Administrative work isn’t highly regarded by everyone, but it can make the difference between a business where things run smoothly and one where, well, they don’t. Done well, I consider it a real craft. My enjoyment of it began many moons ago, in Junior High School, when I was the fastest, most accurate typist in my class – and I don’t deny that I loved the distinction!
During my fifteen years in the corporate world, I moved from being the person who typed someone else’s letters to being the person who, as a technical writer, picked engineers’ brains and translated the information I gleaned into proposals customers could read and understand easily. That last position was what introduced me to the wide world of technology and made virtual assistance feel like a natural fit when I decided to abandon my hour-long (on a good day) commute.
I graduated from AssistU in April, 2008 and earned my stripes as a Certified Professional Virtual Assistant (CPVA) in the summer of 2009. I chose to pursue this certification because I wanted one that really stood for something. The Certified Professional Virtual Assistant exam is an eight-week client simulation in which you’re tested on what you can actually accomplish and how you work, not just what you can regurgitate on a written exam. While I chose not to recertify in 2015, my years as a CPVA will always be something I’m proud of. You can verify me as an AssistU graduate and continued active member of the AssistU professional community here.
I’m a voracious reader with the library to match; I love designing beautiful gardens (though, sadly, I can’t boast an equal attachment to weeding them); and I have one husband, two sons, two cats, and four hens.
Who I Work Best With
As a VA, technically I’m a generalist. But in fact, I do have a niche, albeit one I have no name for. The people I like to work with have all overcome some challenge and have developed proven-in-the-trenches solutions. Their businesses are built around sharing these solutions. The challenges have been diverse, which is why I say I’m a generalist. But the people have all shared this common thread.
Beyond that, the people I’ve most enjoyed working with have all had the following in common:
- They could clearly articulate why they were in their particular business – what drew them to it – as well as who they helped and how they helped them.
- They were unfailingly gracious in their manner of communicating.
- They were clear on their goals and valued input on how they might be able to reach those goals more easily or efficiently.
- They were already basically organized – they weren’t in a mess that they were looking to be saved from.
- They were respectful of my time and procedures, were organized about projects, and avoided habitual emergencies. Basically, they helped me to help them.
- They were as committed to my success as I was to theirs and generously shared quality referrals and resources that have allowed me to build my business almost entirely by word-of-mouth.
If you see yourself in the above, I’d love to talk with you to explore whether working together would be a good fit for both of us.