The Greatest Wealth is Health!

Overwhelmed in business

Running a business is hard enough without a global pandemic. Now small business owners, senior leaders and managers have been left reeling in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Whether your business has closed or is still operating, it’s worth reading this article from Beyond Blue, with tips and strategies to help you through the toughest of times. 

It is really important to maintain a good sense of wellbeing in these tough times.  So if things seems overwhelming, you may need some assistance. Using the services of a Virtual Assistant can help you alleviate some of that business stress. Here are reasons why having a Virtual Assistant is good for your health and your overall well being.

There are a lot of moving pieces that have to be taken care of day in and day out. Then you have the stress of getting clients, and keeping them happy, whilst making sure that it remains profitable.

  • It is like having someone else to share the burdens of running your business with.
  • A VA is not your actual “employee” they are their own independent contractor.  You get the work completed without having to worry about all the things that come with employing staff.
  • A VA can tackle those things in your business that you always try to get to, or that you have been putting off.  You know you should do them, you know you want to do them, you just haven’t had the time.
  • Networking. VA’s most likely have other clients and contacts. This can be helpful when you have new projects, or tasks. If your VA can’t do the work themselves they probably know someone who can.
  • VA’s can be a great sounding board for new ideas.
  • Grow your business. VA’s can complete the day-to-day tasks so you are free to focus on actually growing your business and doing what you do best. Or you can task your VA with reaching out to new clients and contacts, or creating new project to help grow your business.

When you hire a good VA they become so much more than an assistant and become more of a Team Member! They can really help you take a deep breath and to charge of your business since you know someone else is there looking out for you!

Contact me today to see how I can help.

Working from home with your pet can make you more productive.

cat work from home

There are many distractions when you work from home. Those of us that work remotely already know this, but there are many people now finding it out. Having a pet around can be a good distraction.

Lucy Devine, from Tyla, is one of those that is adjusting to this current new way of life. In this article “Why Working From Home With Your Pet Actually Makes You More Productive“, she shares an insight into how having a pet around can create a structure into your working day. It has been reported that bringing your animal into your workplace increased motivation and reduced stress, so working from home with them can have similar benefits.

Tips to help us get through these unprecedented times.

My home is my office. I am used to working in my own space and on my terms. Tomorrow, my workplace is going to be very different, with the announcement of school closures.

If you are like me, or you have been advised to work from home in these unprecedented times, here are some great tips from Brittany Harker Martin, Associate Professor, Leadership, Policy & Governance, University of Calgary.

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.