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? […]

5 Ways You Could Be More Productive This Month

Look, we know how you’re feeling. The summer we had all been wishing for is definitely over, and now we’re in that transition into the colder months. It’s getting dark earlier again, it’s wet or overcast most days, and you’ve already had to get out your big jumper to avoid the dreaded ‘putting on of the heating’.  Add that to a year and a half of pandemic sapping all of your energy, it’s no surprise that you’re not really feeling all that productive! But as a business owner, you can’t […]

Managing Your Pricing as a Small Business Owner

Pricing is one of the biggest causes of stress for any business owner, but particularly for smaller, owner managed businesses. Price yourself too high and you will struggle to find customers, but price yourself too low and you will run yourself into the ground for a pittance. But, price your products correctly and you could enhance how much you sell, creating the foundation for a business that can be truly successful. It’s one of the hardest things to do, and unfortunately, it’s one part art and one part science, with […]

5 Time Management Tips For Small Businesses

As a small business owner, there are all sorts of pressures on your time. From customers to admin, managing employees and chasing leads, it can feel like you’re being pulled in a hundred different directions at once. Unfortunately, there isn’t a lot you can do about being busy – it’s part and parcel of running a business. But you can make sure that you’re making the most of your time, so that you can pack as much productivity into the time you have as possible. Today, we’ve got a few […]

Is Admin Taking Over Your Life?

Do you feel overwhelmed by admin? The feeling of overwhelm is described a lot like drowning – not knowing which way is up, feeling like you’re struggling to breathe, and that you have no control. While lots of things in life can cause you to feel overwhelmed, one of the things we see time and time again with business owners is admin overwhelm. Too often business owners get sucked into this vortex of endless admin tasks that feel as though they have taken over your life, and you end up […]

Taking Care of Your Mental Health as a Business Owner

Being a business owner is an amazing thing. In charge of your own hours, following your passion, choosing exactly what you do and who you work with – on paper it sounds absolutely perfect. But it’s also incredibly hard. There’s a lot of worry about where the next job is going to come from, especially in the beginning, as well as the stress of having to wear so many hats at once, and the difficulties of being the one in charge when things go wrong. Add to that the general […]

Ways to Get Shit Done This Year

Do you feel like you didn’t get enough done last year? Spend a lot of time wallowing in the pandemic gloom, and now feel guilty that your business didn’t grow as much as you wanted?  Don’t worry, you aren’t alone. Productivity was at an all-time low for most people last year, but now with a light at the end of the tunnel, it’s time to kick things into gear and start 2021 on the right foot. If you’re not sure how, here are a few of our favourite tips to […]

4 Ways To Actually Enjoy Christmas This Year

Can we all just take a moment to agree that 2020 has been a fucking hard year? It’s been challenge after challenge, obstacle after obstacle, and the fact that you’ve made it through in once piece is frankly amazing. And we’ve all definitely earned some time off over Christmas. But if you run a business, then taking some time off over the festive period can feel difficult, and it can make you feel really anxious over the whole holiday. Which, let’s be honest, no one wants. So what can you […]

Put The Fireworks Back In Your Business!

Let’s be honest, 2020 has been a bit of a disappointment. It all feels a bit damp, dreary, and like we can’t wait for it to be over. And now we have another lockdown putting a dampener on November, so it’s safe to say that everyone is feeling a bit deflated.  You might even feel like your business is in a rut, unable to grow, and leaving you feeling bored. Don’t worry – all of us are in the same boat there. But if you want to not just survive, […]

A VA Isn’t Just For Business – A VA Is For Life

What do you think a VA does? Don’t worry if your answer was something along the lines of ‘help businesses get stuff done’. That’s pretty accurate, and honestly it’s what we bang on about a lot of the time in this blog. But did you know that a VA can also be really useful in your personal life? Think about it. Do you ever wish that you had another pair of hands at home? Someone to make sure all the bills get paid, that the kid’s activity letters are sent, […]