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Inspiring Conversations with Amy Finefrock of DBA: Amy Newkirk – Virtual Assistant

Today we’d like to introduce you to Amy Finefrock.

Hi Amy, we appreciate you taking the time to share your story with us today. Where does your story begin?
Hi, I’m Amy, the owner of Amy Newkirk – Virtual Assistant. I have over 10 years of administrative experience in various fields, from finance to special education, not to mention my time managing classrooms as a substitute teacher. I am 
a United States Air Force Veteran who’s traveled and lived in various states, including several countries in Europe. I’ve met and befriended individuals from all walks of life who have taught me much about myself and our world. I wear many hats: mom of two awesome kids, author of a self-help journal, and now proud owner of my virtual assistant business. I opened my business in January of 2022 after leaving my corporate job the prior year. Working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic opened a world of possibilities for me. I noticed many businesses lost employees left and right and struggled to stay afloat. My mission is to serve small businesses in Eastern Pennsylvania and the Baltimore Maryland area by lightening the burden they bear when juggling administrative duties and social media management.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey has been fairly smooth?
My path has not been an easy one. I could write a book about my path, but I’ll keep it short and sweet, and hopefully, I’ll inspire other women who walk similar paths to get out of their way and follow their dreams. From 2018-2019, I was in grad school to finish my teaching certification and become an early childhood educator. In 2019 my now ex-husband and I decided to divorce, and so began my journey to becoming an entrepreneur. Finishing my teaching certification wasn’t an option after my divorce. I needed to earn a living to keep a roof over my kid’s heads instead of paying for a university to further my career. So
I decided to take on becoming an Uber driver until I found a permanent full-time job.

After countless applications and interviews, I finally got hired in January of 2020 as a program assistant at a special education agency. I started this position in the office, and then COVID took us all home in March of that year. I worked tirelessly for this company, trying to learn a new position from home and organizing the program that had been without an assistant for almost a year. The program I worked for also underwent a supervisor change during the 18 months I worked for them. In July of 2021, I decided I could no longer handle the stress of working for a corporation that cared more about the agency than it did the people who worked for them. So, I decided enough was enough, and I would leave and start a life coaching business. I received my life coaching certification, published a self-help journal titled “Journey to Self-Love and Gratitude” (under the pen name Amy Cramer on Amazon), and still struggled to find the courage to seek clients and grow my business actively. It took me till at least the end of November 2021 before I had an epiphany. Why was I struggling to work in a field I wasn’t confident in? Around that time, I saw an ad on Facebook for training on opening your own virtual assistant business. This led to the realization that I had been looking in all the wrong places. I knew I wanted to help others, and my over 10 years of administrative experience led me to where I am now. So, I signed up for that course I found on Facebook, and it gave me the tools I needed to open my virtual assistant business. I put hours upon hours into getting this business off the ground and running and was able to land my first client in January of this year.

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know?
Hiring a well-diversified Virtual Assistant will give back time to business owners so that you can focus on the aspects of your business that need attention to grow and prosper. It takes the guesswork out of the organizational aspect of important data, emails, and agendas. It gives you the peace of mind that you are delegating the “busy” work to a reliable, well-versed, focused assistant that genuinely cares about YOU! 
A Virtual Assistant isn’t an employee, we are contractors. Therefore, hiring one allows you to scale operations. We are a comparatively cost-effective alternative to employees. You can considerably reduce your costs and invest your money back into your business. You can also hire us for as long or as little as you need. Who doesn’t love better ROI when it comes to your hiring decisions?  The services I provide are listed below.

I provide administrative support in these areas:
1. Email and Calendar Management takes the pressure off of you having to keep your day organized and the pressure off you having to remember who to reply to and when.
2. Data Organization/ Data Entry – Let me organize your data on spreadsheets that are user-friendly and easy to maneuver so you can focus on managing your business as well as easily find data you need on the fly.
3. Research Assistant – Research wastes a lot of your valuable time. Hand the ball over to me so you can focus on other aspects of your business.

I provide social media management:
1. Forget remembering when to post. I’ll keep that organized and time the posts appropriately so your business gets the most client interaction.
2. I’ll create eye-catching content that draws views to your page and engages potential clients to get your business the attention it deserves.
3. I’ll promptly reply to client comments and messages so your clients know you care.

Finally, I provide customer service for your business. Allow me to interact with your clients and respond to emails and phone calls so that you can focus on the intricacies of running your business.

What sets me apart from others is that I want to get to know you on a personal level as well as your goals and aspirations for your business. What can I do for you that allows you to focus on the intricacies of obtaining more leads, clients, and business. My recent background as a substitute teacher and a program assistant gave me the skills to manage a web of moving parts, problem solve on a creative and engaging level and develop the aptitude to think outside the box. This unique background gives me the capability to manage and multi-task administrative duties for you and get creative with your social media content, allowing YOU time to get back to doing what you love – growing and expanding your business.

Is something surprising that you feel even people who know you might not know about?
I lived in Germany for two years while I served in the United States Air Force. I wrote a self-help journal.

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