19 Oct My Decision to Become a Food Blog Virtual Assistant
Hey guys! As you know, this is my first blog post on here. I decided I would give you more insight as to what lead me to becoming a food blog virtual assistant and why I love it so much. Every week I will have a new post describing what went on during the week, any tips I have for you, but also, any fun stories. There is never a dull moment in the life of a virtual assistant for food bloggers.
First, let’s cover the everyday jobs I had. In my life, 90% of the jobs I had were all administrative related. One of my first major jobs was as a front desk receptionist for Marriott. About a year into working there, I got pregnant with my daughter. Sadly, I developed a hemorrhage and was restricted to only standing for 5 hours at a time. However, my shifts were eight hours. Obviously, I shouldn’t stand that whole time. I asked my boss if it would be ok if I stood for five hours then sat for an hour and stood for the rest of my shift. Are you ready for this? He told me no. He said I could stand the whole time or leave. Does anyone need time to think about what I said? Didn’t think so.
From there, I went on to Guitar Center.
I was at Guitar Center for five years and I won’t even begin to tell you I regret it. Out of all of the “real” jobs I ever had, that will always be my favorite. The store manager gave me a job at 5 months pregnant and I will always be so grateful for that. Not only that but once I had to go on bed rest and then had my girl, Piper, they said I could come back to work whenever I was ready and I would have a job. My bosses there taught me to never doubt my abilities. They made me stronger, helped me perfect my work ethic, and encouraged me to never settle in life or in the work place. I started out as the “door girl”. I would keep track of inventory that came in and out of the store and greet customers. Eventually, I moved back to the warehouse as the Operations Manager in Training. In that position I was taught how to manage the money, keep track of all the inventory in the store, handle shipments (incoming and outgoing), and work with my team not above them.
Side note: For a very brief moment in time, I had a part time job in a therapist’s office while working at GC. SURPRISE! SURPRISE! After the second time I had to call out for Piper being sick, I was fired.
Next, I got a job working in the Apple Store. Apple is a great company to work for and I would never deny that. However, Apple was the third real world experience I had where I was hindered by being a single mother. I don’t necessarily fault Apple for this. It’s a business just like any other and they expect a lot from their employees. Unfortunately, I could not comply with those standards and be a mom. Kids get sick, A LOT, and despite what some employers will have you think, they will only understand to a certain point. Here is where my life was truly changed forever, though. I met my fiancé at Apple.
That brings us to the final “real job” I had. I went from Apple to work for an industrial machine company as the administrative assistant. This is where I gained all of the education I have on quickbooks, invoicing, and bookkeeping. I won’t go into detail but after about a year it became very obvious that the way I and other’s were treated there was never going to be ok with me. I went to work everyday, once again, struggling with whether I should leave or tough it out for my family.
I had now had four major jobs and, out of those four, only one was completely and totally understanding. Nothing is more unsettling that getting a new job but being afraid every day that the school will call or your child will wake up with a fever and you’ll lose your job. Lots of people, women in particular, struggle with the decision of whether or not they should stay in a work environment that they hate for the good of their families.
In my case, that decision was made very easy. Enter: Cheryl Malik.
One of my best friends is Cheryl Malik of 40aprons. She has always been a huge supporter of any woman that wants to be her own boss, live a better life, and not have to sacrifice time with family. I have known Cheryl since my days at Guitar Center. She and I became best friends very quickly and we’ve been there for each other through a lot. I was talking to her one day about how unhappy I was and she said, “Quit.” Like it was that easy? “Quit. Come work for me as my assistant.”
Yup. It was that easy.
I was very lucky to have her in my corner. I have now been her assistant for just over two months and it was the best decision I ever made. She helped me take advantage of all the skills I already had but wasn’t really aware of until now. When she suggested that I quit my job and start my own business doing this, I thought she was just being hopeful. It wasn’t until I sat down and really thought about all the experience and skills I had, that I realized she was right. I have helped her in many different ways. Everything from Facebook scheduling and blog writing, to help with her e-books and e-courses. Getting to be part of the food blogging world and being a food blog virtual assistant opened my mind to so many possibilities. This helped me realize just how much I love being behind the scenes and getting to be part of every post, every funny moment in the kitchen, and who could forget the amazing food I get to taste test?! Being a food blog virtual assistant is what I was meant to do.
So, here we are! I am loving my job and my life and looking forward to helping many more food bloggers and others that are starting their own business. Whether it’s just a few tasks here and there or taking care of all the behind the scenes admin work, I’m excited to help!