A few months ago, I began reflecting on the smart and talented women who I’ve had the pleasure of working with. Some of these women have made huge leaps in their business progress over the last few months. I love reading success stories about women who’ve reached another level of success and I’ve had requests from readers about this as well. Bibi is co-owner of Buying Time LLC, a personal assistant and errand business in the South Bay which serves all of Southern California. I’m so impressed with Bibi. She has such a strong desire to grow her business and is willing to do whatever it takes to accomplish her goals. You will be inspired when you read her “spotlight.”
1. Tell us about your work – what you do, where you do it and who you serve.
Bibi: “We provide personal assistant services ranging from virtual assistance, errands, on site assistance, event planning to organization assistance for home and offices. We are located in the Los Angeles area, but service clients across the country for virtual assistance. Our clients are busy professionals, small business owners and individuals who don’t have enough time to take care of their to-do lists.”
2. What inspired you to start your business?
Bibi: “My partner and I wanted to provide a service that allowed for everyone to feel like they had a support system. I was a single mom during the early years of my daughter’s life and did not have family close by. To have someone who I could have called to pick up groceries or help plan her birthdays or simply pay my bills and balance my checkbook would have been such a stress reliever, along with giving me more quality time with my daughter.”
3. How do you define success?
Bibi: “Success for me is feeling the love and pride of my family, my friends and my community.”
4. What have you taken away from your work with Joy?
Bibi: “Joy has taught me to believe in my talents and say YES! She really helps me identify key goals and objectives, then map out what actions I have to take to make them happen.”
5. What’s been your biggest challenge as a woman entrepreneur and how have you overcome this challenge?
Bibi: “I think the biggest challenge has been to overcome many who thought that going into business was a hobby, just something to keep me busy. The only way to overcome this challenge was to make it a successful hobby.”
6. What advice would you share with women who desire to have a successful business?
Bibi: “Surround yourself with positive people who believe in you and your business, even if they are “perfect” strangers. I am extremely fortunate to have my husband and daughter who believe I can do ANYTHING I set my mind to.”
7. What’s next for you?
Bibi: “I just co-authored “Get Organized Today” that will be available during the summer. I want to reach many more people by speaking, writing more and providing easy to use tools to conquer clutter and disorganization for the everyday person. There’s this idea out there that you have to organize to make it look pretty and nothing can be out of place, that's simply no t true. You can still be yourself and have things organized in a way that works for you.”