We had the good fortune of connecting with Brittany Stephenson and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Brittany, how do you think about risk?
One Wednesday last year, I scheduled an impromptu skydiving adventure during my lunch break. That morning, I researched the company, booked my solo ticket for a 2PM jump, drove to the location, enjoyed the jump and was back in front of my computer by the early afternoon to finish the day. It was my first time experiencing something like that and as I completed the necessary paperwork, I noted the numerous times the following phrase was listed: “Skydiving involves jumping out of an aircraft and using a parachute to land. There is inherent risk that comes with this experience.” Duly noted. I decided to jump anyway. That’s essentially how I think about risks. No matter what you are doing in life, there are constraints and possible roadblocks that may deter or scare you. But you will never experience the free fall of an opportunity if you never take the risk and jump. So, jump. The warning statements before skydiving are applicable to my life and entrepreneurship in general. When I decided to leave Texas, I sold everything in my apartment, left my job and drove more than 1600 miles all within the span of about three weeks. I had an idea of what I thought I wanted to be doing but the reality is that I had no idea what life on the East Coast would look like for this Dallasite. {I jumped anyway} In the same way, leaving the security of my last job to pursue this business full time came with its own set of risks and challenges. What happened if I was unable to cultivate business relationships and attract clients that would trust me to help them? {I jumped anyway} Presently, I am working on forming a non-profit and was initial concerned about building an inaugural Board of Directors. {I jumped anyway} I consider myself a “jumper” because the rewards have always been worth the risk for me.

What should our readers know about your business?
I love a good “tell us about your story” section of an article as it gives me the opportunity to journey back to the beginning of our story and look ahead into our future. Busy Bee’s Virtual Assistance & Management, LLC is a full service administrative support agency. As a team of systems-oriented, results-driven online business managers and virtual assistants, we help individuals and organizations reclaim their time by handling the important yet time consuming aspects of their businesses. This year we turn 5! We’ve been helping clients reclaim their time for quite a while and we are grateful for the trust bestowed upon us. Agility, accessibility, and adaptability have served us well throughout the years. We are eager to continue to serve the needs our unique clients for many years to come. Of course, we’ve learned quite a few things along the way as well. As an online business, it is easy for us to always “be on” and available. An important lesson we value is the creation healthy boundaries for our team and clients. Work-life balance is absolutely necessary for sustainability and to avoid burnout. Last year, we implemented a company policy allowing team members to take the last two weeks of the year off to recharge and connect with their families. It’s all about serving people well for us; always has been and always will be.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Any time one gets to visit Dallas, Texas is a good time! I’d encourage my friend to fly directly into DFW Airport to kick off the experience. The first stop, especially if they arrive on a later flight, must be to the nearest Whataburger or Taco Cabana for a chicken fajita bowl. They will have quick access to this if they stay in the Irving/Las Colinas area at my favorite hotel-NYLO Las Colinas. The next morning, I’d encourage them to grab some glazed donut holes from any local mom and pop donut shop before heading into Downtown Dallas to get a view of one of the best city skylines in the country. Perhaps they take advantage of the sophisticated transportation system (DART, light rail, or TRE) to get there. They should scroll through the city and take a stop at Dealey Plaza and grab tickets to the Sixth Floor museum. The Holocaust Museum is also a neat place to explore. A traveling lunch is a must at Trinity Groves where they can explore anything from tasty BBQ to freshly made guac and a fancy margarita at Beto’s & Son. Wherever their tastebuds land, they must enjoy a sweet treat from The Cake Bar and chocolates to go from Kate Weiser next door. There is no greater beauty than that found at the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden. I wouldn’t force friends to choose between this place or the Perot Museum-DO BOTH! And eventually, they will make their way to Deep Ellum. I love the creative artwork found on the streets and sidewalks. It’s a nice place to be and absorb the city. And you can grab a drink at STIRR (or come back for brunch!) If visiting in late fall, a trip to THE State Fair of Texas is a must! One should never pass on the opportunity to see Big Tex -HOWDY FOLKS! Honestly, I can go on and on about planning a trip to Dallas so for the sake of the readers, I’ll pause here. I love creating itineraries so if anyone is looking for ideas, tell them to give me a call!

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
This is a tough portion of the series simply because the list is too long! That’s a great “problem” to have, though. I owe much of my success to the countless mentors, sponsors, influencers, clients, friends, and family that continue to support me on this journey. I am eternally grateful for their investment in my personal and professional wins. Specifically, I’d like to dedicate this shout out to the two individuals who are always there to provide feedback, critique, love, and endless support. Whether it’s a brainstorming session via the group thread or a FaceTime on an early Saturday morning as I dream up “the next big thing”, I know I can count on them: To my sister, Alexia B. Adams-thank you for believing in me for more than 30 years. I wouldn’t be here without you. To my best friend, Rickesha L. Wilson-Thank you for being a constant cheerleader and counselor.

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