Envy would wash over me whenever I met entrepreneurs, business owners, and self-employers. Unfulfilled in my corporate job I would marvel at the strength, guts and brains I imagined it must take to build and sustain a business all on your own. I wanted that. That sense of pride, accomplishment and fulfillment.
But, they would say. It is hard to build a business! It takes a long time! You have to pay for your health insurance, retirement plan, and your own equipment! Yes! I would think. They are right. Never mind that my soul was withering away in a cubicle under fluorescent lights, I have direct deposit! But I could not quiet my entrepreneurial spirit. The job served me well, but I was longing to be free.
I took a leap of faith, and I began a step by step process of creating freedom in my life. I didn’t realize it at the time, but I was creating a foundation to build a business providing freedom for others.
I expressed my immense gratitude for my eight years as an executive assistant in consumer tech and let my job go. I took the summer off to rest, be there for my daughter, and reconnect with my true essence. I decluttered and purged my home. This step was key! Do you want freedom in your life? Clean out your closet, get rid of stuff you are tired of looking at, don’t use, don’t need. I guarantee it weighs you down.
I took the time to listen to what my desires were. I wanted freedom. Freedom to create my revenue. Freedom to coach my daughter’s volleyball team. Freedom to work with whom I wanted and, however, many types of clients I wanted. Freedom to pull from my accumulated skills, education, and experience and combine that with my passion for being of service to others.
My skills and expertise lie in the following general categories down to the smallest and mundane details:
Executive Administration & Project Management
Manage Business Systems
Create Copy, Proof, Edit
In the first few months as I launched my business I came across a few common misconceptions about what I do. I went back, reworked few things and thus, Jennifer Cass, Virtual Executive Assistant services was born.
Here are some of the questions I received and explanations as to how I can provide freedom for you and your business, association, or nonprofit.
Q: You’re virtual so would you come to work an event?
A: Yes! Just because I work virtually doesn’t mean I won’t leave my house. I love face to face meetings! Some clients need help arranging an event or taking registrations and sales. Working virtually means I provide all my equipment, and work independently! While you are busy focusing “on” your business I am busy “in” the details of your business, your blog posts are going up, your mail is getting read, and your research is getting done. Freedom!
Q: What are your rates and do you bill hourly?
A: I bill hourly, and I provide convenient packages of 5, 10, and 20 hours and Monthly Subscriptions plans from 4 hours/week to 12 hours/week. That blog post you needed me to do? That took 2-5 minutes. Guess how much more I can get done in that one hour for you? You don’t need a lot of hours to free up your time in a big way.
Q: “I have this one task, but it is so mundane and simple, would you want to do that?”
A: Bring it on! I sink my teeth into something complicated and strategic, and I love problem-solving. But combing through documents to make sure every period is in place, formatting is perfect or deleting those duplicates excites me just as much. Do you know why? Because I am creating freedom for you!
How amazing does it feel to let go of some of the tasks that with your growing business you no longer have the time and patience for? And furthermore, what is that time worth? Were you able to focus on building more revenue, expanding your business, or maybe being there for your family?
Time is a hot commodity and your time is precious. Find your freedom here today.