You’re probably wondering about the name, huh? It’s my way of saying that this blog is about the simple unadorned realities of being an online virtual professional; all given from my personal viewpoint.

It’s said ‘the eyes are the windows to the soul’ so I invite you to join me as we delve into the depths of being a work-at-home entrepreneur.  At The Naked VA I’ll share my honest experiences about being an actual virtual assistant (VA), aka an online business manager (OBM) to some, who’s been working the virtual desk since 2000.  Not all VAs are created equal and many have their niche specialties. For me, the main specialties include being an OBM, marketing, writing, project management, and providing executive level administrative support. In the nutshell, I take care of the details and have been aptly referred to as the “Details Diva.”

My vision for The Naked VA  is to share the  happenings of being virtual, be a hub for resources I’ve found to add value to my business, and on a very personal level to provide an outlet for me to speak frankly  about the truths I’ve experienced while being a home-based entrepreneur who operates an online services business.  You may find it beneficial, interesting, or even humorous as you get a glimpse behind the looking glass I call my virtual world.  Come with me as I introduce you to some of my colleagues, discuss a business book I’ve recently read, or ponder what it means to be a business owner in a business without walls who has no boundaries in reaching around the world to collaborate with someone in Australia during the morning and Canada during the afternoon. It’s an amazing way to spend a day or week knowing that the partitions of an office cubicle are no match for chatting via Skype or enjoying a virtual party complete with snacks and party games via a webinar line.

At The Naked VA, you’ll get the straight talk without all the pretty packaging so later in your journey when you read the statistics indicating that only 2-3% of those who startup a virtual business are still in operation two years later, you can say to yourself you are aware of the facts and have taken the appropriate risks to rise above the statistics.  When you hear that some VAs had clients lined up when they opened their virtual doors while others searched for over a year before getting their first nibble of interest, these, too, will be truths that you are familiar with. My hope is that you’ll find these writings empowering, enabling you to go into the virtual workforce with your eyes wide open.  Feel free to share your thoughts, opinions, and comments. I’d love to hear from you.

To your virtual success,

Ruth Martin
Maplewood Virtual Assistance
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