Diva: LaTasha West
Business Name: Extra Hands
Website Address: http://www.whenyouneedahand.biz
Year Business Was Founded: 2011
Tell us about your business:
Extra Hands is a Personal Concierge & Virtual Assistant business. We will handle most any legal and ethical request. I can run your small business back office, plan your child’s birthday party, organize your home office, plan your vacation, decorate your home for the holidays and so much more! I am here to help simplify the lives of many people who just don’t have the time to do all the things that need to be done.
What inspired you to start your business?
I started Extra Hands because I was known as the “go to girl” in my circle, I was always researching or planning something for myself, my family and friends. I was overwhelmed with the work I was doing in corporate America and wanted something where I could use my talents & creativity effectively.
What has been the biggest challenge in your business and how have you dealt with it?
My biggest challenge has been getting people realize the value in this type of service and understand what it is I do. I began to offer free 1 hour trials so that potential clients can understand how exactly I can help them. I am also in the process of working on a web blog where I will post weekly explaining my business and industry and also provide time and money saving tips for clients and potential clients.
What would you say has contributed to your business success?
I believe I am successful because I love what I do. That old saying is true…find something that you love to do and find a way to make money doing it. I will work longer and harder because what I do is enjoyable to me.
What advice would you like to offer to other women/moms who are thinking about starting a business?
Be patient. Trust yourself. Do your research.
What has been the most rewarding aspect of being an entrepreneur?
Being able to choose my own path! I can be as creative as I want to be and I love it!
What is your favorite tool/resources you use for your business and why?
My favorite tool thus far has been my Iphone…it allows me to work from anywhere…I can accept credit card payments, send emails, research information for my clients, update my website, create videos and more.
How do you manage your personal and business activities?
I set a schedule. I have set work hours, if that changes then I am sure to inform my family and friends. I also involve my family in my work whenever possible.
Looking back, is there anything you wish you’d done differently?
I would have done this sooner!
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