reached out to enquire about my Virtual Assistant services. I was able to turn Steve’s task around within 24 hours and provided a “seamless, professional experience.”...

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The top 6 benefits of hiring freelancers

Ask a seasoned recruiter to list the benefits of hiring freelancers and she’ll likely write you an essay. In this post, I've covered the top 6 of those benefits and backed them up with facts. Ready to find out why freelance workers are the future? Good. Let's get...

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What should I delegate to a Virtual Assistant?

In the words of Richard Branson “If you really want to grow as an entrepreneur, you’ve got to learn to delegate”. A 2015 blog post on Virgin's website recounts an interview Richard gave to entrepreneur.com. Talking about the early days of Virgin, he admits lacking...

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5 tips to help you grow your freelance business

You’ve been at this for a while now and so you’re ready to grow your freelance business. You’ve achieved the goals you set yourself when you first started and now it’s time to aim a little higher. But where should you start when you want to take your business to the...

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Detox your inbox

Is your inbox bursting with unread emails? Some of us have hundreds, even thousands. We stop noticing them, accepting that we’ll never clear the backlog. You might not think having a full inbox is sapping your productivity, but believe me, it is. Imagine your inbox is...

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Business card mistakes

I recently completed a rather large business card data entry project for my lovely new client. She had accumulated approximately 450 (I didn't count them all...!) business cards through the many networking events she attends and had never done anything with them. My...

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What is #ElyHour?

#ElyHour is what is formally known as a Twitter chat, but in reality we are much more relaxed than most Twitter chats. There are no rules, restrictions or guideline topics. We just get together on Twitter on a Wednesday evening between 8:00 and 9:00pm to say hello,...

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10 reasons to outsource your admin

Despite Virtual Assistants being listed at number 8 in Entrepreneur’s article 25 Fastest Growing Freelance Skills, it seems there are many sole-traders, freelancers and small business owners that don't know what we do. Here's my list of reasons why outsourcing your...

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Are you ready to work with a Virtual Assistant?

If you've never worked with a Virtual Assistant before then you may be wondering how it all works. It's actually very simple - you decide which tasks you want to hand over and pass me the information so that I can complete it - much like outsourcing to an accountant...

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What is a Virtual Assistant?

A Virtual Assistant (typically abbreviated to VA) is self-employed and provides professional administrative, technical or creative assistance to clients remotely from a home office. But what does that mean in reality? Every Virtual Assistant out there will offer...

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