VA Success Story: How Betsy Used Her Corporate Background To Become Her Own Boss

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I’m really excited to be sharing a virtual assistant success story! Today, I am interviewing another of my successful $10K VA students, Betsy. 

Betsy started as an executive assistant and was already working from home. But Betsy never knew that she could be a VA and work for herself! She joined $10K VA after learning that she could start her own business with her existing skillset.

In this interview, Betsy shares her experience, why she decided to join $10K VA, what she does for her clients, and why — like many other VAs in my program — she recommends continuing education for life. 

Here’s my interview with Betsy!

To start, tell us a bit about you and what you were doing before you decided to become a VA.

I began my career journey as a legislative assistant in Washington, D.C., then moved back home to Missouri during the economic downturn of 2008. For the last ten years, I have worked in the corporate world, at a nation-wide accounting firm.

During the previous five years, I was the executive assistant to the firm’s top six executives, who were located in three geographic locations. I remotely supported executives daily but didn’t realize at that time that I was essentially working as an executive virtual assistant!

Why did you decide you wanted to become a VA?

I quit my corporate job in August of 2019, intending to find another “regular” job.  However, quality executive assistant jobs in my area were few and far between. Three weeks later, my entrepreneurial cousin suggested that I take control of my career course, forget the stress of coping with multiple bosses, and revel in the flexibility that entrepreneurship offers.

During my initial Google search about starting my own VA business, I came across Kayla Sloan’s $10K VA course and never looked back! I love being my own boss and having the freedom to create a flexible work schedule for my family.

How does being a VA help you with personal goals, personal development, future life vision, etc.?

The process of becoming a VA isn’t just about starting a business.

It’s an all-encompassing, soul searching process of self-awareness. I’ve learned more about who I am, and about how competent, resourceful, and resilient I am, than I have throughout the rest of my life up to this point.

Entrepreneurship is indeed an evolutionary journey toward realizing your life vision for your future. You will forge your path to discover your life vision.

However, I believe it’s wise to invest in a “tour guide” for that journey to create efficiencies wherever possible. Why reinvent the wheel when you have the opportunity to glean best practices from other experts? That’s why I decided to enroll in $10K VA and work with Kayla.

What struggles did you face when starting your virtual assistant business?

When I started my VA business, I had a firm grasp of how to support executives remotely but I faced a steep learning curve when it came to transitioning from an employee mindset to that of a business owner. I also desperately missed having an IT department to call!

How did $10K VA help you move past those struggles?

The $10K VA course clearly outlined a step-by-step process that provided an actionable checklist for each step of my business setup, from applying for a business license to laying the groundwork for my first pitch and what to do when I landed my first client. I didn’t have to worry about missing something because I knew I was following steps that had proven successful for other VAs already.

What was the biggest thing you learned in the course that you want to share with others?

Don’t underestimate how important it is to network within your local community.

I strive to advertise my services within larger cities, but personal referrals from my local community were truly what kick-started my business’ client base. I was skeptical when Kayla encouraged me to start first by sharing my business with those I personally know, but it ultimately proved to be true. Remember to be patient, though!

Would you recommend $10K VA to others who are just getting started?

I highly recommend the $10K VA program as a streamlined checklist to jumpstart your VA business! When time is money, it’s an efficiency that is well worth the investment.

Now that you’ve taken $10K VA and launched your business, tell us about it! What kinds of services do you offer? What niche(s) do you work in?

Essentially, I’m an executive personal assistant. My ideal client is a female medical practitioner who seeks practical support to balance her personal/home life demands with her career. I bring the calm-to-the storm of her chaotic world. When overwhelm is eliminated on her home front, then she’s able to bring the very best to her profession each day.

I provide home concierge services. For example, I schedule HVAC repair appointments, dry cleaning pick-up, order meal service delivery, etc.—and help create harmonious, clear communication within the home. Also, editing and proofing projects are a favorite!

I’m confident and able to assist with my client’s personal or professional needs, but enjoy developing a long-term relationship of trust, empathy, and respect.

Are you a full-time or part-time VA? 

I am a full-time VA. However, I was able to do this because of the support of my husband’s salary—he’s a kindergarten teacher.

What are your goals for your business in the future?

Ideally, I’d strive to have 3-5 primary clients, who pay a consistent monthly retainer fee.

What is one of the biggest business lessons you have learned so far, and how did you use that lesson to your advantage?

I recommend you familiarize yourself with the software platforms that are most compatible with your clients. Coming from a corporate background, I had been in the Microsoft Office “bubble” for the past ten years.

I initially set my business up using Outlook. But my email systems weren’t compatible with any of the software platforms I strived to incorporate within my business model.

I now understand why small business owners so often use G-suite products for their platform. It was a logistical nightmare until I transitioned my software platforms to streamline my tech systems’ compatibility.

Related Post: 33 Business Tools for Virtual Assistants

Where can people find you if they want to connect?

You can find me on my website, and connect with me on both Linkedin and Facebook

VA Success Story: How Betsy Used Her Corporate Background To Become Her Own Boss
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