Never in all my years in business did I expect that discovering a niche by chance would lead me to successfully provide offshore jobs to virtual assistants — but that’s exactly what happened!
Have you ever heard of someone launching an accidental business? Perhaps you’ve seen someone perform a business pivot that changed everything!
Before my serendipitous discovery, I coached business owners and entrepreneurs to create more scalable businesses. It was in my coaching sessions that I realized pretty quickly that the key problem so many entrepreneurs and business owners face is not the lack of strategy or ideas — although there can be a lot of that too! — but the extreme lack of time!
All the strategy in the world is useless if you have no time, energy, or resources to actually implement. If you want considerable growth, you will need to invest the time to dig your heels in and build systems that would let your business run like clockwork.
One of the reasons I had been successful in my other businesses was through the effective use of virtual assistant services. Having a cost-effective virtual team around me meant I could launch super fast and keep the engine moving while I drove the business strategy forward. I entrusted to my team the daily tasks that I normally did myself, and all I needed to do initially was to have processes and systems in place for my team to follow to keep the gears moving.
I assumed everyone was doing this!
I was wrong. When I looked deeper into the businesses I was coaching, I could see the issue so clearly. While they knew they needed help, they were either unsure as to how to go about it, or worse, they were just so time-poor that the idea of taking on a new person and integrating them into their business would be another ‘job’ they just didn’t have time for. What they didn’t know was that having the additional help from a virtual assistant could be what they needed all along!
Because of my success in working with virtual teams, entrepreneurs and professional peers began to wonder if they could use a virtual staff in their businesses too, and I realised then that I could actually hire remote staff for this purpose and at the same time provide offshore jobs to qualified individuals abroad.
So I started providing offshore jobs to virtual assistants and putting them into businesses here in Australia with the sole aim of freeing up business owners so they could do the higher work required to actually scale their businesses.
It was a niche I was only glad to explore, and what made it exciting was that it wasn’t even something that I had comprehensively thought about or planned for beforehand.
But there was joy in the whole experience, and it was rewarding to be able to enlighten fellow entrepreneurs about the rewards of hiring a virtual assistant to help them in their businesses and opening up offshore jobs to well-educated and highly-skilled VAs overseas.
Before I knew it, I had more people calling me and wanting to know if I could get them a VA too. They had their own business coaches but needed what I was offering my other clients. Virtual assistants can handle all sorts of business activities, after all, from low-level day-to-day undertakings to more specialised tasks.
And within about a month, The Virtual Hub was born — literally by accident rather than by design!
And what a wild ride it has been.
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