My Continued Service To You!

The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.  – Mahatma Gandhi

 

Skills are either learned or are innate! A calling, if you will! As a pre- teen before I knew what a Fortune 500 company was I knew I wanted to wear a business suit and carry a briefcase. I knew that was not my calling! At that age, a child tends to migrate to what they see as being cool. They start to get their first inclinations of what they want to be when they grow up.

Then high school came along! Freshmen year introduced me to JROTC. Finally, I found my calling! By my sophomore year JROTC undoubtedly removed the briefcase and replaced it with a uniform and the need to serve my country. Once I graduated, I was off to begin my career in the United States Navy. My greatest accomplishment in life!

Finding My place in Service.

Once I finished my service in the Navy, my need to be of service did not end. Like I stated earlier, some skills are learned, and some are innate! I needed to figure out a way to efficiently serve others. The epiphany came in the form of a client comment. As a freelance writer and virtual administrative assistant, I worked with a few loyal customers who loved how I assisted them in running their businesses. One of my clients who referred to me as “The Fixer,” stated Chronicles Administrative Support Services was not an accurate depiction of me and the way I handled business. He elaborated on how he felt about my service. After interviewing other clients, I began my rebranding process.

The Birth of A New Call to Service.

After a week of brainstorming and reviewing the opinions of those I interviewed, The Militant Virtual Assistant finally was born. The Militant Virtual Assistant is a representation of how I service businesses. The foundation is Honor, Courage, and Commitment! To honorably service companies as if they were my own. The courage to go the extra mile and to be a support system for the entrepreneur and the commitment to efficiently help set goals and see them out to completion. The military pillars that are a part of my psyche, I now utilize to motivate entrepreneurs to live out their dreams of being a successful business owner.

Why Militant VA?

As an entrepreneur and business owner, I put myself in the position of my clientele. What do they need the most? It is not just a person to handle calls, check emails or keep them on schedule. Entrepreneurs need more hours in a day! They need to be in two places at once. I pride myself on the ability to keep longer than usual hours; my hours are flexible. I have clients who call or text me on weekends and late in the evening. I have had a realtor showing a house, while I negotiated another deal while texting numbers with them. I feel many Virtual Assistants (VAs) drop the ball by keeping bankers hours and unavailable on weekends. Entrepreneurs rarely take a day off! I am not just there to service the business. I learn the business to become an asset to the company which allows me to aid in its success efficiently.  When my client is successful, I am successful!

Initially, I thought nothing would be as satisfying as my military career. I can honestly say “The Militant Virtual Assistant” fills that void. I get to do what I love for a living which is not considered work but living out a dream.

 

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Why I Chose To Be An Entrepreneur.

“If you don’t know what your passion is, realize that one reason for your existence on earth is to find it.” Oprah Winfrey

As a youth, when I was asked by adults what I wanted to be when I grew up my response was a writer. Sometimes, I would blurt out the obvious… a nurse or teacher. In all honestly, I really had no idea!

Teachers would have visitors talk to the class about their professions.  We often learned what career choices were available but none sparked my interest.  The lack of appealing career options and the cloud of uncertainty continued into my high school years. At one point I considered being a lawyer but I was not overly infatuated with the idea.

I began to think about what I was good at as well as my passion in life. I always had a love for writing and literature. The love to write short stories, reports and read books of all kinds was undeniable. My teachers always expressed a love for my writing. In my mind the ability to earn a good living did not seem obtainable.

Studying American history another favorite subject presented another option in a weird way. I learned about a few intelligent women pioneers in business. Women who successfully created their own careers. The names and accomplishments of these women remained etched in my mind to this day.

Mary Katherine Goddard, the first female publisher. She was also the first American woman post master in Baltimore, Maryland. Famous for printing the first copy of the Declaration of Independence it included the names of all signers.

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Lydia E. Pinkham converted home remedies into a business geared towards meeting the health needs of women.

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Madame C.J. Walker invented Madame C.J. Walkers Wonderful Hair Grower. A conditioner and healing formula for hair and scalp care.

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Women taking simple ideas and passions and turning them into profitable businesses. These are just a few of the women who paved the way for women like me.  Each women uniquely grooming their ventures to excel in a male dominated industry. They sought out and utilized resources that existed for men to ensure their success. Making history!

I’m quite sure these revolutionary women had secrets to their success that we will never unveil. Most importantly they played towards their strengths and motivated others.

Creativity and service are my strengths. I have always owned this insatiable desire to create with words, innovate and excel in the business world. Sure, I can easily work for a fortune 500 company and climb the corporate ladder. What drives me is the ability to write and watch businesses excel.

There will be good days and bad days, profit and loss. Many long days and sleepless nights but the victory of reaching my goals is what keeps me faithful. I am a confident and proud female writer and entrepreneur.

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Lydia E. Pinkham Image and Research

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Madame C.J. Walker Image and Research

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Madam_C._J._Walker

 

The Benefits of Working for a Start-Up.

Have you ever been approached or read an ad about a start- up business venture that interested you? You failed to take advantage of the opportunity only to find out a year or two later it is a very successful business. Do you avoid start- ups fearing that it might not be successful? Maybe the pay rate is not what you expect and for most that is a very important factor. As we contemplate over all of this when considering getting in on a start- up, let’s take time to consider the benefits as well.

There are many long- term benefits of working for a start- up. We all want growth in our career choices. You have the ability to grow substantially by showing off your skills. You will most likely be one of two or three personnel that do your job. As the business grows so do you! Most times when we join an established corporation it takes years to begin the climb up the corporate ladder if at all. Not to mention our peers whom we must compete with for that position that is high demand.

A start- up has many trailblazers and creators. Your opinion is often sought out, considered and implemented. This gives you the ability to use your skills, creativity and business savvy to help the company’s growth. How many times have you made a suggestion to help the company you work for and felt it was truly appreciated? How many think tanks has the company held and applied the beneficial ideas that were presented? A promising start- up will definitely have think tank sessions to consistently ensure its growth. These sessions are your opportunity to think outside the box and show how much of an asset you are to the company.

When seeking to gain experience, a start- up is the perfect place. Most times you will be taught new skills and asked to play many different roles. Learning new skills and implementing them on a daily or weekly basis allows you to increase your marketability within and outside that business. Your willingness to learn and work hard shines the spotlight on you when promotions are on the table. Start-Ups

Last but definitely not least the financial return. The pay may not be what you need or what you are seeking. Take the time to look ahead, as the start- up grows financially so does your pay rate. In the future, the company will have great financial incentives that those employed later may not have offered to them. Not only will you be paid a great pay rate but you may have stock options, bonuses, retirement and other financial benefits. Working for a start- up may not be financially rewarding at the ground level but let’s think about its future. It would be a great feeling to watch the business develop and to be a part of something great. All the hard work you put in in the beginning will pay off in the end.

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