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!

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!