Welcome to another Small Business Update – and today we’re saying hello again to the lady previously known as Anastasia Bird, who is now Anastasia Wilson . Anastasia runs Virtual Bird, although her business model has changed since we started chatting back in March 2013. We had updates in March 2014, April 2015 and May 2016. and in that last interview, when I asked her where she wanted to be in a year’s time, she said … “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!” (don’t worry, I didn’t actually interview her on her wedding day …). Let’s see how she’s getting on!
Hello, Anastasia! Congratulations on your wedding! Are you where you thought you’d be when you looked forward a year ago?
Yes and no, I got married a few days ago so that’s VERY different! Business wise, yep, everything is on the right track and it’s growing at the expected pace.
What has changed and what has stayed the same?
My working hours have changed, I now do a more “normal” working pattern as I was getting close to burning out. Stayed the same is my passion for helping other small businesses grow, it’s still the driving force behind what I do.
What have you learned? What do you wish you’d known a year ago?
I’ve learned that I’m not superwoman and sometimes you have to take a step back and re-evaluate. I knew this as I coach my clients about it, but it takes a personal experience to really put it into perspective.
Any more hints and tips for people?
Ooh, always keep your inbox organised – a chaotic inbox can have an impact on your productivity function!
What question would YOU like to ask other small business owners?
What’s the hardest part about running a business?
And … where do you see yourself and your business in a(nother) year’s time?
Well, I’m going to hope that the business is roughly at the same pace because we’re renovating the house and if it grows anymore then I won’t be able to cope 😉
Work-life balance and “normal” hours are very hard things to achieve, so well done to Anastasia for doing so well with that. I know very few people who’ve managed to build that in from the start, and many who had a risk of burn-out or even became unwell before they made the necessary changes.
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