NEWS - Celebrating Sarah's First Virtual Assistant Business Birthday
Posted on 9th December 2020 at 19:37
We are celebrating Sarah Damani's first business birthday!
As the admin and business support services sector continues to rise, one of our Virtual Assistant franchisees is proving that business start-ups can still succeed in the changing landscape.
Sarah launched her Alchemy Virtual Assistance Hub in December 2019, three months before the pandemic when high business birth rates were up to 19.3% in the business administration and support services sector, and Wellingborough (where her Hub is based) was among the fastest growing areas for business births in the entire country (indicated by ONS data)*
Sarah says the success she has achieved in her first twelve months as a Virtual Assistant, highlights how much opportunity there is despite COVID, and how more businesses are now opening up to the idea of outsourcing.
Through her Alchemy Virtual Assistance franchise Hub, she now supports multiple business owners with their marketing and administration, reinforced by our trusted and award-winning Alchemy brand.
“As a new business I could either sink or swim when COVID hit, but I have managed to achieve in one year what I set out to achieve in three!
The support and backing of Alchemy VA has empowered me, it could have easily been a different story if I had gone it alone.”
- Sarah Damani
Executive Hub Manager - Wellingborough, Northamptonshire
Sarah has also recruited a small team of handpicked, high calibre Virtual Assistants to help her manage the increasing workload, renovated a tailor-made home office space, left her employed job as a Business Advisor to focus entirely on growing her Alchemy VA franchise hub, and more recently become a finalist in the ‘Rising Star’ category in the PA Life Star Awards 2020 programme!
Many people were fearful and somewhat untrusting of remote working pre-COVID, but they have now seen that it works. Suddenly hiring a Virtual Assistant to manage what some consider to be menial admin tasks is far less scary than it might have been before.
Most of our wonderful clients start out wanting one thing and end up realising that we can assist with so much more. Many of our contracts have grown when clients realise the vast skillset of our Virtual Assistants and how much time and headspace we can free up.
“We had just built our own studio to train judo athletes, but when COVID hit we had to close our club and review all our plans.
Sarah has helped us get our processes in check, but more than that, she has helped us secure £3,000 of funding to launch a new online fitness programme for over 50's and people with health conditions.
This was a totally new business idea, and we couldn’t have done it without her organisational skills, connections and expertise.
Sarah is now and essential part of our small business – she helps make Neil Adams Effective Fighting run more smoothly. I had no idea a Virtual Assistant could have such a positive impact.”
Sarah’s achievements have been mirrored across the wider Alchemy VA group, as other Virtual Assistant Hubs thrive and the we are honoured to receive high-profile award recognition. With another new Virtual Assistant franchise Hub launching in January 2021, our Head Office team has also been strengthened to ensure that we are all in a strong position to continue the high level of support we provide into the new year and beyond.
“This year has been a wilder ride than any of us expected but one thing that’s remained constantly true is the way Sarah, and all our VA Hub Managers, have focused on their businesses, supporting their clients and each other with such grit and grace.
We’ve seen a huge influx of interest in what we do at Alchemy this year from both potential clients and franchisees. I believe this has been mostly driven by the dramatic shift in focus, priorities and with so many being forced to adapt to new and different ways of working.
Whilst this year has bought untold challenges, I’m immensely proud of Sarah and everything we’re achieving together.”
- Suzy Sanders, Founder of Alchemy VA
To get to know Sarah and learn more about her Virtual Assistant services for entrepreneurs and small enterprising businesses you can get in touch with her directly or give her a call on 01604 312195.
Or to discover more about Virtual Assistant franchise opportunities with Alchemy VA, please get in touch.
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