Becoming a Virtual Assistant

The reason I decided to write this blog is to help others who are thinking of becoming a Virtual Assistant or have already become one and are looking for some guidance. This will help guide you through what to expect BEFORE you jump in the fire?? Especially if you’re going to quit your full-time job and become your own boss! This is in no way meant to scare you, but to INFORM you of some things you should expect before you do it!

Stage 1: Most importantly with any at home business you must have a place to work. Here are just a few major items you will need:

  • A quiet zone
  • Reliable computer
  • Printer/scanner/copier machine

Once that’s completed on to the next stage. Now if you’re a new business owner this stage will seem overwhelming and how the heck will I get through this one…so what I’ve done is given it to you step-by-step, so let’s go!  Stage #2 was the most challenging, as I had never had a business before. When I decided to become a Virtual Assistant no one ever told me about all the different stages you go through as a new business owner!  My thoughts were, I’d quit my job and just become a Virtual Assistant and start working. OH BOY WAS I WRONG? Thankfully, with the love & support of family and friends, it enabled me to get through this next stage!

Stage 2: (Please note there are different levels of this stage: A. Documentation B. Funding C. Networking). So, let’s continue…

Level A: To become legitimate you need to get all your documentation as a new business owner in order. For a Virtual Assistant here are what you will need.

Here is the list:

  • Federal EIN # or your SSN# (choose one)
  • Register your business name
  • Sales tax (if applicable)
  • City permit license

Level B: Now let’s talk about Funding ($$$); If you have the money you are in great shape but if you’re on a fixed income then you’re going to have to use your resources. Which means figuring out where to go, who to reach out to, and what is your best way to go without it breaking the bank. Oh, did I forget to tell you, also you’re going to need to decide if you’re going to have a website and or how it’s going to be maintained? Plus do you have the knowledge of maintaining your website? I will tell you, I DID NOT! So, that too was a learning curve for me.

Level C: Now I know for sure no one ever explained this next level…and it was networking! First off, I will tell you I’m NOT a saleswoman! I can work miracles behind the scenes in the office, but I’m not one to talk about myself. The longer I was in this business as a virtual assistant I concluded I was going to need to get out and talk about myself, UGH! Even today as it’s been several months, and it’s still hard for me to put myself out there and talk about myself. Don’t get me wrong I can go and talk all day long about anything under the sun but it is HARD for me to hear me talk about ME. NOT EASY!

Stage 3: This my friends are the most challenging, but ultimately the most rewarding part of having your own business and that is BUILDING YOUR CLIENTELE!

TO BE CONTINUED…

Would love your feedback on this blog. Do you find it helpful? Anything you’d like to add that maybe I missed? Remember we are all in this to WIN and be SUCCESSFUL!

Two Women!

As everyone knows I’m not the greatest at writing blogs, so I found myself sitting at my desk starring at photo’s and I came across this picture!

Two women who made the greatest impression on my life and why I am who I am today!

I ask myself why did they make such an impression? These women were brought up in the era where women didn’t work, and divorce was a taboo. With each of the up coming generation, that has definitely changed. Women are now working and in some cases are becoming the breadwinner in their family and divorce being just second nature especially in the  80s and 90s. Well in the 21st century, Millenniums are becoming more independent, which entails not marrying so early and thus divorce becoming less frequent.

The first woman was my grandma, Ruth (left of pic) who was born in 1919 and the second woman was my mom, Marguerite (right of pic) who was born in 1946, both of these wonderful women made a huge impact on my life. They led a very rough life but as they grew up they really wanted a better life for their children. Family was very important to them and their love was unconditional. When I needed them they were always there for me. My mom use to tell me how she always had her sisters hand me down shoes; as she wore a size 9 and they wore a size 6 shoes she grew up later on in life having very bad toe nails because of not wearing the right size shoes growing up. So when us kids were growing up she always made she we had the right size shoe. They sure weren’t  Nike’s, but we always had shoes that fit!! As a little girl I loved to go over to my grandma’s house to visit. My memory of her was sitting down at the table and her squeezing fresh orange juice and making homemade meals. Even better was everything was grown right on their property; vegetables and all. As I grew up my grandma always stayed in touch with me, even after my parents divorced. She always made sure I was still part of their family even though my parents were no longer together!

What great memories of them that I live with everyday and without those wonderful women in my life things might have turned out differently. If there is one thing they taught me, it was LOVE & FAMILY. No matter what was going on, I knew I could always rely on them through good, bad, or ugly. What I did learn and have passed on to my children is no matter how much you fight, how much you may hate each other, at the end of the day you need to be there for EACH OTHER and love one another, just like these two women did with me! Those are memories no one will ever take from me, and I only hope I too can make the same impact as they have made upon me. XOXO

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What to Outsource to a Virtual Assistant?

Do you ever sit back with 20 or more things on your plate of things to do, wondering which one you’re going to tackle first? Plus how the heck you will EVER catch up?

So, I ask you:

  • Which one are you going to tackle first, the easy 5-minute item or the one that’s going to take at least (if you’re lucky) a couple of hours to complete??
  • Do you wish you had a helping hand, but you know hiring another employee is just not possible at this time?
  • But you know the most important item you must tackle is what will make you money.
  • And those smaller clerical items (making appointments, scheduling meetings, data entry) just take a lot of your time!

What’s the solution?

Click on the link below. I found a great article that tells you what the 10 Things to Outsource to a Virtual Assistant is…once you read it, Click this link contact me and we will discuss how I can eliminate some of your items on your plate!

http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/225318

A PROUD MOM!

As everyone is aware I’m a virtual assistant by trade but my first job is being a mom! Yes the struggle is real at work, but boy the struggles are definitely real being a mom! I have said over the years that I wish someone had given me the book on raising a teenager, as it wasn’t easy. Some days were great and some days were hair-raising! Looking back at everything now, I’m thankful for God blessing me with 2 beautiful sons and I couldn’t be any prouder than that, but thank God that I’ve survived the dreadful teenage years!!

Yesterday was a very proud day as my baby (haha he’s actually 17yrs old but still and always will be my baby!!) entered into The Delayed Enlistment Program (DEP) going Navy. Couldn’t be any prouder than seeing him stand there and watching him being sworn in! Now since he won’t be graduating until December 21st, he won’t actually go in until beginning of 2018. In the meantime the Navy will prepare him and start the transformation, so when that time comes he will be prepared.

So what does this have to do with being a virtual assistant… a whole lot! Virtual Assistant’s don’t only work with clients, but they work with partners, with significant others and most of all WE work with our children. Our experience isn’t just at work, but as being a wife or husband and being the BEST mother or father one can be and for that I am A PROUD MOM!

God Bless the U.S.A.

7 Reasons to Hire a VA

Meet my assistant Chloe … she says, “clerical tasks are RUFF”

You might need to consider hiring a virtual assistant if:

  1. You feel overwhelmed with your workload.
  2. You need help digging out from the administrative pile.
  3. You know you could really “move the needle” if you could focus more on what you and only you can do.
  4. You want to be more productive and less stressed.
  5. You know you need help but can’t afford someone full-time.
  6. You don’t want the hassle of recruiting, hiring, and training a physical assistant.
  7. You want—and need—more margin in your life.

What can an virtual assistant do for you?  Contact Chloe by filling out our contact form today!