What I’m learning as I grow my virtual assistant business


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As I grow my business, I’m running into a challenge that I know other entrepreneurs run into: how do I grow my business?

What I’m learning right now is this:

How to connect with others online.

Meaning, the importance of going beyond the research: actually picking up the phone and calling people who I could potentially work with!! This has already gotten me a few clients.

Learning

The lesson is, NEVER stop learning! Because I’m a bookworm at heart, learning new things is something I’ve always considered to be a strength of mine. I cannot even begin to count the number of times that I have been given a project (when I worked at a corporation), and was given instructions to, “Can you just figure out how to make this happen?”. It’s served me very well over the years. It’s why I’m able to offer the different services that I do for my clients.

How to build my business. 

Oof, this is tricky. And, I know it’s something that many others struggle with too. I realized today after watching a video from Derek Halpern (Social Triggers) that I was still honing in on my audience. So, in honor of the assignment he provided….

Here’s my client wishlist:

Conscious, communicative entrepreneurs who have built companies that enhances other people’s lives. They see the value in getting assistance when they need it, and are willing to pay for that help. 

What I offer to all of my clients, no matter what business they’re in is this:

PEACE OF MIND

My clients know that their job will get done, on time, and completed as if they had done the job themselves (or better!). Don’t take my word for it, hop on over to my testimonials section (it’s still growing) and read it for yourself!

As I continue to grow my virtual assistant business, I will share what I’m learning along the way. And if it’s working, I’ll be sharing that too!

To all of us and our success,

Monica

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Virtual Assistant │Digital Nomad


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So, I’ve been taking a terrific business plan writing course offered through http://e-jedi.org. Actually, I won a scholarship which is how I was able to attend. So far? It’s been incredibly awesome. 

On May 30th I will be giving my final presentation. I decided to write about it because one of the key things that has come up during this class is my title! I had one woman graciously tell me that she saw me more as a ‘Solutions Provider’, a ‘Project Manager’, and a ‘Social Media Assistant’. I was so humbled! The challenge is though, what’s the appropriate title for me to use?

Since my business has bloomed into a full-time venture, I’m finding that I have to use the title that makes the best sense to potential clients. I could say that I’m a Virtual Creative Assistant with a flare for travel! Too long though…Another title that I absolutely feel is the best fit for me (although the url has already been taken) is Digital Nomad. Because I do travel quite a bit, and oftentimes work while traveling this title perfectly captures the essence of who I really am. 

One of the things I have come across since identifying as a Digital Nomad is that there’s an entire tribe/culture of people who live just as I do. I’m hoping to connect with some fellow Digital Nomads when I take my next trip. I’ll be sure to write about it when it happens!

At the moment, I have some very incredible clients. I love the fact that my skill set has enabled me to create a dream job situation. I love, love, love that I can be just about anywhere with a power source, wifi, and a laptop and I’m in business. Pure awesomeness!!

I’ve also updated my portfolio section to include some of my recent clients. My real estate investor guy isn’t featured because I haven’t figured out just yet how to showcase the projects I’ve done for him.

Ok, back to work I go!

WHAT DO I DO?


I recently had a friend check out my website who doesn’t know anything about the work that I do. Her feedback was perfect. She said,

“I looked at your website but I have no idea what you do. I can tell you’re creative though.”

I thought, oh my God. If she can’t tell from looking at my website, then I’m sure others have thought the same as well. So, I thought I would write a quick note to make it very simple.

I write copy.
I do project management for new websites.
I design basic marketing collateral
I curate content and manage social media accounts.

In my previous career I was an Executive Assistant in the financial services industry.

Now? I’m an independent contractor and I help with all of the above. I created this website to showcase my portfolio, my resume, and my writing skills via this blog.

That should explain it! Any questions, please ask!

New Creative Endeavor: stock photography


As I’ve been seeking alternative means to earn some extra chump change while living abroad, I decided to pursue what many, many others have done before me: stock photography!

I decided that since I have traveled to some pretty cool places these past few years, I might as well make good use out of some pictures I’ve taken. So, I did a little research, and voila! A day or so later and here I am on www.dreamstime.com

I am still in the process of uploading quite a few other pictures, but since a big whopping 7!!! images have already been approved, I figured I might as well share my excitement about it!

Well, this digital nomad has got to get back to work. When you’re living like me, who says there has to be “regular” office hours?

Happy travels!

New Creative Endeavor: stock photography

Digital Nomad


Well, my journeys’ have taken me to a point where it’s become obvious – I have become a digital nomad. I’m currently south of the border with a strong internet connection and laptop. Plus, the view from my “office” isn’t too shabby. 

At the moment, I’m putting together a strategy to create more work for myself. While I’m living at a cost well below (actually far below) what it would have cost to have stayed in paradise, I still need to pay the bills!

I’m currently revamping the copy for another website project. It’s been a blast (I love to write), and my client is happy. A double win for both of us! The other really fun part of this project for me has been the training aspect of it. The backend of Amy’s website is powered by WordPress. It’s been so great to share my knowledge with her, and more importantly, to empower her that, ‘Si, se puede hacerlo!’ (Yes, you can do it!). It has been a real thrill to hear her excitement about learning something she didn’t understand before.

Although it’s under construction (the imagery will be swapped out for sure and lots of pages still need content – the client is in no rush), here it is:

www.eftcaregiving.com

Amy has been awesome to work with. It’s always a real pleasure to do business with someone who is flexible, and has a great attitude.

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