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Moving and Business

So, as we all are aware, 2020 hasn’t quite gone to the plans we all had. I know it definitely wasn’t doing what it was supposed to prior to COVID but you know what. I’m okay with it. This year there has been a lot of moving around, not only moving physically but in business as well.

I’m a wee-bit of a control freak when it comes to what action plans I take and how I proceed and this year has proven that I have to release and the right moment/opportunity will arise.

That happened for me and my family quite a bit this year so far. I have released the outcomes I thought, and some better ones have arisen. A lot of learning moments too – pushing for something that we shouldn’t of cost us a little money. We were able to negotiate a better opportunity.

Moving is part of how I’m shifting my business as well. A fresh start.

My Business, I have purged a lot of clients that don’t fit my model this year – purely because I was listening to my own client model, not just saying YES because I’m able to.

My business has shifted a bit too in where I want to take my focus – I’m starting to really work on what I want to work on. Still trying to figure out where I want to take 2021 – but I am taking this last half of the year to put plans in place, create actionable goals and timelines to match.

What have you noticed outside of COVID – how do you want to grow as a person in business. A person in society. What have you realized are boundaries that you will not cross any further?

I would love to hear! As I create my actionable goals, I will be sharing – not only with you for inspiration – but for accountability for myself as well.

Happy Tuesday Everyone!

So here we are….

… 30 days later – its been one month since everything changed in my house hold and yours. One month ago, my son came home from school thinking he was on March break for a week, and the radio announced that school was shut down til early April, to assist with the flattening of the curve.

So, I thought wow, now its serious. One thing I give all officials – no matter what level of society (government, public etc), we take the care of our children very seriously. So with the decision to extend March break by 2 weeks, we were protecting our kids and helping those who decided to travel over the break time to self-quarantine for the protection of others.

Then, the world really started to change. Essential Worker lists started being created, stores started to implement stricter protocols, our health care front line workers started to fight for us and the government started to figure out ways to help the millions of people who were losing their income.

Lately, I have been seeing a lot of memes on social media that now remind us how we now need to realize that this is our new norm. We should take this time to grieve the “normal” of old, and that we all are now forever changed.

We are watching as our planet is getting time to heal from the polution, we are watching as families are reconnecting and trying to make the most of these extra moments and as a world of professionals, we are all trying to navigate the world of working from home (something I have been doing for over a year and have LOVED).

I’m trying to maintain some positivity in these uncertain times. For the most part, my house routine hasn’t changed a whole lot. My son being home full time is the biggest change. My routine with my daughter mostly is the same and my husband is an essential worker (he works in home/commercial fuel transportation) so the over all routine that way hasn’t changed.

My business routine has changed more. My clients are reviewing their needs and adjusting (as was expected) therefore I’m slowing down a bit. But I’m also re-evaluating the moves I want to make going forward. I’m re-evaluating my passions and how to integrate them.

I also am taking this time to focus on what I need to do to improve my health. With being so busy, my focus on my diet and exercise has not been top of mind – which is detrimental to one’s mental health. I know this and I know that with all the uncertainty in this world at the moment – I need to fix that immediately. This will have long term positive affects on my health and will benefit my family and my business as well.

So with taking all of that in, I know that my work isn’t done yet – my experiences aren’t done yet and though my dreams and goals have been put on a temporary pause, it isn’t time for me to relax too much.

How have you all been reflecting on this? Where have you realized you need to refocus while have time to do it?

I’m excited to see where my life (business, personal and health) moves forward… and I’m truly excited to see where it take you all as well!

So it Snowed… Spring is definitely all over the place

With all the news alerts, changing rules and waiting for funding to help us all through this – I have been finding I have been paying attention to the weather even more than usual.

Since the other day, when the first day of spring sprung, I have been looking outside and watching as the temperature dropped but the sun stayed out. This past weekend, we had a quiet weekend (as did most). Only going out when we needed something, otherwise, just trying to putter at my to-do list and spend time with the family.

Then yesterday, we got more snow (now is that really a surprise, no) and though it is slightly “irritating” right now, I’m trying to keep my glass half-full with all that we are trying to get accustomed to.

With the snow, comes the perspective that we need to live in the moment right now.

With this now coming, that will melt in a few days as the temperature rises again, you can take that as a direct correlation to our social distancing measures.

Though it is short term, it is still needed. Like rain/snow to our water tables, us staying home is also allowing us to socially reset as well. To protect our loved ones, reconnect and do what we can to enjoy this opportunity to slow down for a short time.

Yes, in some ways we are just as busy as ever BUT by forcing ourselves to try to make the best of this (playing games with our kids, getting those things off the to-do list that we have been putting off, or getting ready to pull out the patio furniture for the spring/summer/fall months) – we all can rise to this. We just have to have patience as we grow accustomed to our new reality.

One of a slower pace of old…

One of bringing back the humanity to our lives…

Taking the time to reconnect and make amazing memories that we all can reminisce on in 20 years when the world starts back up again.

This won’t last for ever, and yes our bank accounts might be hurting for now, but just think – you are starting to realize what you are taking for granted aren’t you? Where you are wasting in your life? These are things we can control for now.

Lets enjoy this moment where possible – catch up on a good book, watch amazing movies, play Battleship – try to live in the moment. The rest will come back to us soon enough – maybe we will be even more grateful to each and every benefit that we have.

Just my thoughts…

Spring Has Sprung, or has it (Personal Reflection)

Hi Everyone! So here we are in the thick of COVID-19, social distancing and disinfecting EVERYTHING. I don’t know about you, but I am so overwhelmed at the news and social lately that I have been disconnecting more outside of reaching out to those who matter – be it my FB Girlfriends, work Collegues via SLACK or just hiding with my family trying to remain calm.

Everyone has financial concerns, everyone has health concerns and there are those who have gone overboard with Toilet Paper (honestly… I understand making sure you have enough for 30 days, but 852 rolls?… I digress).

But this morning I was looking at what was coming up on my calendar (I know, it is so packed right now!) and I saw that today is the first day of spring! So I had to share it… for me, I’m a spring-fall girl. Its not too hot, the bugs aren’t fully running like they do in the summer but it also means that my outdoor furniture can come out again!

our new patio last fall – can’t wait to see this again!

I know we are all looking for distraction at this time, but here is my proposition – why not think about the days to come. Right now, we can go outside in our yards and plan – look at our gardens and start the prep work. We can go out and clean up – get fresh air and just be grateful to what is coming to us. Patio Lanterns, outdoor gatherings (someday) and those beers on those spring/summer nights.

What part about spring is your favourite?

What part about the warmer temps brings a smile to your face?

Do you have a picture of your planters/gardens that you would love to share?

This is the one hubby built last year for our new patio!

Please do! I would love to see what your favourite part about spring is! Share them on your favourite Social platform and Tag Me! So I can see and share it too! To brighten up our feeds from everything – see my links below!

2020 – “Balance” … is it something you can achieve as an entrepreneur?

Wow, its been a while since I was back writing! My apologies! I know it has been a while since I wrote and to be honest, it got me thinking – I’m still growing my business but something you see online a lot is finding a good work-life balance.

To be truthful, isn’t that why we entrepreneurs decided to go out on our own – to gain more control on our time so that we are meeting our professional goals while fitting it into our personal?

I have been reading a lot lately about time management, goal setting and the power of outsourcing, as to be able to implement ideal strategies in my business but if you are anything like me, you are still a newer entrepreneur and are still trying to do it all on our own due to budgetary constraints.

It is true, it comes down to time management mostly – but you also need to be aware of your working style. There are some who thrive from working morning and night while spending the inbetween time with their families. There are some, like myself, that work best early in the day so aim to have work completed by 4pm daily – that way family time can be just that – family time!

So the long and the short of it all, you need to sit and truly look at you who you are as a business owner. Set your priorities – make sure it blends well with your work style too. Time Blocks, Timers, Project Management Aides – all these things are helpful, but if they don’t blend with your work style they will be like the latest fashion trend – in one day, out another.

So what I have done is look at my family – my lifestyle and the client work I love to do – I have sat down and reviewed the tools I have at my disposal and am maxing out their features. This way, I know at the end of each day, that my to-do list is as complete as it needs to be so that when I switch my hat to the family hat – I can truly enjoy the time I have and be present where I am needed.

I would love to hear what you do to figure out your balance – how do you identify the priorities and make sure that you are feeding your business and your personal life equally?

Until Next time!

A short sweet message..

As the final minutes wind down, and my new full post is scheduled for tomorrow, from my family to yours…

I look forward to seeing what 2020 brings to life, business and family as I am so grateful to what 2019 brought me so far!

Wondering what a VA is and what we do?

In today’s technological age, there has been a large movement to move into a virtual work environment (infact, US Stats predict that 43% of the US workforce will be freelancers by 2020). That number is astounding!

To think how much the workplace has changed just in my 15+ years in the workforce, let alone technology and its impact.

In the last two years, as I was looking to my own career path and what I feel I can best offer, I stumbled across this particular career. The opportunities it creates, the flexibility that one often seeks for their family/personal needs and the fact that with hard work (and very little start up) you could be very successful.

First things first though, I had to figure out what exactly a Virtual Assistant was and what services they actually help with. By researching on Youtube, Facebook and the like, I was very surprised to see that there was very little that a VA could not bring to the table!

By Classic Definition, a Virtual Assistant is “generally self employed and provides professional, administrative, technical or creative assistance to clients remotely from a home office/shared work space”.

As for services, as hinted above, you could provide everything from Administrative (Bookkeeping, Email/Calendar Management etc) where you could do similar work as in a professional space, only with more flexibility. On the technical side, this is everything from webdesign, to maintenance on the website, loading products on a site like Shopify and in between. There are creative components as well, document creation, advertising design, branding and more! This is without even considering things like specialty items (Blogging, Course Creation, from scratch Webdesign, Organization… etc.)

Then there are markets to choose from – whether you decide to work with an Agency (where they help you get clients and keep you working) or with individual businesses (i.e. Coaches, Wedding Industry, Real Estate, Boutiques and so much more!) There is much opportunity to be of service and to grow yourself along side your clients.

That is just the tip of the iceberg!

So taking it back to the beginning, I had to look at what excited me most about working as a VA. What came out of that work and discovery, (this might be the same for others) was the opportunity to help business owners grow and live their dreams as I took tasks off their plate that doesn’t serve for them to do, as to utilize their time more wisely.

After a lot of tweaking and work, you too can design your perfect career path, as the statistics show – it will be the future in the business world.

Now for the sales pitch!

If there is anything I can do to assist you or a business owner you know, my packages are here to view. I am happy to arrange a no-obligation discovery call to see if there is an opportunity to help you grow your (or someone you know) business by taking on tasks to free up time to develop and grow.

…Preparation is Key… Goals are essential.

So far, 2019 has been an eye opening ride. From Full Time Employee to Freelancer. It has been an amazing ride. But any responsible and motivated business owner – large or small – the year end brings a sense of closure and excitement.

Closure in the sense of taking the time to reflect your goals, where you achieved them and where you still have needs of improvement.

Why Did I Not Reach My Goals in 2019?

Things to ask yourself if you didn’t reach your goals – were you too aggressive in your goals? Was there something that happened to deter the sales/intake you thought would occur. Were you needing to do some tweaking to your sales pitch or to your program launch?

With all the moving parts, its important to review what didn’t work so that as you are growing, developing your targets/products/services for 2020 and beyond, as to not make the exact same errors, but maybe new ones to further grow and succeed.

Well! I met my goals in area XYZ! Now what?

Have you ever considered taking what works, and just using as a Template for future success? If you have found something that works, as the saying goes – if it isn’t broken, why fix it? Infact, why not use it and expand on it.

Whether you discovered your signature program or service, it is just the best first stepping stone into further expansions. Now, that doesn’t mean that you cannot sit on your laurels and not improve – listen to your feedback from your clients. Make tweaks – not too many, because there was a reason it worked, but just remember – to progress and grow is never meaning you stand still, or the world could just pass you.

With saying all that – what am I doing?

So, I have been reviewing my year. Looking at things like my books, my journal (yes, my journal) and my reports – what worked, what didn’t and what did I learn.

Now, were there some failures, definitely! I took on tasks that maybe weren’t the best fit, however, I did learn my boundaries in this as well.

Did I have successes? Yes! I found out some more info about my passions, where I still need to work on myself and my business and I even invested in a Masterclass to better learn and grow my business. It was a fantastic opportunity that I am glad I just didn’t pass on.

What does 2020 look like for CMC Professional Services?

Well, to start, expansion. Take what has been working and grow it – meaning taking on more meaning full clients – and working with them to achieve their goals.

It means working to expand on my writing opportunities – more blogging, content creation and copy creation. It is a passion, the written word, and I realized this year, just how much I have missed it.

It also means, more networking – allow you all a better opportunity to learn more about me and my services – even if it doesn’t directly service you, you may have a colleague or friend that is in need and we can work together (if possible) to not only achieve my goals but you/your referral as well!

To Close off this post for now,

This is just the beginning. I am grateful to this opportunity to learn something new every day! Plus, the opportunity to be in service and learn from my clients, it is priceless!

Until the next post!

Cassandra Comeau
Owner/Virtual Assistant

Dreams…Hard Work Can Make Them Come True

Dreams. We all have them. Large or small. Long Term or Short Term. We all have dreams.

MY GOALS

The Goal was to become a Full Time agent, by building my pipeline to allow me to replace my current income and then some. Being two years into the field, I have made some great strides however, I was still struggling with my voice a bit.

It’s how you plan to achieve your dream that defines us. Myself, I have spent the better part of the last two years working my way to where I am now. Up until Jan 2019, my focus’ professionally were the full time position I held and my trying to grow my Mortgage business.

The other issue is that I was only feeding part of my passions, I was realizing my creative side was suffering a bit so I had begun research on another revenue stream that might help me fill that void, with little start up.

AS IF I WASN’T BUSY ENOUGH

That is when I came across articles about starting a Virtual Assistant business. Reading the pros and cons about working for myself versus signing under an agency. Learning about the potential areas I could shine in.

So I took the plunge.I started by signing with an agency, to build my revenue stream and to gain experience, all while working full time and trying to grow my mortgage business. Cut to March 2019. I was working 20ish hours a week at VA, 40ish hours a week at my day job and my mortgage pipeline was steady for the last couple of months. Taking breaks at work to return calls. It was a mess.

So much so, my co-workers were starting to notice I was a ghost of my former self. That was when I knew I had to change.

TAKING THE PLUNGE… FIGURATIVELY and FINALLY

So, with support of a few key people and my family, I messaged the VA agency to load up my work load. Picked up one more client on the outside of the Agency and gave notice at my 9-5. Pulled that trigger. MAN, was that a hard one but boy am I glad I did.

Since my last day, I have been working a steady 20+ hours a week at my VA position/business. Learning, soaking up tips and tricks like a sponge. With all of this, I realized my true passion. My VA business was my heart and soul.

When making this jump, I didn’t think I could do it, but after a few successful clients, some issue along the way to learn from and support of my family, I am slowly growing stronger every day.

Now That is Stuff Dreams are made of… and I’m only just beginning.

The Journey Begins

Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton

So, you are probably wondering who I am, that is the reason you are here, isn’t it?

My professional description: I am a mortgage professional and virtual assistant business owner. If you are looking to purchase a new home or make a growth in your business, I am here to help.

The dreams of both categories are not dissimilar. You look at the overall picture, the client is coming to you for your professional expertise. Whether it is vetting the best mortgage for your family or it is getting assistance with your social media account. This is not a role that you need to take lightly. At the same time, you also need to have a sense of fun and customer service when it comes to working in these two very diverse but very similar Industries.

So I welcome you to my site, I welcome you to learn more about me and my experiences. I look forward to hearing from you! Learning how maybe a partnership between us both could work to not only your advantage in the sense of being able to find assistance in your everyday needs if you are a business owner or if you are looking to review your mortgages and possibly move up the property ladder or refinance to do a fantastic kitchen rental.

I look forward to writing and introducing you to who I am more and more as the weeks go on. Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have questions or are interested in having for the conversations!

Writer’s note: my apologies due to the upload of my blog, part of my post was cut off. I have now revised and added the balance of my thoughts. Thank you for still following!