Weeks went by after I met Dr. Sanders, and the thought of entrepreneurship drifted from my mind. Still on the hunt to find employment, I found myself getting frustrated. “Why am I not getting any calls?” I would ask myself. At that time, I was under the impression, that my education was the key to me getting employment, so as you could imagine, I grew very frustrated when I kept getting turned down.
One day, a couple of letters came in the mail; one of them were a letter from unemployment. Immediately opening up the letter, I sighed. I had 2 payments left before my unemployment ended. “Maybe this was a mistake” I thought. To verify this frustrating news, I immediately called the unemployment office. Yep… it was true, my unemployment was ending and I have exhausted all of my benefits. Thinking how would it affect me supporting my family I became angry at my current situation and the fact that no job saw value in me, especially since I had a degree. I was so frustrated that I took a seat down on my bed. Something had to happen and a job wasn’t in the picture at the moment. Suddenly, I started thinking back to my conversation with Dr. Sanders and his advice on me becoming an entrepreneur. It sounded feasible but I wasn’t sure of where I would begin.
Trying to find an answer, I started to research the Internet for business ideas. Thinking of the worse case scenario my mind immediately went into survival mode. I had two checks left and all I can think about is the fact that I need to do something to bring some money to continue to support my family. Looking up examples of small business startups, I came across many great ideas but the problem was that I had little to no funding that would support them. I needed something effective and affordable. After a few hours, I came to a business that I believed that I could do.
“A Virtual Assistant Company?” I thought “This seems like something I could do for now, plus it doesn’t cost much and I have most of the resources and skill set to get started.”
That was it a venture that I could afford. Feeling nervous at the fact that I was actually considering becoming an entrepreneur, I continued to move forward and research. The business sounded like a perfect fit, but I still wanted to learn about the steps to get started. Finally, I came across a book called The 2-Second Commute: Join the Exploding Ranks of Freelance Virtual Assistants by Christine Durst, Michael Haaren as my first reference. This along with other resources are what helped me get an understanding of what it takes to start a business as a virtual assistant and to create a business plan. After many hours of critique my best comprehension of a business plan it was time for the big moment, I went to the State of Missouri’s Business Page to start the process of licensing my company.
After completing the requested information, it was time to complete the process. I would love to say that I seamlessly completed the process, but I didn’t. Out of fear, I called to business office to ask them question after question until the clerk informed me that it sounds like I am making it harder than what it really it. Knowing that, I thanked her for her honesty and patience and hung up the phone. Taking a deep breath and hoping I went through the proper steps, I paid the fee and pressed print. Out came a white piece of paper with the State logo and the business name New Generation VA Solutions… it was official. I completed the first steps to legalize my business and become… a business virgin.