Reflections on the Past-Questions for the Future

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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!

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Happy Anniversary

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I could not have imaged how wonderful and transformational this past year would have been.  Everything about my life and my family’s life has changed.  It has been one fabulous year!

Time has flown!  I started my Personal Assistant, Errand and Concierge business one year ago this month.  I have changed, I have learned and I have grown.  My company, Another You, has certainly changed and grown.   When I first thought of starting my own small business, I thought that I would be helping the busy individual, the working mom, the single dad, the 2-career family.   Little did I know that so many soloprenuers and small business owners would need and seek my help.  My business has changed from a Personal Service into a Small Business Service.    THIS is where I was supposed to be all along!

Having managed healthcare practices for 32 years, I gained a lot of administrative and organizational skills.  These are the skills that I now use to partner with other small business owners to save them time, lessen their frustration and help grow and sustain their businesses.

Starting and running a business is not easy.  I spent the first 5 months of the start-up networking, getting my name out there and building relationships.  Then finally I began to build a client base.

I certainly did not do this on my own.  I owe a huge debt of gratitude to God for everything good in my life, my husband for his hard-work and total support during this past year and to my son for always being there to lift me up when I doubted myself.  I am blessed to have an extended family and great friends that have been with me cheering me on each step of the way.   I have met so many wonderful people in Networking Groups such as WiBN and TBN and have been supported by the directors and members of the Franklin Area and Springboro Chamber of Commerce.   I am blessed to work with and assist  dedicated and  hard-working small business owners.

It has been one FABULOUS year!  Happy Anniversary Another You!!!      hann

About the Author: Sheri Miller is the Owner of Another You, LLC, a Personal and Business Concierge service in the Dayton, Ohio area.   Sheri helps busy people with a focus on the small business owner.     Think of her as your right hand while your left hand is growing your business.        937-416-2207