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      Research reveals the traits you need to be a business owner

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      Do you think you have what it takes to run your own business? Now you can find out. New research has unearthed what it takes to be a natural business owner, with traits such as passion, confidence and being able to rise to the challenge as just some of the attributes needed. Being a natural […]

      A memo from Sarah Sharp

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      Sarah Sharp of SmartPA highlights the need for VAs and PAs to harness the power of technology and the importance of adapting to change in order to make yourselves indispensable I have been running my own virtual PA business for over a year now. It’s the best thing I ever did for my family life. […]

      PA Profile: Charlotte Wibberley

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      Charlotte Wibberley is the Founder of VIP VA and a Business Success Coach, helping women (particularly those with children) successfully juggle business and family and build their vision on their terms. How? By supporting them in making the transition from employment to self-employment and helping them create an authentic and adaptable business that fits around […]

      The secret isolation of sole traders such as VAs

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      While it can seem like a dream set up, if you’ve ever owned your own business or work from home on a regular basis, there will undoubtedly be times where you’ve felt isolated, alone, or questioned your decision. In fact, research from Acas found that around a fifth (20%) of homeworkers and sole traders often […]

      350,000 Brits to call in sick on National Sickie Day

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      Recent UK productivity improvements may well take a tumble today on what’s become colloquially known as National Sickie Day. The Employment Law Experts predict that approximately 350,000 people will call in sick, costing the economy around £45 million in wages, lost hours and overtime. Online accounting software company FreeAgent – which provides software for freelancers, micro-businesses and their accountants […]

      Freelancers such as VAs form a cornerstone of the future workplace

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      According to insight from global talent acquisition and management firm Alexander Mann Solutions, freelancers will perform an inherently fundamental role in the future workplace as greater numbers of millennials continue to enter the workforce. However, few firms are equipped to attract and manage such a workforce. Market insights indicate that there has been a significant […]

      Hyperactive people more likely to become an entrepreneur

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      New research from Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM) finds that those diagnosed with hyperactivity, one of the main symptoms of ADHD – Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder – are more likely to be an entrepreneur. Too often hyperactivity is associated with low job performance and a greater chance of becoming unemployed rather than offering […]

      Small business owners miss out on Christmas break due to high cost of employing staff

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      472,000 small business owners will be working every day over the Christmas holidays without a single day off, according to a survey commissioned by business for sale marketplace Bizdaq. The research, conducted by Opinium, found that almost half a million small business owners will be working every day over the Christmas holidays – including Christmas […]

      Brits who work from home lose 2 days a year to distractions

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      Brits who work from home lose more than two days a year through distractions from children, pets and friends popping round, according to new research. A study of 2000 office workers showed that despite the supposed benefits of working from home, one in four confessed they never get into ‘work-mode’ and lose track of tasks […]

      Top work-life balance tips for VAs and entrepreneurs

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      Last year, more than 4.6million people decided to become their own boss. According to a recent study by the Government Equalities Office, 10% of the female population in the UK is considering starting their own business. The nation has the entrepreneurial bug. It’s a rewarding lifestyle, but a challenging one, according to Edward Poland, Co-Founder […]