My Top Book Recommendations for Freelancers

When I first started my Virtual Assistant business back in 2011, I needed all the help I could get. Here I was running my own company for the first time and in a foreign country to boot. At that time, business books were very important to me. They still are now, but...

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How to Effectively Manage Your Time as a Freelancer

The allure of answering to no one (except ourselves) and being "free" from the invisible restraints placed on us by working for someone else is what drives many of us to fulfil our dreams of becoming a freelancer. But while freelancing affords a lot of benefits for...

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The Importance of Client Contracts for Freelancers

Being my own boss is great. It allows me to manage my time however I want, and that enables me to do a lot more of the things I enjoy in life. In fact, since I moved to France back in 2011, my work/life balance has been better than at any other point in my life....

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Why You Need to Break the Outsourcing Vicious Circle

When new business owners are first starting out, there’s a massive tendency for them to try and do everything themselves. After all, their fledgling companies haven’t yet found their feet and any tasks they can do personally ultimately helps them keep costs down. But...

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It Can Be Lonely Working Remotely

My decision to move to rural France back in 2011 was not one that I took lightly. It involved a huge amount of courage, but was made infinitely easier by the support I received from friends and family. I’m now enjoying a much better work/life balance than I ever have...

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#MicroBizMattersDay, New Website & More…

So here I am, it's 2016 and already February and I feel that I should write a blog post. I am a little out of practice but I do have so much to tell you that I really need to get this written before something else stops me from doing so. Top on my list is, I have a...

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10 Ways a Virtual Assistant Can Help a Small Business

I regularly speak to small business owners, on both a personal and professional level, and if there’s one thing they all tell me it’s that when they first started out they tried to wear too many hats. In other words, they bogged themselves down with tasks that they...

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Why I Love A Planner (And You Should, Too!)

Do you use a planner in your business? I mean, it could be a diary, it could be an app on your smartphone, or it could just be a plain old notepad which you write things down in? For the last two years I have spent a fortune on a lovely colourful life planner from...

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Helping Small Businesses Make a Big Impact

I was delighted to know & write about #MicroBizMattersDay last year, as a micro business (0-9 employees) owner myself I always jump at opportunities to help out other micro businesses. Now I can’t be more enthused to throw my support behind Tina and Tony’s...

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