Are You Peter Pan Or Mr Darling?
Getting your work/life balance right ...
Posted on: 26/12/2013 By: Jacqui Frost
Christmas is all about time with the family, isn't it? So many business owners ring-fence Christmas, shutting the business down and taking a well-earned break to spend quality time with the family ...
With the right support from the Office Genie, you can be like Peter Pan and spend a lot more time with your family! Wouldn't that feel great?
I suppose some people are trying to make up for all the time they've spent poring over the accounts or out and about visiting clients securing more sales.
It reminds me of Peter Pan. Wendy and Peter's father, Mr Darling, worked so hard to give them the sort of life he thought they deserved and yet all they ever really wanted from him was love and time.
What about your children? Would they prefer to spend more time with you? Would they prefer to see you having fun, never growing up, never telling them that you "just have to finish this first?"
Being a business owner and a parent is tricky isn't it? Just trying to find the balance between giving the family the lifestyle you wish for them and giving them your time can be exhausting. That work/life balance is all but impossible to do alone - you need help.
"When you are limited to 24 hours in a day you need to set priorities and become more effective with your time."
That's where the Office Genie comes in. We can help you with telephone call handling, secretarial and administrative support. By letting us take some of the strain, you can free yourself from your office and get out and about with the children. This blog post would be far too long to explain all the ways we can help, and it is Boxing Day, so to find out more about how we can help you have a better balance in the year ahead click on the topics below:
With the right support you can find your business grows, your time at work is more organised and therefore more efficient and that you are able to spend quality time with your children. So many of our clients run their businesses around their children's diaries - free to do so because we man the office for them and keep the business ticking over when they need to spend time with the family.
If you would like to know more about how we can help you be Peter Pan for your children rather than Mr Darling, please call me on +44 (0) 1604 529170 or click here to send me an email.
We are opening on behalf of our clients between Christmas and New Year. Let me know the best time to call you in January and we'll see if we can't get that New Year's Resolution to spend more time with the family to stick in 2014!
Until next time ...
THE OFFICE GENIE
I had a successful 20-year career as an office manager and personal assistant; however, my job was no longer focused on the customers and became all about the numbers. My customer-focused background began when I was 12 in my father's independent carpet showroom. I had a spell with Marks & Spencer before I moved into office-based jobs. I have worked as a training administrator, a PA and PA/office manager in a variety of industries from manufacturing to the IT education sector.
Meanwhile, my husband Ian, a successful Northampton based Master Decorator and owner of Rainbow Frost, was losing out on work due to missed phone calls. When he was busy, callers were getting his voicemail but weren't leaving messages. I knew how to fix that problem!
I quit my job and took on Ian as the first client of The Office Genie in November 2005. Word quickly spread with the second client coming on board just one week later. The majority of our clients since have come to us through word of mouth recommendations and networking referrals. Over the years, I have become well connected in Northampton and Milton Keynes.
Outside of work I enjoy swimming, roller skating, the theatre and my cats and dogs!