Founded in 2009, Worldwide101 is a premium virtual assistant company with team members in North America and Europe. We help founders and executives move their business forward by providing highly skilled assistants they can trust to represent their business and carry out responsible tasks. Finding reliable, trustworthy, and competent help has always been one of the foremost challenges of running a successful business or project—and it’s even more relevant when using remote resources. Worldwide101’s team of experienced, reliable, and vetted virtual assistants can provide your business with support you need.
BusinessInterviews.com: What inspired you to launch your business?
Sandra Lewis: Back in 2009, my husband and I moved our family from the US to the UK and so with it, came a change in my career. After working a very intense and consuming job for 22+ years in NYC, I wanted to find a way to continue to have a rewarding career without the stress of a commute, office politics and an all-around exhausting experience! At the time, freelance was on the rise so I decided to give it a try. I started helping a few entrepreneurs on a virtual and contractual basis with HR consultancy and project management and soon my clients started referring their friends for my services. I soon started noticing how hard it was for successful business owners and entrepreneurs to find and train skilled and reliable talent who would work on a flexible basis without breaking the bank. I set myself to provide a durable solution and that’s how Worldwide101 was born!
BusinessInterviews.com: What issue does your core product help solve and how so?
Sandra Lewis: Entrepreneurs today are benefiting from a remote talent revolution. Small business owners, and solo practitioners are tapping virtual talent to grow faster, get more done and make a greater impact in the world. However, as anyone who has suffered from a bad virtual match will tell you – the result can be frustration, missed opportunity and damage to a brand’s reputation. So in 2012, we asked ourselves, what would it take to connect demanding founders and executives with virtual professionals they can trust – our answer is Worldwide101. We are now the top ranked provider for premium virtual assistants and virtual business specialists based on independent reviews.
BusinessInterviews.com: What advice do you have for other entrepreneurs and business owners? What do you wish someone told you?
Sandra Lewis: I’m a big believer in keeping a positive outlook as the #1 trait that makes any entrepreneur successful. There will be challenges, difficult times, unanswered questions that are unnerving and so much more – so, keeping positive is key to staying on course, and finding the right solutions.
I wrote a piece on Medium a few months ago titled, “Two Words That Make You A Better Founder” about how I wasn’t always good at staying positive but found ways to develop that over time – perhaps others will find it helpful!
My #2 and #3 top advice for entrepreneurs to be successful are:
– Keen attention to detail. To build something big you need to start with something small.
– Know your limitations. You can’t do it alone so by knowing what you don’t know, you can assemble a great team!