Survival rates – improve your chances!

Out of every 10 small businesses, 7 will survive their first year, 3 will still be going after 3 years, and only 2 will remain after 5 years.

Most people going into business for themselves do so because are very good at what they do – a skilled joiner, a fabulous PR person, a talented public speaker.  However, it doesn’t guarantee they are great at the admin!

So how do you make sure your business is in the successful 20%?

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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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UK Etsy Alternatives

etsy alternatives

We’ve had a few clients affected by the changes at Etsy – and they wanted us to research UK Etsy alternatives for them and agreed we can share the results. Background – why do we need an Etsy Alternative? Etsy recently changed the way their sponsored adverts work, and lots of sellers have been reporting … Read more UK Etsy Alternatives

Get your UK Christmas Planning Virtually Sorted!

Santa's mailbox

Christmas Planning: Christmas Dates for Virtually Sorted: Close 12pm Fri 20th December and reopen 9am Monday 6th January Christmas is coming – Santa’s sleighbells are jingling in the background and there are a million and one things on your UK Christmas Planning List. Last posting dates Christmas 2019: Wed 18 Dec – 2nd class post … Read more Get your UK Christmas Planning Virtually Sorted!

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

Digital Product Creation

A client asked me the other day how she could leverage her time by creating e-products rather than doing one-on-one training with her clients.  She thought it would take a lot of time, effort and money to create digital products, but getting a product together for sale has never been easier – and you may already have the content! 

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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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