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.