Darn, where was that recipe hiding?? I wanted to bake my Mom’s amazing cake and needed the instructions. Having searched everywhere I could think of I declared defeat – I couldn’t bake the cake that was to be a Birthday surprise.

In business, you don’t want to be in such a situation. You don’t want to miss out on an opportunity just because you might need a refresher in how to do something or just some input. This is where my community comes in. I am still a member of AssistU (the Academy that trained me in 2009), and participate in our own membership site and on Facebook with my Virtual Assistant colleagues.

So, why is community so important, especially when you think about your own Virtual Assistant? Two reasons:

  1. In some situations she’ll be able to handle one of your requests quicker because she has the resource to go to.
  2. In a case where your VA doesn’t know how to perform a task or project, she has her go-to-people in her own community who will gladly help and support her, or who will take on the task or project for you.

Working with a Virtual Assistant who has what at AssistU is lovingly called a “Team100” list is super helpful for both sides and ensures that you are served with knowledge, speed and accuracy.

When I, weeks later, found the Birthday cake recipe, I felt so relieved; I’ve made sure it is now securely filed for future reference. Does your VA have a community, support system, a Team100 List that she can tap to serve you best, and how has it helped you in your business?