Posts Tagged Personal

Why I just moved to a country I have never been to before

“I think you’d be surprised if you knew how much time I spend thinking about Rome,” I said to my friend as I perched on a barstool in her kitchen, “I really do love it there. Italy is definitely my soul country and I think about it all the time”. So if I love Italy so much why have I just moved to Montenegro – a country I had never previously been to?

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How I survive winter without frostbite, fractures or a massive heating bill

Winter can be hard for freelancers. If you’re not careful you could slip on ice and break your wrist, spend months freezing your butt off or end up crying over a massive heating bill. But there’s no need to worry about staying safe and warm this winter because I have some fail-proof ways to get through it without falling foul to frostbite or fractures.

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My decision hack will change your life

You know when you can’t make a decision and you really wish there was a way to quickly come up with an answer so you can just move on with your life and do something else? Well, I’m delighted to tell you that there is. In fact, I’m the smug custodian of a spectacularly fail-proof method which I will happily share with you today… are you ready?

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The type of tasks I give my own Virtual Assistant

Although I had often outsourced the occasional one-off task, I was actually doing everything myself and only started regularly working with a VA after I broke down in tears after spending most of the week dealing with a host of support emails instead of getting any real work done. That was the moment I knew it was time to get some help.

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The biggest blunder of my VA career

Today I’m going to share a MASSIVE blunder that I made with one of my main clients just so you can see that it isn’t so much the mistake that’s the problem, it’s how you respond and deal with that mistake that matters to the client. And hold on to your hats and hide behind your fingers, because this was a pretty big and rather embarrassing error!

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What my workspace looks like

Many people have told me that they thought they needed to get an office or have a ‘proper’ desk set up before they could be a freelancer, so I want to show you that this is complete and utter nonsense. Virtual Assistants can work from anywhere they like and you shouldn’t let the lack of an office prevent you from setting up your business.

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Books that have helped my business and changed my life

I am a big believer in investing in personal and professional development, and I am not exaggerating when I say some books have not only changed my business but how I view and run my life. If you also possess a growth mindset and want to up your game, these are the titles that have revolutionised my life and that I hope will have a positive influence on yours too.

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Why I celebrate my business birthday and you should too

On Wednesday 10th June 2009 I left my job to become a full-time freelancer. I wish I could say that I screamed “UP YOURS LOSERS!!” as I waved to my previous employers (without using all my fingers) whilst sprinting for the door with the contents of the stationery cupboard, but I didn’t. Instead, I quietly walked out of the gates into the unknown.

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20 random things you didn’t know about me

I really like telling you guys how to set up and become Virtual Assistants but I realised recently that it might be nice if you knew a bit more about me. So after racking my brain for an inordinate amount of time and deleting some rather incriminating and over-shary details, this is what I’ve come up with. Don’t judge me…

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How Joanne Munro (moi!) became a Virtual Assistant

This is a Virtual Assistant case study on yours truly! This is the story of how and why I became a Virtual Assistant, what I did before I went freelance, how I manage clients and what I’d do differently if I had to start again. I set up Munro PA Services at the end of 2008 and I live happily by the sea in sunny Brighton.

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