Well I'm gonna go for broke here...
I've been in the biz for over 14 yrs now. I've been on a hiatus for the past almost
two years, just getting back in the swing (can somebody give me push please?)
I went into this business as it was first coming into view so to speak. One of the forerunners you might say. I'm the type of person who doesn't necessarily make plans. I just GO. But then, there's this other side of me that is so anal about 'preparing for stuff', that it's quite a paradox. Yes folks, I'm a walking, talking paradox - what can I say?
Well, that's what I did. No plan. Just a lot of inspiration and true desire, a great passion for the industry, a willingness to constantly learn and share whatever I learned, and the quintessential desire to be of assistance. I had just gotten laid off from a corporate job due to down sizing and gotten my first computer. I had also just gotten married. But I digress...
I knew absolutely NADA about running a business. I barely knew how to find my way around MS Office. It was a real 'by the seat of your pants' venture. Or should I say - ADventure...? And I daresay, it has been an adventure.
I taught myself Web design and coding, I taught myself about database admin and spreadsheets. I taught myself about business bookkeeping, and how to use the tools by which one carries out those particular tasks. I am basically a self taught kinda gal. Although I have taken many, many college courses pertaining to business, business law, organization, and of course the more technical hands on stuff.
A business plan was just something I never thought of, about, or had the slightest inclination to carry out.
My tenure as a VA has had it's ups and downs. I've fallen. I've gotten back up again. I've made mistakes in my business, with my clients (also alienated a few), and life in general. But I am a survivor. I like to think I've learned from all the boners I've pulled in the past. And I think I have.
I still have my innate passion, my 'go getter' attitude, very good skills, the mind set that I am so very open to learning and that I can NEVER know everything, the true desire to share whatever knowledge I have, to be 'of service', and to put it in plain language - MOXIE.
Now mind you, this is not the way I would suggest starting a VA business - or ANY business for that matter - to anyone just starting out. My only wish is to pass on and share what I've learned by trial and error.
So, that's my story. I think I'll stick to it.
Dr. Janice St. Germain, PhD
School of Hard Knocks