How’s Your Hive Buzzing?

But … even if you could do it all, should you?

I’d like to share a short essay.*  It’s a fun and bril­liant anal­o­gy about work­ing in your business.

* I bor­rowed this, with per­mis­sion, from Jaime Lee Mann, a for­mer vir­tu­al assis­tant and cur­rent own­er of Mann Made Copy. She post­ed this to her blog of June 30, 2008. 


How’s Your Hive Buzzing?

Let’s, for a moment, imag­ine that your busi­ness is a bee­hive and you’re the Queen Bee. After all, the Queen is the most impor­tant bee in the hive — her sole job is to lay eggs. With­out eggs, there are no bees so noth­ing else can hap­pen. You are also the most impor­tant per­son in your busi­ness — goes with­out say­ing if you’re a ’solo-pre­neur’. You’re respon­si­ble for get­ting new clients and ensur­ing all dai­ly oper­a­tions run smoothly.

Each bee­hive is a whole world in itself. Each bee has a role to play. It’s a very well-orga­nized soci­ety. The Queen’s job is to lay the eggs, but there are work­er bees who make the hon­ey, guard bees who make sure no rob­ber bees get in, scout bees who go around find­ing the best flow­ers, nurse bees who make sure the babies are cared for, bees who tend to the Queen — fan­ning her and caress­ing her, and there are even bees whose lot in life it is to remove the dead bees from the hive.

If it were the Queen’s respon­si­bil­i­ty to make the hon­ey, guard the hive, scout for nec­tar and remove dead bees, how many eggs would get laid?

As a busi­ness own­er, every sec­ond you spend typ­ing up let­ters, writ­ing newslet­ters, blog­ging, enter­ing con­tacts in your data­base and research­ing stuff on the Inter­net is eat­ing up your egg lay­ing time.  Rather…the time you should be spend­ing on meet­ing with clients, find­ing new ones and just doing what you want to be doing.

Hon­ey­bees have a lot to teach us, don’t they? What sort of chaos would a hive be in if the Queen were run­ning around try­ing to do every­thing her­self? She’s smarter than that. If a Queen bee could give you some advice, she’d prob­a­bly tell you to go get your­self a Vir­tu­al Assis­tant so you can focus on what’s impor­tant. The future of your com­pa­ny depends on it just as the future of the Queen’s hive depends on her focus of egg laying.

Hon­ey­bees invent­ed the art of del­e­gat­ing as far as I’m concerned!

How many more eggs could YOU lay by
working with a virtual assistant?

If this makes sense to you, con­tact me. Tell me a lit­tle about your busi­ness. Tell me what you would like to del­e­gate and what is bog­ging you down.  I wel­come the oppor­tu­ni­ty to set up a time to chat!

Let’s see how we might work togeth­er to take your busi­ness to the next lev­el and cre­ate more time and prof­itabil­i­ty for you!