I've been running my Virtual Assistant business virtually for 12 years now and sometimes find myself taking things for granted. Things such as the ease in which we work with our clients from our own homes, the power of simplicity when choosing how to work with technology and how to communicate with both clients and my team without those water cooler moments.
Over the years, one by one, I've been talking to business owners about what a Virtual Assistant is and how working remotely has so many wonderful benefits. But it's taken this dreadful global pandemic to make businesses really sit up and take notice and to burst the metaphorical 'working from the office' bubble that for many years kept business owners in a place of distrust and uncertainty.
There has been a massive shift in the understanding of what working remotely means and the benefits it brings to both individuals and businesses alike, and I think this shift is positive and here to stay.
Like all businesses though, the lockdown has had a massive impact on my business. Clients have hit the pause button, team members are struggling to work and home school their children, and many of us are looking after older and vulnerable members of our family, as well as the obvious financial challenges that come with all of that.
But along with all the challenges come new opportunities.
Virtual working is no longer the future, it is the present, and this is a great opportunity for us to really change the way we work, to burst the 'working from the office' bubble that so many businesses have previously nurtured. It's an opportunity for business owners to gift themselves and their employees a better work life balance and a more flexible working pattern.
I'm pleased that in many ways we're ahead of the game. We're already using all the technology that has only just recently become part of many people's reality, we're already set up and working from home, and we already have in place great channels of communication with our clients and the team.
We're lucky to have been working virtually for many years, and I'm hopeful that once this is all over the 'new normal' will include remote working being the norm instead of the exception.
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