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I Assist Your Biz – Administration and Language Services – Andrea Busch

Explain your business in fewer than 50 words.

“I Assist Your Biz” provides virtual office and project assistance in German and English to medium sized businesses in the technology, mechanic and similar industry sectors.

Why did you start your business?

A former employer asked if I could stay on board for a project but as a freelancer. I’ve agreed and developed the idea to a proper business, which is interesting to similar businesses as of my first client.

What makes you different from your competitors?

I combine the language skills of a translator with the administrational skills of an assistant, therefore I can act as a liaison between two companies.  Also, I have a deep insight into the German business culture, especially in the so-called “Mittelstand”.

What has been the biggest challenge so far?

  • To make potential clients understand, that I am not purely a translator.
  • To keep my co-workers on track, so that I can rely on them.
  • Working with the resources (time, tools, personal strengths and shortcomings) I have rather than having everything perfect. It never will be perfect, it couldn’t develop into something better if it would be.

What is the one thing you wish you had known when you started?

That selling your own services doesn’t need to make you feel “dirty”. If you do it nicely and in your own style, with honesty and friendliness that is.

Is their one thing you wish you had not done?

Not finishing my bookkeeping course all those years ago, I wish I had not done that. It would have come in handy now.

Pick a tool, service or resource essential to your success?

  • A decent office programme.
  • My friendly personality.
  • All the knowledge and experience I’ve already had and an open mind to learn new things every day.
  • The networks I am in and I can count on to give me honest feedbacks and helpful ideas.
  • The business mentors on the way.

Where do you see your business in 10 years?

I want to have a small team of employees and a network of other VAs to outsource to whenever necessary, whilst I am being a mere project manager. I want to be able to offer more language combinations and also “just admin”.

What top tip would you give to someone thinking of starting their own business?

Do your research, gather all the information you can get – but don’t get stuck there, get your hands dirty, get going. Write a business plan, which reflects your research. Have an honest view upon yourself, but never ever think you are not good enough! Take the final leap of faith. Oh, and don’t panic!  🙂

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