How do South African Businesses Perform in a Pandemic?
Hazel Hoole, VA Centre founder, speaks to The South African about How South African Businesses Perform in a Pandemic.
An extract from the article dated 8 January 2021:
While many companies affected by lockdowns confronted the challenge of remote working, Hazel Hoole, founder of VA Centre in Johannesburg, already had an array of UK-based clients using her virtual administrative services. “We were ahead of the curve. When COVID-19 hit we were ready!”
Even for highly experienced virtual workers like Hoole, the challenge of achieving the right work-life balance remains. “Working from home, you can quite easily end up in the office at weekends,” Hoole observed. “You need to draw boundaries.” Despite the prospect of vaccinations, Hoole fully expects further business uncertainty for many and urges other SMEs to adopt her approach to adapting quickly to market changes. “Being a virtual assistant you have to be agile. Your tech skills need to be high, have ambition to learn, and don’t have fear!”
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