We all have commitments. We commit to our business, our clients, our family and socially. As a result, we get over committed, pressurised, cluttered and lose time. Our business demands us to be accountants, sales people, marketing gurus and legal and employment solicitors, oh yes and providing the product or service we specialise in. The idea of a Minimalist Business life is just far to left field? Or is it?
When you think of a Business Owner, you immediately think of someone organised, who is ultra-efficient and is the master of all business matters and interests. In effect, being proactive. Being Proactive is management speech stating that ‘a person is creating or controlling a situation rather than just responding to it after it has happened’. (more…)
Employ a Virtual Assistant for Business Growth
Are you ready for this? The time has come to review all the successes and disappointments for the last year! (Hopefully more successes than disappointments). Has your business grown so much, that you now need an extra pair of hands for those odd jobs? You know the ones, the ones you hate or don’t have time for, or you just don’t want to do! Is It time to assess where you fell and where a Virtual Assistant could help?
Firing A Client
Getting a client is hard, but firing a client can be harder. Businesses of all sizes spend hundreds of
thousands of pounds trying to get a new client. There are adverts in newspapers, television and local magazines, special offers and financial incentives.
Small Businesses find their clients slightly differently, however, the effect is the same. A significant amount of money spent to attract a potential new client. Adverts in local magazines, investment in websites and social media. Also, small businesses often attend business networking meetings. Meetings could have a joining fee, a monthly fee and a weekly fee. In addition to the cost of the meeting, the time at the meeting, the time following up leads and then the time generating the paperwork and information needed to entice the potential client into being an active client.
Taking a break for a small business or entrepreneurs can be a very stressful time. If you own a business or are the only person in the business, then the thought of losing clients and money could ensure you never take a holiday. Some business owners falsely believed that if a business owner decides to take a break, then the business will fail and all their customers will go elsewhere. As a business owner, you need to learn how to take a break and run a business for your own peace of mind and that of the business. On the other hand, for most employees, it’s an enjoyable experience and staff look forward to their holidays. Plans for the holiday start weeks, sometimes months in advance. Money spent on hotels, flights and money exchanged. The countdown to the holiday (more…)
A virtual office address is perfect for self-promotion of micro businesses. Legally you have to register your business with HMRC and Companies House. As a result, this is known as your registered address. However, your day to day post needs to delivered somewhere. A virtual address is ideal for businesses operating from their home. Additionally, a virtual office helps a business look and promote a larger corporate image without the high costs or renting or buying.
Once a Virtual Office has been created; mail is automatically delivered to the new address. You then have a choice on how mail is actioned, you could have (more…)
When starting a business, the owner or director will have some business expectations. The first expectation will be, the business will be a success. Secondly, there will be financial rewards and personal achievement. Very few people start a new business expecting it to fail or have limited financial reward. The new business owner will be looking forward to creating fantastic relationships with both clients and suppliers. A relationship that will ensure:
- Their clients will value their product or service
- Clients will become an advocate for their business
- Invoices paid on time and in full
- Clients will be courteous and respectful
I know there are at least three significant advantages of working with a Virtual Assistant or Virtual PA. (Not taking into account the many smaller benefits). I know that this is correct from the feedback I have had over the years from my clients. They have:
- Grow their businesses
- Taken holidays
- Re-balanced their lives
myPA have been Virtual Assistants and Virtual PAs since 2005 so we have had a lot of feedback
Working in any office can be stressful, however, with a dog in the office, stress levels are reduced considerably. It doesn’t matter if you work for yourself, work on your own or in a corporate environment, stress is now a factor in our working lives. The skill we have to master is trying to manage that stress. We also have to be aware of when our stress levels are overflowing. It is true that we all can manage a certain amount of stress, we are hard wired for it, but an overflow can be dangerous and unproductive.
There are many tools, therapies and strategies on the market to help elevate stress, but have you thought about have a dog in the office?
Twitter for business – does it work? well, I have had a twitter account for some time now, and to be honest, I go through stages where I love it and can spend hours looking at posts and updates. Indeed, this is how I became a Virtual International Speaker on Networking. There are times however when I just want to hit my head against a brick wall. There is some much information on twitter it can be difficult to figure out which information is valuable, which is a waste of time and which is pure dribble.