Vanessa Vanderhoek has always been passionate about helping others have fulfilling careers. It wasn’t until she had a conversation with a friend about work flexibility that she fell into the business she is now thriving in, The FlexAgility Group.
The FlexAgility Group helps organisations and businesses develop a plan of action that enables their employees to work when it best suits them. She enjoys helping businesses embrace flexibility and implementing it into their work culture for overall better productivity.
Vannesa’s ideal client is an organisation that aims to attract and maintain high-performing employees by allowing them to have a flexible work schedule.
What Vanessa enjoys most about running a business:
“I love hearing all of these amazing stories of transformation. I see where they want to be and transform them to get there. It’s really cool walking into a business and watching them make so many changes that benefit everybody in the workplace.”
What Vanessa Wishes She Knew When She Started:
- Invest – don’t hesitate to invest in your business. There will be lots of upfront costs but they will be worth it.
- Back yourself – get clear on your own value to the world.
- Find your cheer squad – you need people you can rely on if you need them. This might be your accountant, or hiring a social media expert.
Vanessa’s favourite entrepreneur is Richard Branson. In her words, “he’s insane – in a good way. He shows so much vulnerability and a side to him that shows he is real and genuinely cares. He’s resilient.”
Vanessa’s Advice for Other Members
- Become acquainted with your resources – there are so many podcasts, videos, etc. If you have a question, there is an answer.
- Have a mindset that leans toward growth – try to think with a positive perspective. For example, one yes might take ten no’s.
A problem being a HerBusiness Network Member has solved for Vanessa:
“Last year when I was working on getting better at marketing, I had so many resources. It helped me become more skilled in an area that wasn’t my strong suit.”
Vanessa’s ideal business is one where progress is constantly being made so she is able to assist her clients’ challenges in the best way possible. She would also like a level of income predictability.
This post was authored by Allison Mullin. Allison completed a journalism internship with HerBusiness. She studies editing, writing, and media at Florida State University in the United States.