We had the good fortune of connecting with Christine Brown and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Christine, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
Without risk, I wouldn’t have a successful Virtual Assistant business. If you had told me five years ago that I would be an entrepreneur with my own business, I absolutely would have laughed at you. I figured I would spend years in the classroom, maybe even stay home with our children while they were young, but never thought of myself as a business owner. In the months after our youngest child was born, I was looking for a part time job opportunity, but nothing I came across or tried was quite the right fit. A friend of mine recommended that I explore VA work. I knew it would be risky. I knew there was a chance it wouldn’t work out for us. So, I decided that if I made the leap, I would have to stand firm with my decision. I knew I would have to work hard to find my first clients and invest some time in learning all things related to owning a business. However, I’m so glad I took a major risk and unveiled the entrepreneurial spirit I didn’t know was hiding deep inside of me.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I’m a virtual assistant. I provide a handful of services to my clients, who are all female entrepreneurs. I love to support them by taking away the tedious and time consuming tasks, so they can focus on growing a successful business. I do this by providing executive administrative services and social media management services. I think what sets my business apart from others is the coaching services I also provide. Nothing brings me more joy than sharing what I do with other people, particularly those who have similar goals. My course, Building Blocks, is part e-book, part 1:1 coaching sessions. Included in the course, you’ll find ten short modules that help guide you from dreaming and aspiring entrepreneur to successful business owner. With the coaching sessions, my clients have the opportunity to ask questions, brainstorm ideas, and seek advice from an experienced VA. My journey to get here was certainly not easy. There were obstacles to overcome, lessons that were learned the hard way, and things I wish I had done differently. In the end, it’s all brought me to the exact place I am today and I’m so grateful for all of those moments.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
When visiting with company, the exact itinerary might depend on the season, but I would absolutely suggest that we take a trip to one of our favorite towns further west — Breckenridge or Beaver Creek. We might shop, have lunch at one of the local restaurants, and enjoy the mountain scenery. If staying more local, I would suggest we check out multiple restaurants for brunch, since we’ve become quite the fans of the Denver brunch scene since moving to the Mile High City.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My business simply wouldn’t exist without the support of my husband. He has been encouraging me from the very beginning. He celebrated my very first client with me and has continued to celebrate every one thereafter. He’s a shoulder to lean on when there have been more difficult moments, particularly in the beginning, and always reminds me of why I started in the first place. Sometimes, he may believe in me and my abilities more than I believe in myself. He regularly spends extra time with our two little ones while Mommy meets with clients for discovery calls or virtual meetings. I’m truly grateful for his love and motivation, and being able to mention him in this small way is the very least I can do to thank him.
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