We had the good fortune of connecting with Rasheed Hamid and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Rasheed, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
My thought process behind starting Extra Hands was simply to position myself outside of the employee workforce. To create a position in which I could create jobs for others and run this business from anywhere. The initial approach was to be the virtual assistant myself. In the beginning, my thought process did not involve a team. As the business began to grow, it become evident very quickly that I had tapped into a service that many entrepreneurs, small and medium businesses, and even non-profit organizations and special interest groups needed. We created a way for people to have the support they need at a time of growth or bottleneck in a cost-efficient and productive manner. My desire was simple, how do I help the people who can’t afford to hire the full-time help they need?
Today we’d like to introduce you to Rasheed Hamid.
Hi Rasheed, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.
I spent almost 25 years running and managing fine dining and casual fine dining restaurants throughout the country. At one point, my career took me to the Twelve Hotel in both Centennial Park and Atlantic Station, at that time they were called Room and Lobby. In addition, I have worked at multiple Four Seasons Hotels, 5-star
steak-houses, and at the time, the number one Italian restaurant in Chicago. After a near-death experience, I decided to leave the hospitality industry and spend some time traveling the world. I lived on the Caribbean island of Anguilla for over a year, as well as Thailand, Bali, and Morocco. In 2019, I traveled to 39 countries while trying to figure out what was next for me.
We caught up with the brilliant and insightful Rasheed Hamid a few weeks ago and have shared our conversation below.
Hi Rasheed, thanks for joining us today. How do you think about vacations as a business owner? Do you take them and if so, how? If you don’t, why not?
This is an interesting question due to the nature of my business. As the owner of Extra Hands Virtual Assistants, I can work anywhere on the planet at any given time, as long as they have strong wi-fi.