#PIB24 Benefits of using a virtual assistant with Rea Yadao

Benefits of using a virtual assistant with Rea Yadao

Rea Yadao is the founder of REA Solutions and she has been providing remote executive assistant services and back office solutions to clients located around the globe since 2013.

Rea Yadao is also an online jobs coach and the creator of the REA Virtuoso Training Program that teaches online freelancers on how to provide excellent administrative services to their clients.

Links mentioned in this episode:

Rea’s website






Running your own business when you’re sick

Running your own business when you’re sick

We all get ill from time to time, when you are an employee of a business you will be able to call up sick and take a few days to recover. But what happens when you are self-employed?

Self-employment and running your own business means that you only rely on yourself, and this can be tricky to manage when you are under the weather.

Never ignore it

One of the worst things that you can do is to power through it and ignore that you feel ill. In time, you will feel even worse and may end up having to take even more time to recover. It is a pain to think that you will need to stop working (and stop earning) for a few days, but in the long term, it could be even more of a problem if you don’t take the chance to get better.

Be honest with your customers

Once you have accepted that you need to rest, then you need to let your customers know that this is what will be happening. They may be annoyed that there will be a delay, but chances are that they will appreciate your honesty, then, if they are really desperate for the work to be completed, they can find someone else to do it.

Find a substitute

Depending on your type of business, you may be able to offer your customers a substitute to do the work on your behalf. Whilst you may not earn the money for the work, your reputation will be intact, and you should be able to retain that customer for the future. Just make sure that it is someone that you can trust, and that you will know will deliver.

Plan for a catch-up

If you rest, then it won’t be long until you are back up on your feet and ready to go again. This means that you should plan for the things that are most important to do once you feel better. Look at the things that are most important to get done, and put them at the top of the list. Reschedule meetings or unimportant tasks, as these are not quite as time critical and can be done at another time.

It may not feel great when you are self-employed and ill, but it really isn’t the end of the world. We all get ill from time to time, however, it is how much space we give ourselves to recover that makes the difference.

Don’t feel guilty about having to stop working for a few days, instead focus on getting yourself better. Not only will your business benefit from it, but your family will too.

Listen to Running a business and suffering from an illness, episode covers suffering from an illness and running a business and looking after your family.

Coping with Entrepreneurial loneliness

Coping with Entrepreneurial loneliness

Working for yourself and running your own business is fantastic, it has a whole host of benefits that will make all the hard work worthwhile. Whilst there are plenty of benefits, there are also some negative points that you need to think about too.

One of the biggest drawbacks to working alone is just that, you are working alone. Entrepreneurial loneliness is a real problem for those that work alone. But rather than simply living with the loneliness, there are things that you can do to help.

Have some background noise

Sometimes the worst thing about working from home is the fact that it is silent. There is nothing like silence to make you feel lonely, which means if you want to beat those lonely feelings, but you still need to work at home, then why not pop the radio or TV on for a bit of background noise? The TV can be a bit of a distraction, so it may be a good idea to find something that you won’t be tempted to watch.

Hold a meeting with other entrepreneurs

As more and more people are choosing to work from home or run their own business, chances are that you will have other friends that are in the same position as you. Why not plan bi-weekly meetings whereby you all get together and catch up on how things are going. This could be held at a house or perhaps somewhere public, and just gives you the chance to speak to some real people for a change.

Make the most of social media

One of the best things about social media is that it allows you to interact and communicate with the real world, even when you are hidden away. When you are feeling a little lonely, why not reach out on social media. Not only will it give you a bit of a boost, but it also means that you are taking a break from your work, which can really help too.  You could even join a business network group, as you may find that there are those out there who have a similar problem.

Work somewhere else for a few hours

By this we don’t mean get another job, we mean that you pick up the laptop and head outside. A coffee shop is an ideal place to plonk yourself for the day, as it means that you can listen to all the background noise and extract yourself from your four walls, if only for a few hours.

Being lonely is never fun, and it isn’t something that you should ignore, as those feelings will only worsen. Instead face them head on, and do something about it. In no time at all, you will be feeling much more like yourself rather than a lonely hermit who never leaves the house!

Read 5 ways to wave loneliness goodbye when you work alone at home

#PIB23 Share your journey: Joy Harris

#PIB23 Share your journey: Joy Harris

Joy Harris is the author of the book Singing Ain’t Enough. In 2015 she started Green Grass Marriage, which has now expanded to Green Grass empowerment groups, helping hundreds of people improve themselves and their relationships through experiential events. She is a contributor to the blog Married and Young, and author of the upcoming book Flip Our Money.

Joy is married with 2 children determined to redefine what it takes to be successful, Joy set out to prove wrong all the “expert” advice about entrepreneurship that called for sacrificing everything you valued. As a result, she created Alltrepreneur, a lifestyle brand dedicated to providing content, events, and a voice for entrepreneurs with families who have big dreams and are determined to achieve them, their way.

Links mentioned in this episode:





Book Singing Ain’t Enough

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Benefits of Theming your time

Benefits of Theming your time

One of the biggest issues faced by those who run their own business is time management, working from home is the ideal for so many people but many of us have been struggling to stick to our to-do list.

Theming your time is a concept by where you theming your workdays allocating a specific task or project for a designated day of the week. For example, you may allocate Friday’s to do all your social media images and scheduling. The concept of theming your workdays does not mean that all you can do on that designated day is the task or project you allocated to it. You will, of course, have emails that need responding to and calls that you may need to make. Theming means that you are allocating more hours on that specific day to the task or project you allocated to that day.

Theming your day’s means that you can comfortably fully complete tasks that you have to do on a regular basis. I have been theming my work days for a few weeks now after listening to one of Pat Flynn’s podcast episodes. So far the benefits are increased productivity I am happier and more content at the end of the work day when I have completed a task or project that I assigned to one of my specific theming days.

As a parent running a business a business, I for one know that emergencies happen and not every working week looks the same as the last for example hospital appointments, school plays, school trips and emergencies. The approach I take to theming my days for the week is planned a week in advance so I can work around my family commitments. Therefore if I themed Wednesday as the day I do a blog post it does not mean that the following Wednesday I will be doing a blog post.

Theming my time allows me to free my mind and focus on tasks and projects that are critical to me making progress in my business.

Also, read 5 smart ways to improve your time management. 

#PIB22 6 Brilliant Business Productivity Habits

#PIB22 6 Brilliant Business Productivity Habits

This episode covers, Productivity is the key and even though there will be times when it eludes you, there is always something you can do to keep things on track. To help you to make the most of your time, we have put together 6 brilliant business productivity habits

Links mentioned:

How to ask for help

Episode 2 10 Productivity tips for parents to stay on track

5 productivity tips for busy entrepreneurial parents

Episode 19 Share your journey: Mike Domitrz


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#PIB21 School holiday time management tips

#PIB21 School holiday time management tips

This episode covers time management tips for when the children are on holiday from school. Time management is a skill that many of us could improve on. This is especially true if you spend some of your time working from home, and the children are on school holiday. Listen in you’ll hear tips on how to manage business task and have fun too!

Links mentioned in this episode:

5 Smart Ways to Improve Your Time Management Skills

Handy app

5 Ways to get your children involved in your business

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Everyday plans for success

Everyday plans for success

Being successful isn’t easy, and it takes time. Some of the most successful business people out there know that they need to keep working at their success, and this means taking small steps each and every day.

Want to know more about how to creep towards the success that you crave? Here are some of the small things that you can do on a daily basis to help your cause.

Get up early

One of the common traits you will see in successful people is that they get up early every day. Some use the extra time to exercise and get themselves ready for the day, others will start by reading through their emails and making sure that they are up to date with what they need to do.

There are also people who like to get up early in the morning as it means that they can spend some decent time with their family before everyone’s day starts.

Eat well

If you work from home, chances are that you will be surrounded by plenty of tasty, but not very healthy snacks. You should try to stay away from naughty treats as much as possible. Whilst the odd biscuit isn’t going to hurt, foods that are packed full of sugar are never good for you, and this means that you may find yourself having sugar crashes throughout the day.

Always do the big important tasks first

It is no secret that you are at your best at the beginning of the day. This means that any tasks that you need to really focus on should always be top of your list. Not only can you give it 100%, but it also means that it will be done and dusted and you can carry on with the other bits that you need to do.

Have a work and play schedule

Getting distracted is one of the hardest parts of working from home, and this is something that strikes even the most successful people. A great way to combat this is to have a work and play schedule, a timetable of when you need to knuckle down and also when you can have a rest away from the laptop. That way, if you are feeling distracted, you can simply look forward to your next break.

Get up and active

If you are feeling tired and worn out, then you may need to get yourself up and moving. Sometimes just sitting still can leave you feeling less than energised. Make sure that you give yourself time to move away from the laptop. Walk up and down the stairs, do some work in the garden or go for a walk. Just make sure that you are doing something active.

See friends

It can be lonely working from home, and even the most successful people take some time out to spend it with their nearest and dearest. Try to have a day every week or two weeks where you see a friend for coffee or lunch. That way, you will keep up your social interaction and keep the loneliness at bay!

There you have it, some of the ideas of ways that you can try your best to be successful each and every day. Why not try them out for yourself and see what works best for you?


#PIB20 Everything you need to know before hiring a virtual assistant with Laura Pennington

#PIB20 Everything you need to know before hiring a virtual assistant with Laura Pennington

Laura Pennington, her passion is teaching you exactly how to fast track your freelancing career, skip over the trial-and-error stage that can last for years, and build a fulfilling lifestyle business as a freelancer.

In 2012, she went from part-time freelancing to a six-figure freelance writing business in just 18 months. Listen in as Laura answers all questions to do with hiring a virtual assistant and becoming one.

Links mentioned in this episode:

Laura’s Website

Laura’s Courses




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Short on money and ideas? Here are some ways you can still start a business

Short on money and ideas? Here are some ways you can still start a business

For some people, the idea of setting up their own business is a clear one. They will have an idea, they will have a plan, and they will have a bit of financial backing behind them. For other people, there is a distinct lack of all of these things. All they have is a desire to work for themselves and set up their own business.

The chances are that the first set of people will find their feet quickly, but does that mean that the second group of people have no chance? Not at all! If you have the passion and drive to succeed, then you will get there, you may just need a helping hand or two!

To help those who are short on ideas and short on cash, we have put together some of our top tips on how you can still set up your business and achieve your dream.

Find an idea that is likely to work

You may think that you have no idea on where to start, but if you sit down and make a list of some of the ways that you think you could make money, you are likely to find that you have plenty. If you want to take a serious approach to this stage of planning, why not create a spreadsheet comparing just how much each idea is likely to cost starting up, and how much money you could possibly make from it in the long run. That way you can see which idea is going to be worth your while following up on.

Focus on the can do not the can’t do

There are going to be aspects of setting up and running a business that you are going to struggle with, especially if you are new to the game. Rather than getting hung up on these, you should really think about the things that you are awesome at. Focus on those bits that you can do, and find yourself an expert in the things that you can’t do. In no time at all, you will have everything that you need in place.

Don’t be afraid to get yourself out there

Once you have set up those initial parts of your business, it is time to get promoting. This can be a really daunting part of getting yourself off the ground, especially if you still feel that you have a lot to learn. Social media is a great way to promote your brand, not only does it have a wide reach, but it is also free in most parts, meaning that you can get your name out there and gain some customers too.

So, there you have it. Just because you are not sure where to start with your business, that doesn’t mean that you have to give up on your dream. Some of the most successful businesses out there started from absolutely nothing, and we are sure that you can become another one of those success stories.

Listening in to podcast episode 9 raising money for your startup and episode 7 5 signs you are ready to start a business 


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