Last August we held an event for virtual assistants in Vancouver British Columbia while house sitting in the area.
Kathy had found our event online and registered. We’ve kept in touch over the past year by email and calls. Today we received this email from Kathy:
Hi Sue & Joel,
Just wanted to let you know how appreciative I am for the encouragement you gave me last year when you were in Vancouver and the few months after when I was so unsure.
I have just landed my first “big” contract. It is for a business coaching firm in San Jose. We got together because of a LinkedIn VA discussion. They were asking if it was possible for their meetings to be transcribed live. All of the VAs that answered said, no, you had to record it first. They said their meetings could not be recorded. Then I came on and said it could be transcribed live. I did a test run for them to show how it could work and we are now working together several times a week.
I never would have had the courage to go to these forums let alone say I could do it if it was not for the encouragement you had given to me.
Again, thanks, and enjoy your nomad life.
Kathy told us the company was looking for 80% accuracy and she got 90% so they were very impressed! And as Joel told her, “Real-time transcription has to be nearly unique. In cases where there’s a need, you probably have NO competition!”
We’re glad to have been a part of helping Kathy succeed as a transcriptionist. Visit Kathy’s website at http://andrewsvirtualtranscripts.com/
It was six months ago today, September 30, 2010, that we left ‘home’. We drove away from Roseville California to start living a nomadic lifestyle. What’s it been like? Are we ready to settle down? How’s Fiona doing?
It’s been good. Sure there have been some long days when we’ve been in the van all day and Fiona wants to be in a house with a bed. There have also been other times when she’s said she’s tired of being in a house and wants to get in the van and drive somewhere. Every morning she still gets up and when we ask her how she is, she says “happy”.
We’ve enjoyed meeting new people and meeting in person many that we had only known virtually. Our address book continues to grow with contact information of new acquaintances and business associates.
Are we ready to settle down? No!
You’ve heard that the Canfield family is going to travel and live a nomadic lifestyle. What does that mean? What are we really doing? Let me explain.
We are no longer renting a place to live. We’re packing our Kia Sedona minivan with our clothing, Joel’s musical instruments and equipment, important books and papers, Fiona’s books, toys and school books. The few important possessions we want to hold on to but don’t need on a daily basis are being stored by our close friends. They’ve also told us that anytime we’re back in the Sacramento area we have a place to stay with them.
We’re taking our packed van and we’re going to travel the U.S. and Canada for the next year or two. We’d like to spend extended periods of time in one area or location before moving on to another location. That would allow us time to get to know an area and the people. To accommodate that we have plans to house sit for people who need someone to care for their house and even their pets while they’re away for an extended period of time – perhaps vacationing or traveling themselves. Our house sitting service provides the homeowner with peace of mind and provides us a place to stay and work. So no, we do not charge a fee for this service.
How will we make money? The way we always do. We will continue to run our virtual businesses as we always have – creating and maintaining websites, running my virtual assistant business, coaching and training new and aspiring virtual assistants, writing books, helping people find their ‘why’.
Will this be a good thing for Fiona? We think so. Already she’s made new friends in British Columbia. And in October she’ll get to meet her great Uncle Denny and Grandma Mumsie who’s never seen her. She’ll learn about places, people, different cultures – not just from a book, but from real life experiences. We will continue to read the Bible with Fiona at bed time and teach her God’s values. She’s going to meet other members of our worldwide spiritual brotherhood and make new friends.
How long will we do this? Who knows. When we decide to stop, we’ll let you know.
I’m sure you have other questions. We’d love to answer them for you. So just post your question in the comment section and we’ll post our reply.