Thanked Your Contractor Lately?

In our rush rush life as business owners once we’ve sent project A out the door we are onto project B.  All the while forgetting just who helps us with all those projects.  Okay perhaps we don’t forget about them BUT we may forget to thank them.  Yep, I’m talking about our teams.

The holidays are here and we are busy putting our lists together (Or our assistant is) of all those folks we are grateful for.  Clients, colleagues, family.  What about the people who are priceless – our team members.  They make our lives much more enjoyable as they ensure everything at the office runs smoothly.  Hmmmm…

During this season, and frankly, throughout the year, I’m challenging you (And myself) to thank your team more often.  Really be grateful as many of us (I’m raising my hand too) don’t stop to think just how much we need them in our businesses and what an awesome job they do for us!  I’m thankful for Rhonda, Donna, Diana, Lisa, Angie, and Lisa.  They help me immensely and probably don’t even know it.  Though I thank them I can always do more.  Three of the gals I mentioned above are my coaches.  You may not consider a coach as part of your team – I do.  Though I’m a veteran business owner I still have blind spots and things I need to work on.

Consider how you are going to thank your team.  What do they like?  If you don’t know find out.  Listed below are ways my personal clients show their gratitude to me and ways I show appreciation to my team throughout the year.  Please don’t ever be one of those folks who says ‘Well, I pay them for doing their job.  That’s enough.’  Can you say Scrooge! 🙁

  • Flowers
  • Gift cards
  • Bonus checks
  • Conference registrations
  • Airline tickets
  • Client referrals
  • Sporting event tickets
  • Food gifts
  • Coaching and other programs
  • Charitable donations
About Sue Kramer-Harrawood

Sue Kramer Harrawood is a Virtual Assistant, Speaker and VA/Client Relationship Coach. She is the founder of Peace of Mind Virtual Assistance. As the leader of Peace of Mind Virtual Assistance Sue connects established easy to work with small business owners to highly skilled virtual specialists. Sue’s passion for the VA industry drives her passion to speak to the business community. The lessons she learned from leadership in the VA industry and those she learned partnering beside her own clients for more than seven years led Sue to launch VA/Client Relationship Coaching. She coaches small business owners on how to partner with and build successful long-term VA/Client relationships. Sue’s transparent style of sharing her own strengths, weaknesses and lessons learned attracts clients who seek a knowledgeable VA leader with an approachable, helpful, humorous, direct and transparent style.


  1. Hi Sue, It was so great to see your post on BizSugar. I especially like your vision of the team as including pretty much everyone who has an impact on your business. Yep, that includes contractors too! It was great to have this message shared with our team and, of course, the whole BizSugar community!

  2. Thanks Sue, that is one thing most people forget,… i really love how you phrased it “What about the people who are priceless – our team members” that’s really what got me.. this year, while am planning about giving out gifts, i promise Sue, my team members will be among the top! thanks for this wonderful article.


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    It’s Time to Thank the Members of Your Team

    There are a lot of people who have contributed to your business’s success. They include business coaches, virtual assistants and other contractors, suppliers and partners. These people can all be considered part of your team, says Sue Kramer-Harrawood…

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