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Stepping back from the dream can still pay off

Stepping back from the dream can still pay off A few years ago, I hired an office. I had taken on some associates a few years before that, and a high street location felt like the next natural step. While work remained consistent, the shine soon wore off. The costs felt unnecessary and I wasn’t really getting the visibility I’d imagined. I know of many business leaders who tell a similar story - [...]

2024-04-22T13:43:09+01:00April 22, 2024|Press|

Building your personal brand pays dividends

Building your personal brand pays dividends Last year, I made a shift in my career. While my virtual administration company is still my main focus, I started to look at ways to diversify and use my skills in different ways. As a result, I’ll be taking on some auditing and assessment work this year. I guess the initial shift was a mental one as I considered what I want to be known for. [...]

2024-03-20T19:01:30+00:00February 2, 2024|Press|

Helping career development is crucial for SMEs

Helping career development is crucial for SMEs At Business Owl we are often called upon to support employers with their staff’s career development, this could be in-house training, CPD or even accreditation. While this is a crucial part of growth for any SME and business owners themselves, lack of time is often cited as a reason why employers don’t invest in this area as much as they should. We can support time-restricted employers [...]

2024-03-20T19:02:59+00:00October 12, 2023|Press|

Cyber security strategy needed as firms grow

Cyber security strategy needed as firms grow A friend of mine told me about a recent conversation she had with her five-year-old daughter. The young girl had read the word ‘fax’ on a business card and thought the ‘a’ was a mistake and the word should be ‘fix’. My friend relayed how she struggled to explain what a fax was to her daughter, but was also surprised a fax number would still appear [...]

2024-03-25T15:10:04+00:00March 29, 2023|Press|

Breaking down barriers in sport and business

Breaking down barriers in sport and business We were recently announced as a finalist for the VA (Virtual Assistant) Awards again, which got me thinking about the recent barrier-breaking victory by the women’s English football team this summer and the barriers women face in business. One of the many things the Lionesses’s World Cup win showed us, is that a win for women, is a win for all. So much has changed from [...]

2024-03-20T19:03:57+00:00September 27, 2022|Press|

Businesses can go green and make it affordable

Businesses can go green and make it affordable ‘The cost-of-living crisis’. It’s the phrase on everyone’s lips at the moment, but another big crisis which we don’t hear about as much is the climate one. We are repeatedly told we are facing a climate emergency, yet because the impact doesn’t have the same immediacy as a financial crisis, in times of economic challenge our climate concerns tend to take a back seat. But [...]

2024-03-20T19:04:25+00:00June 16, 2022|Press|

A recovery tool for businesses

A recovery tool for businesses As we step into spring, there is a lot for Yorkshire businesses to be optimistic about. Yes there are challenges for many about how they get past the damaging effects of the pandemic coupled with rising costs and volatile markets. But there is something coming on the horizon which presents an incredible opportunity for the business community at large, not just culture. And no, I don’t have a [...]

2024-03-20T19:04:52+00:00March 8, 2022|Press|

Virtual assistants can help a business to declutter and become more agile

Virtual assistants can help a business to declutter and become more agile For many businesses – and people – 2020 was the year of survival. 2021 has been the year of adaptation. Hundreds of thousands of new businesses have been launched in the UK as the pandemic drove entrepreneurial spirit and people responded to challenges like redundancy, furlough and being couped up at home. In fact, data from HMRC also shows that in [...]

2024-03-20T19:05:42+00:00December 9, 2021|Press|

How virtual working can boost our post pandemic recovery

How virtual working can boost our post pandemic recovery I think a lot of us at the beginning of the year thought we would be in a slightly better position right now when it comes to COVID but, here we are in July 2021, and the challenges are still coming. Although the lifting of restrictions is in sight, a return to complete ‘normality’ still seems somewhat out of reach. As the ongoing uncertainty [...]

2024-03-20T19:06:16+00:00July 7, 2021|Press|

Virtual assistant gives businesses tips for post-covid success

Virtual assistant gives businesses tips for post-covid success A North Yorkshire based virtual assistant who expanded her team after securing a number of new client contracts throughout last year’s lockdown, is encouraging businesses to be agile if they want to thrive in a post-lockdown world. Jen Workman of Business Owl, who supported a number of businesses in their transition to remote working last year, believes those lessons learnt are what will help small [...]

2024-03-20T19:08:51+00:00April 19, 2021|Press|
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