Working with Pets

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This week we have a blog from Holly about the furry Virtual Angel, Reggie!

One of the joys of working from home is spending the day with my four-legged furry friend.  Reggie is a Brussels Griffon and I have to say there are days when I wonder if he is more cat than dog. However, since he came to live with us last year, he has had a huge impact on my working day.  We don’t have a garden, so he needs to go out for walks on a regular basis throughout the day.

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Email etiquette – what grinds your gears?

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Email has become an essential part of everyday communication. Some people love it, others hate it, but there is no getting away from it. Personally, I think email is a useful tool, working virtually it is a key part of my communications with my clients. That said, there are a few email habits that do make me grumble, here’s a list of my email pet dislikes. Continue reading “Email etiquette – what grinds your gears?”

Using Social Media

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Social media has become a big part of our everyday lives personally and professionally. As a police officer, my social media profiles were locked down with limited public information. However, leaving the police and running my own business, I’ve had to learn to be more open about connecting with people and keeping the information up to date. Continue reading “Using Social Media”

Making the most of the Summer months

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Summer holidays can mean two things for businesses depending on the product or service they provide. It can be one of the busiest times of the year for the hospitality or tourist industry, but for those providing business to business (B2B) services, it can be an incredibly quiet time. Often clients will take time off over the summer or reduce their required services. Some may even review the services over these quiet months and decide to stop using them altogether. Continue reading “Making the most of the Summer months”

Tips and Tricks: Gmail Settings (personal or business)

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Today, it’s Google’s turn for our ‘tips and tricks’ spot. Google have a range of apps for business under their GSuite subscription. One of these is Gmail, which is also available free as personal email. Continue reading “Tips and Tricks: Gmail Settings (personal or business)”

Networking, Blogging, Social Media – what’s the point?

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Why bother with networking, blogging and social media for business?

If you run a business there are so many things to do, all the time, and there is so much information out there about how often you should be networking, blogging and updating social media. We have written before about our networking experiences, our Virtual Angels social media is active and updated often and we regularly blog for our business. All of this takes time and when you’re on your own the sheer volume of work can seem overwhelming. Continue reading “Networking, Blogging, Social Media – what’s the point?”

Tips & Tricks: how to email merge using Outlook

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Sending emails to contacts has become easier with the development of online email marketing tools.  You can easily make professional looking emails and personalise them to the contacts in your list. In addition, there are options to track your emails, find out if people are opening them and even work out which links they are clicking on. Continue reading “Tips & Tricks: how to email merge using Outlook”

Getting your Finances Organised

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We’ve just come to the end of another tax year. Will you be submitting your return in the next few months or will you be feeling frazzled on 31 January, desperately trying to pull everything together?

Did you only just get your tax return in by the skin of your teeth and promised yourself it will be different next year?

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The Microsoft solution to a Gmail problem on Apple

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Previously, I’ve written about my dislike of conversation view for emails. Some people love it – I am not one of them. I find it confusing and often miss emails as a consequence. Continue reading “The Microsoft solution to a Gmail problem on Apple”

How do I communicate with my VA?

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One of the most common questions we get asked when talking to potential Clients is ‘how will you keep in touch?’. Working with a Virtual Assistant requires a different way of communicating, but if it’s clearly defined from the beginning, it’s really straight forward. Here’s a brief overview of how we communicate with our Clients: Continue reading “How do I communicate with my VA?”