Founder Nancy M Jordan, JD
I too know how scary it can be to walk by faith in business, but as Christians, that's exactly how we are called to live our ENTIRE lives, not just our businesses.
Like many Christians, I had a tendency to separate out different aspects of my life:
Waiting on God
In the meantime, I spent my time doing what I loved to do: volunteering at my church and helping my husband and friends start, build or run the business or ministry God had given them. This help often came in the form of designing the look of the business: its logo, business cards, brochures. I also really enjoyed making sure they had the tools they needed to run efficiently: contracts, forms, list of services, client database, a website, a good bookkeeping system, etc. I found that while so many were truly good at whatever gift God had given them, they weren't good at or confident about the many administrative tasks that came with running a business.
I did extensive research and found that there was an industry dedicated to providing the kind of assistance I was looking to provide: the Virtual Assistant industry. It was fairly unknown at the time and so I thought this was an awesome opportunity to get in on the ground floor of an industry that had the potential to grow large very quickly. Although I had helped others as God led me, now that it was MY business I was starting, His leading was no longer good enough.
I took classes on entrepreneurship, writing a business plan, determining my pricing structure to ensure the services I offered could sustain a good living for me and others I planned to hire. I researched my competition, determined my target market, created a website after taking a top-of-the-line intensive course on best website development practices and SEO: search engine optimization.
VAA saw some success, got some clients, helped some people. But everyone I helped was a direct result of God sending people to me -- often completely out of the blue -- and not as a result of any of my own efforts. Then I remembered my failures of the past. I remembered I had tried my hand at business before and nothing worked without God's involvement. I remembered that only what you do for Christ will last. And so I turned VAA over to the Lord.