A few of us met for dinner the night before and then the entire group gathered the following day to share information and learn from each other. There was a lot of advice for the new entrepreneurs and I developed a desire to learn more about InfusionSoft based on conversations with other VA’s. I’d like to use it for myself but need to determine whether the hefty monthly cost will allow me to incorporate my multiple businesses and web sites.
Aside from the socialization, I continue to attend Michigan Virtual Assistant conferences because they allow me to tap into what others are doing in the industry. Last year I met two of my current team members. This year I discovered I’m not the only company considering moving away from the Virtual Assistant name.
The term Virtual Assistance has become incredibly diluted by so many industries having adopted the term. VA’s perform tasks from transcription to coaching and many variances in between. There is only ONE common thread: the work is completed remotely.
Two innovative businesses were introduced this year and I’m excited about seeing them carve out their niches in the wedding & film industries. It’s important for VA’s to set themselves apart from the overwhelming choices in today’s virtual support market.
Next year, MIVA is planning on moving the conference to Grand Rapids and combining it with a tour during Art Prize. Count me in!