BBX Devon Blog – 28th October 2019 – Sharon Vickery Virtual Assistant

Business owners join BBX at many stages of the business journey, from those with decades of experience under their belts to some who are still in the infancy of their business.

Sharon Vickery

This week I had the pleasure of speaking with Sharon Vickery who joined BBX just as her business was born. A little over two years ago Sharon made the life-changing decision to go freelance and start her own VA business. Having accrued years of experience in administration and management positions, Sharon decided to take back control of her work life by going self-employed. This decision gave Sharon the control she wanted and offered her the freedom to choose how, when and where she worked, something she had been lacking.

But it was daunting, this was a big step; that is where BBX came in. By joining BBX early in her business she could save costs on the services she needed and could find new clients to get her fledgeling business going. And find new clients she did, many of her early BBX clients still work with her including one which she has been working with for over 18 months.

However, what she didn’t expect to gain from BBX was a supportive community who were more than happy to offer advice or even a sympathetic ear when she needed it. Sharon explained how having the community support of BBX has boosted her confidence to grow her business and has helped her to reach new goals. From business advisors to marketing support, through BBX, Sharon has been able to access services that helped her business from day one. Giving her a strong foundation from which to launch her business.

Although business spends have been a key part of her BBX purchases, Sharon went on to explain how personal spends are where most of her BBX goes. Sharon is, by her own admission, one who enjoys a bit of a pamper. And when it comes to pampering Radiance Spa is her go-to option. Being able to spend BBX on little luxuries like having her hair and nails done regularly has allowed Sharon to enjoy having her own business that much more. It isn’t only Sharon that gets the Radiance touch, she frequently treats her mum to spa days and girl-time, all paid for on BBX.

As we chat more, I discover that spa days are just the tip of the iceberg. Days out to attractions or events and even meals out to go with those lovely family days are a big aspect of Sharon’s spending. Sharon’s normal plus one is her grandson, who I am sure is convinced he has the best grandma in the world for taking him on all these fabulous trips.

But the biggest personal spend of all this year is a family trip to Cyprus for New Year’s where they will be staying in a stunning Villa paid for by, you guessed it, BBX. Now if that doesn’t win Sharon the best Grandma of the year award, I don’t know what will.

However, Sharon does just treat herself with her BBX, she also regularly donates her earnings to charities including YMCA Exeter. She comments how giving to a local charity who she knows well makes her feel amazing, and because it’s local she can see the direct result of her donations.

Sharon would love for more charities to join BBX so there are even more ways to support local causes. Her advice to any business or charity who are unsure about BBX is that it is always worthwhile meeting Jon. BBX doesn’t work for everyone, but it works for most and there is no harm in hearing what Jon has to say because if it does work for you, it can make a huge impact on your business.

Written by Hayley Parker

 

For more information on Sharons Business, go here

If you missed our first blog, go here


For more information on BBX Devon please contact Jon Iacomino on 01392 979115 or email jon.iacomino@bbxworld.com

 

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