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Six Amazing Productivity Boosting Holiday Gifts
Looking for the perfect last minute gift? We’ve got you covered.
As your personal productivity gurus, we’ve created the Ultimate Gift Guide of 2014. We want to help you extend your powerful new Life Efficiency habits to those you hold most dear.
In this Guide you’ll find hand selected, staff-tested items, and the hands down most efficiency-boosting options for everyone on your list. Best of all, you can purchase all of these gifts online (rest assured we’d never ask you to wait on an actual line).
Follow our Guide, and you’ll be this years gift-giving super hero.
Give your loved ones the most precious gift of all, the gift of regained personal time. Together, let’s declare 2015 the year of getting more done in less time. These gifts will give your loved ones a solid start.
Audible.com gift membership $45-150
WeMo Insight Switch $60
FOR THE FITNESS-FOCUSED
Jawbone UP $75
FOR THE TECHNOPHILE
FOR THE FASHIONISTA
Mighty PURSE $109.99
FOR THE WINE ENTHUSIAST
Ravi Solution Instant Wine Chiller $25.75
Thoreau once said, “The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it.” So, to the business owners out there we ask– how much are you shelling out these days? And how can you free yourself up to do your best work? And once that’s done, how might you enjoy the holiday season a little more?
The term personal assistant may conjure up images of wealthy executives and their tiny helpers. The truth is, they’re more affordable than you might think. At Ask Sunday we offer three different packages to suit everyone’s needs and budgets. We want you to work smarter, not harder. Take a look at just a few of the many tasks that a virtual assistant can take off your plate:
Database entries: Have you considered how much business you could bring in if you weren’t entering numbers into a spreadsheet?
Sending personal and business holiday cards and gifts: Not only will a virtual assistant get these out on time, but it’s one less thing on your To-Do list.
Managing email: Americans work the most hours per week but we’re the least productive. Why? It comes down to the way we work. A jumbled inbox is one of many symbols of the inefficient.
Planning the company holiday party: You know you’ll enjoy it more if someone else takes care of the details.
Travel research: Let a virtual assistant snag you a good deal on airfare, hotels and car rentals while you line up meetings.
Scheduling: Did you know that trying to plan a lunch meeting with two busy executives can take hours? Why not avoid it all together?
Industry knowledge prep: Let a virtual assistant help you talk the talk by providing you the inside scoop and latest industry news.
Bookkeeping: Need we say more?
Online research: Did you know our virtual assistants are Google whizzes?
Ask yourself the following questions:
What can you outsource in order to free yourself up for the work you, and only you, do best?
How can you batch activities so that you’re responding rather than reacting to the events and tasks of the day? (If you hit pause, even briefly, you can see how your work might be streamlined and delegated, thereby improving your bottom line and overall well-being.)
What activities are most profitable and are you able to fully focus on those activities?
So, we encourage you to lighten your load in order to soak up a little wonder of the season. Yes, we used the word “wonder.” It’s a rare moment that we slow down enough to see it– but it’s there.
Engaging the help of others might make the difference between enjoying the season and getting through it. Visit us at Ask Sunday and sign up for a free 3 hours on us.
Let’s face it. Tis the season of distractions!
This time of year, it’s hard to maintain your productivity. One side of your brain is dreaming of mistletoe, yule tide carols, and finding the world’s most original stocking stuffer, while the other side is attempting to stay focused on seemingly banal office tasks.
The time between Thanksgiving and the turn of the new year can be extraordinarily busy for many people. There are so many competing demands and expectations during the holidays that it’s easy to get overwhelmed and even burn out.
While business doesn’t stop during the holiday season, there ARE ways you can help yourself stay productive.
Here are a few pieces of post-Thanksgiving advice we like to share with our clients:
1. Travel planning
If you’re traveling over the holidays, why not let your virtual assistant compare airline prices and handle the flight and hotel reservations?
2. Online shopping
Your Virtual Assistant can help find the best deals on the Internet, and purchase and mail gifts to your clients and loved ones.
3. Gift recommendations
Want insight on 2014’s hottest gift? We’ll brainstorm gift Ideas and find the best prices. Gift giving can be the most stressful part of the holidays. Give your VA a list of people you’re shopping for and a little about each person and let them find a thoughtful present for everyone on your list. After picking out each item, have them comparison shop the results to find the best deals.
4. Order and Mail Holiday Cards
Clients and family appreciate hearing from you this time of year. A virtual assistant can order custom cards, setup client address lists, print labels or even set-up e-cards to be sent on your behalf. Holiday cards are a great way to acknowledge the people who’ve supported your business and send them well wishes for the season.
5. Take Care of Business While You’re Away
As we said above, it’s always a good idea to take some time off over the holidays to spend with family and friends, or to simply mentally recharge. But for many of us, it’s hard to leave work behind. Your virtual assistant can be a good crutch to really let that Out of Office Reply fly – arrange for them to cover for you while you’re gone.
6. Holiday party planning
If you are planning a holiday party or dinner, a Virtual Assistant can make recommendations on the hottest new venue for your office shindig.
It’s a busy time of the year — let us help you do the holidays right. Wouldn’t it be nice to have your own personal elf?
Check out our $100 off sale and consider giving your loved one the gift of personal productivity for the holidays!
Here at Ask Sunday, we fancy ourselves guardians…protectors of your most precious and valuable resource, your time. That’s why we’re on a quest, dear reader, via this blog, to continuously offer you ways to do things better, faster and more efficiently.
The most obvious way to save time, of course, is through the art of delegation. Figure out the things you hate doing and get them off your plate. Assess which tasks do not need absolutely need to be handled by you, and send those puppies on over to us. We make a sport of finding the cheapest airfare and revel in getting your inbox tidied.
By now, we know that you understand and appreciate the value of delegation, but let’s face it, even the most highly skilled, master delegators among us have some form of a personal to-do list, even that involves simply parking the car! Our aim is to help you sail through those tasks with ease. We want you to get back to doing the things you love with the people you love, because we believe that’s what life is really about.
Building on last month’s time management tips from the world’s most successful CEOs, we’ve been on a month-long downloading quest. We’ve sorted through the dozens of apps that purport to make your life easier and let the winners rise to the top. Below is our list of favorites. These five are non-negotiably staying on our devices for a long time to come.
1. Remember the Milk
Forget that paper to-do list at home? Feeling a little lost? This intuitive, user-friendly interface will ensure that you never forget the milk, that library book, gift for Bob, or your to-do list, ever again! Lifehacker has termed this app “the Swiss Army knife of to-do list management” for a reason. Break out your tasks by day of the week, personal or business, priority level, and due date and sync it right up with your Gmail, Google Calendar, Outlook, Evernote, and even your Twitter account.
Imagine an uber, but for retail items, and you’ve got WunWun. Get almost any item you need couriered to you within an hour. Never stand in line at Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s again. Instead allow a WunWun “helper” to shopper bring gather up your grocery list and bring it to your door, or picnic, or wherever you may be! It’s only in New York right now, but we feel it’s going to be coming to a city near you very soon.
With Venmo, you can send money to anyone for free. Going in on a group gift with your co-workers? Owe your roommate money for utilities? Cover your friends and let them pack you back instantly, without added time looking for an ATM or paying extra bank fees.
You know the paper avalanche of junk mail that falls out of your mailbox? That’s what PaperKarma helps you avoid. As you’re wondering how many trees died to bring you this unsolicited piece of mail, simply snap a photo of it, send it to PaperKarma, and they’ll find a way to unsubscribe you and make sure you’re removed from the distribution list.
Never again circle endlessly while bickering with your significant other about where to park. Find and reserve the perfect spot at over 2 million destinations with ParkMe. They’ll help you find the closest, cheapest parking nearby and compare rates to get the best deal, even sending you live photos of both on and off-street spots. Based on your location, the ParkMe engine determines the best parking options based on price, proximity, and your preferences.
We’ve created this Basic Accounting series to help you understand the fundamentals of accounting. Whether you handle the accounting yourself or have delegated it to assistant or outsourced, you’ll find these posts useful as you review the financial health of your company with your accountant.
Every business has to deal with accounting, but that doesn’t mean every business owner understands it. And maybe your company can’t afford a bookkeeper yet, so you’re trying your hand at it, but feel like you’re drowning in terms and equations.
Have no fear, this is super common. The objective of this series is to familiarize you, the business owner, with some of the most basic accounting terms. This will help you transition easier into more complex principles so you can get your books in order. Today’s post will make you more comfortable with some of the most commonly used jargon when it comes to collecting and recording your accounting data.
BASIC ACCOUNTING DATA COLLECTION AND RECORDING TERMS:
Account: This is where you keep a detailed record of each asset, liability, revenue, or expense. An account will show the impact a particular transaction has on a specific element. There are two types of accounts: nominal and real.
- Nominal Account: is a temporary holding place where transactions are stored for up to 1 year. They are then transferred into a real (or permanent) account. Examples of nominal accounts are: revenues, expenses, and dividends. They’re recorded on the income statement, with the exception of dividends.
- Real Account: is a permanent account that retains and forwards its balance from one accounting period to the next. Examples of real accounts are: fixed assets, liabilities, equity, and retained earnings. These accounts are recorded on the balance sheet.
Accounting Period: The period of time that financial information is being tracked. Most businesses conduct monthly accounting periods, but they can also be done on a quarterly or annual basis.
Adjusting Entries: are made at the end of each accounting period (generally monthly) in order to bring all of the business’ accounts up-to-date. These entries help align the reported financial results with the overall position of the business.
Closing Entries: is the process of reducing all nominal accounts to zero. Whatever is left over, either net income or net loss, is then transferred into a permanent account.
Event: is generally either an internal or external cause in changes to a business’ assets, liabilities, and equity.
Journal: provides a detailed account for individual transactions, which is then summarized and entered into the company’s ledger.
Ledger: is a book or software program, depending on the company’s preference, that contains all of the company’s accounts. There are two types of ledgers: general and subsidiary.
- General Ledger: the master set of every account summarizing all transactions within the business.
- Subsidiary Ledger: contains all details related to any given general ledger account.
Posting: the act of summarizing and transferring information from the business’ journal to the ledger.
Transaction: is an external event that involves an exchange between two or more parties. This has monetary impact on an entity’s financial statement. Examples: paying vendors’ bills and buying property.
Our outsourcing services include the maintenance of records; manage your online accounts and invoices. You can outsource some of your day-to-day tasks. Also, we can assist you with Data entry
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Nobody can remember the dozens of things they must remember in a day without a bit of help, but when you get an extra project it gets even harder to remember everything. A virtual administrative assistant can make sure that you get the help you need to keep everything straight and be as productive as you possibly can.
With a virtual administrative assistant you can get them to help you get projects completed, give them your weekly repetitive tasks you don’t have time for, or have them help you keep your personal life straight by doing internet research, booking tickets or scheduling your social live. With the affordable prices at Ask Sunday you will find that you can get an hour or two a day of help for a price you can easily afford, visit us to get 3 hours free and see how great it can feel going home at the end of the day and knowing you have got everything done.
Have you dreamed of having personal assistants that could make your life just a little bit easier, but then laughed it off when you realized that personals assistants are not for people like us? What if you found out that that you too could have a personal assistant for a very affordable price by hiring a virtual assistant?
These personal assistants can do many of the same tasks that a traditional personal assistant would do, but at a mere fraction of the price. Need help with phone calls or emails? A personal assistant can help you in a variety of ways to ensure that you get the extra time you need and all of your tasks get down. Ask Sunday can offer you, personal assistants at a very affordable price, you can also choose from 3 different packages and save more money the more hours that you buy.
Have you ever gotten so busy that you forgot to finish making all of your travel plans? If you travel for business this can be frustrating and worse, especially if you are meeting clients and forget to make your reservations. Virtual assistant services can make sure that you never forget again, simply hand over all the arrangements for your traveling to your virtual assistant and they will make sure that all of your reservations will be made according to your specifications.
Your virtual assistant will make sure that all of your reservations are properly booked and coordinated; will take care of any small details that you may need to take care of such as entertaining your clients or arranging to have your dry cleaning picked up. Your virtual assistant services will even send you a wakeup call at your hotel should you need one. To learn more visit us at Ask Sunday we offer a wide range of services that can help you keep all of your traveling organized.
Hire a Personal Assistant to Help you Through the Holidays
Do the holidays make your normal workload go crazy? If so then you would probably love to have a personal assistant to make this time a bit less stressful and allow you to enjoy it a bit more. If you think that a personal assistant is way beyond your means, then you might be surprised to find out that a virtual personal assistant is very affordable for just about anyone.
Use your personal assistant to help you with your holiday schedule, make outgoing phone calls for you or to help you plan your company’s Christmas party. Need help with your holiday email? Our personal assistants at Ask Sunday can help you sort through your email for the important emails and take care of your spam mails each week. Visit us at Ask Sunday and we will show you how to try our service for 3 hours free.