Well, I decided to join VA Networking because a few other of my contacts recommended it to me. I'm really hoping to learn more about the VA world, connect with other VAs, receive support, and I would love to find new clients to work with. I am really excited to be here!
Here is a little bit of info about my journey: I made a career change back in 2010, as I really wanted to pursue working from home, so I started with taking an online web design course. While doing this, I started looking for small projects to get myself going. In 2012, I realized small and short term projects weren't the best way to go, and I also wanted to make my business more official. I came up with my business name (Heart & Soul Virtual) and began looking for a few long term clients. I did make some connections, so I feel very fortunate for the experiences I've gained. While I was getting my business going, I was also a Mom full time and growing our family. Now, my husband and I have 4 children (all girls), ranging from 17 years (I adopted my oldest) to 3 years. I love being a Mom and I also love being a business owner. I feel grateful and privileged that I can work from home while working with my husband to raise our family. It's not always easy, but I wouldn't it trade it for anything. I love to network, meet new people, love to help others (for business and personal by being a good friend), and when I can put a smile on their face, it's a great feeling.
Unfortunately back at the beginning of this year, I had to step away from my business, so that I could deal with some personal health issues. When I came back to start looking for new clients to get going with work again, I started running into some bad luck, and it seems to continue to follow me. It's reminded me of how competitve it is in the VA world! I have a lot to offer my clients but it's been a challenge to find the right connections again. I would love to invest in the VA Insiders here so that I can access to more resources, but it is not within my budget to do that right now.
So my search for new long term clients continues. They say "perseverance pays off", and it did for me before, so I'm diligently "knocking on doors" for the next opportunity. Since taking my web design course and an advanced course, I have also expanded my skills into VA work including ... data entry (excel and updating online database websites), web design and maintenance (Dreamweaver, WordPress and Joomla), email and project management (coordinating projects for clients, recruiting new clients, etc), social media work (setting up and creating accounts, posting on FB), and web research (for telesummits). I love and am always looking to learn new programs and expand my skillset.
If you would like to connect, that would be awesome! Please connect with me via Skype (ID is shonna.hirney) or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you and I look forward to connecting with you soon.
Heart & Soul Virtual