Happy Sunday! This week the spotlight is on…ME!!!
It just dawned on me that we are well into 2012 and I really haven’t talked about it that much. You know, New Year, new resolutions, blah, blah, blah. In fact, I haven’t talked about ANYTHING much!
There is a reason I have been MIA and I swear it will get better soon (consistency-wise anyway).
So, in case you were wondering where-in-the-heck I’ve been, here’s a quick Speed Readers version of what I have been up to the last few months. It’s Timeline, just not as hip as Facebook’s Timeline.
June 2011: Discovered the “missing piece” in my”what-I-want-to-be-when-I-grow-up” puzzle.
June-November: Worked the hell outta this Puzzle Piece and watched my fledgling biz grow, flourish, and take off in flight.
November 30, 2011: Said “goodbye” to the job 8-5 job I had held for 15 years. No regrets. No tears. No fear.
December 1-January 1: Scrambled my freakin hiney off adjusting to self-employment/independent contractor life. Loving every second of it, mind you. My husband is still trying to adjust to having me around all the time (he’s self-employed as well) 😉
Present day: Finally finding my groove. Things are going fabulously. No lie. Sure, there are days I thank God I have “Smart Friends” to fall back on for help. All the things my employer used to provide and manage are now my problem and responsibility. But it’s all good. Every day, EVERY DAY, I wake up happy and excited to work with my new clients and see where the path unfolds next. And I don’t get the “Sunday afternoon dread” feeling every Sunday around 3:00 like I used to when I worked 8-5 for The Man.
SO..what am I doing?? I am a Virtual Assistant. I learned very quickly that pretty much NO ONE knows what that is! I read in a book, “focus on what you do, not what you are.“
So that being said, here’s my elevator speech: “I provide freelance writing, blogging, and social media services for companies or busy executives from the comfort of my home office.”
Most of my clients are Internet-based and in other states. I even have a client in Canada. I write for and manage their blogs, community forums, social media sites, write training modules, and even create newsletters. The “piece of the puzzle” I spoke of was the title “Virtual Assistant.” I always knew that I wanted to write/blog for people and get paid for it, I just didn’t know how to achieve that. The title of “VA” was the piece of the puzzle I needed. Once I had those two words, I knew how to market myself, where to look for support, where to look for work, and how to charge/bill.
It was my “ah-HA!” moment.
So who are my clients? Some pretty kick-butt cool people if I do say so myself. Audrey Press is my newest the one I am most excited about. Valarie Budayr is the CEO and an author herself. I love books and love to write, and Valarie is opening the whole amazing world of book publishing up to me. And I am GIDDY.
Another fav is Storkbrokers.com. Storkbrokers is an on-line marketplace for moms to buy and sell their pre-loved or outgrown kids items. Storkbrokers was created and is owned by a husband and wife team. Sterling and Bridget are amazing people and I am blessed to have them as a client. I run their Forum, assist with their social media, and write their blog. TONS of fun.
Another thing I do is Facebook Page management for businesses. I create Pages for businesses and basically run the Page for them. Some of the Pages I am Admin of are : I Luv My Baby, Party World, Crosby Eye Clinic, O Design, and Social Scanner. If you have not “Liked” any of these Pages on Facebook, please do! Because, well, that’s part of my job 🙂
Like I say, that’s just a speed readers version of what I do. People hear “work from home” and assuming and I am free to shop , take naps, and clean my house whenever I feel like it. Heck no. I work longer and harder than I ever have. And I love it.
Does working at home have it’s challenges? YES. Scheduling is my hardest. I work from 5 a.m to 3:00 (when the kids get off the bus) and I do work a couple of hours in the evening if the kids are busy, occupied, or hanging in my loft office with me. I do work some on Saturdays, but minimally. As I write this from my office, it’s a sleepy Saturday morning and Jake is happily drawing on a white board while Sara plays a computer game.
I try to stay away from the computer on Sunday’s. Family first no matter what day of the week it is.
I’d like to share my new journey with all of you so feel free to ask me ANYTHING. I want to give people hope that you can get away from the 8-5 prison sentence if that is what you want for your life. I promise I won’t be farting sunshine and telling you it’s all butterflies and rainbows.
It’s not. It’s tough. But also oh-so-doable. 🙂
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