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?”

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?”

12 ways a Virtual Assistant can help free your time!

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The right Virtual Assistant can help you grow your business by freeing up your time to focus on the important strategy.  Here’s just a few ways a Virtual Assistant can free your time. Continue reading “12 ways a Virtual Assistant can help free your time!”

Learning to Delegate

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I am a bit of a perfectionist. I like things done and I like them done well. One of the hardest lessons I learned was to be able to let go and delegate. Whilst I have become more effective at delegating since running my own business, this isn’t where I learnt to delegate.

Outside of work I have spent many years as a volunteer reserve officer with the Air Cadet Organisation.  I’ve been lucky enough to work with lots of talented people during that time, but it was working alongside experienced RAF Sergeants that gave me my real training in delegation – their guidance and advice was invaluable.  Here are my tips for delegating within your business. Continue reading “Learning to Delegate”

Holiday Checklist for Business Owners

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When you own your own business the idea of taking a week or two away can be daunting.  However, there are many benefits to taking a holiday.  It gives you time to relax and rejuvenate.  It can also give you the head space you need to problem solve and plan for your business.

Here’s our Business Owner’s holiday checklist to help you get ready for your summer break. Continue reading “Holiday Checklist for Business Owners”

Perspective!

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Perspective is a funny thing.  I recently went on holiday with my husband and whilst we were away, he decided he wanted to go for a run. He had forgotten to bring his sports armband which allows him to run listening to music from his phone, so he borrowed mine. A fairly unremarkable event in itself! Until he returned to our apartment and I noticed he was wearing it upside down.  He’d done this because it meant the headphone cable came out of the top of the case directly up to his ears rather coming out the bottom and curving up as it does when I wear it. It had just never occurred to me to wear it the other way around. It was a mini revelation! Continue reading “Perspective!”