On this first day of 2015 as we enter a new year full of new hopes and dreams, I find myself so full of gratitude and thankfulness for everyone around me; especially those who have been such an influence in the success of my business. “It takes a village” is a saying that usually relates to parenthood, but those of us in business also know it oftentimes ‘takes a village” to create success and longevity in the professional world as well. That being said, I’d like to take a moment to tip my hat and recognize those people, organizations and mentors who have enabled my business to continue to grow in positive ways.
Sandra Martini: Sandy is a tell-it-like-it-is business consultant & speaker I truly admire and respect. I’m a huge fan of her Extreme Client Care™ system and her classy, professional take on relationship building. I actually look forward to receiving her email and newsletters because of the quality content she includes, and appreciate the fact that being on her list doesn’t mean I’ll be bombarded with sales emails all the time. That doesn’t mean she doesn’t take the opportunity to sell her products and service. Of course she does as anyone in business should. But, she always provides a tremendous amount of great content and value in everything she sends out. Her ethical guidance, innovative ideas on client follow-up and trustworthy advice has always been a model I believe I can follow with confidence.
Donna Toothaker: Speaker, author, coach, mentor and owner of StepItUpVA.com, Donna and I started on our career paths as virtual assistants around the same time, and developed a business/personal friendship while members of the same networking organization. We followed a similar path for many years, but over the past several years I’ve watched as Donna’s business has evolved to one that includes consulting, training and support for Virtual Assistants. Donna was a tremendous support to me in my earlier years as a VA, and I deeply respect her and the way she has grown her business; and admire the fact that she has not only grown her business into one she is passionate about, but a business that has gained her tremendous respect and admiration from the virtual assistant industry as a whole.
IVAA: The International Virtual Assistants Association (IVAA) is the premier association for virtual assistants worldwide. I have been a proud member since 2004, and have had the honor of serving on the Board of Directors as the Director of Member Benefits, as Vice President/President Elect, and then as President. Thanks to this amazing organization, I have met some of the most wonderful colleagues, made long-lasting friendships, found great team members, and had the privilege of giving back and serving an industry that has given me so much.
Last but not least … While I can’t mention everyone individually, I am very deeply grateful to the BizEase team – past and present. My team is the backbone of my business; and without the support and friendship of all of the wonderful team members I’ve had the privilege to work with over the years, my business simply would not exist. They are the unsung heroes of this business and I couldn’t do what I do without them!
I’d love to hear who has inspired you in business … even someone who has made a big impact in your life yet not associated with your business. Let’s all ring in the New Year with thankfulness and gratitude!