Our Virtual Assistant Spotlight Series focuses on members of Meadows Resources Virtual Assistant Team and how they came to decide a career in virtual administration was the best fit for them. Below we speak with Jennifer McPeak:
When did you decide you wanted to be a virtual assistant and what made you consider the change?
I actually was attempting to launch my own VA business last year. With having more than 15 years in administration, clerical, social media management, I felt that it was time for a change. I had already been doing the work and I wanted to do that from home with my clients.
Did your career background and experience fit into the general realm of virtual assistant work or was this a complete change in career?
For me, it was kind of both. It wasn’t a complete career change because of most of my background being in administration and I worked in administrative roles. It was a slight change because it moved from clerical to a contractor so it was a little different but played up on skills. Also going from a brick and mortar-type job to working from home can be a change.
What were your first thoughts when researching the scope of work of a virtual assistant?
I was excited but overwhelmed. My first attempt was learning how to work from home. I am very disciplined and with my work, I think “I’m here, I’m home alone, I have a dedicated home office and maturity and discipline to sit down and work and stay focused this can work.” It wasn’t too much of a change besides the change in environment and software. What is overwhelming is the idea of where to start. I loved the idea of virtual assisting, I’m good at it, and I like the control.
What ultimately made you decide this was the right career choice for you?
Just for me, it’s a combo of stability of a career I know I have the experience for but flexibility which is what I need.
What steps did you need to take to become a virtual assistant?
I kind of just slipped into it. I do online student courses and am a forever student. I do online training for practically anything that may be relevant to my career.
A friend was running a social media promotions company, and she brought me on as a freelancer. So that kind of added another skill to my skillset. I had experience in administration, social media, writing, so just my own background I slipped in and adding skills since.
How did Meadows Resources help with the entire process of becoming trained in virtual administration?
It was the perfect opportunity. I ran across Lindsey Meadows through a job opening and she got all my info and did a phone interview and had clients ready. For me to have gotten a second chance at an agency but in a virtual form, fate stepped in. Timing was perfect and I was looking for something part-time and she was able to find something that fit me.
What advice would you give to anyone on the fence about switching their career or simply becoming a virtual assistant out of college?
Don’t be afraid to jump! If you are thinking about the career, investigate but don’t be afraid to try. You may fall but you won’t know.
How could someone that is considering switching benefit from Meadows Resources?
Lindsey Meadows (Meadows Resources) is incredibly organized and driven and easy to get in contact with be it a virtual assistant or client. Her ability to connect the right VA with the right client is amazing. Her experience benefits anyone that works with her as she offers a VA school, training and placement all in one place.
Jennifer has over fifteen years experience in various administrative roles in different industries. She has experience with social media management as well as writing. Jennifer is an avid reader and writer that love learning new skills. She is passionate about non-profits and foundations, especially those in the mental health or health industries. Jennifer thrives on challenges and new tasks.