Have you ever noticed how much music is present in our daily lives? Music sets a tone and helps create a very specific environment which is why stores and offices will play curated playlists to encourage focus or to sell a product or experience. Music is a beautiful and powerful tool that stimulates brain activity and can trigger certain emotional response and memories, and encourage great creativity!
Happy Earth Day! At Done By 5 we love Earth Day! It is the one day that people across the world come together and celebrate the beautiful planet we all share and call home. Not only is it a day to get up, get out, and enjoy the outdoors, it is a reminder that we only have one place to call home and we must take care of it.
The internet has made it a lot easier to be a small business owner these days. It has been one of my greatest resources since I ventured into the world of being a virtual/business assistant for small business owners almost 10 years ago and still proves to be just as useful for myself and my team every day. When I started Done By 5, I would read the blogs from “well-known” big companies but found myself turning to advice from fellow small business owners and bloggers more often than not. Blogs are a great resource for relatable and digestible information!
“In this world, nothing can be certain except Death and Taxes.” Benjamin Franklin.
That April 15th deadline is just over a month away and panic and anxiety about taxes and payments is looming. Let’s be honest, no one likes paying their taxes and as a small business owner it is even harder just signing away money that so much hard work has gone into making. But taxes are a necessary “evil” and something every small business owner must address.
At Done By 5 we are always on the hunt for the best tools available to small businesses. The right tools make work easy and efficient for everyone and that keeps us happy, our clients happy, and our client’s clients happy. As virtual assistants, happy is all we could ask for. With the speed of tech these days, there is a solution for everything, and if you haven't found the app or software to solve that one pesky problem, chances are it's right around the corner.
Life as a virtual assistant can often look like a virtuosic balancing act. We create our own schedules and are always looking for more space in the day to help our clients propel their businesses forward. We use tools like teamwork, zoom.us, and Google drive to keep us all on the same page, share information and ideas, and keep documents organized. Each of us has our own ways of balancing our everyday schedules but there are a few consistent habits that everyone on the Done By 5 team uses to stay on track and organized. Here are some:
People use the new year as an opportunity to update and renew, which is why we make resolutions. We recognize that we need changes, or to take risks to make our lives better, so we can live happier, healthier lives. I had set my resolutions, but this change was beyond just a resolution, it was necessary for me, my business, and the small business I work for. I needed to create my ideal workspace.
2017 has been an amazing year for Done By 5, its’ team members, and clients. It has been a year of growth and change but most importantly, it has been extremely rewarding. First, we rebranded and built this new beautiful website and expanded our reach through our blog and social media, utilizing the skills we already do for our clients into our own business.