One of the issues I dealt with while an employee in the professional world was a conflict of business morals. Bosses who unscrupulously would use others to further their own goals was not unusual. One day they would have lunch with another business person in the same profession, and the next day they were using information they gleaned against that same person. I found it all very distasteful. I was told that one had to be cutthroat in order to get ahead and get an edge on the competition. I didn’t want to believe it.
Now as a business owner myself, I’m testing my belief that one can be a ‘nice guy’ and still finish first. I believe in honesty, so if a potential client contacts me and is looking for a service that I don’t feel I can provide at a high level of excellence, I do my best to find another virtual assistant in the industry that can. I’ve had business people raise a skeptical eyebrow at me because of it.But I feel strongly that if I can help another person in some small way, even if it means referring a potential client to someone else, that’s the right thing to do.
I also believe that helping another individual within my industry is the right thing to do. So tonight I’m going to do something that my prior employers would consider pure business suicide. I’m going to ask you to hire a fellow VA. April Tara is struggling with a decision I hope I never have to make. As a single mother, she feels she has to choose between the dream of owning and operating her virtual assistant business or once again becoming someone else’s employee. I’m hoping that by getting the word out that there is a great virtual assistant out there, just looking to provide fantastic service that she’ll become indispensable to someone stressed out and in need of some help. And I’m not the only one within our industry trying to help. Cheryl Allin of VirtuAllin has even gone so far as to offer two free hours of web/graphic design to anyone who hires April by midnight tonight (Sept. 5, 2008) PST.
It seems I’m not the only one who feels strongly about helping others and doing what is right.