Cost Comparison of VA vs Temp vs Employee

Why should I hire a Virtual Assistant? Virtual Assistants provide flexible, professional, reliable and affordable help to businesses.  We perform the key administration duties which make your business profitable, thus freeing your time to work ON the business, rather than IN it.  What is the cost comparison of using a VA vs using a temp … Read more Cost Comparison of VA vs Temp vs Employee

Top Tips for Working From Home

Top tips for working from home

As a virtual assistant, I do a lot of working from home as well as having an office.  It’s handy, I have a dedicated space, no commute.  But I have to say when I first  faced working from home all week, it was daunting. Because of the outbreak of Covid-19 (coronavirus) a lot of people … Read more Top Tips for Working From Home

Can a virtual spellcheck replace a real person?

Another gizmo landed on my desk this morning and being the gadget-freak that I am, I was itching to try it out. www.grammarly.com claims to be able to correct your grammar automatically and give you consistent punctuation throughout a document…  Well that sounds like a challenge to me!  So I ran it through my usual … Read more Can a virtual spellcheck replace a real person?

Why Offshore VAs have their place

The world is getting smaller – it’s official.  Technology makes it possible for me to work from Glasgow and yet I am able to answer your phone calls as if I was sitting right next to you in the office.

CarolineSo if I can do that from Glasgow, what’s to stop me being in Bangalore or the Philippines?  Absolutely nothing at all.  I could actually already **be** there and I doubt you would notice the difference.

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For Halloween: Horror stories regarding virtual assistant security

Okay so it’s not quite as spooky as ghosts and ghouls, but we’ve heard some pretty terrifying stories about virtual assistant security over the years… Without naming names: There’s the VA who thought that having a computer or answering telephone calls/emails was merely optional, and therefore left her poor client hanging around trying to get … Read more For Halloween: Horror stories regarding virtual assistant security

Where did the time go? Social Media Time Management

Social media virtual assistant

HootSuite - Social Media DashboardI met another VA for coffee a few weeks back and she was bemoaning the fact that despite putting hours and hours into her marketing she gets very little return – in fact, she admitted that per week she spends at least 10 hours on networking meetings, and then on top of that she had perhaps another 5 hours on social media and never had any time at all to write fresh blog posts.  Her social media time management was out of control!

I looked a bit puzzled.

I don’t spend anything like that amount of time on marketing my business.  I’ve always thought that being organised is actually an advanced form of laziness and have accordingly adjusted my activities to suit…  So how do you figure out where to put the effort in?  And what are the biggest timewasters?

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8 Ways Virtually Sorted Virtual Assistants Save You Money

virtual assistant - how we workSometimes Virtual Assistant clients are surprised by how quickly and easily we can complete their work… Yes – our hourly rate is high, but for that fee you buy the professionalism which comes with time served experience.  In all these situations a less experienced assistant could easily spend hours trying to find out this information and bill you accordingly for inferior results.  Make sure Virtual Assistants Save You Money!

Looking for more examples of what we can do?

50 tasks your virtual assistant can do in 1 hour (or less!)

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GDPR – one year on

On 18 May 2018 GDPR came into force – but what effect has it had? From our point of view, we are seeing clients being much more aware of their data liabilities, which is hugely positive.  We rarely get asked to do unethical things like scraping data or using unopted in lists any more.  We … Read more GDPR – one year on

Virtual Assistant Outsourcing Models

As part of the Online International Virtual Assistants Convention (OIVAC) last year, I was honoured to be asked to share my thoughts on outsourcing and how to hire great subcontractors – as part of this, I discussed the different virtual assistant outsourcing models.

Different virtual assistant outsourcing models tend not to be well understood in the Virtual Assistant industry itself (let alone by clients!) as most VAs have only operated one type of VA business.  However since I’ve been a VA since 2004, I’ve run lots of different kinds of models within my business and strive to get the best results for clients.

But clients often question:

What’s the difference between a VA charging £15 an hour and one charging £35?

Why shouldn’t I offshore work?

Why can’t I have a dedicated VA who always does my work?

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Top Tips to Delegate More

virtual assistant tasks: Admin in Chaos?If your New Year’s Resolution was to finally carve out some more time, you need to delegate more.

But it’s hard to delegate more when your To Do List stretches to several pages and you know for sure a few items dropped over the bottom of it several months ago.  Sounding familiar?

It’s pretty common. 

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