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Key Tools for a Great Day

As a virtual assistant I often get asked what tools I use to maximise productivity and efficiency.  The answer is lots, as I work with software that clients use, but I have my favourites to get things done day to day.  Here's my top five - if you haven't already tried...

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How to search Gmail and FIND things…

A while ago I met a business contact who said his company had changed to Gmail and he hated it - he couldn't find anything! Well, did you know that Gmail actually has some rather powerful search tools - you just need to know where to find them.  This was put to the...

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Get more done using the “2-Minute Rule”

A few years ago I heard about this simple rule to help get tasks done during the working day. I mentioned it in my last email, and I've had a couple of comments on it from people that have used it and found it helpful - great to hear!   Here's a bit more about it....

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Taming that To do List

If like me you have tried lots of to do list formats and none of them quite work, give The One Minute To do List a try. It's really simple and based on splitting your list into three sections and then reviewing regularly.  You can use the system on paper or digitally....

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Do you have time for testimonials???

We all know that gathering testimonials is important - we can use them on our website and social media and they are great to put in front of potential clients.  So we win some work and get the job done, but before we know it, several months have gone by and we've...

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New Year, New Start

Well, here we are, 2018 is nearly upon us! 2017 has been a challenging one for me with an unexpected and major operation in September and while I bounced back really well, I was ready for a few days off!   Once the crackers have all been cracked and there's only a few...

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Ten Tasks to Delegate

When I meet fellow business owners at networking events, most of them will say they are too busy.  Some haven't heard of virtual assistants and once I explain the benefits of using a VA, they are interested, but scratch their heads and say, 'what can I outsource?' ...

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The Bottom Step

I had a friend years ago who used to fall out with her husband about the Bottom Step.  What happened was the post would arrive, he would open it, look at it and then shove it back in the envelope and put it on the bottom step in the hallway where it malingered for...

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Feeling overwhelmed? STOP!

    Feeling Overwhelmed?  STOP! You set up your small business to do more of what you love.  You wanted more say in when and how long you worked, to spend more time with the family or doing the things you enjoy.  Instead you’re up early, finishing late, feeling...

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Do you need admin help? And if so, what kind?

Do you need admin help?  If so, what kind? When I’m about and about meeting people at networking events, they often aren’t sure what a Virtual Assistant (VA) does or how one could help them.  They know they're drowning in paperwork but just keep battling on. You may...

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Poor cash flow? Get paid on time Part 2

Getting Paid on  Time - Part 2 Part 2 of our how to get paid on time guide Invoices Sounds obvious, but make sure you state your client’s full business name and address on your invoice.  Your invoices should be absolutely clear as to what sum is to be paid, by what...

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Poor cash flow? Get paid on time Part 1

Get paid on time Part 1 Let’s face it, most of us small business owners have had the experience of a late or non payer.  As well as being extremely disappointing and frustrating, it can have serious consequences for small businesses, often meaning that they are unable...

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Homeworking – make your workspace work for you

Homeworking - make your workspace work for you For anyone who’s worked perched at the end of the kitchen table surrounded by day to day paraphernalia, you’ll know how great it is to have a separate space to set up your home office. But how to make the best of the...

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Things a VA can do to help YOU

Things a VA can do to help YOU Although the idea of remote working and outsourcing is becoming more popular, I still meet a lot of people who don't know what a virtual assistant does.  I always say that anything a personal assistant can do except I won't be sitting in...

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