“I am often asked how I got started as a Virtual Assistant. The truth be told the RELATIONSHIPS I built with local business owners began long before I began my VA business. Below are some of the key tools and classes I utilized as I began my amazing journey to build AssistantAngel to what it is today.”
Immediate Part Time Work
When I first began looking for work, I knew small business networking was the way to go. I joined Smart Moms. Smart Moms is a job resource site (run by a mom of 2). It is a job placement site for companies to find part time virtual and in office support. I got many job leads for part time employment from this site. As a mom of two small children, this appealed to my life circumstances at that time.
It was HeatherO’s vision class that gave me the vision to know that AssistantAngel could be more than just helping clients’ with their social media needs. I was able to get a short term and long term vision and action plan to able to meet those new business goals.
Relationships built through Networking
Without a question, in person networking and connecting with local business owners has been one of the most powerful ways to encourage and connect with local business owners. These relationships have resulted in business for many of us.
It was Pat Howlett and Inside919 that gave me the opportunity to truly get to connect with local business owners on a consistent basis. When I joined the 919 Community, there were 800 members. Currently, Inside919 has over 3,100 local business owners.
I am consistently learning what is the latest trend in social media.
Before I got into the details of learning the tools of social media (Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, etc. I had to learn the foundation of each tool and how it applied to a clients’ marketing plan). The resources below were very helpful as I set the foundation.
Brossman’s Social Media and Online Resource Directory for Small Business
As I got started, Martin Brossman’s book gave me step by step instruction on many of the areas of Social Media. This is a FABULOUS way to start obtaining insight.
Marketing With Ease
I was able to learn through Olalah Njenga’s, Marketing With Ease Breakthrough Think Tank to truly streamline my business in such a way to be able to serve clients’ needs the best. After this course, I changed my business plan and began to see explosive growth in my business results and clients.
Women’s Power Networking
Women’s Power Networking is a fabulous group of women business owners (small to medium sized) through education and networking are able to build stronger relationships and affect the world around them.