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What having a marathon goal taught me about business goals

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I ran the Cape Town Marathon at the weekend. It was a lovely race, not as beautiful as the Two Oceans race, but there were moments of beauty when you looked up at Table Mountain and Signal Hill. But this blog isn’t about the race I ran. It's about what the race taught me about running my own business. 

South Africans! Virtual Assistants are a real thing!

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As a perceived stay-at-home mom, I am often asked what I do for a living. My response is very honest and enthusiastic as I say ‘I am a Virtual Assistant!’. And every time this scenario happens, I expect them to exclaim the wonders of a VA, how magnificent a role it is for the future of business, and how great virtual assistants are. But no. Instead, I am hit with a blank stare, followed by a confused ‘Sorry, you’re a what?’. So, I take a deep breath, compose myself and explain my profession, and they reply ‘Oh wow, I have never heard of that before’ followed by awkward silence and most certainly a change of subject. I can just imagine what they are actually thinking: ‘What a lowly job’; ‘She must be picking at straws’; ‘She should probably dedicate more time to her kids’; ‘Who would ever need or use THAT?’.

How You Can Capitalise on Valentine's Day

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Whether you are into Valentine’s Day or not, everyone knows that a) a LOT of money is spent on this particular day, and b) people are absolute suckers when it comes to this day! As a business owner, your question should be: HOW CAN I CAPITALISE ON VALENTINE’S DAY? 

Manage your client's calendar like a SUPERSTAR!

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Managing your client’s schedule is more than just scheduling and rescheduling meetings. In managing a schedule, you should also aim to ensure that your client has time to do priority work, is never late for a meeting and uses their time wisely. Below are some tips that will help you manage your client's schedule like a SUPERSTAR!!

A Few Skivvy Website Changes!

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We understand that the concept of a Virtual Assistant is still growing in South Africa even though it is becoming an increasingly popular vocation. (We know this since we get people asking to work with is DAILY!) And because it is becoming a popular career, we need to have a site that is easy to navigate through. Therefore, our aim in making changes to our site is to make your experience of Skivvy easier and more user-friendly.

6 reasons to use a VA as a Project Manager

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Project Management is the application of processes, skills, knowledge and tools to achieve the projects’ objectives. It is something that is needed and for the success of a project. A project manager, therefore, is the person in overall charge of the planning and execution of a project (something that is temporary with a defined beginning, middle and ending). It refers to someone who has a talent for being organised, efficient and meticulous. A project manager handles an entire project from conception to completion, and manages each step of the process to ensure that tasks are completed; deliverables and deadlines are met; and issues obstructing the finished project are removed and dealt with appropriately.

Research Tips for the Unschooled

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By definition, research is a series of systematic investigations into a particular subject. Systematic things take time….LOTS of time! More than taking up lots of time, conducting research takes patience, and some skill. And, the reality is, let’s face it, people don’t have the time that is needed to conduct successful research. And this is why we often get asked to perform research tasks: both for personal reasons and business reasons.