Do you spend time developing new ideas for your business? A recent survey by Sage found that a third of UK entrepreneurs are too busy to come up with new ideas. Even more worrying, they said they had lost customers as a result of not having sufficient time. Lack of skills, too much admin and the pressures of keeping customers happy were cited as reasons they were unable to focus on their business. Yet without new ideas, it is difficult for a business to grow and develop and without customers, you don’t have a business. Continue reading “Too busy for new ideas?”
Remember those useful Microsoft Word short-cuts you learnt on a course about a year ago? No, probably because you haven’t used them since………….. Here are some I use regularly, try them out. Continue reading “Microsoft Word hints and tips”
If you’ve not worked with an Assistant before you might be a little unsure how exactly they can help you – whether Virtual or in your Office your PA will be a pivotal member of your team. Here are five ways an assistant can help you that you might not be aware of: Continue reading “How can an Assistant help you?”
I’ll just do one more thing! That has always been my mantra……. I know it isn’t good for me and am making a conscious effort to take some short breaks during the day. Knowing I do feel much better leaving my desk for a short break, it really is silly not to do it…..
To help me, I am putting down my thoughts on why to pause before starting the next item on my to-do list and sharing them with you. Hopefully, from today, I will start to listen to my own advice! Continue reading “Breaks, remember those!”
As technology and flexible working policies have improved over the years, more and more employers are allowing their employees to work from home. A study by Stanford University economics professor Nicholas Bloom et al on working from home even suggests that it can make employees more productive and happier.
However, if you’re a small business owner or entrepreneur, working from home can be a necessity rather than a choice. Here are my top tips for working from home on a daily basis. Continue reading “Top tips for working from home…”
Small business owners and entrepreneurs who have to balance work and home life can feel if they are always working at full speed, however, their ‘to get done’ list, rarely shrinks and is more likely to increase. However, is it beneficial to get help? Surely by the time I have explained what I need to someone, it is quicker to do it myself? Would that person really be able to do it ‘my way’?
So, what are the benefits to hiring a Virtual Assistant (VA) and why will it make your work/life balance more productive? Here are our thoughts on why hiring a VA will make your life easier. Continue reading “Can a Virtual Assistant help me?”
There are so many hints and tips for running an effective diary and each PA/EA will have their own preferences, here are some that immediately spring to mind. Continue reading “Tips for diary management”
The old adage says ‘tidy house, tidy mind’, but there is conflicting information out there as to whether this extends to ‘tidy desk, tidy mind’. Some people say creativity is boosted by a messy desk, other people prefer a more minimalist approach. In many modern offices, a clear desk policy is normal – but often this has more to do with the security of documents than it has to do with the employees’ ability to concentrate. Continue reading “Tidy desk, tidy mind?”
Whether you are holding a big or small event, your planning will follow the same general pattern, these are some of the key items to consider. Continue reading “Event planning – where do you start?”
At Virtual Angels we love a cheeky keyboard shortcut. Here’s our top ten Microsoft Excel shortcuts to help you save time while creating spreadsheets. What’s your favourite keyboard shortcut? Continue reading “Top Ten Excel Shortcuts”