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Losing focus working from home?

It’s easily done when we get into a routine that is not ideal for our productivity! Our habits can build up and it takes time to change them, but these simple steps can help you to slowly bring focus back to growing your business.

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Deadline Mayhem

It’s that time of the year.

The dreaded time.

Every year, this month is filled with stress, overtime and worry. Which all leads to missed opportunities and clients. But it doesn’t have to be this way - here are some ideas to prepare for the busy times!

Stressful September, Hire a Virtual Assistant

How do you waste your Time?

I am a small business owner. I also get paid by the hour. So, this month past, I did a little experiment. How much time did I WASTE??

I made a note of all the time I spent on Social media (including Facebook, LinkedIn, Pinterest, etc, etc, etc!), time spent on meetings (non chargeable and social) and time spent validly working on my business and time spent on my various "pastimes"

The result...Drum Roll Please...18 HOURS! (and a bit!)

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Do you know how to Google?

There is a search engine you may have heard of, called Google. Long Read...but a worthy read!

A lot of people use it but not too many people know how to use it properly. Who Knew??

One of the jobs we are asked to do is research. Knowing how to effectively use Google makes doing these types of jobs hugely more efficient.

So what typical features are useful to use?

Economics of OUTSOURCING!

"How Much? Gosh, that's a bit expensive." The first response I hear when I mention my rates. Not thinking that we have to cover things that a typical employee does not need to worry about like equipment costs, and not being able to charge for every hour of every day.
But laying that aside for a moment, how many have actually sat down and thought about the costs of an employee compared to outsourcing to a Virtual Assistant (or other professionals)??

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Hi, I'm Paddy and I'm a Virtual Assistant

A What Now? Have you heard of a Virtual Assistant?

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According to the Wiki...and we all know that is the root of all explanations...A Virtual Assistant (typically abbreviated to VA, also called a virtual office assistant) is generally self-employed and provides professional administrative, technical, or creative (social) assistance to clients remotely from a home office."

Cloud-based vs Traditional Methods

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Recently more and more people are looking at cloud-based accounting systems and moving away from the traditional desktop based systems.

People prefer to know a bit more about their business than they used to. Especially Sole Traders and Entrepreneurs who need to be aware of exactly where they stand financially to make informed business decisions.

Phew...I survived, Did You?

Year End Accounts!

Almost pulled my hair all out, but its done now and 31st January is gone!

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Looking back I wondered why I was so stressed, mine was done and dusted in October, but my clients on the other hand, well there were a few last minute daredevils out there! It made me look at various ways sole traders or entrepreneurs record their income and expenses.

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