Interview With… Stephanie Lee, Chief Administrative Officer
How long have you been doing what you do, and how did you get to become specialized in Executive Administrative Assistance?
I started Scratchpad Secretaries in 2008 after leaving my corporate job in events and venue sales. I knew I wanted to start something of my own, from home, and with low to no overhead. My trade was in Business Administration and I was quite good at minding the details of some of the larger deals and projects I had teed up in the corporate world, so I wanted to pull on those skills. Simply put, I did my research and saw a desperate need in the marketplace for administrative assistance for entrepreneurs who also had a portable lifestyle. And then I discovered the Virtual Assistant industry and knew I was onto something. And I was – there is just such a need! As I started to work with various clients I saw the biggest need, and what I enjoyed doing the most, was Executive-level assistance. Being the right hand, remotely, to solo-CEOs. I’m extremely professional, hold confidentiality in the highest regard and have a knack and a finesse for both internal and external communication. These skills are highly sought after and a must if you’re running a six or seven-figure business, so there was an immediate fit with that level of clientele. Scratchpad Secretaries Inc. offers the professionalism and a level of customer service that esteemed CEOs are looking for.
We are constantly upgrading and honing our skills, continue to pursue professional development opportunities and training that benefits us as a team, and you as a client.
What types of services does Scratchpad Secretaries provide?
We provide 3 levels of Administrative Assistance Packages:
“The Executive” package is for the time-crunched entrepreneur with an established and very successful multiple 6 or 7-figure business. You’re a busy and overwhelmed speaker & author, operate a successful social-selling business, or are running a boutique agency. You need to free up your time to focus on where it counts: delivering impactful presentations & workshops, relationship building, client onboarding, expansion and marketing. You really need someone to look after your cherished roster of clients – both existing, prospective and those that are ready to come on board right now. You want to see more growth in your business yet you’re drowning in pesky admin details, which is holding you back from developing new business streams and offerings. Services can include complete online business management, email management, calendar maintenance & appointment scheduling, high tech/high touch customer service & support, travel arrangements and overall project management and day to day operations. Read More…
“The Savvy Solopreneur” package is designed for you busy coaches, speakers and online entrepreneurs who are in the ramp-up phase. You have a proven business model generating in the mid 6-figures and you know you need assistance to break into that next revenue plateau. You find yourself getting trapped in admin overwhelm with never enough time to really focus, strategize and execute on the bigger picture. It’s time to set up clearly defined systems for client on-boarding, scheduling and customer service. You need an admin assistant a few days a week to take control of your inbox so you can continue to build your business and create new offerings. Services at this level include email management, client management & support, calendar maintenance & appointment scheduling, and general administrative assistance. Read More…
“Done For You’s” – these packages are geared towards the entrepreneur generating into the low to mid 6-figures. You know the value of outsourcing and are ready to jump in with an Admin partner on a project to project basis. It’s more for you if you are ready to delegate the routine monthly maintenance tasks such as WordPress website maintenance, Mailchimp email campaigns and social media maintenance. Read More…
I don’t see any hourly packages. Do you work by the hour?
Scratchpad Secretaries charges by the job as a whole. Stephanie is highly recommended in her field of expertise, bringing not only the skills, talent, wisdom and creativity needed, but the experience, too. She’s spent years building her knowledge base, is on the vanguard of applications and technology, and continuously throws her genius and creativity into professional development opportunities. You’re getting a Virtual Executive Assistant team that knows the marketplace, knows their job, knows how to make yours easier, and takes complete ownership of anything they’re involved with. A lot of our clients are cyclical as well, so some months there is a heavy workload, and others there just isn’t. If you are a retainer client in this case, one month could be breaking the bank with overages, while another month (say you (GASP!) take a vacation) you hardly use any hours yet are billed the same. With these packages and bundles, you can budget well in advance and always know exactly what the spend is. If you don’t see a package that fits with your current needs, we’re happy to work with you to customize one that will work perfectly!
What are the benefits of working with you and the Scratchpad team?
- You get highly-skilled professional Executive Assistants that ONLY work with C-Level professionals in the multiple 6 to 7-figure range.
- We are very particular in whom we work with and only take on a minimal number of clients – therefore we are EXTREMELY loyal, dedicated, dependable, responsive and available!
- You’ll get out of overwhelm. Just watch your stress level decrease as we take over your to-do list!
- Time. (Oh, time!) You’ll find yourself with time to work on big-picture ideas and strategy, build relationships, grow business streams, actually enjoy a summer vacation, or even just that extra time to hit the gym or go for a walk!
- Knowing that someone cares about your business and success as much as you do, and that person has your back, and that person is there for you to make sure things don’t fall through the cracks…. is almost as good as a day at the spa. (Okay, maybe better.)
What type of client do you work best with?
We work the best with, and enjoy the most, clients who are like you – you value your time, know your strengths (and weaknesses), are a big-picture thinker, love to delegate and have more than enough work to outsource, are trusting (and trustworthy), and ready to take that next step in your business. You have a proven business model that’s generating revenue in the mid to high 6-figure and into the 7-figure range. You are really good at what you do and know that to get to that next level, it’s simply time to outsource the daily/weekly/monthly tasks to a trusted right hand.
We’ve worked with:
- Business Coaches
- Design industry
- Leadership Development Firms
- Life Coaches
- Online Marketers
- Personal Trainers
- Real Estate Investors
- Relationship Coaches
- Sales Reps
- Wealth Management Executives
What type of entrepreneurs will NOT be a good fit?
Please know that I’m very selective in who Scratchpad Secretaries partners with, and will (gently) turn away clients who may find a better fit elsewhere. Our packages are designed to support the multiple six and seven-figure business owners in really taking it to the next level, so if you are just starting out or do not have a proven business model generating that level of revenue, we won’t be the best fit.
I know it’s time to partner with a VA, but I’m not sure what to delegate. Where do I start?
This is totally normal and I completely understand. I hear this all the time! Firstly, you can take a breath and relax – you’re in good hands with us and we’ll work with you to ease your stress around this. It’s hard to know where to start when you’re drowning in the details. 🙂 We always suggest that you keep a notepad next to your workspace for a week or two and jot down everything you do that makes you think “Hmmm, this is something that someone else can do, easily!”. Also, you can sign up for our mailing list and receive a free download of tasks you can delegate to your virtual assistant by clicking here: 22 Tasks to Outsource Today. It’s a brief overview and there are some gems in there you may not have thought of. Please know that we’re here to help and we work with you in easing the administrative load.
Based on everything I’ve read and heard about you, I believe we’d be a great match. What’s the next step in working together?
By now you’ve gone through the website, read a bit about Scratchpad and have read this section fully. The next step is to schedule a 15 – 20 minute Introductory call. I like to keep things streamlined and succinct – I know how busy entrepreneurs are! This phone call will help to determine if we’re a good fit to partner together. Prior to the call you’ll be sent a survey link to answer a few questions about what is working in your business, what is not, and how we can help you. By the end of the call we’ll know if we’re a match to move forward, and should you choose Scratchpad Secretaries for your Executive Assistance, we’ll send a Service Agreement and move forward with the on-boarding process.
I look forward to ‘meeting’ you!
Ready to get going? Schedule your 15 minute Introductory call here!