Virtual Executive Officer, Jasmine Adams
Interested in becoming an online business manager? Jasmine Adams does exactly this! Working for yourself is totally possible when you hone in on your skills. Keeping reading to find out more about Jasmine’s journey.
How did you make the leap to your current role?
I wanted to work for myself as well as spend more time with my family and not have a cap on my income.
When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I wanted to be successful, whatever it took to get there! I wanted to have money and live comfortable.
What was your first job ever? Did it help you in your current role?
My first job was babysitting and Peter Piper Pizza as a cashier. Yes it helped me develop some customer service skills.
What made you want to start your business? What or who inspired you to do so?
The birth of my daughter has been a HUGE inspiration to my life.
What does your job entail? How do you explain what you do to others?
I am considered a Virtual Assistant/Online Business Manager. I help entrepreneurs and small businesses by managing their day-to-day tasks such as Social Media Management, Business Development, HR Recruiting, and General Administrative Tasks.
How long have you been doing this?
I have been doing it for years but I have had my business for a year now!
What is a day for you like? What is your routine?
My routine depends on my clients and their needs. Some clients I am handling the same tasks everyday and some are project based.
How do you end your work day?
By checking in with my clients and making my schedule for the next work day making sure everything is organized.
How did you go about starting your business? What were some of your initial steps that you took?
RESEARCH.RESEARCH.RESEARCH. Also, I did lots of networking and joined as many groups as I could on Facebook.
What are you biggest responsibilities as an entrepreneur/freelancer?
Organization is the biggest responsibility and constant networking and marketing to find new clients.
What has been the hardest part of your transition?
When I didn’t have any clients or clients and I parted ways, replacing that income and keeping the faith knowing I could do it. Sometimes as an entrepreneur it gets tough but you have to persevere.
What has been the easiest part of your transition?
Being available for my daughter and my newborn! I set my own schedule and have a lot of flexibility.
What keeps you motivated?
SUCCESS keeps me motivated, I won’t stop until I get there.
How do you define success now?
Having my business run on it’s own for 3 months without me, that means that the company is where it needs to be.
How do you prevent burn out?
Reading articles, reading blogs, and talking with peers.
What do you think is the most important characteristic to have for someone who wants to take a similar career route to yours?
It’s not easy, but it’s possible. If you have the drive it can be done. If you believe it, you can achieve it.
What do you wish you knew before starting out on your own path?
I would have strategized more and started with a business partner.
Did anyone help you in developing your own business or side business?
My uncle and my husband were big influences for me and supported me.
Do you have a work idol? Is there a working woman or man out there that you admire?
Not one in particular, I follow many woman.
What is your favorite thing about the industry you work in?
The unknown. Things are constantly changing and evolving and it’s our job to stay on top of the “new”.
What are some tools that you can live without?
Asana, Trello, and Gmail.
What do you have on your desk or working space right now?
I work in many areas of my house. I am a HUGE fan of sticky notes, they help keep me organized along with a note pad.
What do you want other women in similar situations to know about your chosen career path?
If you have a vision, sacrifice for that vision, and take strides toward that vision through any and everything, YOU CAN CREATE YOUR DREAM JOB!