Archive for November, 2009

2010 Bank Holiday Dates England & Wales

Posted in Useful resources with tags on November 30, 2009 by virtualcitypa

Its always good to plan ahead in any business so we thought it helpful to give you a heads up for those well earned Bank Holidays in 2010

  • New Year’s Day – Friday January 1
  • Good Friday – April 2
  • Easter Monday – April 5
  • May Day Bank Holiday – Monday May 3
  • Spring Bank Holiday – Monday May 31
  • Summer Bank Holiday – Monday August 30
  • Christmas Day Bank Holiday – Monday December 27
  • Boxing Day Bank Holiday – Tuesday December 28

Benefits of Using a Virtual Assistant

Posted in Virtual Assistance with tags , on November 7, 2009 by virtualcitypa

There are many reasons why using a VA is beneficial. Here are just a few of them:

• They are orientated to meet your personal needs
• They treat your business as if it was their own i.e. become very involved
• Minimal training required
• You only pay for their time and materials used: you are not liable to pay tax, national insurance costs and benefits, as you would when taking on a new employee
• You have the peace of mind that any deadlines will be met
• You will not have to make room in the office for an extra person, or relocate completely if it was necessary!

Would a Virtual Assistant Be Useful To Me?

If you can relate to any of the following scenarios, then it may be worth using a VA:

• You generally need a personal assistant

• Delegating work to existing staff will affect their ability to meet current deadlines

• You need to ‘free’ some of your own time to concentrate on other areas of the business

• Your current staff does not have the skills to complete the task(s) in question

• You have limited funds to purchase equipment (e.g. PC’s) to complete certain tasks

• You want a business e-mail account but do not have a PC and/or on-line connection

• You need a contact person for times when you are away

• Your premises does not have enough space to accommodate another person

What is Guy Fawkes Night / Bonfire Night?

Posted in Topical on November 5, 2009 by virtualcitypa

Guy Fawkes Night or Bonfire Night is an annual celebration on the evening of 5th November. It marks the downfall of the Gunpowder Plot of 5 November 1605, in which a number of conspirators, including Guy Fawkes, were alleged to be attempting to blow up the Houses of Parliament in London.

There are several foods that are traditionally consumed on Guy Fawkes Night:

  • black treacle goods such as bonfire toffee and parkin, toffee apples
  • baked potatoes, more commonly and traditionally referred to as jacket potatoes, which are wrapped in foil and cooked in the bonfire or its embers
  • black peas with vinegar

Enjoy !!

Using a Virtual Assistant

Posted in Virtual Assistance with tags , on November 2, 2009 by virtualcitypa

For a growing small business, the need for extra assistance is often a requirement that can be unfeasible due to limited office space, equipment, or funds. In addition, the time it takes to find and train an assistant may be time that cannot be afforded.
For those businesses that experience regular (or a one-off) periods of heavy pressure due to excessive paper work and tasks, may too require the assistance of an extra body to ease the pressure when time calls.
The alternative to employing a full or part time assistant would be to use a Virtual Assistant.

What are Virtual Assistants (VA)?

In a conventional office, they would be referred to as an ‘administrative assistant’ but to the ‘on-line’ world, they are called ‘virtual assistants’. They are both the same type of people but with one major difference: a VA works from their own office and uses their own equipment instead of being physically present in your office to carry out the work.

VA’s are in fact a service and therefore the people that you approach do not become an employee of your business: they are self-employed or an employee of a VA service offered by a company.

In general, a VA will be well educated, be hard working, have a range of skills, and have experience for using a wide range of computer software. This is ensured to allow the VA to meet any of your business requirements.

Most VA’s will have previously worked as a secretary, personal assistant, clerk, etc and it is more than likely that they have worked at the highest level in their particular field of work.