It's VA spotlight time again! This one goes to Isabelle.
Isabelle has a strong background in finance and private equity. Her last position was in a private equity firm focusing on technology buy outs. She supported the CFO, General Counsel & their wider teams, starting on a maternity contract and was hired permanently.
Here's what Isabelle had to say when it came to her experiences as a VA…
Why did you become a VA?
I was at a time in my life when I wanted to be my own boss and be more in control of my work / life balance
What difference has being a VA made to both your personal and professional life?
I set up just before the pandemic, so it has been challenging to say the least– the biggest shift is moving from an employee mentality to a business owner mentality. You work all the time, evenings and week-ends. I feel I have more control over what I do though & I have learned so many new skills being a VA (techie skills, creating newsletters, social media management for my own business)
As a VA, what expertise and skills do you bring to your clients?
My area of expertise is general admin, but I have added so much more than that as I upskilled & learned new things and systems. My clients are very varied and different. I created value to my clients so far by increasing their sales (newsletter), providing my expertise on certain aspects of their business (advice on their website, systems to use), I did some research for one of my client who was looking for a warehouse for her online business… so I guess it’s giving them back all the time they would have wasted instead of delegating to a VA.
What's been the most challenging aspect of being a VA?
Juggling multiple clients is definitely an art – I have always worked for the same team within a company before, but when you are a VA you have multiple clients so it does take time to adjust & going from one to the other. An other challenge is selling yourself and promoting your business, it takes time.
What's the most enjoyable part about being a VA?
Making a difference to my clients and solving their problems.
Have you learnt any new skills since being a VA?
Yes – I am using loads of new systems (Asana, Wave, Toggl, Podio just to name a few…)
What's the one piece of advice you'd give someone who is thinking about becoming a VA?
If you are sure this is for you, go for it, but don’t expect instant success, it takes time!
What's the one piece of advice you'd give a client who is thinking about using a VA?
You have nothing to lose by doing a trial, if it doesn’t work out for your company, just call it a day, but I am sure you will find that once you have a VA on board, your life will be so much easier!