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Hi and welcome to The Business of Being a Virtual Assistant. I’m your host, Tiffany Parson. I just had to look up to make sure that my stand was not pressed on the button. So, hey, this is behind the scenes to everything I have going on in my office today and it’s a wreck. Here’s how I process it all and why I just wanted to share with you this episode number 118.
I wanted to not skip this week and not do a recording because my office is jacked up. Okay, I’ve got boxes everywhere, all kinds of boxes, lights, backdrop that I’m testing. What do you see? Oh, some bubble wrap from packing, different stuff going on. I came, you know, I’m working downstairs today because it looks like this and I’ve got to get it together.
I know last episode I mentioned that I was, you know, reorganizing the office. This is how I reorganize. I have to see it in my mind first. I have to get the mental picture first. Then once I’ve got the mental picture, I am off to the races. I’ve been waiting about a week to get the picture of what I want the new look to be.
I think the last time I changed it, I think was six months ago. I can’t remember, but I can go back in the videos and be able to tell what it was then. But I thought, you know what, go ahead, go on. Show them all, you know, what’s going on behind the scenes to tell you this:
It doesn’t have to be perfect. It won’t be perfect.
Things will change. You’ll want to rearrange your office. You’ll want to change your service. You may be confused as to what service you want to do and that is normal. What I don’t want you to do is let it stop you. Just like I did with this episode, I went ahead. I’m pressing record and I’m coming on and I’m talking to you and I’m letting you see what it all looks like.
It is a brand-new year and I’ve been seeing a lot of different things on social media about it’s time to just get uncomfortable, get comfortable with being uncomfortable. I’ve seen it posted in different ways and it is so true. You know, there’s been a stirring in my belly all week and a lot of it had to do with the fact that, you know, I’m feeling like I’m blank, like I don’t have anything to say, nothing to post on social media. I’m just, I don’t know, I’m just blank.
Part of that is because it’s easy to be so busy doing client work and maybe looking at other people’s social media and comparing that you lose sight of what your goal is and what your focus is.
For me, I am always wanting you to feel like we were in the same room. I have never done a lot of editing on my podcast. Then when I started doing the video, the video added a whole other dynamic because now I had to worry about what does the background look like? What do I have on? [Laughs] All these things.
Whereas, before, when it was just a recorded podcast on audio, I didn’t have to think about that part. It’s like it added an extra thing, an extra pressure, pressure that I put on myself. Because when I look at the people that gravitate to the most online, it’s the people who are just being themselves. Sometimes they’ve got makeup on. Sometimes they don’t.
If you were my neighbor, you probably would see me – you would see me in my workout clothes most of the time, and then on the weekend, you would see me dressed in regular clothes like you see me here on the podcast. I don’t wear a whole lot of makeup so you don’t see a whole lot of that on video, regardless of whether it would make me look better or not. I don’t know. I just don’t have all that stuff, you know, powder, foundation, eye shadow, all that stuff. I don’t use that on a regular basis.
Anyway, I’m saying that to say that the people that I gravitate to the most online are just themselves and they just let you in as to what’s going on.
So I thought it would be great for our new beginning, our new start in this new year. I know this is our second episode of the year and I think I was a bit more relaxed in that episode too and I told you so. I just want to be an example for you so that you can see that you don’t have to be perfect. Nobody cares. It doesn’t matter.
I’ve been doing client work all day today and nobody has seen me. I’ve just been talking with my fingers, email, chatting, social media. That’s what I’ve been doing. I don’t know. I’m thinking that I have something to my right that I meant to bring on with me. What it is, is that I’m looking for my phone. But I’m recording with my phone so I don’t have it.
I got a question earlier this afternoon and I want to throw that in here as well. I don’t have the exact words. I don’t even have the person’s name, and I apologize because I meant to look at that right beforehand. But like I keep looking to the right. Again, thinking I’ve got my phone, which is like another arm. But it’s not. It’s right in front of me.
Anyway, the question was basically she’s trying to decide what service to provide. Should she do it based off of her degree that she recently got or should she do it on what she’s more experienced with, which is the administrative side?
My immediate answer, if we were sitting across from each other and she asked me this question, my immediate answer is do you want to make money now or later? If you want to make money right now, start with the things that you already know, that you already have experience with, that you already have proof on, which is your administrative work. I forget how many years that it’s been. It’s been quite some time. It’s been over eight years, if I remember correctly from the email, but I don’t have the exact number.
But anyway, that is what she has more experience in, and I believe could get started right away on those things that she already knows. While she is carving away with those administrative skills, she can decide if she wants to add the human resources aspect to it as well because she’ll have to figure out – you’ll have to figure out how that looks for a business owner or how do you want it to look? Do you want it to be where it’s outsourced?
I’ve seen companies that are a human resource department and people would sign up to outsource and have a separate human resources department for their business. That’s something you’ll want to research, but you’ll need time to research that. That’s why my question is do you want to make money now or later? If it’s now, start with the administrative skills that you currently have, and then at the same time do your research and decide how you want to weave in the human resources aspect.
Once you know how you want to weave in the human resources aspect – just because you started with administrative skills, does not mean that you’re locked in and that you have to utilize your administrative skills. It doesn’t mean that. That’s just how you got started.
There’s plenty of things I started doing that I don’t do right now in regards to the services that I provide to my clients. So don’t feel like you’re limited. But start with the things you know while you build and refine and research based on the degree you have if that is, you know, what you’re interested in the most.
I hope that helps. I wanted to answer it here on the podcast because you guys know one person asks a question and I know there’s many of you that have a similar question. Your degree might not be in human resources. It may be in something else, and you just got it and you’re trying to decide.
I completely understand that. I’ve got a degree in public policy analysis and sports management wellness and fitness. Now, whether I use those things or not, eh, a little [laughs], a little. But, mostly, I’ve kind of carved my way based on, you know, the programming and the experience using online tools and social media and things like that.
Anyway, I hope today’s episode has helped you. It’s an add-on to last week where I was very low key and casual. I’m just letting you see behind the scenes. It makes me think about when Wendy Williams does the after the show and you see all the stuff behind the scenes. It’s kind of like that, kind of inspired by that.
I just wanted to just release myself. Just come on out here, do the podcast, and not be so concerned about are things exact. Now, next week, I will have it all together because I want a space that feels good and it’s comfortable and where we can hang out and talk some more.
Keep your questions coming. I’m on Facebook every day.
Facebook.com/TiffanyParsonBiz. I want you to ask your question there. Post it there, or if you’re a little private, you don’t want anybody to see your question, just message the question. That’s fine. I’ll answer here on the podcast because I know that most of the questions, someone else has that same thing.
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