A Different Way of Working

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Have you ever wished there were just a few extra hours in the day? Do you long for an up to date contact list, documented procedures, or for someone to send a few holding replies to ease the pressure on your overflowing inbox? Have you benefitted from the support of an assistant or administrator in a previous role, but are just not sure that you have the space in your office to take one on yourself? Have you contemplated taking on a Virtual Assistant (VA), but don’t really know what a VA is or what they could do? Continue reading “A Different Way of Working”

Networking adventures, part one

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Networking, a phrase that usually fills me with dread!  Last week, the Guardian Small Business Network posted an article that included ‘Naked Networking’, which I know would be two of my worst nightmares rolled into one!  However, one of the key things I have found since we established Virtual Angels, is that networking can be very helpful and supportive.  I have tried a few networking groups with very different results.  Over the next couple of weeks, I thought I would treat you to some of the reactions I have experienced whilst attending the different groups, as I am trialling two or three more over the coming weeks.  Then in my final blog on networking, I will list some of the ones that I have found most encouraging, signed up for and will be recommending to you. Continue reading “Networking adventures, part one”

Too busy for new ideas?

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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?”

Can a Virtual Assistant help me?

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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?”

So, what do you actually do………?

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A question that I often get asked when introducing our business to others.  While Virtual Assistant businesses are increasing, they are not familiar to everyone.  It’s a tricky question to answer as business or administration support requirements are different for everyone.  With a conversation style Q and A, see my answers below. Continue reading “So, what do you actually do………?”