Being an entrepreneur can mean having to be your own boss, administrator, chief executive officer, accountant, customer service representative PLUS MORE! Phew! Lots of tasks that can drive you nuts!
As a blogger, you have to be the content writer, editor, graphic designer, social media manager, and write newsletters. Just a few things! Well, if you just spun your head and thought, “WHAT??!!”
Don’t worry, there’s a solution for you. Hire a Virtual Assistant (VA) like myself or like our featured entrepreneur, Karrie. Let’s meet Karrie.
Tell us a little about yourself.
Karrie Chariton, SAHM, Homeschooling Mom to 3 kids ages 9-15
Would you consider yourself an introvert or extrovert? Why?
Depends on the situation. If I am in unknown territory, then I am an introvert. Otherwise I try to be extroverted. My voice is loud so even if I am trying to be introverted, my voice doesn’t make me seem so.
Tell us about your products/services? How did you come about this idea? How did you begin?
I am a Virtual Assistant and Social Media Manager.
I started a blog about 8 months ago. I learned everything from scratch. How to create a website using WordPress and then how to promote the blog post I had written across the various social media platforms.
It was in the virtual world and joining FB groups that the term VA was being thrown around a bit, so I investigated what it meant. I found that my newly acquired knowledge from blogging coupled with my marketing administrative experience that I had from working in the corporate world had cross over and I could market myself to help others.
Also from being a SAHM (stay at home mom) I wanted to do something from home to be with my kids and make money on the side.
I joined UpWork and found a few low paying jobs through there. I accidentally then fell into freelance work and loved it. Once I started investigating VA FB groups and websites, I found some very good resources to help me market myself and my business.
Did you have startup costs?
No start up costs. Upwork was free to register.
The first $1 spent was for Canva for Work which is essential for me and is $12.95/month.
This is besides already having a computer with internet access and marketable administrative skills and new skills that I gained through reading a lot and trial and error. There are so many free tools, it is possible to start a VA business with little money.
How long have you been in business? When did you start seeing income?
9 months I have been in business starting with Upwork and I made a profit right away.
Did you have any bumps on the road at any time? How have you overcome setbacks?
Not major bumps or setbacks, but a self imposed feeling of being overwhelmed.
When I joined the mentorship program I am in now, there are a lot of courses available to learn new skills.
Then setting up the actual business, FB page, web page, forms, and processes takes time. I sometimes get overwhelmed with all that there is to do, but I remind myself Rome wasn’t built in a day, nor will my business.
Did you self-teach or took courses ?
I started out self-taught, then was helped by the lady who helped brand my website. She would answer WordPress questions when I would get stuck.
Now that I know I am not really a blogger, and enjoy the Virtual Assistant work, I joined an excellent VA course/mentorship program. I have also taken many social media courses depending on what I wanted to learn or concentrate on.
How do you come up with the many different pieces/services?
Market research and help from the VA groups I am in.
For many that are thinking of becoming entrepreneurs, what advice would you give them?
It’s a lot of work, but there’s a lot of satisfaction of starting and growing your own business.
It is possible to be a SAHM and make money from home too.
How do you balance work and life?
I set boundaries for both.
Any additional comments or advice?
Thank you for having me.
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