Posts Tagged ‘Research’

Playing on My Strengths and Passions

September 17, 2009

It’s been a few weeks since I have written about my journey of starting my business as a Virtual Assistant.  I have been busy putting together the plans and tools of getting started while, at the same time, working on projects subcontracted from other VA’s.  I guess you can say I have been “getting my feet wet” in figuring out my niche and focusing on how my strengths and passions will fall into my business plan, because if there is one thing I have learned and previously state is that if you love your work, it is not work at all.

Along this journey, I have learned some new things about myself and have reevaluated some things I already knew:

One – I am a research geek.  I love for someone to give me a topic and just go to town on finding everything that I can about it.  This love has always been in me (I used to sit and read dictionaries and encyclopedias as a kid.  Yes, I was, and still am, a geek!) but the skill was honed while working at my University’s library where I assisted professors in researching information for their various papers, theses, texts, etc.  Additionally, as a laboratory project coordinator, I was consistently keeping track of updated information pertinent to our field.

Two – I like to write, proofread, and edit.  Writing has always been something I loved to do, but editing only came to me in the past few years.  While working at the laboratory, I was asked to proofread and edit marketing materials and website content before publishing.  I found I really enjoyed doing this and had a skill for it.

Three – Social Media – Now this is one on the list of “New Thing I Have Learned About Myself” since it is a relatively new outlet for me.  I consider myself a social person and love to interact with people so avenues such as Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn are a fantastic way to network, socialize, and engage.

Fitting these three passions into my business plan, along with my strengths in basic administrative tasks and customer relations, will, undoubtedly, make for successful venture.