4 annabel hours: The Miracle Cure
And why is this relevant? Well, four hours is the minimum block an annabel consultant spends working for a client and you would not believe how much one person can achieve in that time. That’s why we’re going to tell you.
When you hear the words ‘personal assistant’, what springs to mind? Someone who sits in an office diligently opening the post whilst simultaneously glued to a phone? Perhaps stretching to pick up the dry cleaning and booking the occasional flight? Well maybe that was the case 20 years ago, but life has (thankfully) changed. Needs have changed. And in order to fit in with the needs of our clients, annabel offers a uniquely flexible service.
annabel offers a cross-section of services which fall broadly into four categories, (and don’t need to be mutually exclusive of each other):
It’s boring, it’s time-consuming and it’s totally overwhelming. Life admin. You know that feeling when the to-do list... read more
Whilst 31st January is a date that sends even the most balanced of people into a state of unbridled panic... read more
Most people start their business to pursue a passion. You imagined yourself out there in the field, attracting new clients... read more
If you’ve ever renovated a house, or even one room of a house, you will know that the timescale and finances... read more
It’s boring, it’s time-consuming and it’s totally overwhelming. Life admin. You know that feeling when the to-do list at home has reached several pages and you are now suffering from, what has been described by academic and journalist Anne Helen Petersen, as ‘errand paralysis’? You are literally rendered useless by the thought of having to renew the car insurance. Read the gas meter. Book flights for half term. Organise child’s party. Research new phone. Manage mortgage. Fill out tax return. Make doctor’s appointment. Buy birthday present. Are you feeling it now? Well you’re not alone.
Research reported in the Guardian suggests that, of 2000 Brits, the average adult carries out 109 life admin tasks a year. No wonder we are suffering from organisational crisis.
So what can annabel do about this? Well, firstly, we can pick up the slack. Let us do the life admin so you can spend more time on other things – be it business or leisure. Our consultants have the skills to work efficiently and skilfully with a clear timeframe and goals in mind. By working flexibly, and taking advantage of the latest technology trends, they can handle all manner of tasks as and when they need doing.
But there’s more to annabel than just time saving. Using our bespoke PA service can come with significant financial benefits. You could save a fortune in utilities and service outgoings by switching tariffs on a regular basis and properly re-market your home and medical insurance so you pay a fair annual premium (or monthly instalments). You can benefit from early bird discounts on all manner of tickets by simply letting us do the research and the booking for you. We can plan your summer holiday and then find the best exchange rate for your holiday currency. We recognise that everyone is different and that’s why all of our consultants are extremely adaptable and we pride ourselves on providing the best ‘match’ possible. We can take on any task that you simply don’t have time to do. One satisfied client said of our services: ‘Endlessly efficient, knowledgeable, discreet and charming, there is no task which the team cannot undertake’.
Whilst 31st January is a date that sends even the most balanced of people into a state of unbridled panic, we at annabel know the value (and relative ease) of organizing your financial affairs to ensure a smooth and timely tax return submission. And we’re not just talking about filling in the forms. annabel engages financial PAs who will keep your accounts in order throughout the year, filing invoices and expenses, downloading bank statements and using cloud-based bookkeeping to ensure records are up-to-date and accurate.
Of course, there’s more to life than tax returns (isn’t there?). We can also ease the burden of financial administration by preparing monthly income and expenditure records, preparing expenditure forecasts for your financial advisor, keeping on top of shareholdings and maintaining up-to-date balance sheets of assets and liabilities.
As with all our services, the key to our financial administrative support is flexibility. It works for both the client and the consultant and ensures that actions are taken when needed, whether this happens at the client’s workplace or remotely. Our attitude is that if you’re having to spend time remembering when things need doing in order to ask someone else to do it, you’re not really benefitting. That’s why we agree the parameters with our clients and from that point on can be trusted to work as independently as needed, allowing the client more time to pursue other business or leisure interests.
Most people start their business to pursue a passion. You imagined yourself out there in the field, attracting new clients, networking and building an unparalleled reputation. The reality? Chasing invoices, filling in tax returns and filing receipts. Darren Nicholls, product manager for Informi, the website offering free practical advice and support for small businesses, acknowledges this: ‘Admin is a pain, but those innocuous forms are often very important to pay attention to and in some cases could save you from financial penalties in the future’.
So yes, the paperwork needs doing. Clients need invoicing. Bills need paying. But it really doesn’t suit many people to employ someone full time to do these tasks, so what’s the answer?
To give you an idea of how annabel can support small businesses, we’ve analysed the timesheets of several of our consultants who specialise in this area. This yielded some eye-opening statistics, including one of our team who booked 30 flights in one four-hour session! The pie chart illustrates how another of our consultants spent a recent four-hour window.
Not only can a high volume and variety of tasks be achieved in a four-hour window, but these can also be managed and carried out at a time and location to suit both consultant and client. You can be comforted by the knowledge that someone else is managing your admin without having to pay the £6k office cost and the annual salary of a permanent employee.
If you’ve ever renovated a house, or even one room of a house, you will know that the timescale and finances can be wildly unpredictable. The amount of time spent chasing suppliers, finding - and then waiting for - contractors can take up literally months of your life. This is particularly onerous if you travel a lot, have work or family commitments or if you simply don’t want to spend your precious time comparing the price of taps or waiting for the electrician to show up.
"I put my trust in her professional judgment to identify the best contractor for the job, and then to manage the delivery of their work"
Acting as client representative, annabel can help guide you through the most challenging of build projects, ranging from single room refurbishments to large scale renovations and extensions. We can be involved in as much (or as little) as a client needs, from sourcing contractors to weekly site visits. Once the build is done, we can oversee the installation of furnishings, arrange removals and ensure that the dreaded snag list is completed.
One client said of her annabel consultant, ‘Given that I spend much of my time out of the country, I am extremely reliant on her to project manage the current renovations of my house. This involves researching, sourcing and engaging on my behalf appropriate contractors and suppliers, including identifying and assisting with development of initial design suggestions. Therefore I put my trust in her professional judgment to identify the best contractor for the job, and then to manage the delivery of their work, as well as trusting her to identify when she needs my input (or whether matters can proceed without such input)’.
So, step away from the chaos and declutter your day. By delegating even just four hours worth of tasks, you can reduce stress and free up time to do the things you actually want to do. As one client said, ‘I never dreamt that one person could do such brilliant PA work. Annabel has transformed our lives!’