How to Successfully Transition from a Virtual Team to a Real Life Team

November 13, 2017

We lost a client recently. For the best possible reason – they outgrew a virtual team! Their business became so successful, they needed a physical presence in the business taking over the support we had provided remotely. While we are...

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An Open Letter to My Younger Entrepreneurial Self.

October 5, 2017

Dear Sam, Congratulations on taking the leap of faith to create your own small business. Many people aspire to create a business and work for themselves. I know this is not something you have ever aspired to. Let me start...

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A Pledge for Less Waste

September 7, 2017

Following the recent ABC Series, War on Waste, the topic of less waste has become more popular. It’s frightening to think about the amounts of waste that are accumulating from mankind all over the globe. The War on Waste program...

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Is your business ready for an Online Business Manager?

August 28, 2017

When your business has been steadily growing (and so has your workload) you may be considering the benefits of outsourcing. Should you outsource to an Online Business Manager (OBM) or a Virtual Assistant (VA)? As your business grows your need...

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Why sharing knowledge is important

July 30, 2017

Building positive and lasting relationships is key to successful business growth. A strong personal connection, that has developed and grown over time, can lead to greater client satisfaction and genuine referrals. There are many ways to strengthen relationships, but this...

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Make your Virtual Assistant partnership a success.

June 28, 2017

You’ve partnered with a Virtual Assistant. Congratulations, so what do you do next? When you understand the benefits in outsourcing to a Virtual Assistant (VA), you also realise your time is valuable. This realisation makes your new partnership even more...

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10 Tasks to outsource to Virtual Assistant

April 4, 2017

Not sure what tasks you can outsource to a Virtual Assistant? While there is no secret formula or list to go by, this infographic may just prompt a few ideas for you. by Sam Spence – Founder & Principal Executive...

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What does IWD mean to me?

March 7, 2017

It’s International Women’s Day tomorrow, and while I have local events to attend to celebrate the day, I took a moment to think about what the day really means to me. The theme this year is “Be Bold For Change.”...

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6 Changes you can make to Go Green!

November 7, 2016

While some continue to debate whether climate change exists or not, doesn’t caring for the environment simply mean cleaning up after ourselves? Leaving the world in a better state for the generations to come after us? Here are a few...

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Copyright – Do the right thing & avoid breaches.

November 1, 2016

I want to start this article by stating I am not a Copyright or legal expert, and the contents of this article are purely my own experience, opinions and thoughts. For specific circumstances, we recommend you contact a legal representative...

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Looking back: Lessons from our first four years.

October 2, 2016

Four years is a lifetime for some! But if we are talking business journeys and it feel like a lifetime or life sentence, you’ve probably chosen the wrong business. We’ve all heard the statistics, many businesses don’t last more than...

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Learning is the key to Innovation.

September 21, 2016

I’ve just finished listening to a series of webinars as part of an online community of Women Entrepreneurs. As I listened and watched, I took notes on how I can improve, ideas I need to investigate further and action I...

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Mastermind Groups; More than a Networking Group!

August 25, 2016

I’m a member of a Mastermind Group that has been operating for close to 2 years. Collectively we have more than 100 years of business experience, which has led to; 2 shortlisted businesses in the 2016 Bendigo Business Awards, 2...

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Book Review – Ready to Soar, by Naomi Simson

June 21, 2016

It seems from the contents of the book to read as a guidebook for entrepreneurs. In fact, Naomi states within the introduction that this book is intended to help your dreams come true on your journey to entrepreneurial freedom. “I...

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Why you should be watching Shark Tank!

June 6, 2016

If you’ve never watched the Network 10 TV show Shark Tank, I recommend you do. Particularly if you’re a buddy entrepreneur or a business owner, or your business needs that something! The basis of the show is that business owners...

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The Secrets to Working Smarter, Not Harder

May 4, 2016

Life is busy! We are constantly taking on more and more, often meaning we are running from event to event, losing sleep and missing out on downtime. If you have children, more than likely you are even busier meeting their...

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Is it okay to recycle your content?

April 27, 2016

Creating great social media content is crucial for success online. Your content marketing needs to resonate with your target audience, encouraging them to engage and stay connected with you. You need to be true to your brand and allow your...

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I stand with Rosie Batty

March 10, 2016

I am a proud Business Chick, so when Emma Isaacs and her team announced Rosie Batty would be the guest speaker for their International Womens Day lunch, I jumped at the opportunity to grab my ticket and be in the...

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Australian Virtual Assistants Conference (AVAC) 2016

March 2, 2016

People are often amazed when I mention the annual Australian VA Conference. The next thing that usually comes out of their mouths is something along the lines of “But you work in a virtual world, why do you need to...

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Surprising Requests of a Virtual Assistant

February 20, 2016

This article originated from being asked again and again what does a Virtual Assistant actually do! A question most VAs are asked regularly. The tasks and projects we are often asked to complete are usually of the admin nature –...

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Top Tips for Instagram

January 17, 2016

If you would like to get more out of your Instagram account, try our Top Tips. Remember to have fun with your Instagram posts, and follow @execva for more tips. If you enjoyed this post, click here to join our...

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10 Business books you should read this Summer.

January 2, 2016

The summer months are a great time to catch up on your reading. Over the last 3 plus years my library has grown to include several business books. Sometimes I read them from cover to cover, others just the relevant...

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5 Tips to improve your LinkedIn networking.

December 1, 2015

Do you have a LinkedIn profile, but don’t ‘do’ much with it? Or perhaps you’ve heard about LinkedIn, but have not set yourself up yet. Either way, chances are you’re not using it to its full potential! LinkedIn is a...

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Thank you for the last 3 years.

October 9, 2015

Thank you, we made it to 3 years. October 7th 2015, marked the beginning of our 4th year in business. As with many businesses, we have not achieved this milestone on our own, and I’d like to dedicate this blog...

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Definition of a Virtual Assistant

September 26, 2015

How do you define a Virtual Assistant? VAs are many things to many business owners & entrepreneurs. We asked some of our clients what they thought best summed up what a VA is to them, and created these definitions. Which...

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8 tips Sir Richard Branson told me!

September 13, 2015

Okay, I’ll come clean, I wasn’t the only person in the room. An additional 2,500 or so people were also present, and listened as Sir Richard Branson shared the following tips on becoming a successful entrepreneur. Look forward not back....

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How do you take a break when you ARE the business?

August 19, 2015

We all know the signs. In fact our close family & friends probably know them better than ourselves. The signs you need to step away for a break. For a variety of reasons, business owners & entrepreneurs often are the...

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10 Tips to Grow your Mailing List.

June 22, 2015

Many people say your mailing list (or simply ‘list’) is the most valuable asset to your business. Your list consists of interested individuals who want to follow you, learn from you, and buy from you. A mailing list provides you...

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What happens when the room is full of VAs?

March 25, 2015

What I am about to share with you, is my review of the Australian Virtual Assistants Conference. AVAC, as it is affectionately known is an annual event that appears on most Aussie VAs calendars, as a must attend personal development...

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Should you really accept that LinkedIn connection request?

February 24, 2015

LinkedIn is one of the fastest growing social media channels. Tailored towards professionals connecting, sharing and networking online, it should be a key element of establishing and maintaining your personal brand. But does that mean you should be connecting with...

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