Okay, granted it’s a bit too soon for the C word, but I know what it’s like when you are busy and end up leaving things till the last minute! I used to do that myself and am not ashamed to admit it.

One of the things I often help my clients with is preparing for the upcoming season of joy and laughter. Not only have you got to prepare for the all the jolly things you will be doing, you also have to sort out presents for everyone. It’s on your mind but you keep telling yourself there’s enough time between now and the actual day. Well, we know what happens when we procrastinate and leave things for later. We end up getting all flustered and panic at the very last minute. When you could be enjoying the holiday period relaxing with your friends and family or just putting your feet up.

So, what can I do to help avoid the last minute crisis? Simple! Get me to do all the research and planning.

Just send me a list of your favourite people with some description of their personality and their likes/dislikes. I then use that basic information to do an intensive search and find the right presents. I look high and low using my smart search skills and present you with all the links that you might find of interest. Believe me, it’s much easier when someone else gives you a shortlist to choose from. Instead of spending hours humming and hawing over stuff.

Once you have the shortlist, all you then have to do is place the orders! There are places such as John Lewis that can even gift wrap the items for you!! When the day comes, the only task left on your list will be to put them under your Christmas tree or give them to your loved ones. Easy!

Now, what are you waiting for? Drop me an email at bonita@prosper-va.com and lets get ready for Christmas!

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!

A house move is never easy. After moving homes six times in the last 10 years, I know this far too well. The stress of moving jobs, paperwork, dealing with estate agents, packing, arranging removals etc. can be extremely overwhelming. Especially if you have pets and children thrown into the mix!

After getting married, my first move was to Hertfordshire and that was probably the easiest house move of them all. Just a few boxes of my prized possessions.

Every single move after that was stressful and time-consuming to say the least

Working a full-time job and liaising with suppliers, agents and what not, was utter chaos. Saying that, I learned a lot from the first two moves and was well prepared for all the others that followed.

I made lists of things I needed to do and timelines of when I needed to get them done by. Keeping things organised was vital to make sure everything went according to plan. Still, there were many times I wished I had an assistant. Someone who could research the areas I was moving into, get quotes, speak to suppliers, etc. Life would have been so much easier!

So, if you or anyone you know is planning a house move, don’t let them struggle alone when they could have me as an assistant! Forward my details to them and I would love to help! After all, I have moved enough times to know what I am doing!

Call me on 07825 267662 or email bonita@prosper-va.com

You wouldn’t be the first person to wonder if you need a Virtual Assistant. Can someone working virtually really help you and your business?

Answer these questions and let’s work out if you could benefit from having a VA.

Do you wonder how you can generate more profits when you are neck deep in admin tasks that you ignored for all long as possible? Do you have unread emails in your mailbox that you should have replied to but didn’t get around to doing it? How is your calendar looking? Are all appointments up-to-date? Do you ask yourself how you can manage all the workload on your own?

If you answered yes, to any of those questions, you are not alone. Most entrepreneurs are in the same position as you. They have a successful business, but not enough time to do everything! This is where a VA comes in to help.

  1. Hiring a Virtual Assistant will save you time, they do all your repetitive work, so you can focus on growing your business.
  2. Virtual Assistants are cost effective, available by the hour or as and when you need them. They improve your efficiency by getting more work done in less time.
  3. Because they work remotely, you don’t have to invest in any office space or equipment.
  4. No PAYE to worry about. Virtual Assistants are self-employed, so you don’t have to worry about staff overheads.
  5. Less worry, more focus. Having a VA means there will always be someone ready to take on the tasks you’re struggling to find time for.
  6. You don’t have to spend any time or money on training new employees. VA’s work the way you instruct them to. Just like a good personal assistant would.
  7. Working with a VA means, your projects stay on schedule without having to work long hours or pay anyone overtime.
  8. Increase productivity, by outsourcing your admin tasks to someone experienced in doing them.
  9. Reduce your workload, VA’s are skilled in multiple areas and can multi task simultaneously. Giving you back some much-needed personal time to do the things you enjoy.
  10. A Virtual Assistant cares about your business, it’s what pays their bills. So, they will put every effort in to make sure you have the best service possible.