Do you answer your telephone?

  This week whilst I was out and about I heard an interesting comment. “I don’t answer my phone so I don’t know what business I am missing out on”. I realised after some research on social media groups that this is quite common as there are many people who just don’t like answering the phone.…


8 Skills That Make A Great Virtual Assistant?

8 Skills That Make A Great Virtual Assistant Sometimes the perception is that an Administrative Assistant is the bottom of the pile of an organisation. They can be regarded as someone who gets ordered around changing the cartridges in the photocopier or making the tea for example. Think again! They can be your biggest asset…


Use a VA for Free!

What is a Virtual Assistant and would you like to use one for a Free Trial? A virtual assistant (typically abbreviated to VA) are self-employed and provides administrative, technical, or creative (social) assistance to clients mainly from home but can work on premises for specific projects. Because virtual assistants are self-employed rather than employees, clients…


Speaking Engagements – Do you want more?

How do you get your speaking engagements? So for the past six months I have been working on additional services that I can offer my clients and of course recruit new ones. One of those services is offering a speaker service for people in business who are happy to present to wide audiences but just…


Bookkeeping – Do you love it or hate it????????

Bookkeeping – Using an online system. Bookkeeping – Do you love it or hate it? So the last few weeks I have followed a new path in my Virtual Assistant Journey. I have been inputting a company’s books on to Xero and what I like about it is the simplicity of it. Yes at the moment…


Awards – A fantastic experience

Awards So this week I attended the Rebuilding Lives Awards hosted by Spinal Injuries Association as my husband was nominated for SIA Volunteer of the Year. We travelled down to Williams F1 centre in Oxfordshire to attend the awards and just a look round the museum which was amazing with the cars through the ages. My…


Apps that help me achieve my work-life balance

I have been a VA for a year now – the first few months were spent setting up the business, creating the brand and my base marketing materials and then finally recruiting clients. But now I have clients the priority is to balance the workload as well as managing my business so in the last…


Is it right to Outsource in light of the British Airways issues?

Benefits of Outsourcing After a weekend of chaos at British Airports when British Airways computer system failed leaving thousands of passengers stranded throughout the world, flights are returning to normal. It has come to light that the IT department used outsourcing to send the IT to India in order to cut costs. They also did…


My Journey from Charity Worker to VA

My Story My career has changed from when I left school. When I was at school I was inspired by Juliet Bravo to join the Police Force but as the first year to undertake the new GCSE’s I didn’t quite make the cut and as I didn’t want to go to university my career path…


Why are people afraid of taking minutes?

Are you afraid of taking minutes? When a Client asks me to take minutes then I am happy to attend and make notes at the meeting and then type them up into minutes afterward. However, it is very common that when someone is asked to take minutes they just won’t do it and shy away…