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About norcal va

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  • Birthday 11/15/1968

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    Northern California
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    Showing and driving miniature horses, reading regency romance novels, gardening, spending lots of time with my family :-)

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  1. I do! What types work do VAs outsource/subcontract out to other VAs?
  2. I'm so glad I upgraded my ticket from silver to gold as I was only able to catch a few of the speakers "live" and am now starting to go back through each recorded session to listen in-depth. What a wealth of knowledge and very inspiring! Looking forward to the follow up webinar this week :-)
  3. the type of work you've done for many years is NOT what you enjoy doing or are passionate about? Would you utlize it anyway as a service to provide to clients simply to get your VA business up and running? Or would time be better spent learning and honing the skills you actually seem to enjoy but may also force you put off your start up? I'm in the midst of brainstorming my experience/skills/passions and finding that what I've done for a very long time as a job (and could bring in steady income) isn't necessarily what makes me want to leap out of bed each morning eager to begin the day. Help!
  4. Thanks so much to all of you for your warm and encouraging welcome! My head is spinning with all the information I'm sifting through here on the forums. I was able to catch a few of the live speakers last week with the VAVS and I upgraded my ticket to gold so that I can now go back and listen to those that I've missed. Also thinking of joining the VAinsiders very soon! I'm inspired by all of you and if I can just get my bearings a bit and come up with a game plan of what it is I want to do and how to get it started I'll be ready to roll :-) Danielle its so great to know that you are in northern California as well, I will have to connect with you through your website and perhaps can chat with you a bit via email. And Lily I have MANY questions for you but I'll go through the bookkeeping forum first to see if I can get answers for some of them before pestering you as well :-) Look forward to being part of this wonderful group!
  5. Hi Julian and thank you so much for your kind words! I feel both anxious and excited. I worry about my vision issues and not knowing what the future will bring as this is a degenerative condition which will most likely worsen but I'm hoping it will be slowly over many more years. I'm excited about the prospect of doing something new as I've been an employee my entire working life (30+ years) and providing a service to help others is inspiring and empowering to me. I'd like to learn new skills and concepts and I don't want to limit myself to the accounting side of services. I've crunched numbers for many years and with all the new technology available I'd love to be able to take some time and learn about what's out there. A perfect balance for the next few months would be to provide some services with my current skills (to help with our income) while also learning new skills to provide later to clients. I feel like there's an open book laid out in front of me, I'm just not sure which chapter to start with lol.
  6. My name is Lisa and I live in northern California about three hours north of the bay area in a rural community with my husband and 12 year old son. I've been "lurking" here for a few months now after doing some research on the virtual assistant field and was intrigued to find out more. I've posted a few questions here and there as well. My work experience for the past 25+ years has leaned more towards accounting and for the last 18 years I've been the payroll specialist for a local college. I have no formal education in accounting and I'm not a full charge bookkeeper but I do feel like I've got a pretty deep skill set especially where payroll is concerned. Lots of detailed and specialized work that requires a great deal of accuracy and accountability as I work with taxpayer dollars :-) Here is where my life has taken a bit of a turn.....this past month I was declared "legally blind" due to a disease known as retinitis pigmentosa. I've had pretty poor vision nearly all my life but the "no driving" issue was somewhat unexpected. I've resigned from my f/t job as travel was required and am sort of spinning in circles right now. However I'm a problem solver by nature and this just throws a bit of a loop into my life as I know it so I'm ready figure out what my next step is and move forward in life's journey. I have been chatting with various local bookkeepers here in my small community and all are very encouraging.....until they hear the "no driving" part and then they sort of back away and say "well you won't be able to get many clients nor will you be able to make enough of a living to sustain your family" None of them work virtually and they look at me like I'm crazy when I ask about the possibility of working with clients virtually. So I'm open to suggestions, feedback, criticism, whatever you can throw at me......need some ideas of what paths I might consider and can I make this work for myself and my family? I have no other restrictions other than both eye specialists have suggested that working from home would be a better idea as my work environment would be safer for me to navigate as my peripheral sight is not as good as it used to be but I can certainly see a computer and perform any and all office tasks well :-) Thanks and I'm really enjoying this forum! :-)
  7. Has anyone been through this program and is it worth the investment? Its currently being offered at $449/year plus $270/year for the payroll option and it was recommended to me by a small business advisor I met with recently. I'm very new to QBs and will be offering bookkeeping/payroll services from my home. Looking for any insight.....pros/cons? Thanks!
  8. Thank you everyone for your replies to my questions. So much information on this forum, I'm still reading a lot of the older topics but I also have some questions that I'll post soon!
  9. Thank you all for the warm welcome and advice! I think I'm headed in the direction of bookkeeping and possibly some payroll and surprisingly I have already had a few local folks inquire and ask me to let them know when I'm up and running wow! Looking forward to learning all I can and meeting other VAs via these forums
  10. Hi everyone! I'm still at the "research and development" stage of becoming a VA and feeling unsure of what specific services I might offer to possible clients. For the past 19 years I've been the payroll specialist for a local community college (approximately 650 p/t and f/t employees covering 2 monthly payrolls around $1.5 million per month). I work in a very specialized accounting system (QSS) and deal in great depth with teacher and public employee retirement systems. I also do extensive employee absence tracking in Filemaker Pro and utilize basic Excel spreadsheets for various mandated government reportings. I'm responsible for employment verifications, explanation of various payroll forms/regulations and retirement systems. I also troubleshoot payroll procedures and assist employees with inquiries/questions/research on a daily basis. Prior to this position I worked as an admin assistant for county social services managers for a few years, did some accounts receivable and basic payroll for a small local manufacturing company and my first full time job was as a bank teller for a local savings and loan. The one constant seems to be working with numbers, a very high degree of accuracy and detail to my work, confidentiality and professional integrity in dealing with very personal information and working with high volumes of work under extremely tight deadlines much of it of an independent nature. Does any of this fit into a specific service or set of services I could offer as a VA? What type of client would I best serve? Any and all thoughts, ideas and critiques welcome! Lisa
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