Hi !

Managing a business is such hard work.

Do you wish you could squeeze another couple of hours into your day, to accomplish all you wanted for you business?  Maybe you need to be in several places at once and are becoming increasingly frustrated by the ever-growing to-do list and unattended pile of paperwork.  These tasks are not allowing you the time to prospect for new business, catch up with existing clients or enjoy family and friends.  Maybe you undertake office tasks yourself, because, now is not the time to take on an employee?

I am here to support you.

I work Freelance as a Virtual Assistant.  I give time back to business owners who want to focus on developing their business, not drown in the paperwork.  My Services are varied, and as I work with you, not for you, you gain a team member without paying for an employee.  The beauty is, you only pay for the time that it takes me to undertake your tasks! There are simply no hidden overheads.  See my Benefits page.

What services do I offer?

I offer email and diary management, letter drafts, mail-merge, PDF editing and more.  I also offer a very popular Digital Transcription service and receive interviews, podcasts and transcripts to type.  With experience in Event and Hospitality management; please see my LinkedIn profile if you have an event approaching where you need some solid support.  I also offer a Venue Finding service as outlined in my Services page.

Many companies are using social media platforms to help increase awareness of their company and their products.  Interacting on social media, especially across a variety of platforms, can be time consuming. I am currently developing my own social media marketing, so ask if you think I could do this for you too.

See my Services for a more comprehensive breakdown of how I may support you.

How flexible is this service?

My payment plans are very flexible.  Clients either book my time on an ad-hoc basis (this is dependent upon my availability), or they secure my hours (e.g. per week/month) to be assured the time is booked to work on their tasks, as a priority.  Some clients book 1-2 hours per week and find that suits them.  There is no hard and fast rule, this is a service designed to suit you!  My prices can be seen here:  Pricing

Not sure what help you need?

Don’t worry, I can help with that too. I offer a complimentary 30-minute consultation to work through this with you.  I also have a delegation exercise for you to download, here which will help you to determine what tasks you can outsource to me.

If you would like to become more organised and make more money – (of course you would!), get in touch and drop me a line at: shirley@virtualofficebox.com. I will be happy to chat it through with you.


Have a great week!


Shirley has been a delight to work with and, as a founder of a new business, has shown immense professionalism in her due diligence and approach.  It has been a pleasure to become Shirley's Insurance Broker because of her professional and friendly approach, and I wish Shirley every success with her business venture.

Julian Dent

Insurance Broker, http://www.southwestbroking.co.uk
Shirley is fantastic at providing a framework that ensures complex groups of senior managers all come together - communication, planning, action delivery, etc. You always know with Shirley that if you commit to an action, then she'll ensure you deliver in full and on-time! Pleasure to work with.

Tim Standen

Global Vice President, Ocean Customer Solutions at DB Schenker

I would highly recommend Shirley, she is extremely professional and provides a reliable service.

Shirley went out of her way to help when faced with my own tight deadline, and I would definitely use her services again.

Paul O’Leary MRICS

Director, Manor Surveyors Limited
Shirley has been very supportive in the compilation of my Employee Handbook, a huge task.   She was able to correct the Handbook and undertake lots of cross-checking.  Because of Shirley’s support, I have been able to get the task finished with far less hassle than I would have done alone.  I have saved myself valuable by having Shirley support.  She is a pleasure to work with and I would highly recommend her.

Julia Ramsden

Ramsbothams Florists, Bletchley
"I started needing Shirley's support in August 2016 to assist me with various secretarial services, and have not looked back since! I keep coming back to her as she is always able to contribute with an effective and personal approach that gets me the right results. Not to mention the speed in turning around the work, which I find priceless".

Israel Weltscher

Managing Director, Carlton Park Property Management

"A fantastic organiser (particularly of seemingly impossible fundraising events!) and a great person to have on board.

I couldn't recommend Shirley high enough".

Steve Alibone

Head of Finance, Arcadia Contract at DHL
"Shirley Cottam is an extremely capable and efficient person who is well suited to working at Board level"

Peter Rigby

Former Executive Director, Angel Trains
Shirley is an outstanding organiser / coordinator / deliverer of diverse tasks. What sets her apart is her energy, determination, pro-activity and good natured approach. She is an awesome "deliverer of stuff ". Shirley is always on time, produces work of great quality and usually way above expectations"

Richard Morgan (FCILT)

Supply Chain Director, Supply Chain Director Wyevale Garden Centres Ltd | former Supply Chain Director, Argos
"Shirley is very task focused with the necessary initiative and assertiveness required when working with Board members and dealing with senior clients"

Tim Dugher

Chairman at Railway Industry Supplier Approval Scheme (RISAS)
"Shirley is a very well organised and effective person with great inter-personal skills. Shirley would be an asset to any organisation"

Robert Baxter MBA, CDir, FIoD, MImechE

Managing Director at The Baxter Partnership

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