Blog posts from me, Delegate VA

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 -...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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,...

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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...

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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...

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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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Keeping warm working from home for less

And you thought working in an office where they decide when to put the heating on was hard work in Winter! What about how cold the house gets when you've not got the extra hot air coming out of your annoying colleague in the  Marketing team to deal with? As winter...

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Why your brain will love an ordered to-do list

Some use a diary/calendar, others use a whiteboard (me) and some use one of the endless online programmes to manage their day. Many still use pen and paper! Whatever your way of managing your to-do-list you’ll appreciate it can, at times, reach breaking point and so...

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Some of my favourite productivity tools

My business aims to give client's back some time in their working week, so I am always striving to find more efficient ways of working. These five apps / programmes certainly help: Time recording: If you want to see how long tasks take you, whether it's for your own...

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Do you haggle with freelancers?

Do you haggle with freelancers? I've only had it twice, but it's been twice in as many weeks and both women thought it was justified because they could 'offer me exposure' (yeah, I know, people do actually say it) and the other said 'the work is quite...

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Thanks for the lesson Uber

If the London Uber situation has taught us anything it's that we definitely all need a Plan B! When I first started my business in May 2016 I heavily networked, face to face and online, (Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn), I was reading and learning as much as I could to...

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Managing your inbox

Inboxes; probably one of the most stressful parts of many a business owner's day. I know how you feel, I've worked with senior people who have needed a little help organising, sifting or being ruthless with their own inboxes.   Sometimes, all that's needed is a...

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We should be more French

After a relaxing ten day break in Villapourçon in the Morvan National Park, I've decided us Brits need to be more French. Dead flies As soon as we arrived at the French end of the Eurotunnel there was a flurry of suicidal flies hitting our windscreen. It reminded me...

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My diary is a nightmare

'Oh I'd love to, but my diary is a nightmare.' How many times have you said, or heard, that? Running a business is a full time job, and of course you want to maximise every opportunity, every meeting and ensure the business is working for you 24/7, but we really do...

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Why social media should be part of your event planning

There's so much to think about when planning any event: Date - are there any clashes with similar events? Will people be in the town on that day? Times - what are the best times to hold such an event? Audience - who? Food and drinks - dietary options, alcohol...

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What if that one big client stopped working with you?

"No one client should take up more than 20% of your time"   I read somewhere early on in my journey that, ideally, no one client should take up more than 20% of your time and that's always stuck in my mind. But why shouldn't you? Simple answer is, what if they...

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