My Virtual Assistant Story

I didn’t always want to be a Virtual Assistant, believe it or not. But, I have wanted to work from home for over 14 years. I had no idea that working from home, for myself was even possible.

But, after applying to work at home for Apple Chat over 20 times (various positions, various cities) with no luck… let’s face it, I technically didn’t have the experience they were looking for, but I was hoping my determination would show through, I started looking for other options.

Working at home for a month as a call center employee was great, but when they didn’t put me on the schedule I had applied for (day) and instead put me on 4 pm-midnight (when my kids were home from school and I had to be up at 6 am to get them up for school again), I decided that just wasn’t going to work out.

I started looking for other options. I started a blog, in hopes of “striking it rich,” but, what those articles on working from home don’t tell you, is that growing a blog is HARD work. And earning money from it can take time- sometimes years. So, scratch that.

I did a search and found a company who hired Virtual Assistants, and when I read what a VA does, I knew that I would be REALLY good at it. I mean, I am a mom- I multi-task already. I manage my household and all that jazz, I knew that I could do this too. But, when I went to apply, they didn’t hire in my state.

One day while driving, I sent up a prayer, and when I did, the sun shone a little brighter, and I really felt like I was onto something. I told God that I felt like I would be really good at Virtual Assisting, and it would enable me to help others, but that I just didn’t know what to do, because they didn’t hire in my state.

Fast forward a few months and I found an opportunity on Facebook, to become an intern for a Christian Virtual Assistant who had been in business 9 years. Yes, please! I applied and sent up a prayer. I got an email saying I had been chosen to do an interview and after the interview I prayed again. I felt like I had done horribly at the interview, but again sent up a prayer and told God it was in His hands. It was between me and 3 other women.

Imagine my surprise when I got the email saying I had been chosen to move forward. Of course, I gave thanks for the news, and did a happy dance in the middle of my kitchen. Who wouldn’t?

The internship was 3 months long, unpaid, and it tested my faith and my drive and determination. I was able to learn a few new systems, go through the course that was offered, and learned how to put myself out there, market myself, decide which services to offer, and get my first client.

A month later, I got my first client and the rest is history.

Jess

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