Our Customer Spotlight Series focuses on individuals and companies that have worked and benefited from Meadows Resources Virtual Assistant Team. Below we speak with Sherry Cousins of Red Frog Promotions:

Company and Background

Red Frog Promotions is full-service promotional product marketing company. Whether you are looking for a specific item or just browsing for ideas, Red Frog Promotions is your one stop shop for promotional products and decorated apparel. From fun items to the traditional, Red Frog Promotions can assist you in finding some of the hottest items on the market. 

 

How & when did you discover Meadows Resources:

I met Lindsey Meadows through a local ABWA chapter here in Houston last year.

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Are you considering getting into the field of virtual administration or are you a company looking to hire a virtual assistant for the first time–or find a new hire for an established virtual team?

Virtual assisting is a relatively new field coming from the expansion of the capabilities one can perform over the internet.

While there are different virtual assisting programs to give individuals the beginner skills to go out and find work, Meadows Resources differs from the competition as a virtual assistant agency in the direct one-on-one guidance they give to students and how that carries over to those looking to hire a reputable virtual assistant.

Trained and Vetted Resources

What does this mean? Meadows Resources ensures that the resources, or virtual assistants, they have trained and offer employment placement are the best of the bunch. They are extensively trained in the subjects regarding virtual administration and have completed training while showing they have the ability to be an asset to any company looking to hire a virtual assistant. This ensures quality on both ends, in the training and the subsequent work done after completion of training.

Background Checks

This may seem like a no-brainer, but there are still places where virtual assistants are not background checked nor are the clients given to the virtual assistants. Without this information, there could be trouble, but Meadows Resources ensures all who take part in virtual assisting, on both ends, are background checked and pass with flying colors.

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Our Customer Spotlight Series focuses on individuals and companies that have worked and benefited from Meadows Resources Virtual Assistant Team. Below we speak with Jeffery Tribble Jr. of The MusicianShip:

Company and Background

The MusicianShip is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that changes lives by facilitating music lessons, experiences, and opportunities for youth who need us most. We have been vetted and approved by DC Public Schools to be an official After-School Service Provider since 2010—allowing us to provide free-of-charge music programs for many students who would not otherwise have such opportunities. The MusicianShip provides after-school and summer programs, serving approximately 600 students 2017. In addition to our after-school and summer programs, we support two performance troupes, The MusicianShip All-City Marching Band and the Washington Youth Choir. We serve a dual role in the community as educators and mentors—using music as a platform for students to achieve in all areas of life.

Tell us a little about yourself and MusicianShip:

I (Jeffery) grew up on the south side of Chicago and I while I did come from good home, I also saw the environment around me. When I got older I wanted to find a way to get young people of color away from things that plague that environment. I got a music scholarship to go to Howard University in DC and did well in college. Music has always been a part of life and went onto Law School and in my second year founded MusicianShip. I wanted to help young people in different situations like the ones I saw growing up to get educational experiences. We facilitate music lessons, after school programs, summer programs, and have 600 kids this year involved in music programs.

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Different fields may give different benefits based on your work and what company you work for. Some people find 401K’s and health insurance to be perks, others find two weeks paid vacation to be a perk.

For many virtual assistants, the perks do not come in the tangible form of vacation or a savings plan, but in the idea of being free from an office and free to come and go–as long as the work is being done. The freedom is whatever you make of it, whether it be working out of a coffee shop every day or being able to wear comfy pants while you work. Below are some of the main reasons many enter the field of virtual assisting and some virtual assistant perks.

Working From Home

Working from home is a major benefit to those who work as virtual administrators. You can roll out of bed, jump on the computer and sit with a cup of coffee and no one would know the difference.

This lifestyle works very well for women who want to be a stay-at-home mom, those who may have a disability that prevents them from commuting or even college students who want to start a meaningful career but do not have the time to go into an office.

Anyone needing a little bit of freedom from the 9-5 rat race can truly benefit from the idea of working from home. You save money on your commute, you do not need an entire wardrobe of office clothes and you can be around those you love a bit more if they are also home with you.

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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 Eryn Stanmore:

When did you decide you wanted to be a virtual assistant and what made you consider the change?

I thought about becoming a virtual assistant for a while. I took a leap after having been fed up with Corporate America. Not getting things such as a raise or appreciation for my work, nothing was aligning at my job.

I already had a handful of clients I was working on freelance work on the side. The transition was fluid and I knew it would give me more freedom. I am a single mom with small kids and want to be with them but also need to work. I realized I am doing better on the side and Corporate America’s demands were high so I took a leap.

Now I can be right here and can be attentive to my children. I can make my schedule and do my own time management. If I have free time at night and want to spend time with my kids, I can just work later. I am in complete control of my life, which is why the change was needed.

Did your career background and experience fit into the general realm of virtual assistant work or was this a complete change in career?

It’s the same experience. I do virtual accounting and bookkeeping, but also have a Bachelor and Masters degree in Accounting and that was the work I did in Corporate America. I was able to get my client base up with people my age who are setting up businesses left and right. They don’t know if they need an Accountant or bookkeeper, but when they realize they do, then they come to me.

It all definitely aligned because I have been doing the same thing for years, but now it’s more exciting because I am doing different work for different clients instead of the same work for one client.

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Being behind a computer screen can connect you to the world, but it also can be isolating if you do not continue to create new connections. One thing that can get a bit harder as a virtual assistant is networking opportunities. You are not meeting people daily and not able to really speak with others about your capabilities and how you can help their company attain its goal as a virtual assistant.

While it may be harder, virtual assistant networking is not impossible and here are some options on how to network digitally:

Forums

Online forums allow for you to involve yourself in conversations with other virtual assistants around the globe. You can share stories, offer and ask for advice, or simply create lasting virtual friendships with those who work in the same field as yourself.

Forums are a great place to get answers to most of your virtual assisting questions as well because more likely than not, someone has already asked the question you have asked–which can be reassuring that someone else struggled with a similar situation so you feel less alone.

A good start is virtualassistantforums.com which is a very robust and engaging community of virtual assistants to answer questions and potentially find work.

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Lindsey Meadows of Meadows Resources and Meadows VA School has recently been given the honor of the 2017 Woman of the Year award from the American Business Women’s WEWEN chapter.

This award not only encapsulates her as a person and her drive to see others succeed in virtual assisting but also her credentials as a business owner and self-created woman entrepreneur.

With over 10 years experience in Human Resources, Recruiting, and Staffing. Meadows was able to create both a virtual staffing agency to help virtual assistants find work, but also a virtual academy to enrich and teach incoming virtual assistants and clients on how to work well in a virtual platform.

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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 Amanda Vigil:

When did you decide you wanted to be a virtual assistant and what made you consider the change?

I originally went to Texas A&M for music and then went into accounting but realized accounting wasn’t what I enjoyed. I went into business and fell in love with marketing. My next thought was what can I do with marketing? I started working with Houston Area Council and the American Women’s Business Association and became their Publicity Coordinator and I would say that is where my career in virtual marketing took off.

Did your career background and experience fit into the general realm of virtual assistant work or was this a complete change in career?

It felt like something I was always supposed to do. I did go to college as a music major. From looking at that to where I am now is a huge jump. I ultimately didn’t want to be a music major and thought “Well maybe I can become a music teacher.” I then really thought I wanted to do accounting after jumping into business and then moved to general business as my concentration as a start with the notion that I could change my mind later. I was like “I will take this accounting class,” and realized it wasn’t for me. I then went to marketing, but before went to management briefly. I decided “Let’s do marketing,” but stuck with a general business degree to learn a bit of everything. I always felt strongly about marketing even through the changes in major I made in college.

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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.

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There are many instances when being self-taught can be a cost-saving way of becoming trained in a certain field. While this may work, you may be shortchanging yourself on many different opportunities you may have found putting a little money out to get formally trained. Most times, you do not need to pay thousands of dollars for a college degree and can instead get certified and trained in a field without much money being put out there.

Virtual assisting is a field that is best left to be taught by the professionals. There is much to learn on the subject and you need to be the best you can be with the knowledge to properly conduct yourself in a way that will continue to a lucrative and fulfilling career. Here is why being trained as a virtual assistant is a great career move:

All Information is Located in One Place

Being taught formally in virtual assisting can help keep everything you need to learn organized. What does this mean? Well, you will have learning modules, PDF’s or Powerpoints made available to you that are easily accessible if you are ever in a bind. Most VA School’s offer many workbook pages and other pieces of information that can be kept in the same place.

Meadows VA School’s Best Practices is an organized list of all the best practices for virtual assisting all in one place.

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