Business Support

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

How to delegate better: a guide for small business owners

Learning how to delegate better can improve your business and its success   How’s that to-do list looking? When did you last focus solely on your business without distraction? You’re not alone, it might feel like it sometimes, but you’re not. Every successful...

Does your to-do list look like a seven-year-olds bedroom?

4.8 million people now work for themselves across the country, according to the Office for National Statistics. If you’re one of those you either love what you offer, are exceptionally good at it or more often than not, both. Many self-employed business owners took...

What’s it like working with a Virtual Assistant?

Have you considered working with a Virtual Assistant?   One of my first clients was a local will writer, Nigel from Farsight Wills in Swindon. Nigel hadn't worked with a Virtual Assistant (VA) before, but he knew he needed some support in order to concentrate his...

A way to avoid doing your business admin

When you decided to take that journey to be your own boss, did you for one second appreciate the sheer scale of admin you have to do just to get by? Even writing that ‘to-do’ list takes up half a day. Sadly, many people suffer from what is commonly referred to as:...