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Why A Virtual Assistant Is Like An Ice-Cream – Apart From Being Yummy!

Michelle Dale - Friday, June 17, 2011

This is a fun post for Friday! I know what you’re thinking right, how the hell does an ice-cream have anything to do with virtual assistant services, yeah… I thought that too, and I thought so much about it, that I found a few similarities and thought what the heck, I’ll post em’. Obviously it’s a metaphor/association type thing which we can have some fun with, because if we were serious all the time, life would be a little boring.

Bad quality will leave a nasty taste in your mouth

If you don’t take special care with your clients and the quality of your work, people will stop buying from you, and you’ll get a bad reputation. There is a reason why everybody loves the very high quality, unique flavour of Ben and Jerry’s, or Hagen Daz — it always delivers! And it’s that same reason why everybody goes back for more and tells their friends about it too.

The higher the quality, the more people will pay

Which leads me onto the fact that if you do have a very high quality service, and you do genuinely care about your clients, then you’ll certainly be able to charge a lot more than the supermarket brand of virtual assistant. Ben and Jerry’s is not cheap, but people are happy to pay for it, cause it’s so damn awesome!

Ice-cream melts

Just like ice-cream, we all have the potential to have a meltdown. A virtual assistant can have a lot of pressure on them, from clients, running their online business, managing sub-contractors, increased workloads. Not only that, many will work from home and have family responsibilities to boot. If you are a VA feeling like you’re about to have a meltdown, consider taking a break, it’s like sticking yourself back in the freezer to cool down:-)

Ice-cream comes in a variety of flavours

There are many flavours of ice cream and many virtual assistants, just like people have a preference for the flavour of ice cream they choose to eat, they will have a preference for the type of virtual assistant they choose to work with.

I’ll take Cherry Garcia over Cookie Dough any day! But that doesn’t mean to say I wouldn’t try something new. It depends if something new comes out on the Market. Which leads onto….

Ice-cream is diverse

Do you know how many different varieties and flavours of ice-cream there are in the world, there are ones that will make you go “mmmmmm” and others that will make you want to go “yack” — the fact is ice-cream is so diverse, and you can pretty much do anything with it. I saw an article on 101 frightening ice-cream flavours, that’s when this one hit me (No VA’s are not frightening – well some might be), but virtual assistants have the ability to take many forms, and we are so diverse in what we offer and what we are capable of. If you think that it’s not possible for someone to have come up with charcoal ice-cream, think again, if you think that a job is simply not possible for a VA to handle – ask!

So there you have it, the similarities between ice-cream and virtual assistants. Odd, but true!

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Hi I'm Michelle, an entrepreneur specialising in virtual assistance, a digital and real world nomad, and a down-to-earth mother of three.

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