I officially opened my personal/virtual assistant business, Another You, LLC, 2 years ago in August. It has been an exciting and eye-opening couple of years. Years that I am so blessed to have experienced. Being a female entrepreneur has allowed me to bring money into our household and afforded me the time to take care of my family and take better care of myself.
My past career was in medical practice management. I answered to physicians and was responsible for staff (upward of 25). Tough gig! I love that I work for myself. I have only me to answer to. I do not have to worry that others are not doing their best for my clients or my business. I like that the success of my business was/is solely my responsibility.
Two years ago I started out with 0 clients and a lot of time. Today I have a lot of clients and 0 time. Not that I am complaining as this is exactly what I wanted. I have clients that I work every day and others that hire me for projects only. I love the variety of my days. I love learning about my clients industries such as IT, law, travel, politics, non-profits, etc. I have had the pleasure to work with wonderful small business owners who treat me with the utmost respect.
I have learned so many new things and have reminded myself that I am smart and if I don’t know something, I can learn it easily. I have been given the chance with 2 of my clients to get back into my past with medical coding and billing. I was even able to teach myself a new medical software program this summer! Regretfully, I have also had to learn some hard lessons. Lessons such as, even though your client may be a local small business owner, you cannot always trust them to pay their bills. I have also had to learn that not all people are true to their word or their written contract.
So where do I go from here? So far I have met my 1 year goals and my 2 year goals. Now I need to decide what is next. What do the next 2-3 years look like? I have cut down on networking because I am busy working on client accounts. I am receiving additional work due to client referrals. I had 3 small business owners contact me this week regarding my services! I only have so many hours in my day. When the days become too full do I stop taking on new clients? Do I hire someone? Not sure either of those options sound good to me. But I know that when the time comes to make that decision, I will do what I have done these past 2 years and that is to make the one that works best for me, my family, and my business. I love being a solopreneur!
Happy 2 year anniversary Another You, LLC!