Contingency planning – have you got it covered?

Do you know your business contingency plan? This time last year, few SME owners would have prioritised contingency planning for a major disaster or even had it on their radar. But twelve months on, the world is a different place and we’re all aware of the far-reaching and potentially catastrophic…

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How to develop you and your business for free

Since I launched my own business as a virtual assistant I have had to develop a whole range of new skills, from how to set-up a business, to learning how to use clients systems, to networking skills and how to market and build my own business. Surprisingly, I have found…

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Ring out the old, bring in the new…

A worldwide pandemic, two national lockdowns, furlough, redundancies, not seeing friends and loved ones: 2020 is a year that we won’t forget in a hurry, and sadly for all the wrong reasons. Personal and professional plans have been put on hold or completely wiped out, and many businesses have suffered…

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Get planning – it’s virtually Christmas!

With office Christmas parties a non-starter this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, lots of employers will be looking for virtual alternatives to entertain their staff and boost morale – especially when so many have been working in isolation at home for long periods. The traditional office Christmas party is…

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Are you missing out on free business opportunities with LinkedIn?

Are you capitalising on every available opportunity to promote your business and put it in front of potential customers? Advertising and marketing can pay dividends, but there are lots of other ways to put yourself centre stage, including the online networking platform LinkedIn.Viewed by many as just a job search…

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Are you optimising your business through SEO?

As a small business owner, SEO can be difficult to understand and to achieve. When I first looked into SEO I was daunted by the jargon. The term ‘Search Engine Optimisation’ simply means reaching high search rankings via search engines. It determines your visibility online - when a potential customer…

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Top 10 Apps to Increase Productivity in Your Business

Life is busier than ever these days. In an effort to help us navigate jam-packed days and long to-do lists, many fantastic apps and tools have been created to help us on our way. There are so many to choose from. The ones that you decide to use will very…

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Cashflow is Critical – Top Tips for Small Businesses

Money, Money, Money! Why do some businesses find it difficult to collect payment for the services/products they have worked hard to provide? Some business owners are uncomfortable asking for payment, others do not have the time and, worryingly some do not even realise that they are owed the money because…

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