We live in a world where most parents have to work full time/part-time whilst raising future pioneers of the world.

Most parents I know, wake up around 6am to get set for the day ahead. This usually involves, making breakfasts, lunches, getting the kids out of bed, dressed and dropped off at school, before heading in to work. Some are lucky enough to grab a coffee or two along the way and some may not be having their first hot drink till much later! As the one you made this morning as surely gone cold!

At work, they deal with the daily running of their business, whilst trying to keep on top of their to-do lists. The phone is ringing off the hook and emails are going unanswered. There’s only so much time in a day to do everything!

With the blink of an eye, it’s time to pick the kids up again and the feeling of exhaustion has taken over.

So, what do you do? How do you get things done and stay sane?

You might have heard that some parents and entrepreneurs now outsource their mundane tasks to a remote assistant. Someone who will get on with set tasks and give you the peace of mind you need. Simple things that take a while to do and you really could do without!

Here are some of the things I typically get asked to do by my clients:

  1. Find/contact suppliers – arrange a site visit, change delivery dates, deal with issues or queries, and so on…
  2. Arrange events such as birthday parties!
  3. Research holidays, restaurants, date nights, etc. and book them!
  4. Check your emails and make sure to remind you of the urgent ones and respond to others on your behalf.
  5. Data entry tasks.
  6. Customer support – Live chat with your customers and provide email support.
  7. Diary management
  8. Find childcare, schools, tutors, educational supplies etc.

These are just a few of the things that I help my clients with and it has made a world of difference to their lives by giving them back a couple of hours or more each day, to spend time with their family or to focus on all the bigger tasks that often get pushed to one side due to lack of time.

What tasks would you rather have someone else do for you? I’d love to hear your thoughts on this. Email me at bonita@prosper-va.com and let’s have a friendly chat!

I often get asked how I manage to run a business, raise a child, volunteer for three charities and run a household all the same time!

As much as I would like to say, magic! That would be a bit of a lie.

So, how do I do it? By using a few tools to keep myself well organised.

First, I have a mental list to remind me of the important things in my life.

  1. Family
  2. My business & my customers
  3. Volunteer work
  4. Leisure activities with friends
  5. Me time

Second, careful diary planning. My working hours are fully committed to my clients and my business, I block them out in my diary.

I wake up early in the morning or stay up late at night (depending on my daughter’s sleep!) and do all the other things I need to do. Such as planning for the day, personal emails, cleaning and so on.

I use Trello to keep on top of my tasks and projects. It’s a free tool and works very well on mobile or desktop. I can set up due dates for my tasks there as well! I also add the due dates to my calendar – just to give me extra reminders in case I miss something on Trello. That can happen (I’m only human!) when things are a bit too crazy around here.

Lastly, I have a wall planner that sits just above my computer screen. It has all the important appointments and reminders for the whole month. It’s also a fun way to be creative on a monthly basis. I like using highlighters and marker pens to make it look all pretty and funky! If you don’t already know, I am a big fan of stationery and use it to stay neat, tidy and colourful 🙂

Of course, it took me a while and a lot of dedication to put this planning system in place but I must admit, it was worth it!

I hope this post helps you! If there’s anything I can do to help you to get more organised, just drop me an email at bonita@prosper-va.com. Thanks!

When I started this venture, I didn’t think working and raising a child would be as tough as it’s been. I mean, I knew it was going to be difficult but the reality is at least a good 10 times tougher than I expected.

I suppose, watching my mum work all her life and raise four kids gave me a false sense of hope. She worked from the crack of dawn till late evening on our family business, got home from work to cook us all dinner, bathe us, and put to bed. She did this seven days a week… At least I get the bloody weekend to do my volunteer work and relax with my family. She didn’t have that luxury… Hats off to the woman for all her hard work and dedication!

The journey has been eye-opening and fun! There are so many people in the same situation as me, and that gives me so much confidence to know that I can do it! I can be a mum, business owner and support my three favourite charities all at once. You might be wondering how I do it, right? Well, the first few weeks after I started this company were a blur and took a lot of getting used to – hence, the silence on social media and blogs. I learnt that the trick was to plan ahead. Organising every single detail in my diary to my best ability.

First and foremost, I set myself daily/weekly and monthly reminders. Things that I need to do without fail. I also set myself a daily checklist to ensure I have done all the things I planned to do on the day. This is my end of the day routine at 4pm. That way, I still have an hour to do anything that I may have missed earlier in the day – this is rare, but does happen if I have an emergency or two to deal with earlier in the day.

Another thing that works well for me is planning my personal life in advance. Meals, preps, cleaning, childcare and everything else you can think of. We have one family calendar and one wall chart planner with everyone’s appointments and whereabouts. This old fashioned way of keeping tab of everyone’s movements really helps keep us stay on top of things. It also helps me organise my work diary much better. I use my work calendars and another wall planner in the office to keep that side of my life in check.

Of course, this might not work for everyone. If you are a successful entrepreneur with little time to sit down and organise your life, you might find it useful to have an assistant like me! I can do all the organising and reminding for you.

Couple of my amazing customers rely on me for their daily updates, reminders and general admin tasks. Keeping their diaries organised and helping out with anything I can, has given them back some valuable time to focus on living a more balanced life.

Drop me a message at bonita@prosper-va.com if you think you could do with some help!

January has whizzed past already and that’s all thanks to the 12-14 hour days I have been working so far.

This month, I have promised myself to take time out every day to recuperate and realign myself. I must, must, must, remember to do Yoga every morning or evening. Or at least do 10 minutes of mindfulness exercises. Probably better to do them at night when my daughter is fast asleep! Where the chances of her wanting me are slim…

That’s it, I am adding it to my diary right now!

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As someone who is responsible for making the lives of others run smoothly, I think I forget that I am only one person and can only take on so much.

Which is why I am seriously considering taking on a freelancer to do some of the work. I will wait and see how the first quarter goes and if things are as busy as they have been, I will definitely be looking at taking on an extra pair of hands. I know some of my customers prefer I do certain tasks myself so I will continue to do those. Just because I absolutely enjoy doing them! 🙂

It’s a tough decision and I wish I could do it all! Sadly, that wouldn’t be very logical.

I just have to accept it when it’s time to grow my business and put new plans in motion.

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I have come across some amazing virtual assistants that I would really like to work with. They have the right level of patience, knowledge, versatility and drive I look for in colleagues.

It’s early days but I feel I am ready to take the next big step!

A very Happy New Year to everyone!

I hope you all enjoyed a much-deserved break over the festive period. I spent a great deal of time with my family and am already starting to miss the holidays! I guess everyone takes a few days to get used to being in the office again after Christmas.

As well as relaxing and having fun, I took some time to think about my plans for the new year.

I am glad I decided to take the leap and start my company, I get great satisfaction from being a PA/support to multiple entrepreneurs around the country and building long-lasting relationships with them. It’s amazing to watch businesses grow.

Without putting too much pressure on myself, I have set some realistic goals for myself this year. Both business, and personal ones. By the second quarter of this year, I would like to have taken on board two more customers, or one, depending on the monthly hours I have to work for them. With my current schedule and planning, I think this is pretty achievable.

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There is one thing I really need to work on, and that’s my social media presence. I find it quite easy to help others with their social media tasks but when it comes to working on my own, I start procrastinating. This has got to change this year! I have started using Buffer on a regular basis now and will take some time out every day to schedule my social media posts and interact with others.

On a personal note, I am going to try to do more for the three amazing charities I volunteer for. Read more books, take part in fitness activities regularly and finish writing my novel. Wish me luck!

With my business, a toddler and giving back to the community, 2019 is hopefully going to be the best year yet!