Monday 22 April 2024

A Day in the Life of a Virtual Assistant

Welcome to a glimpse into the daily routine of a Virtual Assistant (VA) - a role that's as diverse as it is dynamic. While each VA brings their unique flair to the table, here's a snapshot of a typical day in my world!

My day kicks off with breakfast, which I usually eat while playing a fake online casino game that I've played since 2016 - particularly during the challenges of the lockdown! Following this, I breeze through a brief skincare routine, brush my teeth, and if I have the time, I'll do a quick workout session in my garage. Currently, I'm hooked on Zumba dances, not just for the fun but also for the therapeutic benefits, especially in managing a foot injury.

After a shower and another round of skincare, I slip into my work attire - AKA anything elastic and comfortable - complete with makeup, ready to dive into the day's tasks promptly at 10 am.

The morning unfolds with a flurry of activity as I sift through personal and business emails, addressing urgent matters and organising the rest for later perusal. The core of my day revolves around tending to my client's needs, from curating engaging social media posts to crafting captivating graphics for new projects.

By noon, it's time for a well-deserved lunch break, during which I unwind with a gripping crime documentary, or another round of watching The Golden Girls! Post-lunch, I shift gears to attend to my own social media presence, engage in online networking, and revisit my inbox for any new developments. 

I wrap up client tasks by 5 pm, though I remain on standby until 6 pm, ensuring no urgent matters slip through the cracks. Once that's done and my evening is in full swing, I have my dinner and catch up on a variety of different TV shows from the week, or even indulge in a movie. 

I hope this glimpse into my day as a Virtual Assistant has shed light on the versatility and vibrancy of the role. If you're intrigued by the world of virtual assistance or seeking reliable support for your business endeavours, why not explore the services offered on my business website? Click here to discover how I can elevate your business to new heights.

Thank you for joining me on this journey through a day in the life of a UK Virtual Assistant. Until next time, stay inspired!

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Monday 15 April 2024

April 2024 Playlist

I've been listening to a lot of music over the past month so I thought I would create this little list of all the songs I've enjoyed. Click any of the titles to get taken to a YouTube video, so you can check them out for yourself. Hope you like them!

Had another month of being obsessed with all of these songs!! Like any of the songs above? Let me know! Hope you have a great day and keep safe :)

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Monday 8 April 2024

A Little Life Update!

Oh hey everyone! I know I've not been the most consistent on here in the last few years, but sooo much has happened. 

The last proper blog post I did was about a month before I set up my business - I don't know where to start so this is all out of order, but will try and do my best 😂

I no longer work at Morrisons! I worked there from June 2011 until December 2022. I quit on the 2nd of December so I wouldn't have to work there for another Christmas and it was the best feeling. I started my Virtual Assistant business in July 2022 and got my first client in November. That's right, I quit my stable job with only one client under my belt. Since then, I've worked with 6 of my own clients along with around 12 others as an associate VA. Currently, I have 4 of my own clients and help with 5 as an associate, and working a lot more hours. I LOVE this career choice and I'm so happy I made that leap.

Since June 2022 (the last proper blog post!), one of my friends had a baby boy, and another friend got married. I got to be her bridesmaid and it was such a lovely day. And another friend moved into their new home with their partner - it's a lovely house!

My Dad has also been unwell a lot, especially this year. He's been so dizzy/sick since Christmas that he's not been able to go back to work yet. Watching him trying to walk in a straight line is both hilarious and concerning at once - fingers crossed he is better ASAP. My Aunt was diagnosed with breast cancer and had an operation a few months later to remove it; it was successful! 

I've been to Florida again, along with another Center Parcs holiday. I won't be having a holiday for some time now as I need to focus on growing my business more and getting my income consistent. I digress... Florida in 2023 was really good, and I'm still in shock we got on 4 new rides at Disney, and then another new-ish one at Universal Studios. The weather was glorious and I had an amazing tan. 

I'm 80% sure a lot more has happened since my last update, but I genuinely can't remember off the top of my head! I'll try and do another update sometime soon 🙈

How have you all been this year so far? Let me know! Hope you have a great day and keep safe :)

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Monday 1 April 2024

April 2024 Wishlist

Phew, this year is going quickly again isn't it - can't believe it's April already! January felt like a whole year in itself, but the last 2 months went by so fast.

Anyway, moving on to today's post - a wishlist. I've not made one of these for sooo long, so this is overdue... But here is my current wishlist for the time being!

As you can see, I'm in a bit of a pastels phase! I think it's the fact it's springtime and I'm loving all the colours that are starting to show up.

What's on your wishlist for April? Let me know! Hope you have a great day and keep safe :)

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Wednesday 13 March 2024

My Journey To Becoming A Virtual Assistant

In the bustling county of Kent, amidst the quaint charm of the south of England, my journey began. Growing up surrounded by family and forging friendships that have stood the test of time, my story unfolds from the familiar streets of my childhood to the boundless possibilities of the virtual world. Join me as I recount the twists and turns that led me from the aisles of a supermarket to the fulfilling realm of virtual assistance.

Born and raised in Kent, I spent my formative years in the comforting embrace of my family - Mum, Dad, and sister. It was the moments shared with them and my grandparents, aunt, uncle, and cousins that enriched my upbringing. As I navigated through two local schools, forging enduring friendships along the way, I discovered a passion for social media and content creation, which laid the foundation for my future endeavours.

Going to Cornwallis for secondary school marked a pivotal moment in my life. Amidst familial changes and academic pursuits, I found solace and expression in the digital realm. Launching my own YouTube channel and exploring the world of blogging, I realised my affinity for creative expression and digital communication. Despite the adversity of traditional education, I found myself drawn to avenues that allowed me to chart my own path.

At the age of 18, I embarked on my first job at Morrisons supermarket, where I manned the checkouts for a few years. Over the years, I transitioned to the Deli department, honing my skills in customer service and team management. As I navigated the challenges of the workplace, I embraced my entrepreneurial spirit, venturing into budgeting tutorials on YouTube and crafting engaging social media content.

Amidst the highs of creative exploration, I encountered my share of setbacks. Diagnosed with Hemiplegic Migraines, I grappled with daily pain while juggling professional responsibilities. Despite the adversity, I found respite in my passion for content creation and digital engagement. However, as workplace conditions deteriorated and management turned a blind eye, I realised the need for change.

In July 2022, fuelled by a desire for autonomy, I took the leap into the world of virtual assistance. Liberated from the confines of traditional employment, I embraced the opportunity to support businesses and individuals in a dynamic and flexible capacity. With determination and grit, I bid farewell to my tenure at Morrisons in December 2022, embracing the role of a full-time Virtual Assistant with open arms.

As I reflect on my journey from the supermarket to virtual assistance, I am filled with gratitude for the lessons learned and the growth experienced. While the path was not without its challenges, each obstacle served as a stepping stone towards personal and professional fulfilment. Today, as I embark on this new chapter, I am humbled by the opportunity to make a meaningful impact in the lives of others through my work as a Virtual Assistant.

My journey serves as a testament to the power of resilience, adaptability, and self-discovery. Whether you're navigating the aisles of a supermarket or charting a course in the virtual realm, may my story inspire you to embrace change, pursue your passions, and carve out your own path to success. As for me, I look forward to the adventures that lie ahead as I continue to thrive and grow in my role as a Virtual Assistant.

Have you ever hired a VA or wanted to become one? Let me know! Hope you have a great day and keep safe :)

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Thursday 29 February 2024

Any Staff Member Can Make Positive Waves At Work - Here's How*

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It can be quite intimidating to start a new job, even if you’re somewhat experienced in the field. This is because every new company has its own culture and methodology of achieving tasks, and feeling unsure of how to engage with that can take some getting used to. Within no time at all you’ll be flying forward of course, and after the first month, it can sometimes feel like we’ve been there a year.

It’s also important to never discount your value within the workplace and the positive impact you can have. In fact, we’d be so bold as to say any staff member can make positive waves at work, not only on the cultural level but in terms of how you allow the firm to learn about itself.

With that in mind, you could consider some of the following advice:

Engage With & Review Processes

One of the best ways to make positive waves at work is to engage with and review the processes that you and your team follow. Coming in with fresh eyes, you’re a valuable new part of the company who can see where the rot has set in and you might be able to suggest adjustments. 

Of course, you shouldn’t dive in and change everything or dismiss every task you’re asked to do, but finding the operational parameters and asking questions where logic has taken a back seat to convenience can be helpful. This also marks you as a vibrant voice in the team worth listening to. Don’t be afraid to ask one million questions to get there, your training period is when this is most expected.

Highlight Areas Of Onboarding Improvement

Don’t forget that onboarding matters, and you’re getting a front-row seat to however this company likes to process it. You can provide feedback and suggestions on how to improve the onboarding process and experience for future hires, especially if some genuinely notable issues aren’t being addressed.

That might lead a company to adjust its onboarding training package or shift the rota of the first few weeks in favor of a new hire. You don’t know how much future frustration you’ll save new hires thanks to your efforts, so don’t be afraid to speak up.

Don’t Accept The Status Quo If It’s Unhelpful

Sometimes, positive waves at work have to cancel out negative waves. This means that you challenge and question the existing norms and practices that may be outdated, inefficient, or ineffective. You could also propose and advocate for changes and innovations that may benefit the organization, the team, and the work.

Maybe you’ve just noticed discriminatory language or haven’t been given adequate safety training. You can bet any capable management team would be very interested in this, but nothing will change if you don’t report it.

With this advice, we hope you can continue to make those positive waves in your new job.

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