Canva.com – Images Made Simple

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If you’re like me then the thought of having to create images for social media, blog posts and websites is not one that fills you with joy. After all, some people have artistic flare and others don’t – that’s life. However, there’s a tool that I’ve discovered which is absolutely perfect for people like me (and you – if you’re the same). It’s called Canva and basically lets non-designers create beautiful images using drag-and-drop tools. I’d always wished I was proficient using design tools like Photoshop but when I tried it all just seemed far too involved. Who wants to spend a small fortune on expensive software to find out that it’s complicated and you need a design degree to use it. That’s why Canva is … [Read more...]

Welcome to the World of Spokal

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Last week, I gave you an insight into my top 5 productivity tools. Whittling that list down to the final 5 was actually quite difficult and I’ll tell you why… When I started planning the post, I soon realised just how many tools and applications I use on a day-to-day basis! In fact, it could have quite easily been “My Top 10” or “My Top 15” but I felt that that would detract somewhat from the overall impact and meaning of the list. That said, there was one other application that nearly made the list but didn’t – and there’s a reason for that. You see, when I was composing the other post, I was in two minds about whether to include Spokal or not. In the end I chose not to, but promised myself that I would … [Read more...]

My Top 5 Productivity Tools Revealed

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In my role as a virtual assistant, I’m constantly looking for ways to boost productivity – both for myself and for my clients. And while productivity is hugely influenced by psychological factors, such as mindset, mood and motivation to name but a few, there is also a plethora of tools available to help us be the most productive versions of ourselves. But using tools to boost productivity isn’t new and it’s certainly not revolutionary. After all, we’ve been using tools to make our lives easier and increase our efficiency since the Stone Age. Therefore, it stands to reason that the ubiquity of the internet would lead to the development of countless productivity tools. On a day-to-day basis I use loads of … [Read more...]

Beat Bank and PayPal Fees with Transferwise.com

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As a virtual assistant, I can choose to work from pretty much anywhere; providing I have a stable internet connection. That’s why I’ve chosen to reside in SW France. After all, who wouldn’t, given the opportunity, want to live in one of the most beautiful countries in the world!?However, while living abroad obviously has a number of benefits, it’s not without its glitches – although I admit the pros far outweigh the cons! And, it was one of these minor niggles that prompted me to write this post.You see, as a virtual assistant, I work with clients from all over the world. Whilst this is fantastic and means that I can grow my professional network exponentially across the globe, it does raise the question of how to … [Read more...]

Are you using the right tool for the job?

Are you using the right tool for the job?

Having used many different tools over the last couple of years, I have finally found a few that I really rely on to help me with daily task management, and I thought I would let you know what these are. I think I have written about all of these individually in the past, so I apologise if I'm repeating myself, but I really can't say anything bad about these tools. Social Media Scheduling I use two scheduling tools for my social media, Hootsuite and Buffer. But I want to talk about Buffer, as they have recently added some new connections which I have been waiting for, for a long time. One of those is Buffer to Google+, it's been a long time coming but finally I can now fill up Buffer to post to my business Google+ … [Read more...]