It seems to dominate the news around the world at the moment. I’m talking, of course, about this horrible Coronavirus pandemic.

Touchwood, my family and I are all well at the moment. Although we did cut short our trip and came back to Israel early. We are in Self Isolation at the moment as the rules here are anyone coming home from abroad must quarantine for 14 days. Our neighbours have been amazing dropping off essential supplies and I have done my online shopping here for the first time too.

Please do follow the advice given by the health experts and do all you need to do to take care.

It may not feel as if there’s much good news around but life and business do go on.Coronavirus – a time for Teams

And in a curious way, the response to the outbreak of COVID-19 does create opportunities for the VA who has got to grips with all the collaborative power that Microsoft Office offers.

As you may have seen on the news, many big brand companies – including Apple, Amazon and Google – are encouraging employees to work remotely.

Their corporate lead will be followed by smaller businesses, for sure.

To be successful, remote working requires excellent communications and access to collaborative tools.

Microsoft Teams is one of the solutions to that challenge. It offers:

  • Secure flow and storage of information in one central place
  • Voice or video calls and meetings, linking inside and outside the organisation
  • Chat messaging between groups or teams within the company
  • Real-time and easy collaboration on documents
  • Flexible channel and project setups for how you work best

In a world where agile working is one of the hottest trends, companies are looking for reliable solutions to help get the best out of their teams.

Because of this virus outbreak, we’re going to see – for many, many months ahead at least – businesses using fewer in-person huddle, scrums or micro meetings.

As increasing numbers look to remote working, they are going to be making more use of the collaborative functions provided by tech giants like Microsoft.

That means there’s likely to be a sudden spike in the demand for and use of the Teams tool.

If you are a VA who is already using it – and knows it inside out – you are going to have a ready advantage in the market.

Not only will you be able to demonstrate to prospects and clients your expertise in working with Teams. You will also be able to help less-confident clients set things up, and maybe even train some of their people.

Coronavirus – a time for TeamsBecause Teams is also a great productivity tool, you and those you serve will both benefit.

If you haven’t done so already, ensure you highlight your Teams credentials on your website, in your marketing and during your conversations.

Don’t assume people know what you do or what you know. Tell them.

I’m not making light of what’s going on out there in each country, it really has shocked the world. But to survive and thrive in business you do have to see opportunities and take action.

Not in an unethical, money-grabbing or selfish way, of course. That’s not how a professional VA would ever act.

When you operate in service of others, you can put your hand on your heart and say you’re doing it for the right reasons.

Businesses need our help. Go serve them the best way you know-how.

If you’re not yet familiar with how to use Microsoft Teams you can always get up to speed with my online course.

It covers all the essentials you need to get started and use it with clients. How to set it all up, how to use ‘channels’, how to use the chat, how to run meetings, and how to collaborate the smarter way with documents.

Learn at your own pace, where you want, when you want. The course is yours for life so you can pop back in whenever you need a quick refresher.

All the course details are here.

Do let me know how you get on with Teams. I use it with my lovely VA and it just works so well for us.

As we are currently in unprecedented times I have applied a 25% reduction to the cost of the course. Normally it would be £75 but until the end of April 2020 the course costs just £56.25.