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4 Good Reasons Why You Should Outsource…

4 Good Reasons Why You Should Outsource…

Entrepreneurs have great talents, but a common flaw is the belief that they can do it all. Hiring a Virtual Assistant and outsourcing is a real asset to an entrepreneur.  It’s a great way to benefit from other people’s skills, scale your business and free up your...

How to Prevent Burnout!

How to Prevent Burnout!

Burnout is defined as physical or mental collapse caused by overwork or stress. As it turns out, there are ways to identify the early warning signs of burnout. And, there are many simple practices you can put in place immediately to prevent burnout from becoming an...

How my Virtual PA changed my life by Pam Vick, Founder

How my Virtual PA changed my life by Pam Vick, Founder

This week Designated are featured in the latest blog post from Caspia Consultancy.  Pam Vick, Founder and Managing Director of Caspia Consultancy, a business development and digital marketing agency has transformed her life and accelerated her business by using a...

The ULTIMATE Business HASHTAG List!

The ULTIMATE Business HASHTAG List!

Did you know that hashtags receive nearly TWICE as much engagement than a social media post with none? But what are they and why use them?  What is the best business hashtag list to use for your business? A hashtag is a label attached to a social media post. It’s a...

PA Life Interviews Designated PA: Hannah Smith

PA Life Interviews Designated PA: Hannah Smith

Designated PA Hannah Smith won the Inspiration Award at the very first Birmingham PA Awards and Jade Burke speaks to Hannah about her experience and why she thinks PA are no longer expendable. Read the full article here...

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...

Can PAs Work Together? 

Can PAs Work Together? 

2 is better than 1! They say 2 is better than 1 and we can vouch for that, but can 2 PA's work together?  Several of our clients have more than one virtual personal assistant operating on their team.   They can offer different services depending on their specialist...

5 reasons why you need Instagram for your business

5 reasons why you need Instagram for your business

Instagram may not seem like the obvious social media marketing platform for your business. This might be especially true if your business is service-based or not particularly image-led.    Yet, the photo sharing site is the third largest social media platform in the...

How does flexible working benefit business?

How does flexible working benefit business?

The Clubhouse - May 2019 Our partnership with The Clubhouse, London’s leading business members club launched on May 1st. Since then we have attended numerous events and contributed to several articles. Our latest feature focuses on how flexible working benefits...

The rise of the virtual assistant – HR Director

The rise of the virtual assistant – HR Director

Designated's Managing Director, Jane Braithwaite talks to HR Director Magazine, about the rise of the virtual assistant and how it can reduce stress and help you feel calmer in other areas of your life. Designated clients have their say Women On Boards' Fiona Hathorn...

How do you measure the value of Social Media Marketing?

How do you measure the value of Social Media Marketing?

Social media is a waste of money, or is it? Let’s face it, no one is going to say to you: ‘one look at your Instagram account and I was sold.’ So why invest time and money in social media? Learning how to measure the value of your Social Media efforts is paramount to...

Need a Virtual PA? Look out for these Top 5 Skills

Need a Virtual PA? Look out for these Top 5 Skills

Your business is growing and you’ve decided you need some support, but what skills should you look for in a Virtual Personal Assistant? Top 5 Virtual PA Skills   Solid PA experience Being a Virtual PA isn’t that different from being an office-based PA. So make...

How to delegate

How to delegate

How to delegate when you find it hard to let go! Letting someone in to your business world can be daunting. You know you need help, but where do you start? Effectively delegating is a real skill that is critical in expanding a business, but understanding where to...

Taking control of your life: the rise of the virtual assistant

Taking control of your life: the rise of the virtual assistant

Designated's very own Christina Reilly is featured in a Women on Boards article, highlighting how a virtual personal assistant can help you take control of your life. Christina Reilly is a virtual assistant working with Fiona Hathorn, Women on Board's founder and MD. ...

Why Personal Branding Is Essential To Your Success

Why Personal Branding Is Essential To Your Success

Have you searched “what is a personal brand” in Google and seen the nearly 6 million results? If you’ve got a name and a social footprint, you have a personal brand already. First impressions are now formed online. Tom Peters is widely credited for creating the term...

Why and What should I Delegate?

Why and What should I Delegate?

Maximise your potential – Why and what should I delegate? One of the primary blockers that prevents entrepreneurs and business owners moving forward with growing their businesses is that they are multi-tasking to a huge degree, taking a “Jack of all trades” approach,...

6 Top Tips from Top VA’s! – Part 5

6 Top Tips from Top VA’s! – Part 5

This is the 5th and final blog in our series on how to make the transition from PA to VA.  As experienced VA’s successfully managing clients, we wanted to share our strategies on how to stay on top of everything.  In this final blog we have put together our favourite...

Working from Home and How to Prioritise Self Care – Part 4

Working from Home and How to Prioritise Self Care – Part 4

Part 4 in our series 'Taking the leap from PA to VA' is all about self care. One of my biggest learning curves when becoming a virtual personal assistant, was how to properly look after myself. Gone were the days of going to the gym on the way to the office, a long...

The Easiest Way to Avoid Work Stress and Focus on Work that Matters

The Easiest Way to Avoid Work Stress and Focus on Work that Matters

According to Personnel Today Six in 10 employees experience workplace stress.  And it’s no different for an Entrepreneur.   Being an Entrepreneur is not the easy, flexible, anxiety free career that many believe it to be; in fact, it's quite the opposite.  If you are a...

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