My Journey as a Virtual Assistant by Tammy Nortier
WHAT IT MEANS TO ME TO BE A VIRTUAL ASSISTANT – AND WHY I LOVE IT SO MUCH!
I am going to start this by saying that I feel extremely blessed and grateful to be able to do what I do and will strive to always go above and beyond in my work to ensure the client is happy, content and that their business is looked after.
I started my work-from-home career as a very entry level transcriber doing small jobs here and there, really whatever I could pick up and the pay left plenty to be desired. I made it my mission to get in contact with as many transcription companies as I could, both locally and abroad, and I also made it my mission to go and read blogs about transcription, started re-learning the English language if you will so as to ensure my end product was of a top notch standard. I am now proud to say that after nearly 4 years of doing this, I am working for a few of the top international names in transcription on a freelance basis and that all due to me having the desire to do more, be more, give more.
Now, how did I land up with VA Connect? Well I knew that there was more to learn and more that I could do from home and more I could offer, and since admin, being organized, learning and providing superb customer service is my passion I felt the next logical step would be looking into becoming a virtual assistant. I had seen so many articles and blogs on this career path and thought, “Why not? Why shouldn’t I try?” so when I happened upon VA Connect via a Facebook friend, ah yes the lovely power of social media, I thought to myself that this may be my answer and although I may not have incredible superpower skills I do have something to offer and I am a very fast learner, eager learner and always try to have a ‘can do’ attitude when approaching anything. After I spoke with the lovely Karen I guess the rest you could say is history and I have now being with VA Connect for round about six or seven months and I cannot even begin to list all the valuable knowledge and skills I have gained during this time.
I work for two amazing clients, both so different which makes most of my days so varied and interesting, I mean who wouldn’t love this right? Some of the skills I have gained thus far is a far more intermediate or even slightly expert level of Excel (something which I was not very strong in at all in the past), I have taught myself on various online packages such as Xero, Stripe, Zendesk, Mailchimp, Convertkit, most of these I had never heard of before and now I am utilizing them daily to ensure my clients businesses run smoothly and efficiently. I have become even more au fait with social media, event planning, diary management, client appointments, business related interviews and so much more. I really do love what I do and the fact that most days are not the same it makes it a little more exciting.
Why do I love working from home as a VA and a transcriber? Well that’s simple really, who wouldn’t like to work from the comfort of their bed in their PJ’s every now and again? Okay, seriously though, I love the flexibility it provides me with, the challenges, the new things I learn each day and of course I would say the main reason I started working from home in the first place is to have more time with my family, especially my son and now soon to be second son on the way.
As a VA I will endeavor to give my all to ensure that my client’s needs are met and exceeded. I look forward to many more months and years with VA Connect and to assist more and more people in the operation of their business.
VA to the max