About Tanya Bryant
My VA story starts in February 2013. Up until that point, I’d been working for 11 years in corporate information technology after getting a degree in Management Information Systems from the University of Minnesota. I was the person in charge of translating between computer geeks and regular folks. I enjoyed the work and “cubicle life”, but things changed and evolved on a personal level.
I got married and my husband and I are proud parents of 3 awesome kids. It’s hard to believe they are already 14, 12 and 5. They are growing up so fast, and I felt like I was missing a lot being stuck in a corporate job for 8+ hours a day.
It took me a while to figure out something I could do from home, but after some trial and errors, things finally clicked into place early in 2013. I heard about Virtual Assistants. I was totally intrigued because it sounded like something I was already doing. I was the person my family and friends would go to if they had a technical question or needed a website. Why not get paid to do that … not from my family and friends of course. ☺
I loved the idea of continuing to work in my field, but helping smaller businesses and online entrepreneurs from my home office instead of a downtown high-rise. I liked the idea of picking and choosing who I worked with and being flexible enough with work hours that I could pick up the kids from the bus and make it to school functions. (Not to mention not having to freak out anymore when one of the kids got sick and had to stay home). And don’t even get me started on how much time I’m saving by not being stuck in mandatory weekly meetings.
Deciding to become a VA was the easy part… getting clients was a bit of a challenge in the beginning. That all changed in February 2013. I joined Solo Masterminds and decided to offer a couple of hours of free VA work. I needed a little experience under my belt and more importantly, I needed to get in touch with potential clients and a few good testimonials couldn’t hurt either.
I know what you’re thinking… Working for free sounds crazy, but it worked like a charm. Within a few weeks, I started getting paid clients. Things moved so quickly that I was working full-time and had a full VA client schedule as well. In the end, it allowed me to quit my day job much quicker than I expected and my VA business has been thriving ever since.
I feel incredibly blessed to have found this rewarding way to help some awesome people run their online businesses and make a comfortable full-time income at the same time.
I wouldn’t have made it this quickly without some help and guidance along the way. It’s time for me to pay it forward which is why when the opportunity came up to take over StarVA.com from Angela Wills, I didn’t hesitate for even a minute.
I’ve learned a lot over the past years. What works, what doesn’t and believe me if there’s a stumbling block on this journey, I’ve found it … and more importantly, I’ve overcome it and got to where I am today. My hope for StarVA.com is to help you get started sooner, succeed earlier and most importantly keep you from giving up too soon.
If you want to hear more about how I ended up doing 40 hours of client work for free and how it jump started my VA business, resulting in well over $15,000 in income, sign up for my free report here!
And if you’re interested, here are a few of my favorite testimonials from my fabulous clients in my VA business over at VirtualMindworks.com: