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As a virtual assistant, I try to avoid face2face meetings as much as possible – invariably they take longer than planned, it usually involves travel and the inevitable hold ups and delays.  They don’t always produce great results either – I’ll often have to sit down back at the office and compile an action list…

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The mess generated from simply being in the house is astronomical… Coffee cups, plates, junk spread all over the dining table… The office you imagined working from isn’t where you actually work – either because the Pinterest inspired clean, organised workspace never materialised or because you work from the sofa/bed… You have to repeatedly explain…

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Disclaimer: This blog post was written at an undisclosed moment in time, no animals were harmed during this experiment, except for some fried eggs.  These things sometimes happen – Sunday night and I pop out for a quick drink with an old friend and somehow it’s suddenly 11pm, last orders, and we are merrily rolling…

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This gem comes from Phillippa Goodwin of Essential PA – one for all the MultiVA businesses or simply for someone looking to outsource work on a permanent basis. How to “sell” a virtual assistant client

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I watched my 3 year old playing Lego today and realised it’s really very similar to running a business – first you need an idea, you need the building blocks as basics, and you need to execute the plan. My husband has huge creativity – they attempt to build airplanes and bridges and stations with…

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I had an amazing amount of emails about my article on flexible working and motherhood – I get a few emails or tweets for blog posts usually but this has been unprecedented. Admittedly some were denouncing me as a traitor to my own sex, I don’t really care – I was telling the truth. But…

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If 2015 is your year for blossoming into a confident business woman, this book is a great first step.  Written by Sheryl Sandberg of Facebook fame, it examines why women aren’t succeeding in business when they are getting better marks than their male counterparts at school and university. For VAs, I think it also poses…

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Time and again this is the book I recommend to aspiring business owners – not only because it is a good basis for a solid business, but also because it’s telling people they need to systemise and outsource – and that’s what using a VA is all about! Not that we’re the best at taking…

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