How Gavin’s small business grew to a national company

Gavin required assistance with the organisation of his rapidly expanding business being Independent Specialist Engineers and Building Consultants who reported on claims of fires, storms, cyclones and other related areas for businesses and individuals, exclusively for the Insurance industry.

Except for one part-time accounts person, Gavin worked alone and in between trying to make appointments to see clients, co-ordinate 12 subcontractors, undertake all the administration inclusive of secretarial, he felt his business was suffering substantially because he just could not do everything himself.

Most importantly Gavin knew that he required training in Microsoft products and email management, as he had only recently worked with computers (1999).

Gavin found MLSS in the Yellow Pages directory under ‘Local Businesses’ and contacted Marsha to see if she could assist him in the business.

During the period of working with Gavin for 11 years, he relied on Marsha as his P.A. to assist him in the management and growth of the business and basically being his ‘right-hand man!’.

This involved taking control of the administration, setting up of new systems and templates, coordinating with the ever-growing subcontractors around Australia, talking and establishing a rapport with his clients and supervising of consultants, engineers and staff as they came on board.

During this period Gavin decided that the company needed a website and asked Marsha to help him with the process of sourcing the perfect web designer and co-ordinating the information and details to be placed on the website.

The company grew to 100 specialist engineers and building consultants within the next few years and the company under the leadership of Gavin and administration and secretarial experience from Marsha and the team, became one of the top providers of specialist reporting in Australia.

“I could not have established my national business for many years without Marsha’s exceptional organisational and secretarial skills”


There’s always time – even at the age of 91!

Our client had been writing content for unpublished books for many years. His wife had been typing these on a typewriter for him. However, earlier in the year his wife passed away.

Our client continued to have the ‘burning ambition’ to have his books published one day. He contacted Marsha who re-typed one of his books, researched and found a publisher. One of Marsha’s business colleagues designed the front cover and at the age of 91, he became an author and Marsha organised his book launch! It was very gratifying to see our client fulfil his lifelong dream – and signing his books at the launch.

Our client was so thrilled to be an author that he asked Marsha to publish a second book, and again Marsha’s business colleague designed a front and back cover.

He was ecstatic that at the age of 92, he was an author and had published two books, thanks to Marsha’s support!

Our client was so thrilled to be an author that he asked Marsha to publish a second book.


Writing a book and need to transcribe

A professional in the legal industry, John had always wanted to write a book.

He came to see Marsha, telling her he had dictated correspondence and other documents for many years and ‘he was pretty good at it too’! He now really wanted to publish a book.

Because of his Parkinson’s Disease he was not able to use the small dictating machine with his hands. After discussing with Marsha, she suggested that he use the ‘Voice Memo’ App on his iPhone.

John started to use this App and has successfully been dictating his book. The audio files have been transcribed by Marsha, who is an expert in this area, and his book will be finalised soon.

Because of his Parkinson’s Disease John was not able to use the small dictating machine with his hands.


Private Investigator needs word for word accuracy

A Private Investigator who worked as a sole practitioner continually interviewed individuals on behalf of solicitors. He commenced his business by dictating this work on micro tapes and then gradually used the standard cassette tapes.

He had used the services of Court stenographers in the past, but felt that he needed to find a personal secretary who could transcribe these interviews for him.

Most importantly, these interviews needed to be transcribed ‘word for word’ so it was imperative that this person be accurate and efficient in this area.

He came across Marsha from MLSS and they started working together. Within a short period of time, the Private Investigator realised that he had ‘hit the jackpot’ as Marsha and her team transcribed these interviews word for word and was very efficient and completed the work within any deadline he had given her.

“I have known Marsha for approximately 22 years and she has transcribed hundreds of audio tapes.
Marsha is exceptional and I value her conscientious and professional approach to her work”


Expert Witness requiring professional and specialised reports

An Expert Witness contacted Marsha. His brief was to find a professional who could work on small and large reports (50-200+ pages) which had been completed by him.

These reports had to be formatted with specialised numbering on all paragraphs. Proofreading was required to ensure that the reports were ‘clear and concise’ for the Courts.

Reports needed to be edited, be ‘clear and concise’ and proof read for the Courts.


Solicitors always have a deadline!

A Solicitor who worked locally had been in business for many years. He was building up his business and there was ongoing correspondence, detailed invoices to be dictated for his secretary to complete, as well as Affidavits and other documentation to be compiled, signed and witnessed. He had a secretary who had worked with him for a while; however, at times she could not keep up with the workload and then there were the holidays when the solicitor had to complete all these tasks himself.

He decided to source somebody to undertake overload transcription work and other secretarial assistance. The solicitor was aware that he needed to find someone who was experienced in transcribing of his dictated work. He had experienced secretaries previously who could not transcribe word for word, which was required especially when he was attending Court on behalf of his clients, where this information was critical.

Marsha was able to fill that gap which the solicitor required. He could see that Marsha had extensive experience with transcribing and was very happy that he had found a professional to complete his work when he required these services.

The solicitor found that Marsha was able to assist with other areas of his business which was a bonus for him and gave him more flexibility in attending to other areas of his business, knowing that if he had a deadline, Marsha would come to the rescue!

“I have been a client of MLSS for many years and have found her service a real boom when I get snowed under”


Proposals and Reports for Architects, Town Planners and Building Consultants

Over the years Marsha Lake Secretarial Services have completed many detailed and complex proposals and reports for Architects, Town Planners and Building Consultants.

This involves either reproducing these documents from scratch and/or editing, proofreading, layout advice and improved suggestions to ‘make these documents shine’.


How a busy psychologist felt less anxious

Jane was a sole operator working as a psychologist with extensive experience in HR and had been in business for many years. She had many internal and external interests and was continually battling major deadlines with her work which was becoming more daunting.

To help alleviate this anxiousness, Jane decided that although she could not justify having a secretary on a day-to-day basis, she did require assistance for particular projects.

Jane found MLSS and spoke to Marsha personally. After discussing her requirements, Jane realised that Marsha would be a great ‘fit’ for her business, especially when she heard that Marsha could not only assist her with secretarial work but had significant experience with transcribing.

Jane felt this could help her to become more organised by outsourcing various administrative tasks to Marsha. She has felt very comfortable that she can express her clarified information and reports by dictating them for Marsha to transcribe.

On a few occasions, Jane has dictated text to be placed into a Power Point presentation. She has trusted Marsha to design the presentation, inclusive of the addition of logos and images and has been indebted to Marsha for her dedication, experience and communication at all levels, to a satisfactory completion of her work.

On one occasion Jane was working on a design for a banner for her client. She had a general idea what she wanted; however consulted with Marsha and together they worked on a design and Marsha produced a desktop publishing draft for the printer to blow up into a large banner.

Jane was unsure how to explain this to the printer, so invited Marsha to attend the meeting with the printer. At this meeting Marsha instructed the printer of the brief for Jane and the finished blown up banner was produced.

She was ecstatic with the final result and most importantly her clients were too!

“Marsha is great to work with, a good sense of humour and has never let me down. She is worth her weight in gold to me. Thanks Marsha, for all your hard work!! I look forward to working with you for many more years”

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