Full Name: Lily Chambers
Company/Business Name: The Virtual Office Goddess, LLC
Year Business Was Founded: 2007
Tell us about your business: The Virtual Office Goddess is a virtual bookkeeping business utilizing primarily QuickBooks to assist entrepreneurs and small businesses with day-to-day accounting needs (paying bills, balancing checkbooks/credit card statements, etc.)
What inspired you to start your business? A co-worker at my 9-5 came to me and said “as the trustee of a horse rescue operation, I have been empowered to hire a bookkeeper for 3-5 hours/month. Can you recommend anyone?” Well, of course I said “me” and TVOG was born.
What has been your biggest challenge in your business and how have you dealt with it? Juggling my time has been the biggest challenge. I use time management software, a large whiteboard to track due dates and projects, and a kitchen timer to keep me on track! Marketing has also beena big. challenge. I have done a ton of research and keep a tabbed notebook with information I have found as a reference to keep me on track.
What would you say has contributed to your business success? I am computer savvy, stubborn, and seriously committed to the success of all of my ventures. If I don’t know how to do something, I research until I find a source to learn how to do whatever it is. I spend a lot of time researching, networking, and focusing on business growth.
What advice would you like to offer other women/moms who are thinking about starting a business? Be prepared to work long hours, feel frustrated and depressed sometimes, but also keep in mind WHY you wanted to start a business in the first place. No-one said it would be easy but I personally believe the rewards are well worth it. And definitely find yourself a support network, whether it is family, friends, a networking group or forum, or a combination of all of them.
What is your favorite tool or resource you use for your business? I have fallen in love with both Google Calendars and Dropbox. The calendar helps me to track my tasks and deadlines and Dropbox allows me to have files immediately accessible to both myself and my clients, no matter where I am working. And I keep many of the articles I publish in TVE Magazine for future reference (in my tabbed notebook, of course)!
Share one business goal you have for your business? To convert all of my client base to virtual status, allowing me to work from anywhere (currently several clients are “local”).