We had the good fortune of connecting with Alycia Campbell and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Alycia, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
After the birth of my fourth child, I knew I wanted something different. I did not want to be chained to my desk from 8-5. I did not want to continue to get my hopes up for a promotion I may not receive. But most importantly, I did not want someone else to spend more time with my baby than I did. So I did it! I decided to go full steam ahead and start my virtual assistant business. I could use the skills I acquired working in healthcare for 13 years. Not only could I utilize my strengths, but I could create my own schedule. It was not an easy task, but here I am almost 2 years later! There are days I wish I had group health insurance and a 401k plan where my employer matched up to 6%, but you can’t put a dollar amount on the memories I’ve created!
Please tell us more about your business. We’d love to hear what sets you apart from others, what you are most proud of or excited about. How did you get to where you are today business-wise. Was it easy? If not, how did you overcome the challenges? What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way. What do you want the world to know about you or your brand and story?
I try really hard to not to compare myself to other businesses. Every business is special in their own way. I am most proud of the way I build relationships with my clients. One of my priorities is to ensure my partnerships are more than transactional. Building trust and getting to know my clients and what is important to them is important to me! The road to the current state has not been easy. I owe a lot of the credit to my mistakes. The best way I can describe overcoming the challenges I’ve faced is taking a step back to learn the lesson. I have learned not every client is the right client and it is ok to not be a good fit for each other. Taking on too many things at once or accepting work out of my genius is a disservice to the client and myself. I want the world to know I started this business thinking I had everything figured out, but the truth is I am learning everyday and still making changes. As scary as it is to not have a guaranteed salary, I would not trade it for a corporate job! Building this business has helped me think outside the box and pave MY OWN WAY! I want the world to know the time may never be right, so take the leap. Start now! You won’t regret starting, but you will regret it if you don’t.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Ahh man! This is tough. I don’t get out much. I enjoy being home with my family. But, if I had to be out on the town I would definitely recommend Mici’s Pizza, Endless Grind Coffee and Smith and Cannon ice cream. If you are looking to spice things up a bit, I highly recommend taking a cooking class at Cook Street Culinary School. So much fun and the meal you prepare will be AMAZING!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
The old saying “It takes a village to raise a family” holds true when it comes to the entrepreneurial journey. Starting my business was one of the scariest things I have ever done and I could NOT have done so without my village. I am blessed to have so many people in my corner, but the leader in my village is definitely my husband. He has listened to hours upon hours of me rambling about things I can’t control. Sacrificed building his own business on meeting heavy days. He has been the chef, teacher, housekeeper and family therapist. Most of all he has given me feedback that was hard to hear, but necessary for growth! Without him I would have waved the white towel on several occasions. Raising four children and building two businesses gets a little chaotic, but he makes it look so easy.