Member Spotlight – Jacqueline “Jacqui” Davis

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Member Spotlight – Jacqueline “Jacqui” Davis

This month’s member in the spotlight is Jacqueline “Jacqui” Davis, owner and Chief Problem Solver at Virtually Here, LLC.

Before starting her own virtual business, Jacqui used to be a special education teacher. She  injured her back in 2009 restraining a student. She had to have back surgery and had to take time off from teaching to heal. Her mom told her about a Chronical segment on TaskRabbit. TaskRabbit is an online and mobile marketplace that allows users to outsource small jobs and tasks to others in their nearby areas.

Since she did not want to just sit on the couch and watch TV, she decided to apply as a “rabbit” (the person who performs tasks). She started doing virtual tasks for people on the platform. Two of these people were female entrepreneurs from California that teamed up together and convinced her to start her own Virtual Assistant company, so in 2010 she started Virtually Here.

When talking about her niche, she says, “ Virtually Here is a very different model than most Virtual Assistants. When I began in 2010, it was just me doing virtual admissive type tasks. Quickly I was finding that my clients needed more support in categories like marketing, social media, web design and more. So in 2012, I change my business model to be a virtual assistant firm. Essentially, your one-stop virtual shop for all your business support needs. I now have a team of people who can provide all back-end services to entrepreneurs and small business.”

She’s performed a variety of jobs, but, she says, all of them had one thing in common – customer service and problem-solving. She knew these skills well and growing up in the world of technology, she knew she would be successful.

What makes Jacqui unique and her business stand out from the rest? Her first response is FAMILY! Growing up with a sister with Down syndrome, and then later serving as primary caretaker for her mother, she has seen firsthand what happens when a group of people unite under a common goal.

Jacqui says, “just as a family becomes stronger when they work together, a business becomes stronger when people with individual skills work together. After working for 12 years in hospital administration, I started Virtually Here to provide a one-stop virtual shop for administrative and business support needs.” Nearly six years later, she’s expanded her role from virtual administrative assistant to prolific networker … making it her mission to cultivate a Rolodex of experienced, highly talented creative partners ready to collaborate with her clients.

What advice does Jacqui have for anyone starting a virtual assistant business? “First and foremost, before you start the business, have clients and support from family and friends. I would also suggest talking to other virtual assistants about their experiences. I found those two things to be the biggest help when starting out and even now six years later.”

Jacquie adds “ Virtually Here is proud to belong to a number of prestigious organizations, including The International Virtual Assistants Associations (IVAA), New England Virtual Assistants (NEVA), and the Woman’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC).  Even with this professional success, I’m still focused on family first. Most weekends you’ll find me with the people (and pets) I love, singing in an adult rock chorus, and attending plays, musicals, and concerts. After all, what good is professional success if you don’t have family to share it with?”

I’d love to welcome you into the Virtually Here family. Book your free one-hour consultation today!

Virtually Here

Virtually Here, LLC

Office: 978-600-8218

Cell: 857-544-1355

www.VirtuallyHere.net

 

Written by Jo Ann Plante

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