Posts Tagged ‘Social media’

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.

What Exactly is a Virtual Assistant?

September 3, 2009

Whenever someone begins a new career or business, people they come across often want to know something more about it.  Family, friends, and general acquaintances will ask questions like: What are you selling? What services do you offer?

In the span of the business world, Virtual Assistance is a relatively new concept and the profession may not be widely heard of, so when I tell people about my business plans, the first question I am asked is “What exactly is a Virtual Assistant?”

There are many sources to answer this question, however, I would like to share the one my dear friend, Digital & Social Media Consultant, John Lusher, has provided through the genuine perspective of Virtual Assistant extraordinaire, Suzie Poirier from Ace Concierge.

What Is A Virtual Assistant?

Thank you John and Suzie for allowing me to share the valuable information you have provided!