I have been asked several times..if you’re a one-person operation, do you really need an assistant?

Well, that depends. If you find yourself with more on your to-do list than you can accomplish to your satisfaction than hours in the day? Do you find yourself wishing there were two of you to accomplish all the “stuff” that goes along with promoting and growing your business? Do you feel as if you don’t have time to enjoy your life because it’s all work all the time?

If the answer is yes to any of these, then yes, you could probably benefit from having a VA. It doesn’t mean you have failed in any way. Quite the opposite! It just means that you need a bit of a helping hand, so you can focus on the important things. The things that inspired your dream to own your own business. Every VA I know specializes in different things. There are different communication styles, different services, and different learning styles for everyone. The trick, I’ve found, is to find the right VA for your particular communication and learning style.

Personally, I’m very much an empathetic personality, and if I can connect to the client, their vision, or what they’re doing, I do a better job, the client is generally happier with my work, and it’s better all around. Some clients don’t have constant work for me, more of an ebb and flow, which is fine, as well. Sometimes they need to take a step back for a variety of reasons, or I do. As long as the lines of communication remain open, I’ve found that even pauses or pivots aren’t a bad thing.

I’m the 4th generation of entrepreneurs in my family. Quite by accident, actually. I saw how hard it was on my mom, having to work twice as hard as she should have. For a long time, I had been adamant that I didn’t want that stress for myself, and so I settled for jobs I didn’t really love, but that met my needs. Yet I still found myself doing the work I do now on the side, usually on a volunteer basis, because it’s so innately who I am. A few years ago, I saw a need to make some large changes in my life, and the seeds for Van Enger Virtual Services were planted.

At the end of the day, we’re all human, and we all have a lot going on…work, school, family, and friends, and we’re all in this together.

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