Last night, whilst doing a bit of social media wandering it occurred to me what I was doing was rather like a bee … buzzing between platforms whilst all the time finding and transferring posts, ‘cross pollinating’.
And so a Virtual Assistant related blog idea was born … There is much to be learnt from bees on the art of being smart with your busy.
On the art of being smart with your business!
1. Honey bees are super-important pollinators for flowers, fruits and vegetables. Bees transfer pollen allowing plants to grow seeds and fruit.
They are absolutely essential in helping other plants grow.
Many SmallBiz and Start-up Entrepreneurs see a Virtual Assistant as an ‘expense’, something to afford at a time when they are trying to put any and all cash into building on their success.
Whilst I completely understand this (strategically balancing incomings and outgoings is something I wrangle with frequently) saving money in this area eventually risks doing more harm than good.
The economy seems to be rather missing the point – any VA worth their salt will throw their all into helping you grow, pouring all of their small biz expertise into maximising the return on your investment.
Essentially … your success is my success, and vice versa!
2. They produce honey as food stores for the hive during winter. Luckily for us, these efficient little workers produce 2-3 time more honey than they need!
A Virtual Assistant is a small business professional too – they have experience and knowledge of many businesses which means they have a WEALTH of experience that you can benefit from.
VA Support can be about simple admin support if that is what you need, but if you find the right Virtual Assistant it can mean so much more for the growth of both you and your business.
I recently had a client who asked me to make some tweaks to his website, which I was more than happy to do as I love playing with WordPress.
Pretty standard stuff really – doing some resizing, setting up an automatic email/download for an ebook etc. The fiddly technical bits he couldn’t quite get right himself.
But whilst I was there I noticed some things that really weren’t great – there was no services page, the testimonials carousel only had one unattributed testimonial on it, the copy was a little verbose and confusing, the menu in a really strange order and some of the visuals were really bad quality.
All stuff that wouldn’t take me long at all to do but that would make the world of difference to his conversions. Some times it just takes fresh eyes!
The administration skills are the honey that you are looking for but there is so much more if you keep your mind open to the possibilities.
3. The bee’s brain is oval in shape and only about the size of a sesame seed, yet it has remarkable capacity to learn and remember things. It is able to make complex calculations on distance travelled and foraging efficiency.
As a professional Executive Assistant I have worked in the most amazing companies and even in Whitehall, and in all of those jobs I have worked alongside some of the smartest and driven people – the Brain Trust!
You really should never underestimate the knowledge, skills and resourcefulness of a professional assistant.
Your business might be new territory but having had a career of thinking on our feet, dealing with problems on the fly and learning new things at the drop of a hat there is no professional more ready to take on the challenge with gusto and style.
Skilled administrators are the people who keep the world of business turning, and any CEO worth their leadership salt will tell you the same.
4. Honey bees communicate with one another by dancing. More on their awesome sense of time, communication of distance and direction in “The Awesome Honeybee Dance“.
One thing I have learnt throughout my career is that a great assistant/ boss relationship is rather like a dance.
When I am working with someone I spend time getting to know the way that they work and their drivers. When you understand those two things you can create a truly effective working relationship like no other.
It is one of the things that I love most about my job, when you know the person you are supporting so well that ‘Already done’ trips off of your tongue several times a day.
Words can be overrated, and sometimes quite unnecessary!
5. Honey bees are fab flyers. They fly at a speed of around 25km per hour and beat their wings 200 times per second!
It has long popular wisdom that Bumble Bees shouldn’t fly, but we have learned since that they actually just manage it by doing it DIFFERENTLY.
Hiring a Virtual Assistant might not be the first solution that pops into your mind when you start thinking about needing help … Won’t it be too difficult working remotely? How will I know they are doing any work? Isn’t it going to cost too much? &c &c &c
Don’t discount something just because it is new and different.
The range of Virtual Assistants out there and their services vary hugely. Just as with any new hire for your business you need to work out what exactly you are looking for and then find the person who is going to fit into your life with most ease and effectiveness.
A great VA (and I know I am biased but you should definitely consider me to be one 🙂 ) will bring more professionalism, skills, cost effectiveness and flexibility to grow with your business than you can possibly imagine!
Are you interested in looking at how a VA could make a difference to you and your business but are concerned about taking the commitment?
That is why Our Other Office offers a free trial so you can see what you think with no obligation – visit http://www.ourotheroffice.co.uk.
Don’t Just Consider It, Get It Done