I’m back! I haven’t blogged in a number of months, but the time has come. I was writing quite regularly but something (I can’t even remember what), threw me off my schedule… and before I knew it I had stopped.
When I was writing before, it was a personal blog that I slowly tried to shift more to business but at the time I wasn’t confident about posting business related information, or tips and tricks because I really felt I was still in the development stage of my own new career.
Back then, I would wonder when I would turn the corner from feeling, almost, like a fake or a fraud. Do you know that feeling? Have you ever thought to yourself, “who am I to tell people that I am a business owner?”? I didn’t always see myself as a ‘Solopreneur’.
The key for me was not giving up on my dream. That truly kept me going… When I would let my mind wander, I would find self-doubt. Had I made a mistake… giving up a pretty good job that I had had for over 10 years? I’m lucky… I’ve always been the kind of person who is hopeful and that self-doubt never lasts very long. I kept my eye on the prize by reminding myself EXACTLY why I wanted this career.
Now, here I am, a year and half since the launch of JenSheaVA and I recently realized that things really are moving in the right direction and in fact, I have organically found my niches.
I’ve always known that what ever I do, I really wanted to be able to be creative and help people. After a couple of recent conversations with another VA and friend, I realized I that I am doing both.
My business really is taking off… people are finding me!!!
I am feeling blessed. I’ve met some wonderful people since starting this journey in the Virtual World. Women who were starting around the same time as me… women (and men) who so very generously shared their time and knowledge and others who became clients… and I feel confident in calling all these people, friends.
I will only look back now with a huge smile on my face, and look forward to all the exciting things to come.
2014 has already become my year!
This is the story of how I got ‘here’.
Not long after I met Tracey, I asked her what she does… You know, part of the usual conversation when you getting to know someone new. She told me, a VA. http://www.traceydaviero.com/
Tracey has been a Virtual Assistant for more than 15 years. She was a VA before the term was ‘coined’.
Like most people, I didn’t have a clue what she was talking about, but with a short explanation I was intrigued. Tracey knew that I had many years of Administrative and Management experience and suggested that a career as a VA would be a great fit for me. She treated me to a coffee and she told me all about her business. I was hooked.
At the time, it really didn’t fit into my life. I was married and we lived in a rural area with no cable TV (we did have satellite, let alone a reasonable internet service. Eventually we did get internet but it was pretty slow and expensive.
I liked my job, but didn’t love my job, so I did keep the whole VA ‘thing’ in mind. One day, one of the girls in my office told another girl that she had heard about the VA business and it just so happened that I had also mentioned it to her not long before. Well, the two of us connected and I told her about my friend Tracey. I suggested that she meet her.
Talk about timing… We went for dinner with Tracey and asked a hundred questions (maybe more) and as always, she generously answered all our questions. Then, she told us that she was starting a new business called, Your VA Mentor, and in fact she was planning to launch her first ‘course’, shortly. I couldn’t wait for it to start. Tracey’s course can be found at Your VA Mentor – http://www.yourvamentor.com/
At the time I took the course I was still working full time, and although I started learning about creating a website and learning about all the different software that VA’s use, I still wasn’t able to make the jump. Almost a year went by and then suddenly an opportunity showed itself to me. I was offered a one-year contract (covering a maternity leave), which made it a little easier to leave the job and company I had been working for, for over 11 years.
Fast forward to the last few months, and that contracted ended and my new Virtual Career is on it’s way.
Thank you so much Tracey, for everything! You are a mentor and a good friend.
You can also find Tracey on Facebook.