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Va Diaries – The Lowdown on Personal PAs

Va Diaries – The Lowdown on Personal PAs

Personal PAs are in demand more than ever before.   These super Personal Assistants are expected to manage their employer’s personal diary, help organise family events and provide all-round amazing support. So what’s it like working for a celebrity, high net worth...

How to use LinkedIn to build your personal brand

How to use LinkedIn to build your personal brand

LinkedIn is a great way to build your personal brand. By using your network to develop leads and referrals you can and should position yourself as the expert in your field. Not so long ago, LinkedIn was the weird cousin of the cooler, bigger social networking kids....

Are you ready to make your business bloom?

Are you ready to make your business bloom?

It is deeply steeped into British culture that talking about money is uncouth. You simply don’t do it. When it comes to your business, it can be difficult not only to talk about finances but also understand them as well. Going through profit and loss sheets isn’t the...

VA Diaries – This week we keep it local!

VA Diaries – This week we keep it local!

We chat to Jennie Taylor, a VA from Surrey, who took the plunge and set up independently building up her very own client base.  Jennie proves that there is a real need from local individuals and small businesses for part-time PA support on a flexible, non-committal...

What we can learn from knitting about going viral?

What we can learn from knitting about going viral?

A blog published on a niche knitting website has gone viral across the world, getting picked up by the national press in the UK. Not bad for a hobby that’s mostly associated with your Nan. Ravelry is a US-based website for knitters and crocheters. Last week it...

VA Diaries  – we collaborate not compete!

VA Diaries  – we collaborate not compete!

We shine the spotlight and celebrate the differences amongst some of the members of the Designated team, who all work to collaborate with client across all industries.  They all live in different locations across the UK and demonstrate different strengths and skill...

Why ‘I’ve not got enough time’ is no excuse

Why ‘I’ve not got enough time’ is no excuse

Time, or lack of it, is one of the most common problems we hear from, well everyone. Running your business does indeed take up a lot of your time. It’s like another child. It needs constant care and attention to grow and thrive. But time shouldn’t be a reason that you...

What is making tax digital and do I need it for my business?

What is making tax digital and do I need it for my business?

We all know it is coming every year. Completing our tax returns, whether we are self-employed or a registered business it is perhaps the least enjoyable job of the year. It is also an incredibly important one, too. To run a successful business you need to know about...

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