The Beginning of a Journey

newlogobanner1A few days ago, I had a realization.

For years I’ve struggled exactly what I wanted to do as a career.

Ten years ago, I began my very first “real” career in a call-center of a prestigious hospital in Baltimore. You learn a lot from dealing with call-center work. You learn how to talk to people, which may be one of the most important skills I’ve learned in all those long years in my cubicle. On the phones, you have to manage their worries and doubts and help them make the right calls when it comes to their care. It can be kind of scary on the agent’s end because, basically, you’re holding a part of their lives in your hands.

There are other aspects to working in healthcare built for growth. If you aren’t aware, health insurance in the USA is…complicated, to say it nicely. There are so many policies to learn, especially since each one is a little different. Or a lot, depending on what kind of plan it is. ┬áPlus, patients are generally unaware of what their policies hold for them so you have to teach them. And you have to be very patient while you’re doing that.

I can honestly say that all those days I sat in my cubicle, helped me grow as a person. I feel like I’ve learned a lot officemeabout keeping organized with thoughts and paperwork since lives could be held in the balance.

However, after all these years, I feel the need to do something different.

“Office work” has become a thing of second nature for me. Customer service, patient registration, filing, paperwork, faxing, word processing…These are a few things I can just do. Unfortunately, it leaves me feeling as though I am not growing.

So, I thought to myself, what do I want to be? I have more than enough office training, and I know I can use that to my advantage. I just needed to figure out what I am passionate about and how to integrate my current skills into it.

My major interest is the Internet. I enjoy social media and blogging. Creating content, managing my blogs, figuring out marketing and researching the niches I’m interested in. I love learning how to piece all the back-end parts to having an online presence together. These are things that make me happy and fulfill me.

When I considered this further, I realized my current skills and my interests mesh pretty well together. I would be happy doing administrative services for bloggers and businesses. That’s where I need to be and what I’m meant to be doing.

Everyone deserves a chance to do what she is passionate about, and this is it for me.

Virtual Assisting is a budding journey for me. If you’re looking for someone to help you with your online business or blog who will be just as passionate about your work as you are, I am the woman for your job. If you aren’t sure right now, but you’d like more information, contact me. I’d love to hear from you.

Other than that, please check back every now and again on this blog. Since this is a learning experience for me, I will be posting my adventure to perhaps convince someone else to follow his or her dreams.

—Virtually yours, Erica Beale

Great Places to Find Tips

Happy Administrative Professionals Day, one and all! If you’re working in an office, may your boss gift you something great today. If you’re working for yourself, don’t forget to spoil yourself just a little. You deserve it!

I’m more or less still in the research phase of my budding career. There’s a heck of a lot to learn! Here are some of the places I’ve found that really hit the spot.

Becoming a Virtual Assistant (Home Working Mom)

This was the first site I looked into, and I felt it a wonderful introduction to the field. This one really points you in the right direction, but it’s really just the bones of your search just to get the initial feel for where to go next.

Horkey Handbook

I can’t say enough good things about this particular site. The author of the site has this comforting writing style that makes everything she has to say a joy to read. Also, she has a bunch of wonderful free lessons for all budding VAs out there you should definitely check out. ┬áThere is also a very lively forum to join up to get more information from others in the field. We’re in this together, after all.

We Are Virtual Assistants

This website is like the Cosmo of VA sites. It’s an excellent space for learning the field from those who have already been there.

Virtual Assistant Network

Another great site, filled to the brim with free, useful information. They also offer training courses for those wanting to break into the business.

Virtual Assistant Forums

While this forum isn’t quite as active as others, there is a backlog of wonderful bits of information from people throughout the years. It takes a little while for the mods to confirm your account, but it’s definitely worth the wait.

Give these sites a whirl and get on your way. There are others out there, but these are the ones you want to start with.

Happy VA-ing all!

Virtually yours,


Gearing Up To Get Going

If you’re like me, you are trying to step into a whole new world, which is as exciting as it is terrifying. There are a lot of questions I’ve been asking myself about diving into a Virtual Assisting.

Am I ready to be my own boss? Am I disciplined to work on my own?

What do I offer to the field that no one else does?

What do I need to do to make this into a career?

These are all really big and scary thoughts. And it’s okay to have those thoughts, you just have to reason them out. This is what I’ve come up with so far.

Am I ready to be my own boss? Yes. I am aware that it will be hard, but I think it will be rewarding.

Am I disciplined? Honestly, I’ve worked in a big business for a long time and for the last half I’ve had managers who didn’t micromanage. On a day-to-day basis, I’ve been lucky enough to be able to manage my own day. I had tasks the boss wanted us to do, and I figured out when I had to get them done. I am much happier working that way.

What do I offer? That’s a harder question, in my opinion. I find the easiest way to answer is to assess my skills first.

  • I am very familiar with WordPress and have been using it for personal reasons for about six years or so. I also have a lot of experience with HTML and CSS.
  • I can manage several social media profiles at a time.
  • I have years of experience maintaining calendars, usually for multiple providers.
  • I thrive on researching things. When are the best days/times to post on Facebook or Twitter, what is popular in the niche I am researching, etc.

There are others, but these are the ones I think will most help me on my venture. As for the part about what I offer that no one else does, more or less, I offer professional passion. This isn’t just a job to me, it’s something deeper. I want you to succeed as much as you do.

How to make this into a career? I’ve been researching a lot and I will tell you what I’ve found out in an upcoming blog post.

The journey is beginning right now. I am very excited about my blossoming career. Here is to the future, my friends!