Do you ever feel like there aren’t enough hours in the day?

WOMEN IN BUSINESS | 2018

I don’t know about you but I’m always feeling short of time. There never seem to be enough hours in the day. The to-do list is ever growing but I just don’t have time to get it all done.

Thankfully there are people out there to help, people who can help reclaim some of our time…one of those people is Gill, the founder of lifeadmin, a Virtual Assistant Service providing personal assistance for your life, home or work. In today’s blog we’re going to find out why Gill started lifeadmin and how she might be able to help us free up some time (shock horror, maybe even free up some time for ourselves!)

Hi everyone, I’m Gill, I started lifeadmin in 2016 with one simple mission…to help free up people’s time, giving them the chance to enjoy life more.

The theme of organisation has run throughout my life. I was always the one who’d plan and arrange the annual family holiday, friend’s birthday parties and hen do’s. I enjoy researching and finding the best deals, seeing the relief on people’s faces when a task is taken off their to-do list. I built a career based around my organisational skills and have worked for large corporate companies such as Expedia, News UK and The Football League in Personal and Executive Assistant roles. Having spent over 10 years in the corporate world, I knew first-hand what it meant to manage my own time as well as other people’s time. I wanted to extend my skills and my experiences, putting them to use in running my own business. I felt there was a gap in the market for a service which could support people in their increasingly busy lives and, that’s how lifeadmin was born.

We’re all so busy these days; it’s increasingly hard to find a work-life balance. I set up lifeadmin to help people to find that balance, to reclaim some of their time.

How it works is that people and businesses can outsource tasks to lifeadmin, so that they can focus their time on what matters to them most, whilst knowing their task will be completed in a professional manner. There are no joining fees, contracts or subscriptions. You just purchase time, by the hour and you’ll have access to your own Virtual Assistant. Prices start from £25 an hour for lifestyle tasks and the more hours you buy as a bundle, the cheaper they are.

If people ask me, do I really need a Virtual Assistant, I ask them these questions:

  • Do you ever feel like there aren’t enough hours in the day?
  • Do you often feel overwhelmed with the long to-do list of admin jobs that you never seem to get around to?
  • Are you spending your free-time, your weekends or evenings doing admin?

If you answered ‘yes’ to any of the above, or you’re saying ‘free-time, what is this thing called free-time?!’ then perhaps a service like lifeadmin could help you too.

People come to me for help selling their unwanted items on eBay, finding presents, saving money on utility bills, researching and planning the family holiday with a full itinerary (this task often makes me quite jealous!) and I can even solve technical issues with TVs, laptops and printers. I’ve helped business clients to build websites, manage CRM systems, create e-newsletters and social media posts as well as manage diaries, organise meetings and act as bookkeeper. Any task you don’t have time to do yourself, you can outsource to lifeadmin.

There are many great things about managing your own business but the most rewarding is when you receive positive feedback from clients.

Because of the type of service lifeadmin offers, we have several clients who use our services on a monthly retainer so they have support whenever they need it. They tell me that lifeadmin has genuinely changed their lives for the better and they are now able to spend much more time doing what they love whilst lifeadmin handles everything else for them. That, for me, is the best feeling.

Another great thing about running your own business is that you can add more flexibility into your life. Free time for me is important to make sure I remain at my most effective for my clients. To achieve this I need to practice what I preach in my own life too. Planning is a must!

As long as you plan in advance then you can make the most of your time, doing the things you enjoy.

I love taking the time to listen to old and new songs, really listening to the words and melody. Music is my happy place. It can be so emotional. I’m also a massive football fan so I get out and watch as much as I can. Unfortunately, I wasn’t blessed with the gift of coordination so I can’t play it, but being part of the social aspect of football makes me really happy. I enjoy swimming and taking walks in the park to get my exercise in. I love a good natter with my mates, a trip to the pub or the cinema. Growing up, I loved being part of my local brownies and guides units, with whom I often helped prepare and plan events in the local community. And now, one of the other ways I spend my time is running my own guides unit as an assistant leader!

If you have an idea, an aspiration, a dream, then go for it!

For me, starting lifeadmin was a step into the unknown, into a new community and the start of an entirely new life outside of London. But I had prepared, and, most importantly, I had unwavering belief in the service that I could offer and the mission I was on. I think that belief is critical to keep you going when you do hit the more difficult days.

It won’t all be plain sailing. Taking the plunge into self-employment and setting up your own business brings risks. Strategy and planning are so important for any business, but especially a new one. A plan helps to remind you of your objectives, which is important when you have inevitable doubts. What I’ve learnt from starting my own business, is to make sure you do your research; to plan well and to ensure you have the financial stability to cope with what can be a bumpy ride. It’s also challenging to maintain a long-term vision and focus on developing lasting relationships, when it’s natural to want short-term gains to satisfy your financial demands. As the company has grown, new challenges arise, such as recruiting the right people to take the business to the next level. But with every challenge I have learned something new, and that’s key in making your business work.

Working from home and on your own can be lonely, so it’s been really important to get involved with the local business community.

I’ve now got a great support network having met other wonderful business owners, who I can now call friends. We all inspire each other to continue on our amazing journey. I’ve met so many women who run their own business…women who run their own businesses alongside their families; women business owners who also find time to give back to the community by volunteering and fundraising. There are so many women out there doing great things I couldn’t mention them all, but my admiration for them knows no bounds, they are inspirational.

If I could give advice to anyone making their way in the world it would be, don’t worry if you haven’t got it all figured out.

Despite building a business around being organised and planning, I’ve also realised that you need to be agile and flexible to change too. Life is constantly changing and your own personal growth will alter how you feel about yourself.

So, be brave, be strong and most importantly, don’t be afraid to be yourself.

Thanks so much to Gill for sharing her story with us. If you want to know more, have a look at the lifeadmin website or follow lifeadmin on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook where Gill shares life-hacks, giving great tips for getting on top of your life admin.

 

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