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How to avoid the pitfalls of hiring a virtual assistant

Virtual Assistants. If you haven’t already noticed, they’re becoming a ‘thing’. Still don’t know what they do, or how they might be able to help your business? I can guarantee that the benefits far outweigh the pitfalls as long as you are savvy about how you go about hiring one.  So - Would a Virtual Assistant work for you? (Short answer. Yes!) Longer answer: This depends solely on you. If you have trouble delegating or letting go, it might take some getting used to, because deleg...

November 20, 2017

15 Entrepreneurs Share What They Think New Zealand Businesses Need To Do Better

New Zealand is a little country making a huge difference in business around the world. According to the 2016 World Bank Doing Business survey, we're the second easiest country in the world (behind Singapore) to do business in AND the easiest place in the world to start a business.But are we getting it right? I asked 15 of New Zealand's entrepreneurs this question:What do you think New Zealand businesses need to do better?  They need to recognise the value of engaging with professi...

August 7, 2017

15 Entrepreneurs Share What They Do Differently

When I thought about launching Strictly Savvy back in 2012, I had heard a thousand reasons not to start my own business - it's too risky, it'll be too much hard work, it's more secure to be employed, and business partners are a bad idea.Strictly Savvy was born anyway because I truly believed that I would be successful and that it was what I did differently as a business owner that would lead to this success. Being successful is not that far-fetched if you can learn from what other successful bus...

July 25, 2017

15 Entrepreneurs Share How They Decide What To Say Yes To

I was thinking recently about the launch of our Savvy Business Administration Course and the number of 'yes' and 'no' calls I had to make to get the course to its opening day 10 weeks ago. Had I not said 'yes' when this opportunity presented itself, I would have missed out on the valuable connections I have made with external organisations and the course participants, I wouldn't have developed the diverse skills I have learned through delivering an engaging and successful course, and I wouldn't ...

July 18, 2017

15 Entrepreneurs Share 3 Key Things They Attribute to Their Success

Whilst I am very proud of Strictly Savvy and the immeasurable labour put into creating and maintaining a successful business, it is still a fledgling in the eyes of the business world. I approached some key business owners across the country and asked them what they believe played a hand in their success, in the hopes that we can all continue to learn and become even more successful in our chosen industries.What 3 key things can you attribute to your success? Having a talented team that you can ...

July 14, 2017

15 Entrepreneurs Share Their Biggest Lessons in Business So Far

Five years ago, I started out in my own business. I knew what I wanted to achieve but struggled with the how. Many lessons are learned, and much wisdom is gained through the actual experience of running and growing a small business. I asked entrepreneurs and business owners from around New Zealand what their biggest lesson in business was so far. Some of their answers are pretty insightful... What has been your biggest lesson in business so far? Attitude and the right mindset is e...

July 12, 2017

I never understood why people did it, until now

A few years ago, I went to a RISE conference and listened to Anna Stretton speak about ‘RAW’, a programme she created where she took women recently released from prison under her wing.The programme comprised taking the women to a house, away from their hometowns. Once there, the RAW team set about rehabilitating them; getting them reintroduced to society, helping them feel worthy, and building up their self-esteem and confidence. Anna even gave them jobs in a second-hand store that the organ...

July 11, 2017

15 Entrepreneurs Share Their Advice To Their 22-Year-Old Self

Recently, I celebrated a birthday - not a milestone or a significant age by any means other than I've been around for another 365 days, and have added this past year of insight, connections, and learning curves to my repertoire - that leads me to think about what I would have done with the learnings I've attained over the past few years, had someone suggested these to my 22-year-old self. And so, I've decided to put this question to some talented people I know in business. If you could go back ...

June 16, 2017

Jo's Keynote Speech on Her Journey

Here's Jo's first keynote speech at the Wellington Business Network lunch on the success of Strictly Savvy and how she got to where she is today....

May 31, 2017

We implemented a game-changer in our business

Last year my Business Development Manager and I attended a full day workshop in Auckland run by an international business coach. The content was fresh and tech-savvy - just the way we like it. One of the key takeaways was something that we would not realise the full impact of until we later implemented it into our business. It really was a game-changer for us. How much more productive would your team be if they could access the answer to many of questions they had - at the touch of a button...

April 10, 2017

Free admin support available for local businesses - don't miss out!

If you are a local business and have a wish list of projects and tasks as long as your arm, you're in luck. As leaders in the business of administration, Strictly Savvy has secured the exciting opportunity of providing a Savvy Business Administration Course to job seekers in the Wellington Region. A key element of the course will be undertaking real-life tasks for real-life businesses. It's a win-win - attendees will be able to practice their learnings and businesses will get resources working ...

April 5, 2017

How to start a simple business - without actually selling anything!

I know it sounds too good to be true, but you can actually create a business without having to sell a single thing. The concept I want to talk about isn't a new one, however in my opinion it is completely under-utilised. I think it could be perfect for someone who wants extra income on the side. A side hustle, if you will. Whether you are working part-time or full-time, supplementing your income could mean buying those shoes you've had your eye on or buying shares on the stock market (dependin...

March 7, 2017

Email inbox nightmare solved - Are you making this mistake?

I have read a lot about inbox management and keeping on top of emails. Inbox management is probably the number one frustration we see when we meet with new clients. It is crazy the number of emails we all get each day and it can be hugely stressful just trying to keep on top of them. Do you know the number one mistake people make when attempting to manage their inbox? Setting up a complex folder structure!!! And by complex, I mean more than five folders and very complex is subfolders upo...

February 15, 2017

A little challenge that will make your day, and someone else's

How good does it feel to make someone else feel good? Amazingly good, right? Giving to someone else means that you inadvertently get even more back. I'm not talking about money or tangible things, I'm talking about joy, happiness, and that gooey stuff. We should all give more. I wrote three recommendations on LinkedIn today (without being asked) and it felt great. The recipients were so grateful and now I'm looking for who else I can genuinely recommend publicly. This brings me to a little ...

February 8, 2017

Are you our next Savvy team member?

You'll be naturally organised and efficient, thrive working under pressure and love to have fun. Your work ethic has seen you be the go-to-person in your previous roles and you love the idea of helping business owners achieve their dreams of greatness. If this sounds like you, send your CV and cover letter telling us why you'd be perfect for our team to [email protected] ...

January 9, 2017

Through the eyes of a client

I'm truly humbled by the sincere and uninhibited words that one of our fabulous clients, Anna from Plyhome has shared about the Strictly Savvy Squad. If you have ever wondered what it would be like to have us on your team, this sums it up perfectly...' How to Clone Yourself' ...

January 9, 2017

Part 5 - The keys to unlock savvy communication

Anyone who owns or runs a business anticipates that there will be a certain amount of administration 'stuff' to take care of. However, sometimes the basic mechanics of business management can become overwhelming. Here at Strictly Savvy we have made it our business to help you run your business more efficiently, so if you are drowning in admin or you've forgotten what your actual job is, this five-part blog series might be just the life raft you've been looking for! We've reached the end of this...

January 6, 2017

Part 4 - Nailing your finances

Anyone who owns or runs a business anticipates that there will be a certain amount of administration 'stuff' to take care of. However, sometimes the basic mechanics of business management can become overwhelming. Here at Strictly Savvy we have made it our business to help you run your business more efficiently, so if you are drowning in admin or you've forgotten what your actual job is, this five-part blog series might be just the life raft you've been looking for! Now that we are on the home s...

December 15, 2016

Part 3 - Smarts for Smartphones

Anyone who owns or runs a business anticipates that there will be a certain amount of administration 'stuff' to take care of. However, sometimes the basic mechanics of business management can become overwhelming. Here at Strictly Savvy we have made it our business to help you run your business more efficiently, so if you are drowning in admin or you've forgotten what your actual job is, this five-part blog series might be just the life raft you've been looking for! We are three parts into this ...

December 8, 2016

Part 2 - Surfing the net like a pro

Anyone who owns or runs a business anticipates that there will be a certain amount of administration 'stuff' to take care of. However, sometimes the basic mechanics of business management can become overwhelming. Here at Strictly Savvy, we have made it our business to help you run your business more efficiently, so if you are drowning in admin or you've forgotten what your actual job is, this five-part blog series might be just the life raft you've been looking for! Now that you have your emai...

December 5, 2016

Part 1 - The dreaded inbox and email nightmare

Anyone who owns or runs a business anticipates that there will be a certain amount of administration 'stuff' to take care of. However, sometimes the basic mechanics of business management can become overwhelming. Here at Strictly Savvy, we have made it our business to help you run your business more efficiently, so if you are drowning in admin or you've forgotten what your actual job is, this five-part blog series might just be the life-raft you've been looking for! The first (and arguably most...

November 30, 2016

Samsung phone feature that will blow your mind

Ok, so whoa 'mind blown'...I was editing a contact on my phone today and I noticed something. Now I'm not sure if this was something I had just never seen before or whether it is something that has appeared just recently, but it was intriguing. If it had been there forever, I may just not have ever seen it until now because it actually disappears under my screen keyboard. I was so excited that I gathered all of the team into my office and told them they were about to see the most amazing thing ...

November 11, 2016

5 Tips For Getting Stuff Done and Taking Action

Procrastination. We've all done it. You might even be doing it right now. (If so, then you really need to keep reading). Psychologists and scientists have done countless studies to try and figure out why we hesitate to take action when something needs to be done, and some of the results from these studies are nothing short of mind-blowing. The general consensus is that procrastination is an instinctive reaction to avoid pain ('pain' used as a broad term here for feelings like fear, shame, disple...

October 18, 2016

Email Etiquette

Bad email etiquette can get you into a lot of trouble in business, and given that in many instances the recipient is someone you've never met, it is essential that your emails are constructed correctly. Here are a few tips to keep you out of trouble and keep your emails polished and professional. Clear subject lines It's crucial that your subject line gets to the point, to grab their attention in a sea of emails. Expect that any email with a vague or obscure subject line will be passed over mo...

September 23, 2016

The apps I use to run my life

A child of the '80s and '90s, I remember thinking we were at the peak of space-age developments when I got my first Nokia phone (aka the brick) in high school. There I was, furiously click, click, clicking away, texting my friends in class and feeling like I was more advanced than the Jetsons… Fast-forward 15 years, where the only things that have remained the same are my thoughts of wonderment towards the ever-developing tech sphere. (I'm convinced smell-o-vision must be next!) In this shiny...

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