Hi! I’m Sophie Dearden, the founder of Resource Worldwide. We provide cost-effective, highly skilled virtual experts to help business leaders free up their time, scale their business, and keep their passion for what they do. I just wanted to share a little bit about myself, my business, and why I love doing what I do. 

Being a small business owner myself, I am also a proud mother of George and wife to my amazing and very patient husband Dan. I have always been really ambitious and driven, but when I had my son, I realized that I didn’t want to go back to my corporate job. I wanted freedom, time to spend with my family, and have the ability to do the things on my own terms, as well as achieve business success and the financial rewards that come with it. 

I decided to start my own business on maternity leave and quickly found that I loved it. I was amazed by how quickly it grew. I loved the new success that I was experiencing but soon realized that my time was getting more and more pressurised as I tried to juggle doing everything myself while spending time with my family and friends. I realized that something has to change when I went for a lunch date and a playdate with my friends. Then, due to orders that I had to process, instead of being able to enjoy lunch with George and them, I actually had to hand him to my best friend, go over to another table, open my laptop, and get the work done. It got to the point where I couldn’t even have a simple lunch with my son and friends. 

The business was really starting to get in the way, and it was stressing me out. I felt guilty when I was working in the business and not spending time with George. Then, I also feel guilty when I was spending time with George, and not working on the business. I knew I needed some support, but a full-time employee didn’t seem like an option for me given the fact that I got no office or budget for all the associated costs. Also, committing to all of the legal obligations that come with contracting an employee, just seemed too much to take on. This is especially true given the current climate.

This is why I started to look at virtual assistants as a more cost-effective and instant solution without the hassle and commitment. Unfortunately, this was not the case. I looked at the options available, and they just didn’t provide the solution I was looking for. In the end, I opted for hiring a VA myself. After months of trial and error, I was frustrated and almost at the point of giving up. The virtual assistants I had been presented with were just not of the standard that I needed to build my business. Even finding and contracting them was incredibly complex and wasted a huge amount of my time, only for them to deliver and sometimes not even stick around. 

Still, I recognized the importance of working with a virtual assistant, so I committed to doing it myself and created a system to hire the best of the best. I implemented and refined the system over a number of months. Then, I was able to hire my first, true virtual expert quickly followed by two more. The impact on my business was mind-blowing. Within 12 months of working with this incredible team, our revenue had increased by 1000%. Other business owners soon started asking me how I had managed to achieve this. When I shared the secret of my success, they asked if I could do the same for them. 

There and then, Resource Worldwide was born. I love running this business because every day I see business owners who are in the same position as I get access to highly-skilled, cost-effective team members, who they can trust and work in partnership with. I get to see their businesses grow in a way that is fun, exciting, and liberating, allowing them to get their lives back on track. I also get to see virtual assistants given the opportunity to work with amazing people who provide them with long-term opportunities, which allow them to develop within their careers and transform their lives for the better. 

My passion includes spending time with my family and friends, travelling the world, helping business owners create a life of freedom through running successful businesses, and helping virtual assistants feel valued and purposeful in the work that they do. Ultimately, I want to ensure that every single person, who comes into contact with Resource Worldwide lives a better life as a result of working with us. 

I look forward to helping you build your business, free up your time, and most importantly, spend your days doing the things that you love like I do!

Sophie Dearden
Resource Worldwide 

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