Hey ladies! Today I’m doing something a little different. It’s been awhile since I’ve done a Daring Women Wednesday interview, and I want to revive them. I thought I would start today by interviewing, well…me. It occurred to me that I’ve never really talked in detail about what I do and how I got here on my blog, so today I’m sharing with you – and with a video as well! I hope to incorporate more video into these interviews in the future.
What do you do and how long have you been doing it?
I’m a multi-passionate entrepreneur…that’s the only way I know how to describe the many things that make up my income, haha. By trade, I am a massage therapist. I graduated from school in 2010, messed around with some crappy retail jobs, then finally went back to it in 2012 to get my license and do massage full-time.
In 2016, I became a virtual assistant out of necessity and the determination not to work for minimum wage again after losing a part-time job in a grocery store. I. Fell. In. Love. I don’t know how else to describe it. A lot of soul searching made me realize that nurturing people’s passions and the health of their businesses filled me up. I found a total satisfaction that I hadn’t found in previous jobs.
I did the VA thing on a freelance basis and for an agency for about 8 months and then rebranded my website, named and registered my company, Be Vibrant Business Services, and started setting long-term goals for my online business growth.
I am also an avid side hustler and have done everything from babysitting to Facebook selling. Currently, I tutor English for ESL students on italki several hours per week, mostly to fund my own language learning.
What excites you most about your work?
That’s a tough one. Is everything a legitimate answer? I love the flexibility, the freedom, and the sense of responsibility for my own success that comes with entrepreneurship. I think the most exciting thing, however, is getting to connect with a variety of clients at both of my businesses and help them have healthier lives, whether physically or in their business.
What’s the hardest part?
Patience. When I get excited, I tend to want results NOW. Business, marketing, and finding clients take time, and I’m working on improving my patience so I don’t feel so discouraged when things need to happen at their own pace.
What does it mean to you to work on your own terms? What inspired you to do so?
To me, working on your own terms means doing work that fulfills you and nourishes you, rather than depleting you. It’s working where and how and when you want to work. It’s putting the HARD work, even when it’s a struggle, and taking responsibility for your success.
Working on my own terms was part of creating a life I love. I had worked numerous jobs (almost 20!) for other people that were horribly dissatisfying before I realized that I wasn’t unhappy working…I was unhappy working for other people. I worked at a job from 2012-2014 in which I signed a terrible contract that made me a subcontractor but treated me like an employee. My work (massage) was awesome, but my job sucked. The money I made per massage divided by the number of hours I was required to be at the office came out to about $5.25 an hour when I left. Not cool.
I started my own business to get away from it, but I stayed in business because I LOVED it.
When did you know that this is what you were supposed to be doing with your life?
For massage, it was when I knew I couldn’t take it anymore at the old job without breaking.
For virtual assistance, it was out of necessity, but I realized it was my calling when I realized how much I enjoyed it and how much it helped my clients and their businesses. It really tied together my love of helping people with my love of business.
What inspires you most in your life right now?
Connection. Networking has become a much bigger part of my business life lately, and it’s really powerful.
Chaos. I’m running two businesses, growing a VA team, my husband just started a new job, and we’re trying to have a baby. I’m constantly in hustle mode, and I do have to take time to remind myself to pause, but there’s a lot of creative energy and new possibilities happening right now.
Name 3 lessons you have learned through your work.
- You don’t have to know everything to run a business. You don’t have to have an Ivy League IQ or be an expert at marketing or have lots of money. You just have to WANT it and be willing to put the work in.
- My planner is vital to my success. It doesn’t matter if your planner is digital or paper – you have to have somewhere to keep your appointments, to-do’s, and brain dumps.
- Delegate. It took me too long to learn to ask for help. Whether it’s to a friend, partner, expert, or assistant – ask for help when you feel overwhelmed! My assistants have been godsends since December.
What is your biggest goal over the next year?
The biggest project I’m working on is growing my VA team, expanding that business, and moving massage therapy to a part-time place in my life. My goal by the end of the year is to have a small team working with me so we can provide more support to new clients. I need the help to keep growing!
What advice would you give to other women who want to work on their own terms and create a life they’re passionate and excited about?
Don’t wait for the perfect time to do it. On the other side of that, have a plan in place to support you while you chase your dream. Do whatever it takes to make it work. Work two jobs. Work weekends. Have a side hustle. Stop eating out. Ask for help. Have a business plan. Be patient.
It’s HARD in the beginning. Truly. Hell, it’s hard later too. The rewards outweigh the struggles, but you have to love it and want it enough to put the sweat and tears into it, especially at first. This is not the easy path. It IS an amazing path.
Recommend something that has shaped your business.
Pinterest. Hands down my top resource. All the courses, blog posts, webinars, and other learning material that allowed me to start a business came from hundreds of hours of browsing Pinterest. When people ask me if I’m self-taught in WordPress, social media, etc. they are in awe when I tell them that almost anything they want to know can be found on Pinterest!
Check out my boards.
How can we connect with you?
Between all my projects, I have loads of websites and social media accounts, but here are a few straightforward ways to connect with me:
Follow Amber Uninhibited using the social buttons at the bottom of this post.
Check out my virtual assistant services at Be Vibrant Business Services.
Schedule a 1/2 hour coffee chat with me over Skype or Zoom – always looking to connect with other bloggers, entrepreneurs, and boss ladies!
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