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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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Hi Lisa, welcome to VAnetworking!

Maybe you could help businesses with their books? Isn't really my area of expertise so hopefully someone else can chime in with some ideas.

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Hi and welcome. I guess you could put up a website and do a little marketing towards it, I mean, if you have no bites, you can always reassess your services right? Or you could also add some other generic services to the mix as well so incoming leads don't lose the interest.

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Hi Lisa and welcome to #VAforum :)


Sounds to me from your work experience to date that you would do SUPER well offering your bookkeeping services as your specialty service to your clients. You could also add on other administrative work as well but focusing on your bookkeeping specialties would give you an advantage over your competition.


Looking forward to getting to know you more through your participation here, enjoy the #VAforum!

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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 :)

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Hi, Lisa! I'm guessing you are the one who contacted me through my website (based on your experience levels!) My response to you this morning via email is as follows:

 

Your skills would be absolutely perfect as a bookkeeping va. However, you may end up being a bit bored once you settle into it because your skill set is so extensive. I suggest establishing yourself as a va, doing set-ups (if you know how), day-to day a/p, a/r, reconciliations, PR, etc. at first, then start broadening your available skills once you are well established. You may wish to look into the quickbooks pro-advisor program. Start by aligning yourself with a good va forum. I am a moderator on the virtual assistant forum "vanetworking.com." So, of course, I suggest them. :)

Feel free to type up some specific questions and email them to me or submit them on the forum.

 

I was planning on posting your question and my answer in the bookkeeping forum here but you beat me to it. :naughty: We look forward to getting to know you better! Thanks for contacting me and welcome to the forum! :D

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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!

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I would also suggest that you take a look at what you love to do and what jazzes you. As Lily mentioned, you may get bored if you're doing your skill set, and it's one that doesn't light you up. I do an exercise with my clients based on Gay Hendricks's book, The Big Leap. In it, he talks about how there are four zones: Zone of Genius, Zone of Excellence, Zone of Competence, and Zone of Incompetence.

 

His contention, with which I believe wholeheartedly, is that we will be more fulfilled and successful if most of what we do is in our Zone of Genius. I would take all your work (and maybe even non-work) tasks and place them in the appropriate zone... then build your business around your Zone of Genius. :)

 

Good luck!

 

Dawn

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