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AssistU VA Spotlight

AssistU is proud to put Monique Cunningham in the spotlight!

Monique Cunningham Hi! I'm Monique Cunningham, but some people just call me Mo. I became a virtual assistant in 2010.

With my kids getting older, I felt it was time for me to do something for myself. Because I still wanted to be present for my children, the only option that made sense to me was to work from home. I met a virtual assistant while at a scrapbooking retreat. After probing her about what she did and the freedom she had, she told me to check out AssistU.

I went home and researched the company. I called her back with two questions: 1) Can I really make money doing this? 2) Will it interfere with being a mom? Her answers: yes and no. The opportunity to be in business for myself and make money for my family also appealed to me. Did I mention I have three teenagers? Can you say "need lots of money?"

After reading about what being a Virtual Assistant was and entailed, I realized all the organizing, planning, and implementing I had been doing for years, as a volunteer, could actually be done and I could get paid to do it! Duh!! Why wouldn't I do this?

I realized that becoming a VA was a perfect fit for me and my family. Being self-employed appealed to me for so many reasons: control of time, no boss to answer to, and the freedom to do the work I liked to do. I believe being a Virtual Assistant has enabled me to use all my God-given abilities to not only help my family, but also help stressed-out business owners achieve a work-life balance.

Interestingly enough, I have *never* been an administrative assistant. My background is in public relations and fundraising both of which have served me well as a VA. I tell my clients I have a bit of a marketing mind. It's just who I am. I can't turn it off. While at first I thought I would be a generalist VA, I quickly was pushed in the direction of a techy VA through my introduction of Infusionsoft. It came easily to me. Now all of my clients use Infusionsoft. So I guess you could say I'm a bit of an Infusionsoft junky/guru.

My biggest passion is working with mompreneurs. I was blessed to be able to be a stay-at- home mom for 16 years. I wouldn't trade that time for anything. I want other moms to experience what I experienced. I want them to believe that they can have it all too: a successful business and a successful, happy family life. By taking administrative items off their plates, I free them up to be with their families. And to me that is beautiful thing.

For more information about Monique Cunningham, please visit her website at www.moniquecunningham.com

And, check out Monique's conversation with AssistU Founder, Anastacia Brice, in our Interview With a VA Series, to learn more about her!



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