I can’t believe it, but I’ve now been in business since 2014. While I cannot imagine going back to work in a formal office environment, one thing I do miss are the resources that a corporate environment offers.
While I worked as an Executive Assistant at E*Trade, and Vadem, in Silicon Valley, I was routinely asked to sign up and take 1-2 day workshops to build out my skill-sets. Basically it was continuing education classes specifically for Assistants.
Over the past five years, I’ve signed up for different online courses relating to my social media business. I’ve taken the Facebook Ad Domination course by Emily Hirsh and I’ve just started an Instagram course put together by the talented Ksenia Avdulova of Woke and Wired. I strongly believe in finding ways to continue adding value to my business and in turn, my clients.
When people hire me as their assistant, they’re not just hiring me for my skills, but they’re hiring my 20 years of professional experience and training, not to mention the fact that I also have my BFA in Advertising. I can honestly say that I use what I learned in college to this very day! I know many people who graduate with a degree they never even use. I’m grateful for all that I’ve learned over the years.
When you’re hiring a Virtual Assistant and come across someone who has higher rates than average, remember you get what you pay for. You might be paying someone $15 an hour but will they know how to juggle all the key pieces if for some reason you are not able to? Are they professional? Do they represent your brand and your company the way you want to be represented?
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