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Top Ten Articles for 2016

Another year has past! At Virtual Elves we have been using this time in the lead up to the Christmas holidays to reflect on the year that was and plan for a fresh start in 2017. Part of this process included looking back on our most popular and ‘clicked through’ articles for 2016. We were …

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How to Prepare your Business for the Holiday Season Shut Down

We’ve been reflecting on the past year at Virtual Elves and part of that was looking back on our most popular and ‘clicked through’ articles for 2016. We were not so surprised to find that you all found our articles on productivity to be some of the most informative and popular pieces of content! Being …

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The Risks of Using Copyright Protected Images for your Business & How to Avoid Them

Understand the Risks of using Copyrighted Images in your Business Visual media is a useful way to quickly grab your audience’s attention. A recent study has illustrated that image posts receive 120-180% more engagement than text based posts.[1] Whether you’re using a photograph on your blog or a graphic on social media, it’s well known …

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3 Smart Tips for Better Work/Life Balance

It’s a common scenario, you’re building your business, burning candles at both ends, working from dusk to dawn and pulling crazy hours trying to manage a to-do list that keeps on growing! You’re tired, grumpy and fearful of losing control, you keep throwing more and more of your time into trying to manage everything but …

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The Smartest Way to Use Google Apps for your Business

Google has one of the most recognizable and user-friendly interfaces of any online service provider. Their suite of apps have been created to help businesses in the online sphere, making them more visible, productive and profitable. Here are some of the smartest ways to use Google for your business: Google Apps allow you to advertise …

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3 Tools to Help You Escape the Office and Take your Business Mobile

Being chained to your desk every day can definitely sap motivation. It’s nice to have the freedom to be able to take your work on the road, check emails when you’re in transit and keep abreast of things while enjoying a cup of joe at your local coffee shop. This is all part of that …

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Would you like to be more proactive in your business? Here’s How:

Do you often fall victim to those days where you’re scrambling around jumping from one task to the next without finishing any of them? Do you lose sleep over deadlines that have arrived ‘all of a sudden’? Do you waste time cruising through emails a hundred times a day, answering random queries from one client …

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It’s Never Too Early to Engage a Virtual Assistant

When I was first starting out building my own business I had this idea in my head that in order to operate on a shoestring budget I needed to do everything myself. Building a support team took time and money, and was really only something you could do once you’d hit the big time and …

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The Secret to Effective Delegation

If you’re regularly working into the night, missing deadlines and spending valuable time focused on business operations, rather than business strategy, then you’re probably overdue for some much needed assistance. Being able to delegate effectively in your business is vital to its on-going success. [Tweet “Delegation done right can save time, increase productivity & ultimately leads …

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5 Tips towards Building a Great Relationship with your Virtual Assistant

When working with a Virtual Assistant it’s crucial to understand the delicate balance between the technology and the person on the other side of the computer. A VA is like any other resource for your business – they help to support, maintain and grow your operations. But if you want your VA to develop and …

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