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I've spent a good 17 plus years as an assistant, starting out as a Senior Administrative Assistant as a contract employee. The day my contract ended, my house caught on fire. I called my manager and explained that I wouldn't be in on my last day and she told me not to worry about anything, that I'll have a full-time job on Monday when I arrive. And that's how I began my career of putting out fires...
I supported a gentleman for 7+ years at one company. As he got promoted, he promoted me. I did everything for him and I was more than happy too. After 7 years, I realized that I wasn't going to go further, as with all the other C-level EAs that weren't going anywhere either. Then one day, my husband replied to a Facebook post about an EA position in Boston. After talking to the HR recruiter and the two Executives that I would be supporting, I had the job before I left the outer limits of Boston. I then had to go to work and tell my boss I was leaving, which was the hardest thing I had to do in the 7 years I supported him.
I get to work in Boston, YEAH! I was so excited to be in the big city and take the train again (yes, I'm one of few that enjoy the commuter train). I'm now supporting the CFO and Senior VP of Marketing and I get to work in an office that I would imagine what Facebook would be like. It was great, I met my work twin #workwife. I was there for just shy of 4 years. As the end was approaching I was finding myself missing something work wise. Even though I had the CFO, SVP of Marketing and even the CEO at the end, I realized that I wanted more.
I was contacted via LinkedIn and became part of a networking group for Boston EAs. I met some great people and are still friends with a lot of them. One of them, was just becoming a Virtual Assistant and I thought, that's it, that's what I'm missing. I started her training course to become a VA and which took about 8 weeks. I was also working and work was getting busy - I had to put off tasks and complete them when I had the time to do so.
Come January 2020, I was laid off from my Boston job. I started working for a healthcare company in RI, where I was the EA and Event Planner. You see where this is going, right? Covid19 hits in March and all the events are now cancelled for the near future. I was then laid off from there in June. One of the first people I called on my way home, was my coach to get my website launched ASAP. I was looking for a new full-time job in the process of getting all my tools ready to go to launch my VA business. I couldn't have picked a worse time to launch - everyone was remote now and if they were not, they are unemployed going for the same jobs as me. It was an unprecedented time that I was not prepared for.
As I'm getting ready to potentially accept a job offer, another job comes into the scene as well as a potential client for my Virtual Assistant hustle. I really like this new opportunity but I also wanted to accept this first offer that I knew I might get. I was torn. Then I had another hard conversation, you know the one that makes you sick to your stomach with??? I had the conversation, they understood. I took the second job and accepted my first client on the same day.
I love the dynamics of the two adventures I'm now on. I have the option to do the hustle remotely on a beach, train, car and one day a plane. I'm enjoying my new full-time job and learning, while working with some great people.
I've been fortunate enough to click with people that I support. That is something that is a must, you should know by the interview or introductory call. I knew when I talked to my current executives, I could just tell over the phone that magic was there.
I can't wait to see what comes next.
All things are not created equal, that is very true for salaries in the EA role. So many people ask, how much should I be making, many factors to consider.
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