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Work/life balance means something different to everyone and at times is at best an elusive ideal and at worst a complete myth. We all live busy lives. Whether you work for a small company, a large corporate or are running solo. A whopping 94% of working professionals reported working more than 50 hours per week and nearly half said they worked more than 65 hours per week in a Harvard Business School survey. By making considered choices about which opportunities you pursue and which you decline, rather than simply reacting to emergencies, you can find try to find some balance in meaningfully engaging with work, family, and community. And you know what, give yourself a break - you can’t do everything, nor should you try No matter what work/life balance means for you, here are some useful tips that might help! Build Real Support Networks No matter who you talk to, whatever their role or...

I'm a single mum. I run a home. I have a busy teenage daughter. I manage an small business outsourcing team. And then I manage my own work for clients on a daily basis - so it's not surprising that I'm often asked just how I manage to do so much. And mostly with a smile on my face. First, I'm not always smiling and sometimes my endless cups of fennel tea (I also don't drink any caffeine ever!) go cold and I need to remember to breathe. But it's not often, as I have a few' work rules' I live by that make my business life a lot easier to manage, some of which you might find useful! And if business still feels overwhelming at times, then give us a call and we'll see how we can help! Be Ruthless I’m really ruthless in terms of doing only those things which are...

When you make the decision to hire a virtual assistant it’s a big one and a decision that, with the right VA, can radically change your life and support your business. Working with a virtual assistant is a tweaking process and a form of ‘letting go’ and comes with a whole host of, sometimes quite complex, emotions. It isn’t as simple as pressing an “easy button” and walking away. We need this to be a partnership, a working alongside. You can’t just hand over some basic information and expect it to just ‘flow’ – mostly because we can’t read minds and it takes time to become a ‘virtual you”! For many people, to hire a virtual assistant is entrusting part of your ‘baby’, and then learning how to do that and keep a hand in managing the workflow to the VA are totally new skills learn and master. Now please don’t think that...

If you’re running a local business with a physical ‘location’ and you’re doing OK, you’ll also know that, of course, your local customers are your most valuable customers. So how do you go about making sure that you’re reaching and connecting with the people that don’t know they need you yet? Or even 'local' people who might be slightly outside of your usual catchment? You might think that you don’t need to promote your local business online if you rely on passing trade, loyalty or word of mouth to bring in new customers. You don’t want to spend time messing about online when all your valuable customer can be right in front of you. You want to focus on doing what you do and let your work speak for itself. We get that. But all that said, in a competitive high street keeping hold of the customers you have (and getting new ones)...

As with the start of every New Year, many of us use this as a time to reflect on our new year goals, both personal and professional, and assess what we need to do to achieve them. And many of us make a list of those New Year goals, often to help us focus. So we’ve thought of a few ways your VA can assist in helping you achieve those goals and hold you accountable, so you can kick off 2018 on the right foot! I want to get organized Before your brand new calendar begins to book up with meetings and events, take the time now to get your plans for the year under control. You can start by giving your VA full access to your calendar and have them take over the process of creating and scheduling meetings on your behalf. We manage diaries for a host of clients, working...

Where focus goes, energy flows; where do you want to be putting all your energy this year? With the arrival of the New Year, many of us will have already taken the pressure on ourselves to come up with strong New Year resolutions we are determined to stick to, vowing how we will make a health commitment, a lifestyle change, some sort of personal growth and achieve a better work-life balance. This can become all very tired and clichéd and more so when you can, of course, make those life changes at any time of the year, not just at New Year. Certainly for us, we believe we are all a continual work in progress. And the same can be said of our businesses. But when you apply the process of reflection to your business it can be an opportunity to celebrate areas of accomplishment, and consider places where desired results were not...

Have you ever wanted to get some help in your business but were put off because it felt too hard?  Does the word outsource fill you with dread? Is the thought of getting another person to ‘do’ part of your business nerve-wracking – of course it is, you know your business better than anyone and it’s your baby. When we first start out, we tend to have very little money and so we feel like we must do everything ourselves. Then the business gets busy, life gets a bit frantic. The accounting gets left to the side because we don’t have time. The marketing just doesn’t happen or we post a few bits to Facebook, tweet a bit and send out one e-newsletter that took the best part of a week to get our head around, the blogging just doesn’t happen. And as for updating the website, well that’s a distant dream. If...