Have you worked with Elizabeth Chambers – Virtual Assistant?
Welcome to my interview with Canadian business owner Virtual Assistant Elizabeth Chambers! Be inspired by her words of wisdom and unique story.
Hi Elizabeth! Please introduce yourself and share 5 fun facts!
Hey friends! My name is Elizabeth Chambers and I am a Virtual Assistant. I provide Social Media Management, Graphics Creation & Administrative Services to female entrepreneurs. Here are 5 fun facts about me:
- I helped prepare for the Queen’s Golden Jubilee. Yes, that’s correct, I’m speaking about the one & only, Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II.
- Love animals & have two dogs, two cats, two rabbits & some fish.
- I am the champion of a bare-knuckle Karate tournament & also carry many other wins in kickboxing.
- I love Latin music & will not say no to dancing to a Salsa or Merengue.
- I’m a major ice cream & gelato snob having grown up in the family gelato business.
What inspired you to start your own Virtual Assistant business?
There’s actually a number of reasons as to why I started my Virtual Business, but having been in business for the last year, I can say without a doubt that I just really wanted to do something for me, that was mine & that I had to make all the decisions for. Plus, I honestly could not fathom commuting to work every day for 2-1/2 hours anymore after having my second & not being able to spend that precious time with my kids. I wanted flexibility & the truth is, no matter where I’ve worked or what I’ve done, I’ve always emerged a leader. So, it was finally time for me to be a leader for myself. And here I am!
What projects have been the most creative and exciting that you’ve worked on?
I really love all of the design projects I’ve taken on. There’s something really exciting about starting with a blank canvas & turning it into something beautiful. My favourite part is when my clients see the end result & LOVE IT. It’s such a good feeling.
What were the greatest challenges for you in starting your business?
I think the biggest challenge I had starting my business was learning how to curb my “shiny object syndrome.” I was trying to learn so many things at once & when you do that, it makes it really difficult to accomplish anything & focus on the important things. Once I was able to clear a straight path, I was actually able to launch my business.
What were the most notable victories?
This may seem silly, but getting my first client was the most impactful victory I’ve had because it was a huge hump for me to get over. I was scared as heck but I knew that if I just got that one client, I could actually make it as a business owner. Other Virtual Assistants commonly say, “Once you get your first client, the rest will follow.” That couldn’t be more true. They’ve definitely followed.
What is your favourite part about creating social media graphics for yourself and clients?
My favourite part about creating social media graphics is seeing which ones people are drawn to the most. I can then use this data going forward & create more of what works & less of what doesn’t. Surprisingly, often the ones you spend the least amount of time on, actually end up being more popular.
What do you enjoy about helping people/businesses as a Virtual Assistant?
I really enjoy taking on a project for a client that helps them both grow their business & give them more time flexibility. Seeing them at ease while I handle things that used to stress them out is really rewarding. Being a business owner can feel very lonely & my goal is to be that person they can lean on.
Do you have inspiring advice for creative types and entrepreneurs like you?
If you are doing what you love, the rest will come. Follow your gut instincts, keep growing by educating yourself further & get used to feeling uncomfortable & being afraid. That’s when the good stuff happens.
What’s the most important thing to you about building a community of connections over social media?
The most important thing about building a community is to ensure that it’s authentic. Really get to know people & what they represent. What are their quirks? Do they love their dog more than anything? Do you have the same type of music in common? It’s these types of things that really form authentic, long lasting & loyal connections.
What are your goals for the future of your business?
I’m hoping to create some courses as well as a suite of other products that people can purchase that are social media & graphic related. I also feel like I am moving more into a social media coaching role. I do it anyways, so it just seems like a natural progression for me.
What are the key values that you represent in your business?
I lead my business with value & integrity. I have built my community based on the amount of value I provide. It helps for people to see me as a leader in my industry & build that trust factor. I also avoid taking on projects that I don’t know anything about. A lot of Virtual Assistants say yes to any project, even if they have zero knowledge on how to complete that project. I refuse to do that. I want my clients to trust me & trust my honesty.
What encourages you to keep growing as a person and business owner?
Seeing the success of other female entrepreneurs in my niche keeps me growing. But I’d also have to say, at any point where I start to feel too comfortable, I know it’s time for me to step it up & take the next step.
What are the most important lessons you’ve learned throughout your experiences in this industry?
I think the most important lesson I’ve learned is that you will never know it all. You have to continuously educate yourself if you want to advance & grow.
Any last thoughts to share about yourself and your experiences as a Virtual Assistant?
The community I’ve become a part of is not something I expected. In a good way! I’ve become really close with other VA’s, other Social Media Managers & every other type of female entrepreneur that you can think of! The friendships I’ve formed has been a really cool side effect of becoming a Virtual Assistant & I am so grateful for everyone I’ve met.
Thank you so much Elizabeth for taking the time to answer my questions. Best of luck to you and your business as you learn and grow! Do you want to stay in touch with Elizabeth? Follow her on Instagram and Facebook.
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