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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? 

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.

4 Ways a Virtual Assistant Can Help You Manage Your Blog

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Blogging is known to be incredibly effective in building your brand and growing your business. Blogging is an effective way to show off your business and expose it to your current clients and potential clients. Your blog will let people know where you have come from, what you are up to and what you can offer them.

5 South African Funding Programmes for Women Entrepreneurs

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The Global Entrepreneurship Monitor revealed that there has been an increase in women’s entrepreneurship primarily due to government support. The Small Enterprise Development Agency (SEDA) noted that 72% of micro-enterprises and 40% of small enterprises are currently owned by women. As a female entrepreneur, I find this statistic absolutely amazing!

How to get a virtual assistant to manage your emails.

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More and more we are seeing a decrease in phone calls, faxing and hand delivering of documents; and are seeing a rise instant messaging such as Skype, SMSes and, of course, email. But email is fast becoming unmanageable and very overcrowded. A solution may be to allow a virtual assistant to manage your account for you? Here are the ways you can allow someone to manage your email account.