My Fourth Year

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August…of my favorite months.  Summer is winding down, the neighborhood quiets as school starts up, and the sounds and smells remind me that fall is just around the corner.  Normally HOT in August, Ohio has (so far) been a cooler month.  It is a beautiful 76 degrees with no humidity as I sit in the sun on our back deck writing this post.

Four years ago this month, I started my Virtual Assistant Business.  How blessed I am that I can both work and enjoy this wonderful day.  The start-up and day-to-day running my business has been difficult at times but it has afforded me a happy, low-stress life.  A life that I thank God for every day and one that I never take for granted.

My fourth year!  What have I learned?  Clients come and Clients go.  This uncertainly used to freak me out!  Over the past couple of years I have learned that God always provides.  As soon as I lose/term one client, the opportunity for another has always been close by.  My new clients come from referrals…mainly client referrals.  What better marketing for my business could I ask for?!!

This year I have watched as 2 of my clients businesses have grown expedientially.  Sadly, I lost a client earlier in the year as her business had grown so much that she needed a full time employee.  Another client just hired his 2nd team member earlier this week!  How exciting to be part of such growth!  I am so proud of the work that all my clients are doing.

I have learned that most small business owners have at least one thing in common,  They need help with organization; whether it be their email, calendar and scheduling, or short and long term goals.  Most need accountability, help with focus, and assistance staying on task.  These are my strengths!  I help them, by using my strengths, so they can focus on theirs.

I love being a part of my client’s industries.  Where else can I learn about IT, law, mental health, ultrasound, probate, and non-profits all in the same day?!!  My clients not only respect me as their assistant but treat me as their partner.  They value and ask for my thoughts and opinions when making many important decisions for their businesses.

So what will this next year bring?  I don’t know but I am not concerned.  I know that one of my passions is to help other small businesses owners start, grow, and maintain their passions.  I know that I will continue to be blessed with great clients, enough work, and being able to work from home (and sometimes my deck).  I know that life is good and this is where I am supposed to be.

Since flowers are the traditional gift for a 4th Anniversary,  I think I’ll run out and buy a couple of fresh cut bouquets for my dining room table and office (just as soon as I can pull myself away from this glorious work location).  Happy 4th Anniversary Another You!

About the Author:  Sheri Miller is the Owner of Another You, LLC, a Virtual Assistant service in the Dayton, Ohio area.  Sheri helps small business owners save time, money and frustration by taking care of their day-to-day administrative tasks.  Think of her as your right hand while your left hand is growing your business.    www.anotheryouerrands.com  937-416-2207

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I Am a Solopreneur, But I Have My Own Board of Directors

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Humans are social creatures, and being part of a group makes us do fascinating things.  I doubt I would have “mooned” out of a bus in high school if others on the Drill Team were not doing so.  OK, so I said “fascinating” things not necessarily things we are proud of!

After working with the public for 32 years, I now work alone.  I love the change but sometimes it is nice (necessary) to talk to other like-minded individuals about my business.  It’s good to bounce ideas off of others, hear what they would do in certain situations and sometimes just simply complain to someone.

Accountability:  The fact or condition of being accountable; responsible.  I am blessed enough to be a member of a small Accountability Group.  Today, we are 5 female members strong and we meet via Google Hangout each Monday morning.  We set a couple of goals for the upcoming week and discuss how our past week has gone.  The main topic of discussion is business, but it occasionally veers off to personal areas like husbands, children, exercise (usually the lack of), pets, and other interests we have before getting back to business again.

It has been a good thing to be part of this group of small business owners.  It has been a nice check and balance system for me.  It helps me to make me feel like I have to keep up but also, more importantly, that it is also okay for me to fail.  I love tapping into the experience and skills of others in my group.  I consider them an instant and valuable support network.  We have a private Facebook group for issues that arise during the week.

How do you stay accountable?  Think about it.  Whether you work for someone else or are an entrepreneur.   How do you help yourself be accountable for business, diet and exercise or any goal that you have set for your life?  Remember, there is power in numbers.

“Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work.  If one falls down, his friend can help him up, but pity the man who falls and has no one to help him.~Ecclesiastes

 

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  About the Author:  Sheri Miller is the Owner of  Another You, LLC, a Business Concierge service in the Dayton, Ohio area.  Sheri  helps small business owners save time and money by taking care of their day-to-day administrative tasks. Think of her as your right hand while your left hand is growing your business.        http://www.anotheryouerrands.com           937-416-2207