Welcome to another Small Business Update – today a quick chat with Anastasia Bird, now running Virtual Bird, previously of Jellybean Gifts, who had had a sudden change of direction last time we spoke to her in April 2015 (our previous chats were in March 2014 and March 2013). This time last year, all she hoped for in the year ahead was that it would be … “The same! It’s idyllic,” which is a lovely thing to hear, isn’t it!
Hello again, Anastasia! Are you where you thought you’d be when you looked forward a year ago?
Yep! Only more successful, turning a decent profit, I now have 4 staff that work under the Virtual Bird name, my first E-Book was published late last year and that’s taken off really well. It couldn’t be better really!
What has changed and what has stayed the same?
Nothing specific, things are growing as expected but nothing of note that has changed or stayed the same other than growth.
What have you learned? What do you wish you’d known a year ago?
I’ve learned A LOT, different techniques, time management and stuff that improves my way of working.
Any more hints and tips for people?
Reach out if you need help, you can grow your business even if you need a kick in the right direction.
BONUS NEW QUESTION: What question would YOU like to ask other small business owners?
What’s the hardest part about running your business?
And … where do you see yourself and your business in a(nother) year’s time?
Well, on exactly this date in a years time I’ll be getting married!! So in the meantime I guess just keep growing as Virtual Bird has been growing so far!
I’m so glad to see that Anastasia’s change of direction has paid off – she took an issue with her physical ability to do her old job and capitalised on the organisational abilities that she’d picked up while doing it. Fair play to her – and best of luck with the wedding planning, too!
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