I’ve been doing plenty of research over the last week for various tasks I’m working on, and during that time I’ve noticed a lot of discussions around how much money the average person thinks they need to survive each month. Obviously this depends on where you live, and I must apologise to our international readers, … Continued
This week The Department for Business Innovation & Skills are completing a consultation on implementing an EU directive which they say aims to strengthen the current late payment legislation in the UK. It seemed timely to have some tips on invoicing and collection procedures so you can get paid for what you’ve done in the … Continued
I started my VA business officially just 10 months ago. I know, that makes me a very ‘fresh out of nappies’ VA, but don’t stop reading just because of that! We can all do with a fresh pair of eyes and outlook on what sometimes seems to be glaringly obvious, even if you’re a veteran … Continued
This week a potential client said to me “- you’re expensive, my Accountant says I can get a much cheaper book-keeper”. Should I be worried and fight on price? I don’t think so, and I thought I’d share with you my thoughts on why.
One of the difficulties of running a successful Virtual Assistant business is client growth. Now obviously client growth is a good thing and congratulations to all of your who have succeeded in building up a strong client base, it’s no mean feat. But once those client numbers grow, how do you make sure each one … Continued
We all know that as a Virtual Assistant, we can work with anyone, anywhere – but have you maximized your chances of being found by potential local clients by appearing on local searches on Google, Google+ and Google Maps.
There are many different types of cloud solutions out there to make life easier for Virtual Assistants, entrepreneurs, small business owners and sole traders, and they’re growing by the day in this virtual world. So today I’m going to concentrate on what probably is the most useful and yet simplest one of all – online … Continued
When was the last time you looked at your own website? I mean really looked at it. Properly. If you haven’t done so within the last few months it’s probably a good time to give it a bit of a refresh. Why? To help attract new clients Create a stronger online presence Increase organic traffic … Continued
You may not have provided any really flashy benefits to anyone on the payroll in the last year – but that doesn’t mean you don’t have to send returns to HMRC by 6th July. If you don’t have a dispensation that includes travelling and subsistence expenses! Emma Potter takes us through what’s needed:
Bernadette Jones formed First4admin in 2008 after working as a PA / Secretary up to Chairman’s level for over 30 years as well as having a long held desire to work for herself one day.