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How working with a Virtual Assistant can help your business

I was asked to be a guest of Louise Brogan's podcast, Social Bee NI. Have a listen here, we talk about. What a Virtual Assistant is and how hiring one can make a difference to your business.  How to (and how NOT TO) approach clients you’d like to work with....

Get on top of your bookkeeping in 2019

If you've got lots of receipts and invoices lying about it can seem like a daunting task trying to get through them all - you wish the pile would just decrease on its own, don't you? Maybe just leave them, they're only small amounts anyway, yeah? Uh, no! Small amounts...

Why I’m nervous and excited about Content Live

I'm off to Content Live tomorrow for two days of content planning with Janet Murray and a host of amazing business owners and speakers. To say I have been excited for a couple of months is an understatement. I've been packed a week! However, it's been a few years...

Why your business may benefit from being a bit more virtual

The world is changing before our very eyes! That sounds quite Hollywood doesn't it, but really it's nothing new we change and evolve every day without even blinking an eye, and it's not until we look back and reflect that we see just how far we've come. Did you know;...

Break every 45 minutes to aid productivity and ease procrastination

Taking a break isn't a new phenomenon as you'll know, I'm sure you've been told 'look away from your screen every thirty minutes and focus on something in the distance' some time in your career? I know that's mainly to rest the eyes but the principle is the same 'stop...

How to name your photo and image files for ease of access

If you're someone who collects images from all over the place to use at various times then you may be finding it difficult to name them in a way that enables you to locate them easily in the future, and also so you can find images relevant for any purpose. Here are a...

How to Organise and Name your Electronic Files and Folders

Whatever size your business it's a wise idea to have your files saved somewhere securely that you can access from any device (in case one goes pop, stolen or left on a train) and not saved on your desktop or a tiny little USB stick. I use and recommend Google Drive, I...

LinkedIn? Is that you? You’ve changed!

If you’ve not been on LinkedIn for a while you’ll see it’s changed and changing. Gone are the days when it was simply an online CV full of irrelevant job opportunities and updates from people or industries that bore little or no relevance to your interests or...

How does virtual bookkeeping work?

I've had this heading on my whiteboard for about six months ready to write an article because it must be really confusing if you've only ever worked on your own to do your bookkeeping or with someone very local to you. I work with a variety of clients managing their...

Have a more productive day

I often see people online asking, ‘how do you stay focused when you’re a business owner?’. Well for starters don’t post that on Facebook and wait for the replies! Sometimes we’re our own worst enemies, putting barriers in our own way – often without realising, because...

Do you have your virtual team ready?

The virtual world gives businesses a greater choice of people to work with, don't you agree? 'You don't have to pick someone just because they turned up.' When I became an admin manager at the National Trust this is one of the learnings that stayed with me, 'You don't...

Earning my Keep – Bookkeeping

12 months ago I started working with a chap who has a rather large domestic property portfolio in the UK. We started working together just after the end of his 16/17 financial year, and he won't mind me saying, his accounts were a little bit of a mess. A lot of it -...

Stay on top of your 18/19 bookkeeping with these 6 easy steps

I live near a couple of accountants and every year during the last two weeks of March there's a flurry of men and women walking with purpose, with carrier bags full of receipts, towards the accountants' offices. It's like watching stressed parents hand over their...

How to set up an automated mail sequence using MailChimp

I recently undertook Janet Murray's 10 day email list building challenge, which by the way was enormously rewarding. Anyway, back to this... I like to share on my blog things that will aid your productivity but sometimes forget to share it because I am doing it week...

How much work should you give a Virtual Assistant?

There will come a time when you're ready to outsource some of those tasks that are better dealt with by somebody else, for whatever reason. But just how much do you need to accumulate before you can hand it over to a Virtual Assistant? When I get a call or email...

Separating work and pleasure

After a recent holiday away from home I realised I was struggling to separate work and pleasure. It's understandable, even if you work in a separate room it's easy to think 'oh I'll just send that email' and before you know it your mind is consumed with that task,...

What are your payment terms?

As small business owners, we learn early on that we don't have to work with anyone we don't want to, that's one of the many benefits of being your own boss. So why do so many accept less than okay payment terms? I've asked this question a few times over the last...

Business Traveller Downtime Tips

We can now work from anywhere; anywhere in the world and even in the air. No more downtime, missing emails; you can keep on top of business so you're ready to keep working as soon as the seatbelt sign is off, right through until you fall onto your hotel bed. I'm not...

Clearing your to-do list efficiently

Time, ability and enjoyment are three factors to consider when you want to get rid of some of those essential business tasks from your to-do list. As featured in the Feb/March 2018 Wiltshire Business Magazine There comes a time in every business that you need to get...

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