Using your experience and skills as a Virtual Assistant in order to build a new venture is a truly rewarding experience. Most often, we have to get out of our comfort zones to discover new heights and I am glad John Hardy is doing well in that area.
John Hardy is a virtual assistant from SEMass area, specializing in MS Office, social media and resume editing.
You’ve had numerous virtual assistant jobs already, can you tell us about your most successful virtual assistant job so far? How did you benefit from it?
It would be my current one — I have helped my client with several large projects which made her work easier and it also gave me a sense of satisfaction.
What is a typical day like for you?
Checking emails and doing client work (sometimes this is reversed), some Facebook work and then answering/sending emails.
What do you enjoy doing outside of work?
In warm weather, I enjoy riding my bike. At other times of year, watching football and basketball.
What are the most difficult challenges you have encountered as a VA, and how did you overcome them?
An Excel project that was harder than I expected it to be, that I ended up passing the project off to someone else.
How do you adapt your services to the ever changing needs of different clients?
If I need to learn something new, I will find a resource to help with it.
What type of work are you not good at? What work do you prefer not to do?
Anything to do with backend website development and cold calling.
Now that you are starting your own business, what advice would you like to share to aspiring VAs who would like to build a name of their own?
Set up a social media presence and network.