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Writing about effective admin practices and the importance of having your business admin in order

What’s in the box?

During the annual ECMeetUp at the beginning of the month, we heard from an amazing group of panelists. Talking about the gaps we have in our online presence. A major take away from the talk for me was about my mission, my one true thing.Now although I only...

Medium Retainer Package

In our last blog, we covered a package ideally created for the micro startup. Today we look at a package for the micro who has been running a year or so and small businesses. The Medium sized package was created with your business in mind. So let us go over how this...

Retainer Package Benefits

I have finally gotten my own ducks in a row and have launched my bookkeeping retainer packages. It's a little scary and a little exciting all rolled into one. But it does raise the question, so how does that benefit you? From a cash flow, budget point of view you know...

Motivation in Business

Staying motivated to do the daily business 'things' is hard work all on its own. As business owners, we need to do those tasks on a daily basis that don't fill our tanks and bring us joy. So what can we do to get through the daily tasks that need to be done? I love...

Year End Melanie’s Top Tips

It's February and the South African tax year-end is fast approaching. For most finance and admin staff, this time of year is very stressful. I have worked in environments that have a large emphasis on the year change over and in environments that have none. Each...

Calendar Freebie

I did it and took the leap and created my first FREEBIE to share with everyone. Usually I put something similar down on paper during my planning process, to help me map out my year better and see when is a good time for a family vacation. But this year the...

Planning

I love to plan, that week between Christmas and New Year traditionally is my downtime for planning and goal setting. This year, if you followed my Insta Stories turned my strategy session on its head. My mini person ended up in hospital, which was...

Time Blocking

As a mom, who is growing her business and working part-time. I actually can’t get by without two things, a to-do list and time management. My favourite technique to use is called time blocking, between my to-do list and time blocking, I remain sane. Time...

Importance of Admin Processes

One of the things so often overlooked when a new business is started is the admin processes!  As an administrator, I find that really hard to believe. But I have come across it again and again. Especially with the move to non-traditional start-ups. Then...

How outsourcing got my client paid early

I really love what I do. Sitting idol kills me! When my dear friend and mentor needed help to get her admin in hand, I jumped at the chance. With all the admin things under control, suddenly she was getting paid three weeks sooner. It's sometimes so very...

Value of an External Administrator

It's common knowledge that if you want your business to grow, you need to employ some help. With all the many facets of running a business in today's online world, how do you decide what skill sets you will need to hire? And then finding that one unique...

What is a Virtual Assistant?

One of the newest questions around, but did you know that the concept of working remotely has been around for more than 20 years? Originally, us the administrators drove around spent an hour or two a week at your premises and took the bulk of the work...

Hi! I’m Melanie

I have a passion for making order out of chaotic numbers and papers. With 20 years experience, I have mastered getting those admin ducks to obey and stay in their rows.

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