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My Seven Favourite Things About Working Online!

Working from Anywhere Although I have a home office I do work from many places such as a client’s location, hotel rooms when away or even in the car. Being mobile is great, as long as there’s an internet connection I can work.   Marketing on a Budget If you have an...

What makes good Customer Service: Exercise

Information Connection Exercise: Purpose: To illustrate the difficulty of communicating information when there is noise in the process. Goal: To encourage customer service representatives to ask questions to confirm information. Materials Needed: Pen and paper for...

Go from Clogged to Creative

We all experience it at some point during our business journey – You know you need a certain flair to complete a piece of work or to make something happen and like a firework that won’t light – It’s just not there. You are clogged. Take a look over a few pointers I...

17 Hard Truths About Owning A Business

The path to success is paved with reality. Here are 17 completely un-pretty truths about building a successful small business. The reasons that anyone decides to venture down the path of business ownership vary. Maybe it’s the allure of setting our own hours? The...

The Cost of Free :: The 5 Truths

Truth 1 Only getting half the picture is like sitting in the dark blindfolded with headphones on! (Bit like a teenager with an iPod!) If you attend free business start up training, chances are they will only skim the surface of the topic matter. Meaning you spend a...

New Year, New You – Time for the “Sales” Chat

2018. How did that happen? This is a great time of year to ‘get back into it’ and to work on what you want for the New Year and where better to start than Sales. So take a look below at my pointers and thinkers on where you can get started / continue and gain Sales...

Christmas 2017 :: Are you Making a List and Checking it Twice?

Christmas – I love it! The smells, the sounds, the lights, and sights, but most of all the anticipation. I always have a great time and can look back on Christmas’ with happy memories. I know this isn’t the case for everyone, so with little over a week to go, what’s...

Develop Confidence with YOUR Thinking…

Confident thinking is all about training. Training your brain to think confidently. Confidence is an emotion and therefore we can affect it by what we do with our thoughts and bodies. For example, think back to a time when you were confident, what were you doing with...

How to Craft a Compelling 60 Second Presentation

Many business networks involve you giving a weekly 45‐60 second presentation. There’s an easy way and a hard way to do this. Here’s the easy way!   Tailor your presentation so it supports the aims you’ve set yourself for that particular meeting. Pick one strong...

Motivate Yourself!

Think about what you want and don’t want.   Associate with people that make you happy. Associate with someone you like.   Interesting Comparisons In the USA the balance of male owned businesses to female owned businesses is 50:50 Women are twice as likely to be self...

Home Sweet Home: Organisation Tips

As we gear up for a good spring clean I would like to take a look at organising in the home with the…   Home Management Folder This is a really great project, which I am sure that you will love – And you can really add you own spin on what you put inside it. An A4...

How to Write a Press Release about YOUR VA Business

Press releases are a fantastic way of getting free coverage for your business in the press to raise your profile and keep your marketing budget down. Press releases are free and are also referred to as editorial coverage – not to be confused with advertorial features...

Back to Basics :: Business Start Up Information

Small Business Start Up Information Sole Trader / Partnership There is just one highly significant difference between a company and a sole trader (or partnership). This concerns the role of the owner – and all other differences are a consequence of this role. As a...

Getting Your VA Business in the Press

Firstly you need an angle for your Press Release – Not just, we’ve released these new products and services. Need a good idea e.g. pounds lost in a weight loss club, we will donate to charity. Next, take a look at the 5 W's, which are; Who, What. Why, Where and When....

Starting a New Business – Is It For You?

Why do we start up in business in the first place? And what motivated me to start? I have had 2 new starter business ladies contact me recently asking me ‘how I did it’ – This is very flattering as shows that I am seen as knowledgeable and dare I say it successful!...

Exploring your Passion for Business

What are your Intentions for starting a new business? How do you move through the period of uncertainty when starting a business? You may find security is an issue – You don’t have that pay cheque coming in anymore – How do you pay the bills?   Passion = the energy...