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Avoiding The Ugly MOSS Mess

Thursday, February 12, 2015

There's one thing I loath in business, that's accounting. So when the nice people in the government introduce something like VAT MOSS, I look for the quickest, easiest and most cost-effective way to not let it become a huge headache, and essentially find my way around having to deal with it. 

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Create A Thriving Online Service Business During The Holiday Season

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Around this time of year I see the same patterns emerging in my own business and with the virtual assistants who I work with through my programmes. It's a sort of seasonal slump where enquiries slow right down or stop coming in, where clients tend to drop off the map and stop requesting work, where you can't get a hold of people, or the ones you do get a hold of are 'out of the office' and basically everything grinds to a halt - when the work stops, usually so does the income. In this post I'll tell you how to thrive during these times with my top 3 seasonal strategies. 

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Real Life Case Study: The Most Extreme Plagiarism, and Acts of Dishonesty I've Experienced Online

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

I honestly thought I would never - ever - need to be in a position to have to do a post like this, I really hate the fact that I have to do it, but seriously this needs to be addressed, not just for me, but for VA's and their clients everywhere. Tragically, in order to get my point fully across I need to make a video, this video will expose some of the worst plagiarism, or 'content-lifting' as I tend to call it, and blatant acts of dishonesty I have ever seen online. It's not pretty - here goes... 

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What Is A Virtual Assistant? - A Real Human Response

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

When googling "what is a virtual assistant" you'll find all sorts of formal responses like this one. This week I have put this message together for virtual assistants and other online service providers including freelancers and contractors around the globe, and the millions of clients who hire us. This is what a virtual assistant actually is... 

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10 Impactful Takeaway Business Lessons From The Locals

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Most people would think that travelling could teach you lots of things, but how to do business would probably not be on that list (I didn't think it would be on mine anyway!) My time in Crete, Greece, has proven me wrong. We embarked on a life experiment in recent months to stop using chain supermarkets for purchasing food, and we were delighted at what we learnt about doing business from the locals.  

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Top Tips For Maintaining Confidence on Consultations

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

I had a great call yesterday with a Virtual Assistant from my members club, and she asked me if I had any confidence tips for when you're on the phone for the first time with a potential client on that all important consultation call to check if you'd be a good fit for each other. I wanted to share a few of these tips in the post today.  

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PayPal or Clickbank for Selling Products and Services Online

Wednesday, November 05, 2014


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4 Success Tips For Creating Products To Supplement Your Virtual Assistant Income

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Virtual assistants at some point in the life of their business may consider supplementing their income from their services with the sale of a product they have created based on the services they provide. Whether it's a course, training programme or ebook, here are some pointers that will ensure your creation is a success. 

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What Online Services Are Trending For Virtual Assistants?

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Have you considered starting an online service business and wondered what the trend is and what clients really want? Are you considering basing your own services on what appears to be popular or what a majority of potential clients seem to be looking for? If the answer is yes, you're not the only one, but I urge you to read on before you make any decisions about what to offer your clients. 

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Make Wine While The Sun Shines

Thursday, October 02, 2014

Every year around this time in Crete is the grape harvest - one of the beautiful parts of having a business that you carry around in a laptop is that you can pick and choose where you live, and what you experience. In this post I share with you one of my favourite Greek traditions, Wine Making! 

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Hi I'm Michelle, an entrepreneur specialising in virtual assistance, a digital and real world nomad, and a down-to-earth mother of three.

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