Bryan Miles is an entrepreneur, husband, father, backpacker, mountain climber, mentor, and writer. In addition, he’s the CEO and Co-Founder of BELAY, a premium staffing company serving businesses all over the U.S.
I’ve come to know Bryan over the last few years and have watched BELAY (Formerly EAHelp) continue to grow. A couple of my good friends have a BELAY Virtual Assistant and they can’t stop singing their praises, so I wanted to bring Bryan on to the podcast to learn more about what they’re up to.
We talk about artificial intelligence and the future of assistants, delegating results–not tasks, why executives need an assistant, how to work with a VA, tips for interviewing an assistant, showing up for a video interview, tips on building your resume, what to look for in an assistant, and how to grow a connected and thriving culture – with a team that is 100% remote.
We also talk about how the role of an assistant is NOT a dead end job, but instead, one of the best roles for getting experience in how to run a business and lead others.
Bryan and his wife Shannon (Co-Founder and Co-CEO of BELAY) took out their life savings to start their business. Bryan shares a bit about how they survived and even thrived coming out of the recession.
I trust you’ll enjoy my conversation with Bryan, as well as take home some practical tips for your workplace.
You stand for something, or you fall for everything.
– Dale Miles (Bryan’s Dad)
Leadership is stewardship. It is temporary and you are accountable.
– Andy Stanley
CONNECT WITH BRYAN
- BELAY Solutions (Affiliate link – I may receive a small kickback if you sign up for their services)
- Bryan’s book -> Virtual Culture: The Way We Work Doesn’t Work Anymore
- Bryan’s LinkedIn
- Bryan’s Instagram
- Bryan and Shannon Miles on Facebook
About Bryan Miles
Bryan Miles is an entrepreneur, husband, father, backpacker, mountain climber, mentor, and writer. In addition, he’s the CEO and Co-Founder of BELAY, a premium staffing company serving businesses all over the U.S. He and his wife, Shannon, are proud co-owners and co-CEOs. They have enjoyed starting and running BELAY together as a team since the beginning in 2010.
The company has now exploded to over seven hundred team members – all of whom work from home. Without an office, BELAY has graced the Inc. 5000 list four times and was awarded the number one spot in Entrepreneur Magazine’s Best Company Culture.
Before BELAY, Bryan was a sales consultant in the tech and construction industries. In 2010, he and Shannon saw the need for an innovative staffing model where people could work remotely from their homes. They gave their notices and resigned from their employers on the same day, October 1st, 2010. They cashed in all of their 401(k)s and just like that, BELAY was born.
Creating and fostering a healthy culture has always been close to Bryan’s heart. He has written about it for years and has put all of his thoughts in his second book, Virtual Culture: The Way We Work Doesn’t Work Anymore, which is available now.
Bryan loves to mentor other entrepreneurs and small business owners to reach their full potential. During these seasons of mentoring, he meets with a small group of men once a month. He digs into their lives to encourage them to be the best father, husband, and businessman they can be. Bryan sits on the board of Radical Mentoring and two other organizations.
The whole Miles family has their permanent residence in north Atlanta, but they truly live out the joys of working virtually. Bryan is often interviewing for podcasts, at speaking engagements discussing Virtual Culture, or supporting his amazing BELAY team. If they are not working from their porch, you’ll find them splitting time between the beaches on the panhandle of Florida and the mountains of Jackson Hole. He is keenly aware that he can’t do any of this without the support of his wife, the hard work of his team, or the kindness of God.
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