What in heaven’s name was that?
After a month of flurry and forgetting the purpose of clocks, it all came to this. Or these, if you want the specifics. The “this” would be the situation; “these” would be the things I’ve gotten myself into. Bloawdy heyl, as the friend from Limerick said.
OK, I’ve specifically asked Kirby to have a category dedicated to my rantings. “Huh? Aren’t we supposed to be angels?”
“Well, allow me to fall from grace. At least once a month,” said my mouth. The angels looked straight at me, doubting. “OK, twice. Thrice, max.” They smiled. Oh, little ones. I love you all for being patient with me. Each one is gonna get a breezy weekend. So beer this Friday?
Anyways, it all came down to this: more hours of work. And as for the “these” part, here goes:
* A weekly writing contract for self-help a website. Been doing this since forever. The dormant, real angel inside me awakens so I could write about the beauty of human nature, the power of love and all the great things we can achieve in life. Nope, am not telling which site or which blogger/author. Suffice it to say, I get paid! Period. Besides, my fingers were designed to whack the keyboards in less than four hours and produce brilliant (ahem!) content, articles and blogs.
In all honesty, it’s a liberating experience to write as I am even if someone else “buys” my work. I get the dollars, I get my sincere points across and helped a few, and hey! I can finally make eBay purchases now! Also, writing is my passion, working well is my commitment and sharing bits of wisdom has always been my calling. So get your brows down now. I’ve never complained about writing 4 to 10 articles each week, why should you? And your jaws are open. The flies’ gonna get in there.
* Simple social media management. It’s additional 8-10 hours per week, divided by three people, mostly interchangeable but will be under my hawk’s eye. By the way, how come they called it hawk’s eye? Gazelle’s eyes could see like almost all 360 degrees. I should be called that. Anyways, I take pride in getting two angels social network sites to manage. Two accounts each, plus their usual customer support. Hmm. All that should get them off THEIR facebook. Welcome to the club, Angels! I hardly see my friends anymore. And finally, I could talk to my teenager in real life, not through Facebook! By the way, it takes me just close to 4 hours each week to look through the Angels’ performance, get them pointers and all. In sum, they’re doing so good!
* Customer support. So now, I’m still handling the one major-major customer support for a really nice guy, a champion in internet marketing who gave me a huge Christmast gift. But for all the rest of this particular virtual assistant task, I got reliable arms. Yeeeey for the girls! Jones and Issey, you’re so lovely for tending to these. So now I’m not shoving “learn to rewrite” down your throats anymore. What a relief it’s been for these awesome angels! So far, after a month, I didn’t get a single complaint, all customers’ concerns are tended to in less than 24 hours, our bosses are no doubt happier than David Beckham having a daughter – finally.
What I’m most happy about, however, is the angels learned how to truly communicate to people via emails. Of course, I’m happy that Jones and Issey weathered through time management issues with both having their priorities rocked up with the tasks. But now, they’ve learned. Quickly, I should add. Congratulations, Angels. You are lovelier when you smile upon completing those two-hours a day tasks. Don’t bother learning why so many people purchase those products. Celebrate it that they do! Cuz we get paid! We get paid!
* Internet research. My heart bled a few times watching the little ones with bloodshot eyes while learning how to do this. While I felt better they didn’t get migraines like I did when I started, it’s still painful listening to their growing doubts if they can do it and hit the target. But man, they’ve learned it so fast, learned it so well, and now things are going so well. Saludos to Kirby and Jones. Cheers for making the usual 12-hrs. per week task just three or four.
* Link building. OK, so I’m not good at all other techniques. But I’m dedicated at posting comments on blogs. So for four hours at the very least, I read a lot and then post my comments. Ooopps. Not mine. Our clients’ comments! It’s not just mine although I so love commenting as ME. Because I don’t have to be hesitant with words, spend time qualifying my ideas and ensuring that our clients’ comments – which I write and post – wouldn’t put our clients at a bad light. No way, I wouldn’t want that to happen.
Now, after that, I go to my favorite blogs. Sadly, most of my favorites were discovered by one client as it’s in the life improvement niche. Suffice it to say, the angel in me comes out when I read those blogs and share my ideas. Gawd! I hate it when I’m restricted by that “non-disclosure clause”. One name or any slip, I’m off the generous payroll. Ughs!
But really. After a month, we’re officially BUSY virtual assistants. Six people and counting, each getting an average of 6 hrs. each day. And while I do work over eight hours a day, and then have to plant my nose into their performance, I’ve never been happier. Well, at least, in terms of watching a nice thing grow, blossom and become a real beauty!
I’ll see you next month. In the meantime, to our clients, thanks for choosing the Oh!SomeAngels.