Virtual Assistant Celebrates Five Years & Shares Lessons Learned

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Texas VA has helped clients redeem the gift of time as she solves their administrative challenges. Janet Jordan is part of the rapidly emerging technology known as Virtual Assistance.

Most small businesses fail within the first five years. Only a small percentage of entrepreneurs are able to maintain the delicate balance of launching their businesses, managing the day to day operations and finally doing the work the business was created to accomplish. Janet L. Jordan, entrepreneur and trainer has joined the elite group of those reaching the five year milestone successfully.

Jordan launched a private virtual assistance practice in Dallas, Texas back in January, 2000. During the process, she found few affordable resources for technology, coaching and online interaction for emerging VA practices. With a corporate background in training, she simultaneously launched so that others could avoid the pitfalls of launching a VA practice.

According to a George Washington University study, virtual assistance will be a $127 Billion industry by 2008. Even with that encouraging news, many VA businesses still have not achieved success. Jordan attributes this to a lack of balance. “Most VAs have excellent skill sets as administrative and executive assistants, so they know how to “do” the work, but few are skilled in the entrepreneurial and managerial areas without additional training,” she states.

Virtual Assistants, from their home based office, provide administrative support for entrepreneurs, small business owners, solopreneurs and other road warriors. Jordan says, “We help our clients redeem the gift of time.” She explains, that partnering with a VA just two hours a day, amounts to one week of time a month that you can devote to the reason for your business instead of having to take care of administrative issues. Over a period of a year that adds up to three months or one quarter of your year to focus on selling homes, moving inventory or pursuing new business.

Most savvy clients partner with VAs on a retainer basis to receive increased savings from the $25-50 an hour that most virtual assistants charge. Jordan also offers entrepreneurs, free seminars online and in her local community of Corpus Christi, Texas where she relocated her practice two years ago. She coaches them about how to save thousands of dollars working with a virtual assistant.

Jordan’s online VA training center was recently nominated for a Fast 50 Award in FastCompany Magazine for their work with victims of domestic violence. Free training is provided to victims of domestic violence. According to Jordan, “We provide an opportunity for them to become victors instead of victims with a new life, career and community.”

More info about the program can be found on the VAU website or contact Janet Jordan at 361-993-0923.

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