Eight years ago, I started dreaming. I started dreaming about some unknown job that would combine doing what I enjoyed with being in the environment I loved. I dreamed of a job that would let me be a successful working woman, and a successful master of my home. I dreamed of something that would let me manage my time so that I could keep devoting energy to the things and people I loved. I was dreaming of a job that I could do right from my own kitchen table. I wasn’t sure if a job like that even exisited, and if it did, if I’d ever find it. But the dream was born. And this was just the very vague beginning of my work at home dream.
A couple years later, I got a real life taste of that dream. I discovered from-home call center work. It was demanding, exhausting and it kept me on my toes. It wasn’t exactly the dream job I’d been looking for, but I was working from my little desk in my own bedroom. It was a step in the right direction, and it lit a fire under my dream. I was determined to find a way to keep doing this.
Over the next few years, I worked other jobs but I kept dabbling in attempts at figuring out what my dream job was and how to make it work. I tried web design. I did more phone work. I applied for dozens of freelance jobs, and considered transcription. I met with some good results here and there, but nothing exactly fit.
What did happen though, was that I started to figure out what exactly I wanted to do from home. I figured out what I was good at, and did enough to know what I enjoyed and what I really didn’t. But I was discouraged. I didn’t know how to get going, or if I even had what it took. We needed me to be able to work, and I felt doomed to work jobs I hated forever.
That’s when I met Lisa Morosky and got a copy of her soon to be released book, The Bootstrap VA. I already knew that Virtual Assisting was exactly the direction I wanted to go if I ever could work from home. I just had no idea how to actually launch a business, find clients and make it work.
Lisa’s book was exactly what I needed to read. It laid it all out there, step by step. It showed me how much closer I was to making my dream a reality than I dared to hope. It also helped me to realize I already had the skills and the resources to make this work. I could launch a business doing what I loved. I could manage my own time and work from my kitchen table. I could actually do this!
I was so relieved, so excited and empowered by what I was reading that I just might have cried a few times over my notes. The book made it so clear and so easy to understand. It answered my questions, and gave me resources and tools to not just make a half hearted attempt at figuring it out, but to build a good foundation that would help make my efforts more successful.
It was an answer to prayer, and the thing that helped make working from home move from only a dream to a reality. I know that God used it at the right time to help me find the courage to make the leap into starting my own business.
In January, I officially launched my dream in the form of a brand new website. A few weeks ago, I got my first set of recurring hours and a new client. I have been thrilled every day since that this work from home dream is actually happening!
My business has a lot of growing to do. Eventually, I look forward to having a fuller schedule and more clients. (If you or someone you know is interested in VA or Social Media Management work, I’d love to hear from you!) But thanks to Lisa and her book, we’re off to a good start. I am so grateful!
I’m telling this story because I think I’m not the only one who has felt trapped in a place or job that they really don’t want to be. Maybe this book could help you find your niche and your courage to step out and start something of your own.
The good news is that The Bootstrap VA is going to be on sale for the next few days. From Monday, March 11th – Wednesday, March 13th, The Bootstrap VA will be 30% off. That makes it just $9.09, and believe me, if you are thinking of working from home, it is well worth every penny of that. You also get access to a special facebook group for Virtual Assistants. It’s such an awesome resource and connecting place to ask questions, bounce ideas and to get help!
When you buy the PDF version, you’ll need to use this coupon code to get the discount: LASTCALL.
Also, when Lisa releases the new version in April, you’ll automatically get the updated version if you buy it now. There won’t be any sales or discounts in the foreseeable future, so now is the time to grab it if you are interested.
I truly can’t say enough about how The Bootstrap VA helped me to know how to focus and plan ahead for working from home. I loved how easy it was to read, and I hope that some of you can benefit from it like I did.