What are your back up plans?

So this week I have had poorly children who needed time at home instead of school.  I am very lucky to be self employed and work at home and therefore this doesn’t cause major juggling acts in our house anymore! Yes I couldn’t work as much as I would have done if they were in school (but who can complain about watching movies under a quilt on the sofa?!) and it meant pulling a couple of late nights to make sure I didn’t fall behind on my client work, but that was all, no major disaster!

It did get me thinking about other businesses that aren’t home based and how they cope when they need to make sudden unforeseen changes to their daily or weekly plans.

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How to network when you really don’t want to – my top 5 tips

If you have a small business and are looking to grow your client or customer base then online promoting and marketing is important, but so is face to face networking. However, for a lot of people this can be TERRIFYING!!!!

If I’m being completely honest here, the first time I went to a networking event I was absolutely dreading it! The thought of standing up in a room full of strangers and delivering my ‘pitch’  filled me with dread. In the end, it wasn’t that bad and I actually ended up enjoying it, and have not worried about going to any other events since.

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Spotlight on Business Interview with Laura Jane Griffiths

A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to be interviewed by the lovely Laura Jane Griffiths as part of her spotlight on business series. In this interview we discuss all things VA and the benefits of outsourcing admin….watch to find out more and please leave a comment, I’d love to know what you all think!

If you are interested in a Spotlight on Business interview with Laura her details are at the end of the video.


Hi! I’m Louise and I am the owner of Louise Mackie Virtual Assistant.

The aim of my virtual assistant business is to provide small and medium sized businesses with admin / business/ social media support – and therefore freeing up precious time to spend with family and friends or developing the business further.

By working on an hourly basis (or an hourly package if that suits your needs better) you only pay for the hours that you need and the benefits of hiring a virtual assistant means that you don’t have to provide office space, IT equipment, tax, NI, pension, holiday pay, sick pay………

If this sounds like what you need for your business then please take a look around my website and get in touch to discuss how we could work together.

That’s my first blog done! Future blogs will be focused on providing valuable business hints, tips, guidance and support that will invaluable to you and your business.

Thanks for reading!