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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 moreGDPR – 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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Catch Caroline on BBC1’s The Apprentice!

Eagle eyed viewers of BBC1’s The Apprentice might have spotted Caroline doing deals with Karen Brady’s team last night…  Filmed during the summer, we were sworn to secrecy about this little televisual moment until broadcast. Virtual Assistants – Doing great deals! In this episode the apprentices need to sell merchandise and artworks of Scottish based … Read moreCatch Caroline on BBC1’s The Apprentice!

Competition: Win a bullet journal and accessories to get organised in 2017!

Ready to be super organised in 2017?  So the latest buzzwords in organisation are: BULLET JOURNALLING.  The idea is that you create your own diary by using an index and some funky accessories to customise and create something as unique as your business! So if you haven’t picked up your planner for this year, this … Read moreCompetition: Win a bullet journal and accessories to get organised in 2017!

Gadgette Video Transcriptions

We’ve teamed up with Gadgette to offer their readers a free 30 minute transcription of their video/audio. Why Use Video Captions? YouTube is owned by Google and therefore videos are given high preference by them when cataloguing search results. Whilst the description in your video can list keywords, you may get penalised for repetition of … Read moreGadgette Video Transcriptions

Bloggers Tea Party

What is a bloggers tea party? A chance to connect with other bloggers at an informal Bloggers Tea Party. No sales pitch, no sign ups, no fancy dressing up (unless you feel like it!). Mix with other bloggers, find out what they use, how they inspire themselves, share your experience. Free tea and coffee will … Read moreBloggers Tea Party