This blog is written by my assistant. Join her as she talks about her “Confessions of a Newbie VA.”
In November I embarked on a new and exciting adventure. I was going to start working for my sister’s virtual assistant business, SRS Virtual Assistant. I knew that this was going to be a growing and learning experience for me. I was definitely taking myself out of my comfort zone. I just learned how to cut and paste a little over three years ago. This is me; we are talking about the girl who dragged her feet about joining Facebook. I knew I needed to find a job I could do at home with a flexible schedule and this seemed like the answer.
So here I am working as a social media assistant for my sister. But before we go into that let me tell you about myself. I am a stay at home mother of three little girls and I have a son who is out of high school and working. I help my husband with his mowing business and I do all his paperwork. For the last three years I also co-lead two different Girl Scout troops. I live in Michigan and I love to have a garden and grow my own vegetables. Most of my adult life I have worked in the medical field in some form or another. At my last job I was a weekend manager at an Assisted Living / Nursing home for three and a half years.
Let me tell you about my computer education. Do you remember when you would type a page of commands just to make a box? Well that’s when I had computers in middle and
junior high. My last teacher told me I should never consider a career in computers. Fast forward about ten years and my son came home from school talking about a mouse they used with the computer in his preschool class. Then back in 2003 at the job I had they went live with the internet with a bunch of us who had no clue how to use it basically I was a crying mess that day.
I have learned by just playing around on the computer. I have only been working a few months now and I am excited to say I now know how to use a hashtag correctly and without fear! I can schedule posts onto Facebook pages and I can download pictures, I know how to use a Google calendar also. There are so many things I still need to learn. Luckily for me I have a patient teacher who understands slow and steady will get me to my finish line. I still get intimidated but I am getting through it. Soon I hope to learn Hootsuite and to set up my own Twitter account. I need to tweet! If I can have more than ten followers on Pintrest who knows how many I could get with that little blue bird.
One of the things I have learned so far is never tell your audience to hit the like button. It is click the like button. I can see a few people taking this literally. Can you just picture people jabbing their finger on the computer screen over and over again. Facebook can have problems and your scheduled posts may be affected, it is always good to check your sites periodically. Not everything is hashtag worthy or necessary. If you promise a client that you will make a deadline you better make it. The best rule of thumb would be to give yourself a day or two extra and then they will be happy if you get it done early. If you join any groups follow the rules, make sure you understand those rules. You probably already know this; the customer is always right. The most important thing I have learned is it is ok to step out of your comfort zone and try something new. Will I make some mistakes probably but at least I am trying and learning. And if you have kids at home just know that as soon as you sit down to work they will need a glass of water.
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