Across the world of business there are many collaborations that work. Usually those that fit well together are a combination of operational business services and support business services. As an example, think about a manufacturing plant which doesn't have in-house facilities or catering services - they outsource by collaborating with other companies. This is a straightforward example but what about those that are not always so obvious?
Based on my experience of running a Virtual Assistant business, I often hear from people who have been working with a business coach. The coach has helped them to achieve business goals and made them realise that they can't or don't need to 'do it all'. To succeed in their goals and grow the business, they need to relinquish some control. As a result, they start to search for a Virtual Assistant (VA) because they need to outsource the administration side of the business, or at least some of it.
This works the other way too. People have come to me for help but their needs are outside of my capabilities and it's really a business coach that they are looking for.
Both Business Coaching and Virtual Assistance fall into the support service sector but mesh together extremely well.
Wouldn't it be easier for business owners if their coach or VA could recommend someone in the appropriate line of business to match the need? Most VA's team up with other VA's in order to recommend or sub-contract for work that doesn't fit their own skill set - a function that works really well - but how many actually collaborate with different business areas?
And it isn't just about coaching, there are many types of company who share a very similar client base: office servicing; social media management; HR consultants; events management, to name just a few.
As well as the VA industry being a growth market, business coaching and outsourced services, generally, are too. Companies large and small are using outsourced services to redirect, refresh, enhance and develop business practices plus to work with individuals helping them learn new skills and achieve aims.
Is it time to look outside of our own areas in order to improve services we provide by pooling resources and offering end-to-end solutions? Think about it. I'm using only one example here of potential B2B co-operation but the possibilities are endless. Successful collaborations such as these will provide business owners with positive and profitable solutions.
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