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Hi Everyone,

 

I'm Debbie Dey. I've been an administrative assistant in the non-virtual world for over 37 years (How did that happen?!) I am currently working a full-time day job as an AA for a residential home builder and work for the president and two executive vp's. I just celebrated my 29-year anniversary there, so I guess they like me. :)

 

I've been a freelance writer, as a second career, for the last five years. I started out ghostwriting for content mills and now have a few established clients where I've earned several bylines with blogs, website content, press releases and marketing. I've struggled with trying to establish a writing niche (so far I've marketed myself as a generalist) in areas such as real estate, DIY, tourism, career advice or relationship/lifestyle blogger. As I try to narrow my expertise into one or two categories, the same thing keeps coming up - I'm an administrative assistant (and a good one!) Today, it finally hit me - I should become a Virtual Assistant!

 

I'm absolutely not ready to give up my day job nor do I want to stop freelance writing, but I'm hoping to combine both skills into a lucrative online VA job. I'm anxious to learn all I can about this amazing career path and look forward to some expert guidance from those that have gone before me.

 

Most of my time has been committed to finding and writing for clients, so my blog has been geared toward maintaining an online presence. It's filled with a few of my own posts but primarily re-blogs interesting topics from others. My website is debbiedeywrites.wordpress.com. If you're interested, you can view samples of my own work by selecting the Portfolio tab or clicking here.

 

I'd love to connect with some VA specialists through this website and forum to grow my own business and provide administrative support so clients can grow theirs. Thanks in advance for the support.

 

 

Debbie

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Hi Debbie and welcome to #VAforum, so glad you found us :)


You have a much needed skill that business owners need > writing skills. Maybe you could niche yourself in that area and write website copy, ebooks, training programs, blog posts, etc. for clients. I'm always being asked by clients if I know a good writer for their marketing materials.


Anyhow, enjoy the boards and I look forward to getting to know you more through your participation here.


Great looking website too!

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Hi Tawnya,

 

Thanks so much for the welcome! I'm pretty excited about finally narrowing into a niche. As I search through job boards and read about what clients are looking for, "good writing" always seems to be at the top of their list. My problem is getting out in front of those clients to offer my skills. Having said that, I plan to add a Virtual Assistant tab to my website and market the heck out of it through my blog, FB, Twitter and LinkedIn. Oh, and if any of your clients happen to ask again for recommendations for a "good writer," I'd be honored if you'd point them in my direction (wink, wink.)

 

I'm looking forward to getting to know the VA community here and throwing in my two cents where I can be helpful.

 

Enthusiastically,

 

Debbie

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Hello Debbie,

 

Welcome to the forum! I love NY and its so good that you live there. I must admit that I do not like writing myself but I have seen where there are numerous clients who needs services such as copywriting in newsletter to name a few. I know that in this particular group they always want persons who can do this https://www.facebook.com/groups/1501478083461108/ best wishes.

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Hi Juli,

 

Thank you for the great welcome and FB link. I have already set up my website page outlining the services I have available. This forum provides great insight and advice for "newbies" to the VA world like me.

 

I'll keep you updated on my progress. Here's a link to my website and page.

 

Debbie :)

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Hi Debbie, welcome to VAnetworking! I also dislike writing and it is one of my weaknesses so it's always good to know someone that I can refer clients to. :)

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Hi Debbie,

 

Nice to meet you and welcome to VA Networking. I agree with Tawnya about writing. For example, in my own business, there is so much to write that even having help repurposing the materials into other formats like emails would be great. I'm sure I'm not the only one who gets overwhelmed there.

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Hi, Debbie. I worked 'Goddess' part-time along with my full-time 9-5 job for over 7 years before deciding to go f-t 'goddess' a year ago. Be prepared to work ridiculous hours if you are combining both jobs but it is a great way to build up clientele, get comfortable with VA work, learn to set boundaries, etc. And welcome to the VA Forum! :)

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