Sept. 25, 2006

Delano stay-at-home mom launches high tech business

By Cullen Schultz
Staff Writer

Delano resident Angela Green published her first book, “The Virtual Assistant’s Start Up Guide: A 30-day plan to build your VA business” this summer.

Green grew up in Iowa and attended Iowa State University where she earned a bachelor of science degree in management information systems. She moved to Chicago, and then to the Twin Cities.

“Iowa was too small; Chicago was too big, the Twin Cities was just right,” Green said.

When she moved to Minnesota, she got a job working in the administrative department for the Wilder Foundation, a large non-profit organization based out of St. Paul.

While working at Wilder, Green met her future husband, Rick. They lived in St. Louis Park for three years, and then moved to Delano, where they have been the past two years.

About this time, Green made a major decision in her life. She gave birth to her daughter, Erin, and decided to give up her job and stay home to take care of Erin.

A year went by, and Green decided she wanted to get back into the business world, while still staying home and taking care of her daughter.

“I brainstormed ideas, and came across virtual assistant on the Internet,” Green said.

A virtual assistant (VA) works from home and it is an administrative job which involves tasks such as Internet research, mailing, scheduling, and travel arrangements. VAs tend to work for small businesses, non-profit organizations, and entrepreneurs. A typical VA works for about 10 to 20 hours a week.

“You can build your business to fit into your lifestyle,” Green said.

Anyone can become a VA. There are no degrees required, but there are online classes and a test one can take to become a certified VA. If one has a computer, it is a very minimal investment, costing around $200.

It took Green six months to create her business, Virtual Office Strategies. During the six-month period, she researched, made business cards, and created her own web site.

After she got her business started, she needed to get a client base. Green started by reconnecting with people she used to work with, referrals, joining the Delano Area Chamber of Commerce, and her web site. She has been a VA now for almost three years.

Green got the idea to write a book after people started coming up to her and asking her how she became a VA.

“It’s another option for moms,” Green said.

Green’s book, “The Virtual Assistant’s Start-Up Manual: A 30-day plan to build your VA business” has been out since June. It provides a simple six-step procedure to start a virtual assistant business.

The steps the book goes over are: defining your business, structuring your business, creating your marketing materials, handling the books, building your client base, and putting on the finishing touches. By following these steps, a person can have a VA business underway in just 30 days.

Along with her VA business and book, Green also offers phone consultations, giving callers coaching tips on how to start and run a VA business.

Green is having a local seminar to cover key points and to answer questions about her book. The free two-hour seminar will take at the Church of Saints Peter and Paul in Loretto Saturday, Sept. 30 at 9:30 a.m.

To order and find more information about “The Virtual Assistant’s Start-Up Manual: A 30-day plan to build your VA business,” visit www.vamanual.com.

Author to present seminar in Loretto Sat.

Delano author Angela Green will be presenting a workshop about becoming a virtual assistant Saturday, Sept. 30 in Loretto from 9:30 to 11 a.m.

This workshop is free of charge, and will take place at the Church of Saints Peter and Paul.

For more information, or to register, call (612) 605-8231 or e-mail angela@vamanual.com.

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