I was at a networking event last night and I spoke with a fellow who is in MLM. He was a nice enough guy. I don’t buy any MLM stuff at this point in my life so I wasn’t quite sure what we could possibly have to talk about, but he engaged me at my vendor booth so I obliged him.
We talked about what each of us did. He told me that the reason he was involved with the company he works with, is that he has philanthropic interests that are very important to him, and that the business he runs helps him to support those interests.
Hmm. That made me think for a moment.
I often talk about working hard at your business because THAT’s the thing you love. I never really thought of it as using your business to fund something else that you love. Very interesting perspective.
We chatted more.
He asked me what my bigger vision was.
I am in a growth period in my business, and my big vision, although coming near, is not established yet.
My mandate in my VA training business has always been that I want to help people to build and grow successful businesses. I don’t have a number of people I want to help do that, so that’s where the big vision is not quite in focus, but I do know that I love what I do.
I love having the impact on other’s lives that I am able to have, by teaching them, by helping them to do better with their business.
The impact of that is spiritual of course, but it’s also economic.
You’ve heard the saying, ‘When you buy local, you are helping to support a kid’s piano lessons or dance lessons.’ And other sayings to that effect.
It’s really true.
And this is where my conversation with my friend went – what is the impact that we, as VAs, have on our client’s businesses?
Well, there are many.
We can help them free up their admin time so that they can go and find more clients to work with. That means more money for them.
We can help them to bring in new processes so that their existing clients can become repeat or long-term clients. That also means more money for them.
But looking past the financial pieces, what else do those things do for them?
It helps them to live a better life. It helps them to sit down at the dinner table with their family or friends and feel less stressed.
They may even be excited to have the details handled so they can free up much-needed brain space to do some planning for their business.
And if they work with their own clients, that also means the work we do also impacts those clients, who might get better energy from our clients. Or maybe better service offerings, or better products.
Sounds a bit like an MLM after all, doesn’t it?
Think about how many people you are helping – impacting – by doing good work in your business.
You are affecting your clients – their families and friends – and their clients. And it goes beyond that, in a web effect. It’s quite amazing when you sit and think about it.
And of course, the more work we do for them, the more money we make. And the more money we make, the better it is for our family and friends to be around us, and it’s better for our clients too.
I like to get invested in my clients’ businesses – figuratively – so that the work I do really helps them to grow.
When their business grows, mine does too.
If you ever need to lift your attitude or your outlook on why it is you do what you do, look no further than this quick little synopsis.
You are important, you are valuable, you are impactful. Every single day!
Tracey D’Aviero is a veteran VA and Founder of Your VA Mentor. Tracey trains and mentors professional women and men who are brand new to the VA industry or who have been struggling to make their business successful. Her mission is to educate professionals on how to build and grow successful and profitable virtual businesses in the VA industry by implementing systems and smart principles. Contact Tracey for speaking engagements, group training or private coaching at www.yourvamentor.com.