I was blessed to connect with and interview Tishia Lee, a virtual assistant, of Tishia Saves Time. Tishia is a single mom that decided to work from home so that she could spend time with the most precious person in her life -- her son. Sheila: Will you give my readers some background information on you?
Tishia: I'm a 30 something (ok ok if you really want to know I'm 35) single work at home mom to one child - a 12 year old boy. I've been working from home as a Virtual Assitant since January 2006. When I'm not working or spending time with my son I enjoy going to church, hanging out with friends and family, playing softball, working out, reading, blogging, watching movies and so much more. I'm a total Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/tishialee) addict and Twitter twerp (http://www.twitter.com/tishialee).
Sheila: From reviewing your website, I see that you were an Optometrist Assistant before deciding to become a Virtual Assistant. What reason or reasons did you have for making this decision?
Tishia: Well, I was working all kinds of crazy icky shifts (12-9, 11-8, 10-7) and never got to spend any time with my son. He was literally being raised by daycare. He was miserable, I was sad because even though I was doing what I had to (working those crazy shifts) in order to provide a roof over our heads and food on the table I didn't like not being home with him. I would literally see him first thing in the morning as I got him up for school and then when I picked him up from daycare and had to take him home and put him to bed. I knew it wasn't fair to him to be raised by daycare but as a single mom I didn't think there was any other option. In December 2005 a close friend, and fellow work at home mom, started talking to me about the possibilities of working from home. And by the end of December I was giving my two weeks notice and Tishia Saves Time was born. So my son was the main reason, but another reason was because I was tired of working these dead end, low paying, jobs. I wanted to do something that I could continually be learning, be home with my son and still support us. So working from home as a Virtual Assistant was the perfect solution.
Sheila: Also, I read that you were a Christian, has being a Christian had any effects on your business and your clients knowing that you are Christian, negative or positive?
Tishia: It wasn't until this year when I went through a Faith Based Business Coaching Program that I realized I needed to be bringing my business under God's authority on a daily basis. Unfortunately, I hadn't been doing that. I hadn't been praying for anything related to my business until going through this coaching program and realizing the importance of doing it. As for clients, most of them know I'm a Christian. One client specifically chose to work with me because she knew I was a Christian. So, all in all ever since this year when I went through the coaching program and started praying for my business and clients, etc I've seen a huge (positive) difference. I'm the busiest I've ever been and I really see God moving in my business.
Sheila: What type of services do you offer?
Tishia: This is kind of an open ended question. I offer quite a few different services but my specialty is transcription. I'm a total geek when it comes to transcribing! I love it :-) Aside from that I do things such as article submissions, press release submissions, email management, website/blog management and more. I do offer some writing services but only if it's on topics I'm knowledgeable in.
Sheila: Where do you see your business in two years?
Tishia: Financially I have a goal of bringing in $5,000.00 a month and I can totally see that happening in two years. But aside from the financial goal I would like to see my business so 'big' that I have a couple other VA's working with me and at least one transcriptionist on my team for all the transcription projects I would like to be handling. Affiliate marketing isn't really part of my VA business but for me personally I want to up my affiliate marketing and increase my passive income which will help with the goal of $5,000.00 a month.
Sheila: If you had to start over again...what would you do different?
Tishia: Oh jeez...spend more time on my things that need to be done (blog content, newsletter, social media marketing, etc). Sometimes it's hard to take the time to work on the things I need to be doing because client work and what pays the bills comes first. With that being said it's kind of like a contradiction because if I was spending the time doing the things I needed to do then I would be marketing more effectively and bringing in more business. I'd also pay for coaching with someone I looked up to in business that was successful and doing things I wanted to do in my business. It took me a long time to realize the value of coaching/mentoring so that's definitely something I'd do right from the get go if I had to start all over again.
Sheila: What advice would you give to a mom that wants to work from home while raising her family?
Tishia: Take the time to 'inventory' what your passions are. What skills do you have? Is your passion something that other people need and could benefit from? Make sure you do your research before just jumping in head first. It takes a lot of time and perserverance to run a home business. Join a mentoring group like Mom Masterminds (http://www.tishiasavestime.com/mm) where successful women in business are there to 'take you under their wing' and give you advice, help and feedback.
Sheila: How is the virtual assistant business changing and how can we deal with these changes?
Tishia: The biggest change I've seen in the VA industry since I started my VA business is that it's growing by leaps and bounds. It seems like every time I turn around I'm hearing of more and more people starting a VA business. It's been really cool to see the industry take off and grow like it has. Another change I've noticed too is that more VA's are becoming certified. In my opinion I don't think it's a necessity. In the several years I've been doing this I've never had one client ask me if I was a certified VA or not. There's definitely been some controversy around the topic.
Sheila: Are there any trends that we should be aware of in the virtual assistant industry?
Tishia: Like I mentioned above really the only trend I notice is that it just continues to grow and grow.
You can contact Tishia to find out more about her business by email me firstname.lastname@example.org or contact her at 1-810-515-7953. And of course, you can find more about her by visiting her website http://www.tishiasavestime.com
I would like to thank Tishia for allowing me to interview her. I wish you many blessings and more successes as your business grows.
I would also like to thank Courtney for connecting to two of us.