I’ve been a work at home mom offering a variety of virtual assistant services since 2001. I shifted my business focus from being a general virtual assistant to focusing on offering transcription services and I no longer accept new general assistance clients. However, I do still maintain a few original client relationships and I really enjoy working with those people. When you have great clients, work doesn’t seem so much like work as it does helping a friend, and that’s the way it should be in my opinion.
One thing I learned quickly as a virtual assistant and transcriptionist is that you can’t let your entire business be YOU. Eventually you will reach a point where it won’t work anymore, something might call you away from your comfortable desk (like your spouse being in the hospital for two weeks), or you might want to take an actual vacation where you don’t have to go back to the hotel and work for four hours every night, or maybe you’ve just got too much incoming work that you can’t handle it all alone anymore. The truth is even the assistant needs a little help sometimes, and that’s perfectly okay.
So I gathered a group of my closest friends who are also virtual assistants to contribute here at VA Helper. Everyone brings a unique set of skills to the table and we all focus on different areas. In fact, I’ve worked together with each of these lovely ladies on various client projects as a team effort to create an exceptional client experience. Without further ado, I’m pleased to introduce our VA Helper contributors….
Alicia Jay began her foray into the online world when she found herself very pregnant and very laid off in a down-turned economy. She discovered Loretta Oliver and became a student of her Transcription Crash Course.
Over time, she has built up her own general transcription business while perfecting her skills and gaining the trust and respect of her clients. She now teaches others how to master transcription.
In an effort to give back, Alicia recently created newVAadvice.com, a site where she shares her journey of becoming a Virtual Assistant in the hopes of inspiring other women to follow their dreams of having a business that works around their lives—not the other way around!
Whether you’re just starting out or you’ve been in business for awhile, finding people that you can trust to give you the information you need, when you need it and at the right price for your current pocket book can be hard work. Tracy shares her trusted resources at Moms In A Blog so you can avoid the frustration of digging through all the turds to get to the golden nuggets.
She has been where you are and has been working online since 2006 as a virtual assistant, affiliate manager and running a team of virtual assistants for various clients.
Tracy shares the inside scoop on people, products & ideas you can take to the bank as well as the how-tos’, tips, techniques that you need to know to run a successful business.
Lauren has been involved in online business since 2005. Starting out in Direct Sales, and has always had at least 2 websites that she contributed to and maintained. Along the way she has mastered many online skills that she combined into a Virtual Assistance business so that she could offer her services to help out other WAHMs and online business owners. In Lauren’s opinion, helping other business owners is one of the most rewarding things she can do.
Erica Cosminsky is an HR Business Strategist for small businesses. She can slog through the pile of applicants and help deliver the best assistant to your “office door”, she transforms mile long to-do lists into manageable bites, and like your best friend after a raging party, she sticks around to offer assistance or clean up any messes, etc. Find her free delegation workbook at TheInvisibleOffice.com
She is a former corporate HR Manager, and ran her own virtual business team for 4 years. She has a BS in Organizational Leadership focused in HR and is a grad student in Industrial and Organizational Psychology focused in Workplace Efficiency. Honestly, if you have questions about working with people, Erica can probably help you. Ask her on Twitter. @Cosminsky
Christina is the owner of MultimediaVA.com and focuses on creating compelling website content for her clients. In addition to audio, video & written content creation, Christina also offers one-on-one coaching sessions for clients who need more help learning some of the popular business software programs, such as WordPress, Aweber and Easy Video Player.
Lisa is a work at home mom of three “just about grown” kids. She is a virtual assistant, working with various clients, and she is also the web guru for her husband’s handmade furniture business, Alabama Hardwood Creations.
Lisa loves children and also children’s education, with a strong leaning toward literacy. She eats books for breakfast – and has raised her kids to do the same. Kindle = True Love! Lisa also loves the internet like there is no tomorrow! She cannot. get. enough. She’s grown to love marketing from hanging out online with a bunch of internet marketing geeks. She loves to read marketing books and industry magazines. She also loves animals, trucks, and just being in the woods, doing absolutely nothing.