10 Inspiring, Motivational Quotes for Business Owners

Motivation and accountability form an extensive part of the role of a virtual PA. It might not be an obvious connection, but our clients tell us the support and encouragement we provide day to day is invaluable. And as a small and growing business ourselves, we know what it’s like to be at the forefront of […]

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6 Ways to Spring Clean Your Business

Finally, Spring has sprung. The weather is warming up and there’s a real energy in the air! It’s at this time of year we often think about Spring cleaning our homes. But what about our businesses? Here are 6 ideas for Spring cleaning your business that will lead to a more efficient, streamlined operation for […]

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How Entrepreneurs Make the Most of Bank Holiday Weekends

It’s beginning! The Great British Bank Holiday season is upon us. We’re about to enjoy a run of four fabulous bank holidays across April and May. How will you spend yours? As tempting as it is to throw on your PJs, throw back a bottle of wine and throw off all plans, many busy entrepreneurs […]

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The Most Amazing Mac Shortcuts for Ultra Efficient Entrepreneurs

We’re all about saving you time here at Mi PA. We’ve already published lists of super useful Microsoft Word and Excel shortcuts. Did you think we’d forgotten about the Mac? Not a chance!  Here it is – the Mi PA list of amazing Mac shortcuts for ultra efficient entrepreneurs. Shortcuts are all about time-space efficiency. […]

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The Best Places to Work in Manchester (when you need to get out of the office)

Three things are utterly vital to a productive working environment: invincible WIFI, comfortable and supportive seating and just the right amount of noise. A client who often works from home recently confessed to leaving the radio on in another room to keep sound levels at their most productive. Several studies have shown that the level […]

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Top Tips for Seamless Overseas Business Travel

As Mi PA are responsible for booking, researching and organising all of the travel for the European MD of a worldwide tyre company, seamless overseas travel is definitely our thing! Whether it’s liaising with the senior management team to organise monthly management meetings and customers trips, or if it’s trips to China and Indonesia to […]

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Turn voice memos into a powerful business tool

The human brain processes more than 50,000 thoughts every day. That’s around 35-48 thoughts per  minute – an insane amount of information! And while some of it, naturally, isn’t pertinent to your business, some of it is and it needs to be captured. Picture the scene: You’ve just come out of a meeting and your […]

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5 Top Tips to De-Stress this Christmas

I ate my first mince pie yesterday. It’s not even December and I’m already chowing down the Christmas goodies! It did get me in the mood though, and it got me thinking about how busy it gets for business owners around Christmas. All the parties and social obligations, the final push to get things done […]

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22 Need To Know Excel Spreadsheet Shortcuts

A few weeks ago we published this post about Microsoft Word keyboard shortcuts. Such was its popularity that we’re doing it again but this time for Microsoft Excel. One thing we’ve noticed with these shortcuts is practice makes perfect. It’s not enough to know the shortcuts. You have to start and keep using them until […]

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What Your Email Sign-Off Says About You

If you’d like to depress/judge/confuse yourself this morning, search “email sign-off”, “email etiquette” or “email etiquette kind regards”. There are so. many. rules. I began to look into this subject after a friend called to apologise for sending an email prematurely, sans official sign off. There was no ‘cheerio’ or ‘speak soon’ at the end. […]

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