The Pop Quiz, Monday is a fun little exam that we love to give to savvy business owners. The examination is not a surprise after all since the interviewee already knew about the questions in advance. However, we can always pretend and have fun with the scenario of a young entrepreneur sitting in class nervously biting on their pencil. They are ready to take a pop quiz on a chapter that they were supposed to read the night before. Instead, they played Metroid all night on their SNES (Oops, this was me in high school). The real purpose of the pop quiz is that this is a fun way to introduce business tips from real-world experiences that you can not learn in a classroom. We want to thank our entrepreneur for being a good sport and volunteering their time to answer a few questions to help our community grow from their knowledge.
I want to introduce you to our guest today who will be taking our Pop Quiz Monday.
Can you please tell everyone your name?
What is your job role?
Owner of Virtually Yours
Tell us about your company?
Virtually Yours supports new and experienced Australian Virtual Assistants by providing a passionate community, training, job leads, mentoring and events. We also help business owners find the right Virtual Assistant support to grow their business.
What do you love most about your job?
I get to work with amazing people in business, helping them grow, connect and feel valued. I get to be creative and constantly explore ways to deliver a better service to my amazing clients.
What motivates you to get up every day and go to work?
So many things. I love being able to create and offer things that make a difference to other women who want to provide business services from home. It really drives and excites me. I also get to work alongside really fun and inspiring people – it’s a great life!
How do your co-workers inspire you?
My co-workers have different strengths to me, different challenges and different visions but they all have one thing in common, and that’s a great attitude. They are positive, can-do people who inspire me constantly with their dedication, ideas, strength, and passion.
How do you have fun at work (team building, pranks, etc..)?
The people who I work with (virtually) always bring fun to my day, my online community is always fun and energetic. We have face to face catch ups every now and then too which adds some more fun – I never find I need to add fun to my work actively. It’s already there.
What are some of the challenges of your job?
It can be hard when you can’t please everyone. I do find that challenging as I’d love everyone to feel happy all the time. There are also limitations on time and money that can be thrown into a business and this can be frustrating, but it forces you to be leveraged and creative – which is a good thing.
What are some lessons learned from a past project that you can share with us?
I’ve worked on many projects, both on my own and with my peers and they have all been learning curves. I think being honest with yourself and stakeholders about what your vision for the project is, what your achievable commitment can be and is a great communicator are all really important. Not all projects will work out – but that’s ok as long as you’ve learnt something along the way.
What advice would you give to someone who is starting out in your industry?
New Virtual Assistants please really look at why you want to run your business and whether or not you have the compassion and respect for other businesses before you take on the responsibility of working on any part of another person’s business. Don’t assume that a task is simply a task – it’s connected to someone’s very important business which is personal to them. It’s important. Always remember this.
Thank you for taking our pop quiz today. You get an A+ for effort. You can learn more about our interviewee and their business by visiting them on the web:https://www.virtuallyyours.com.au