VA vs PA – What’s The Difference, And Why Is A VA Better?

Why would I want to hire a VA? Surely if I need help, I should just hire an employee, right? Well, no. Not really. In fact, we’d argue that’s quite an outdated way of looking at things. Of course if you need more experts to deliver your services to your clients you should expand your team, but for things like admin, organisation and general business support, there really is no need to hire a full time employee. The role of the PA is all but dead nowadays, and has instead […]

Why Business Owners Avoid Admin (And Why They Shouldn’t)

When you first start your business, it’s pretty easy to stay on top of all your admin tasks. After all, there aren’t that many of them, and while you’re still scouting for your first clients you have all the time in the world to get them done. But as you grow and get busier those tasks become bigger and more complicated, and you have less time to get them done.  At this point, you might start to feel the crunch. And how you react to this admin pressure defines what […]

Got Research To Do? Here’s 4 Reasons To Let Us Do It For You

Have you ever had a big project to do? A long paper to write, or even a big proposal that needs some information to back it up? Then you know just how time-consuming research can be. It’s not just as simple as typing some stuff into Google and having the answers pop up in front of you. It often means hours of detailed searching, sifting, qualifying and refining information. Not to mention getting it all into a document that’s simple to read and makes it easy to find the information […]

Email Etiquette – The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly

There aren’t really any industries out there that don’t use email. It’s just a fundamental part of business life now, and it’s often the only way we can communicate. So love it or hate it, you’re stuck with it! Now personally, we love email. It’s a really useful tool, especially as we work virtually, and need a good, reliable way to communicate with our clients. We wouldn’t really be able to function as a VA business without it. But that doesn’t mean it doesn’t have its niggles. More specifically, there […]

Picking The Right Suppliers To Boost Your Business

When it comes to running a business, it’s difficult, if not impossible to do it on your own. In fact, one-man bands very quickly outgrow this stage, even if there is still only one employee on their books. That’s because all businesses need support, and they need suppliers. This can be anything from the company that manages your IT to the people you buy your components from, to the people who help you market your services. No matter what they do, they are part of your business success – so […]

Is A Pandemic The Right Time To Work With A VA?

Over the course of this blog we’ve waxed lyrical about the business benefits of working with a VA. Mainly because there has always been a strong business case for hiring a VA, unless you are big enough to hire a PA in house. And if that’s you – why are you reading this blog? But with the pandemic things have changed. Priorities have shifted, and the focus now for many business owners is on preserving their business and shoring up cash flow. The pandemic has meant putting staff on furlough, […]

Could You Outsource Your Inbox?

How often have you walked into the office first thing on a Monday morning and dreaded turning on your computer? Not because you don’t want to get to work, but because you know there will be a huge pile of new emails waiting for you in your inbox. You know answering all of them will take hours (not to mention several cups of coffee), and that’s time you just don’t have. You have work to do. Deadlines to meet. Virtual meetings to attend. But you do it anyway, because you […]

Use Your VA To Make Christmas Easier This Year

Christmas. It might be the most wonderful time of the year, but it can also be pretty bloody stressful at times! Especially if you’re a business owner. There is so much to do and mountains of tasks to stay on top of for your personal and home life in the run up to the Christmas break, it’s enough to make your head explode. But fear not! Your VA is here to help. After all, your VA is there to make your life easier – and that includes Christmas! Here’s a […]

Can A VA Give You An Easier Life? Hell Yeah! And Here’s 4 Ways How

Have you ever wondered what us VAs actually spend our time doing? Why do people hire us, and what are the kinds of tasks we end up working on in a given day? Don’t worry – everyone’s wondered at one point or another! And the truth is, it could be almost anything. That’s the beauty of virtual assistant services. We’ve talked before about the kinds of things we can do and why we do them before, but today we wanted to shift the focus onto you. Specifically, to look at […]

4 Best Practices For Hiring a VA

If you’ve never worked with a VA before, we know it can be a slightly daunting experience. Even more so if you’ve never outsourced anything for your business before! But don’t worry, a VAs job is to make your life easier, without you needing to fret about how. The only thing you need to worry about is making sure you’re following some of the best practices when outsourcing to your VA, so that the relationship can be as successful as you want it to be. Not sure what they are? […]