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How to Recession-Proof Your Small Business

As we've all experienced recently, the economy can change overnight with global events and uncertainty. If you're a small business owner during the time of the COVID-19 crisis, you're likely...

From the CEO’s Desk: Add These Books to Your 2020 List

I have always been a lover of learning and I regularly welcome the chance to do something I’ve never tried before. However, I have never had a formal education in business. In fact, I have never...

How to Show Holiday Appreciation—Remotely

Remote employment is convenient, easy, and freeing. But as the Trusty Oak family have written about many times, it’s easy for remote employees to feel like an island. Not to sound like anyone’s...

Stop Trying to Be More Productive: 2 Ways to Optimize Your Business for Organizational Efficiency

I love getting things done and checking off lists, and I love helping other people do the same. (How unlikely would it be if I started a virtual assistant company without this in my DNA?) However,...

Challenge and Change: 2 Takeaways from GLS 2019

Austin in August is hot, y’all. So why was it the best time to visit this year? Because it meant that part of our remote team got to be together—some of us for the first time! 

3 Lessons for Leaders of Remote Teams: It All Starts With Trust

Last month, I had the opportunity to spend a full month away from Trusty Oak’s Austin, Texas-based headquarters and wow, was it an adventure! Although part of my time away was meant to enjoy a ...

Entrepreneurs Hate Asking for Help. Here's Why.

At Trusty Oak, we're all entrepreneurs: from our CEO and founder, Amber Gray, who created our company, to each and every virtual assistant (VA). As VAs, we each operate as independent contractors,...

How to Build a Winning Remote Team Culture

Whether your team is remote or in a classic office, you can build a winning team culture. For a lot of employers and employees, a positive team culture seems like something you either have or you...

How I’m Committing to My Remote Team’s Growth in 2019

There are hundreds of unique scenarios and challenges that leaders of remote and distributed teams experience. 

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