Are virtual consultations really the way forward?

I work between South Africa and the UK and I have suppliers in both countries. I couldn’t run my business without the help of online consultations. Through Skype, I’m able to talk, face to face with my suppliers – and things happen far quicker as a result. Also, because I can use suppliers from just about anywhere, I get to work with the very best people.

When your clients seek your expert advice about their business, their health or another personal issue, it’s understandable they’ll want to meet face-to-face.

After all, that one-to-one, detailed chat is critical if you are to really help.

But is the requirement to meet at your premises essential?

For sure, there are some appointments that absolutely need to be held in person. But there are a huge number of professionals who could meet with their clients virtually.

Everyone from financial advisors, to nutritionists, to skin care specialists, to business coaches could embrace modern technology and consult via Skype.

What’s more, if you made this shift, you could find you start attracting more clients – even internationally.

Now, you might believe that in person, face to face consultations are always the best options. But is this really the case for your clients?

If men or women can only meet you at your place of work, geography and time restrictions will limit your scope. And that’s what gives virtual consultations a distinct edge in this modern world.

People like the flexibility to choose when and where they receive expert advice. They also value the wider choice of being able to work with trusted experts from a different country. Video consultancy breaks down local boundaries and massively broadens scope for women who want to change their life.

In addition, online consultancy offers people far more privacy and control. No one need know that they’re seeking expert support – and due to the lack of time constraints, they can get advice during the hours that work best for them.

In short, by making it easier for men and women to book your time, you increase the chances of the consultation happening at all. What’s more, once you’re free of any geographical constraints, you can work with people who live in different time zones and maximise your downtime.

As such, your business can grow and your reputation can spread.

I’m passionate about helping men and women find the personal, professional, time-saving support they need to create a “beautiful life”.

That is why I founded It is my aim to make Gilvah a “go to” resource for anyone seeking professional help for business and personal reasons.

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