My name is Sefunmi Iloba, I am a Virtual Assistant (VA) and Virtual Assistant Coach. I train aspiring VAs how to start their own business from scratch, and to build 6 figure per month VA businesses just like I do.
Let me take a minute to ‘unofficially’ introduce myself to you, giving you a bit of how I came about the ‘official’ introduction you just read about me.
I started my virtual assistant business in late 2017. To be honest, I had NO idea what I was doing. I didn’t have any tangible understanding of the job, in fact.
But what I did have... was my WHY - My Daughter
I wanted to be at home more with my daughter, who had been overly stressed from my taking her to work daily. I was an Administrative Assistant plus confidential secretary before I got married.
I had a resumption time but the closing time wasn't certain as I have to be at work until my boss leaves. Sometimes I am lucky to close early and other times not so early. If you have ever been a personal Assistant to some ‘Big Boss’ you will understand what I am talking about. It is TASKING.
When I started, I didn't have a problem with the work as I was single and I stayed all by myself. But my work schedule became a serious issue after I got married and had my baby girl.
At the end of my maternity leave, I couldn't afford to drop her in the creche because of our finances then so for a while, I struggled with quitting my job to take care of my baby girl or paying for the creche service with all my salary.
As you can see, it was a pretty tough choice for me. (Who said women were the ones who had to make this kind of choices!)
Luckily for me, after seeing my struggle, my boss allowed me to bring her to work so long as my job is being done. Oh, it was such a relief! I got to keep my job and take care of my angel at the same time! (Not the perfect scenario when I have a deadline but far better than not having a job, right?)
The first few months were easy as my little girl will quietly stay in her car seat while I work. We had business only when she wanted to eat or I am less busy and just wanted her in my arms.
Issues started arising when she started crawling and many times she will fall out of the car seat in a bid to get out herself.
As a sharp woman that I am, I resolved to putting her on a mat so that she can play all by herself. That worked for a while too until she had mastered the art of crawling and she will crawl to the shelf, pull down files and she will begin to tear the papers.
Chai! Can you begin to imagine my frustration?
To tackle that problem, I had to tie her on my back while I work and trust me when I say it was tough for me and for the baby.
The stress took over me and the pressure inside of me was like that of a bottle of Coca cola that has been shaken too many times. Just a little touch brings about explosion that rocks the air.
I had lost myself literally and if God had not given me a husband who was extremely patient and full of wisdom, I might have lost my marriage before it was 2 years old because he was always at the receptive end of my frustration.
In June 2017, I couldn't take it anymore. I left my 9-5 job.
Prior to leaving my job, I had enrolled for a coaching session with Temi Ajibewa. I had never heard about Virtual Assistance until Coach Temi Ajibewa mentioned it in one of my coaching calls with her. After the conversation with her, it felt like a good deal for me since I had the skills and buying and selling physical products was a big NO for me. It wasn't and still not my thing.
So, I put in the work. I woke up early. I stayed up late. I worked out my ass first, following her mentoring and can you guess what happened?
In six months I doubled my salary from the work I did as a Virtual Assistant! Even better, I had created a life for myself that I LOVED - having more time to tend to my family and most importantly my little cutie.
It's been a wild and fun ride since then. Without Coach Temi’s training, I would have remained in my frustration - keeping a job that wasn't paying my bills and probably lost my marriage or left the job and remained a bloody housewife.
I have always heard there are angels in human form but I never experienced it until I met Coach Temi. God bless my angel.