Do you need more hours in the day to get everything done?


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Have you stopped to think how many hours a week that you are working, or do you not have time for that?

From the article in the Guardian, “Do you work more than 39 hours a week? Your job could be killing you” , 15 January, 2018, written by Peter Fleming, he points out that ” Overwork has become the norm in many companies – something expected and even admired”, but how has it come to this?

Making more time can be as easy as making a list and delegating some of your standard operating procedures (S.O.P).  If you haven’t got any, if not all of these procedures handled by someone else, you may be wasting your valuable time, when you could be helping grow your company. 

Let us help you with your administration and marketing tasks.  Contact us today.

Is a Virtual Assistant the right choice for me?

Are you an entrepreneur/business owner who needs some help managing the the tasks at hand with running your business?

Are the little tasks becoming overwhelming?

The attached link “Virtual Assistant vs Employee“, published by Social Savvy Geek, gives an insight into the convenience of hiring a virtual assistant.

If a Virtual Assistant is what you are looking for, contact Arete Administrative and Marketing services today, or e-mail



Get organised! The importance of making a checklist.

Life and business questions

Being organised is a very important part of being a successful business and one of the best ways to get answers to those six important questions, is to make a list.

In an article written by journalist Darlena Cunha, a writer and editor since 2003, “The Importance of Checklists“, she describes how creating a checklist is the best practice for a business to improve efficiency and minimise mistakes.  It “creates a basic framework you can look back on, it will be easier to pinpoint any troubles before they make their way down the pike”.

You can find many lists on the internet that can help you from a business, or personal perspective,  these include “Daily Checklists”, “To Do” lists and “Self Care” lists….. the list goes on (pardon the pun)……

Let Arete help you.  We can help you tick off the tasks that are on your list, or help you create that list for your specific needs.  Contact us at today.

What All Businesses Should Know About Carers Leave

Winter has arrived in Australia!sneezing sick allergy

Research indicates, winter is notorious for an increase in staff taking sick leave & carer’s leave. It can cost your business thousands in lost productivity.  The following article, sourced from Employsure (November 13, 2015 –Last Updated On: April 30, 2018), “Leave Entitlements – 11 Things To Know“, helps explain what businesses need to be aware of.

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Essential Tasks at End of Financial Year (EOFY)

The end of the financial year is fast approaching.  It is an important time for small businesses, completing bookkeeping, tax returns and planning for the new financial year.  Putting the extra work in before each new financial year, can help you get your business organised and work smarter in the year ahead.

Click here for some essential tasks for your end of financial (EOFY) year to-do list from the Australian Government.

Happy International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day is all about celebrating women’s achievements throughout history and across nations.  It’s not country, group or organisation specific.  The day belongs to all groups collectively everywhere.

This year’s theme is #PressforProgress.  A strong call to motivate and unite friends, colleagues and whole communities to think, act and be gender inclusive.

Across the world women are making positive gains day by day. Plus, there’s indeed a very strong and growing global movement of advocacy, activism and support. Now, more than ever, there’s a strong call-to-action to press forward and progress gender parity.

What an inspiring move by Mattel to design 17 new Barbies, based on real life inspirational, incredible women, who have helped pave the way for the young women that are our future.  To see who these women are click here.

Happy International Women’s Day from Arete Administrative and Marketing Sevices!

Inspiriting women around the world

Contact Arete today.  Let us help with your journey.  The future starts now.

It’s not just a quote…..

Life is a journey. Enjoy the ride!
Life is a Journey

Think of a quote that changed your life or shifted your mindset, perhaps only for a moment.

In an article by James Clear, The Science of Positive Thinking: How Positive Thoughts Build Your Skills, Boost Your Health, and Improve Your Work (07/10/2013, updated 25/9/17), he describes how “positive thinking isn’t just a soft and fluffy feel-good term. Yes, it’s great to simply “be happy,” but those moments of happiness are also critical for opening your mind to explore and build the skills that become so valuable in other areas of your life”.

Business, like life itself, can be challenging, rewarding, frustrating, satisfying, disappointing, and exhilarating.  We have gathered some of our favourite inspirational quotes to date, from our series of ‘Quote of the Day’ quotes published every Monday on Facebook and Twitter.

Let these words of wisdom motivate you on every step of your journey:

  • There will be haters, there will be doubters, there will be non-believers, and then there will be you, proving them wrong. – Kushandwizdom  


  • Life is 10% what happens to us and 90% how we react to it. – KeepInspiringme  


  • Always End the Day With a Positive Thought.  No Matter How Hard Things Were, Tomorrow’s a Fresh Opportunity to Make it Better


  • Nothing is Impossible, the word itself says, I’m Possible!”. – Audrey Hepburn


If you need assistance with your business contact Arete today




Using Technology to your benefit

Today’s world is very different.  We are now more accountable.  We are able to be contacted more easily and we have the world at the touch of a button.  This type technology has made communication globally so much easier than in the past.

People communicate through emails, mobile phones, texting services, video conferences, video chat rooms and social media channels anytime, anywhere and from any place as long as they have an internet connection.

This is what has made outsourcing so attractive to so many businesses and there are many ways to communicate.  These include Video Calls, Voice Calls, E-mails, Text Messages and Social networking platforms.

Have you ever thought of what it would be like to have your own virtual assistant?  One who devotes their time to you.  Someone who can make your life easier and help your business and life run smoothly.

With the Christmas and new year period over, you want to make sure you are organised and ready to get off to a great start.

The Tasks We Can Do For You include:

  • Transcription (transcribing voicemail, video or audio, podcasts etc.)
  • Creating basic reports (reports on weekly tasks, deliverables, sales)
  • Preparing Slideshows (PowerPoint Presentations)
  • Adding and Removing Subscribers from Lists
  • Creating Email Newsletters
  • Editing / Proofreading Emails
  • Setting up appointments
  • Following up with clients/customers
  • Calendar Management
  • Database building/updating email or contact lists
  • Researching certain topics for blogposts, newsletters or others
  • Organising Travel Arrangements and Planning/Hotel and Flight Bookings
  • Set-up Social Media Accounts (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn)
  • Manage and update Social Media Accounts
  • Data Entry in Word, or Google Docs
  • Creating / Managing Spreadsheets
  • Report Creation
  • Online Research
  • Preparation of Training Materials

Click here to find out a little more about a Virtual Assistant.

Contact Arete today! Let us help you find what you are looking for.