I've known Leigh Anne Aston for several years and we've worked together on many different projects. Among other things, Leigh Anne is my primary account manager for my social media management services. I interviewed her and here are her responses.
(Unofficially 2006 – I was still working full-time in the corporate world and doing some VA items on the side.)
- Why did you choose to become a Virtual Assistant?
To have more control over what I was doing. I felt this was the best next step in my career.
- What advice would you give new and aspiring VAs?
First, contact Joel and Sue for a consultation. (That’s what I tell everyone who asks me.) Then, set a schedule and stick to it. You’ll want to try to be everything and do everything for everyone in the beginning. Set your goals AND limits and then go from there. Make sure you leave time for yourself.
- What resources have helped you in your business? Forums, blogs, coaching, books?
First and foremost, Joel and Sue.
I do a lot of internet research when I need to try to figure something out – utilizing LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook, as well as just plain old internet searching. I also belong to the International Association of Administrative Professionals, which is a wonderful place to exchange knowledge with members from all over the world.
- Share a success story or something about yourself – a hobby perhaps.
My main hobby these days is reading. (I read trashy romance novels with happy endings, in case you’re wondering.) Up until a few years ago, I absolutely hated reading. I was good at it, but it was always (and I mean from the time I learned how, always) a chore. A few years ago I was prescribed progressive bifocals. That’s when we found out I have “double vision” and things didn’t line up for my eyes the way they do for most other people. One eye is higher than the other. After having prism adjustments added to my prescription, I was looking at things completely differently. After getting the new glasses, I remember the first time I read a letter Jesse brought home from school. I was about half-way down the page when I realized I wasn’t using my finger to keep me on the right line of text. It was “eye-opening” and so exciting to know there wasn’t anything wrong with my desire to read, it actually was truly a chore all along. I read practically nonstop in my spare time now. Although, I will say, I read almost exclusively on my tablet (love those e-reader apps).
- Additional comments you'd like to share.
Just to always, always be true to who you are and do the best your are capable of doing.
- Links to any online profiles you want to share.
(and my website is www.astonadminservices.com)