Facebook Shortcuts To Help Save You Time

If you manage your own social media you will absolutely want to know what shortcuts are available in order to help save you time. My last article highlighted the best Twitter shortcuts, so today’s one provides Facebook shortcuts that you may not be aware of which should help to quicken up the process for you […]

Qualities Every Virtual Assistant Needs To Have

Setting up your own Virtual Assistant business may seems like hard work, but I’m sorry to tell you that it’s actually the easy part. Being a successful VA isn’t simply helping someone with their admin or supporting their business, it’s knowing how to manage and communicate with them. And sadly a lot of VAs seem […]

10 Tasks You Can Outsource to a Virtual Assistant

We no longer live in a time where the only solution to get the business support you need, is to hire a full- or part-time employee. Thankfully. Because half the time that ‘dedicated’ employee would be nattering on the phone, checking Facebook, or loitering by the coffee machine. And you wouldn’t be getting value for money. Now […]

Say no to the naysayers!

A while back I was talking to a woman who was thinking about becoming a Virtual Assistant and wanted some advice. She said: “I’m confused as to what to do at the moment. Full time work is a safe option but the hours are too long for me now and I’m trying to run a part-time […]

15 Blunt Truths About What It Means To Be A Virtual Assistant

Because you don’t need any formal qualifications to become a Virtual Assistant, there’s often confusion and misunderstanding in the VA Handbookers Facebook group around what being one entails, and it’s sometimes described as being an ‘easy side gig’, I thought I’d explain what it actually means to be a Virtual Assistant. What it means to be a (good) […]

Are you an Ambitious Woman? Read this book…

The Ambitious Woman: What It Takes and Why You Want to Be One The Ambitious Woman illustrates how ambitious women embody characteristics such as inspiration, empowerment, and motivation to help others accomplish their goals, and create win-win relationships in all areas of life. When you think of the word ‘ambitious’, what comes to mind? Power […]

Why Charge More for Your Services

We’ve talked before about how to raise your business rates, and whilst daunting, it is something you should be doing year on year (until you realistically can’t raise them any further without a truly niche offering). But have you considered why you should charge more for your services? Yes, there’s the one or two obvious reasons – you haven’t had a decent […]

5 Qualities Every Successful Administrative Assistant Needs

Successful businesses rely heavily on top-notch administrative professionals. A shrewd administrative assistant is the wizard behind the company curtain, the one who keeps the office running efficiently. In addition, skilled office professionals are constantly on the lookout for innovations to benefit the company. The best administrative professionals aren’t just supporting players. They add value in […]

Now Hear This: 7 Ways to Boost Your Listening Skills

Listen up executive assistants and office professionals – in almost every aspect of your job, whether taking minutes, planning events, training staff or acting as your boss’s gatekeeper, listening skills are one of your most valuable assets. Many professionals forget about this crucial element of effective communication. But here are seven tips for mastering the […]

5 Administrative Skills and Attributes Every Office Professional Should Have

An OfficeTeam and IAAP survey reveals some surprising truths about PA success… Administrative professionals are valued for their ability to wear many hats. Often their jobs require high-level responsibilities, ranging from planning large-scale events and representing senior managers to creating presentations and analyzing financial data. But what skills and attributes are must-haves for today’s support […]

What Makes a Great Assistant? O. C. D

Anyone can be an Assistant, right? It’s not that easy, not everyone succeeds. It requires many things – patience, approachability & reliability to name a few. Aside from this though, there are 3 important traits a great Assistant needs to have: O for Organized: Let’s face it, you’re either organized or you’re not. It’s something every […]

Virtual Assistant Skills – unique to the industry!

Virtual Assistant Skills:  “I’ve been a PA for 26 years – I don’t need told how to write a document” – except this aspiring virtual assistant most definitely did need told, because she had just completed our virtual assistant skills spelling test and had spectacularly failed it leaving in misspelt words, inconsistent formatting and hadn’t known […]

The Best Password Managers for Your Small Business

The Best Password Managers for Your Small Business Most of us either use weak passwords or use the same password across multiple accounts. This makes us more susceptible to identity theft and other crimes. Perhaps we do this because we fear we won’t remember those super long unique passwords? Well, the secret to managing passwords […]

How to Reignite Your Enthusiasm for Work

At some point, in any professional’s career, there comes a time when enthusiasm wanes. It’s natural, after all. Even as an assistant, a role where “no two days are exactly alike,” the day-to-day operations can eventually become monotonous. When you feel a lack of enthusiasm for the work you do, it can really take a […]

Today’s Administrative Assistant Has Power

(Excerpt from Become an Inner Circle Assistant book, Joan Burge) For the first time in history, the administrative professional’s job description hints at the full engagement of cognitive powers. When the job description includes identifying goals for the coming year; meshing them with your executive’s goals and department and organization goals; being prepared to track progress at specific […]

5 Tools to Help You Automate Your Work

One of the greatest advantages organizations achieves from automating various processes is saving time, among other resources. In the entire history of human development, the need to make work easier, faster and even cheaper comes naturally. This is what has led to various discoveries and developments of tools that automate work. Phenomenal examples include manufacturing, […]

12 Strategies To Help You Cope With Change

As I’m sitting here on Friday afternoon catching my breath from a very busy week and working on my speeches for our Annual Conference for Administrative Excellence, I am reminded how change is more prevalent than ever in our lives. In the past week, I have personally been through lots of changes; my staff has gone […]

Leadership Skills for Executive Assistants

I have always said, “You do not need to be a manager or senior executive to be a leader. Every executive assistant and administrator can be a leader and should be a leader.” Leadership is often defined as a set of characteristics such as being ambitious, broad-minded, dependable, forward-looking, intelligent, mature, and honest. Kouzes and […]

The Virtual Assistant: A Startup’s Secret Weapon

The biggest secret of highly productive people isn’t in any way ground breaking, but it is most often forgotten: They don’t try and do everything themselves. In theory, delegating work sounds like a fairly easy mantra, but in reality it’s a huge challenge for heads of startups and small businesses. For starters, it’s difficult relenting […]

Hiring a Virtual Assistant Grew My Business, and Changed My Life

Let’s say you’re an ideas person. You have approximately 17 ideas a minute and aren’t famous for the, er, completion of your projects. You have what I have: creative chaos brain, which means you get easily overwhelmed and your ability to prioritize effectively basically disappears and everything starts to look important. When I launched Baby Got Booked […]

3 Ways Virtual Workers Make Organizations More Effective

As the American workplace evolves, more and more companies are thinking of ways to increase productivity without reducing the caliber and engagement of their teams. Additionally, there is increased pressure on venture-backed startups to operate leaner until they can generate revenue. As a result, many companies are turning to virtual employees, found through sites like […]

10 Things to Outsource to a Virtual Assistant

Using a virtual assistant can shave hours from your workweek, but knowing which tasks to delegate can be tricky, whether you’re starting or growing a business. Most virtual assistants are contract or freelance workers who do their jobs from home and focus on administrative tasks that are similar to those of an executive assistant or secretary. […]

How Hiring an Assistant Has Made Me Happier

As entrepreneurs and creative workers, we should use our brains mainly for creative problem solving, and use simple rules for most other kinds of decisions. It keeps us happier. I finally have an assistant, and he is awesome. I can tell him, “These are the cities and events on my global book tour, now go, and […]

8 Soft Skills That Make for a Great Assistant

If you’ve ever seen The Devil Wears Prada, you may believe that being an administrative assistant is a stepping stone to something greater. Though it can be a proving ground that opens doors to other positions, being a personal assistant to an executive or middle manager can also be a fulfilling career that is currently totally […]