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Meet Angie Davis of Playa Vista Business Services

Today we’d like to introduce you to Angie Davis.

Angie, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I was raised in Columbus, Ohio, as a navy brat, if you will. Throughout my high-school years, I started out flipping pizzas and stocking shelves in the neighborhood grocery stores. Money was scarce, so if I wanted that dress for prom, or getting my hair done, or a car, I had to work for it!

In college, at The Ohio State University, I began climbing the stressful corporate ladder, leading my own team of bill collectors in a strict corporate setting. However, I knew early on, from watching my father, that entrepreneurship was the way to go. In my sophomore year, I pursued several multi-level opportunities, but I never liked the ‘enlist all of your friends and family approach’! Needing a change from a confining situation, I was hired on at the new restaurant in town, and that’s where my life changed. I was able to grow within the company, which led to my leading the restaurant’s front of the house staff, being promoted to an International Corporate Trainer and I eventually became the spokesperson of the company. This role helped broaden my horizons, introduced me to different cultures, and led to my opening of restaurants domestically and abroad. I had an amazing time with this position, but yet again was bitten by an entrepreneurial bug. Amidst the sometimes-rigorous restaurant openings and promotional events, I founded a government contracting company and learned a great deal about the tenacity required as well as the challenging ins and outs of how to run a business. I met my husband in 2010, was swept off my feet, and relocated to California very shortly thereafter. I attended Santa Monica College to brush up on my skills, graduating with Honors, while working full-time. Shortly thereafter, I took a position managing a restaurant on Ocean Ave. in Santa Monica. Fast forward a bit, and we added a set of twin girls to our family. I knew that I wanted to create a way to provide for my family while balancing the home and work life to the best of my abilities. After researching what opportunities may be right for me, where I could use my background in business and management, I decided to learn about becoming a Virtual Assistant. I completed a program through AssistU, which I would strongly encourage anyone, seeking to make this change, to consider ~ as it is so important to help set your professional boundaries, how to manage expectations, and above all ~ how to harness your moxie! My company, Playa Vista Business Services now provides a variety of business services to individuals and small businesses. I have been off the ground running since 2015 and also provide notary, website creation, event management, social media support, bookkeeping services and constantly adding more services to my portfolio. The biggest lessons learned throughout my journey, were to hustle and always learn new skills and grow as an entrepreneur!

Has it been a smooth road?
I would say the road has been relatively smooth. The biggest challenge in the beginning was learning how to manage and balance the work and home life. The initial coordination of staying on top of all the daily tasks between diaper changes and feedings was a challenge, but at this stage it is much more comfortable. Marketing is certainly a crucial aspect to the growth of the business, and finding the best way to do so is sometimes challenging.

So, let’s switch gears a bit and go into the Playa Vista Business Services story. Tell us more about the business.
My company provides a wide array of support to ‘solopreneurs’ and small businesses alike. From administrative support, to social media and website creation and management, appointment setting, bookkeeping and so forth, Playa Vista Business Services can be a one-stop shop to help combat the overwhelming nature of growing a business.

One of the things that I am most proud of is being able to apply my knowledge base that I have gathered throughout my career in different industries, and share that with my clients. I am constantly growing and learning, and I am able to keep up with the trends for myself as well as my clients.

The unique nature of my services, allows clients to obtain support without the traditional expense of a full-time employee, such as human resources, taxes, and benefits, as I am an independent contractor. I am paid only for the time that I work, and often times this sort of working relationship is more financially beneficial to my clients.

How do you think the industry will change over the next decade?
This industry is growing! Many people are starting to catch on to the idea of outsourcing their administrative needs outside of the typical brick and mortar layout.

As I mentioned, being a WAHM (Work-at-home-mom), I plan on continuing this business model, as it is working well for my life/work balance.

When I tell people what I do, I get a lot of responses like, “wow, I could never do that (being a stay-at-home mom)” or “wow, how can I get into something like that”. Maybe in the future, I can find a way to be of assistance to other entrepreneurial spirits to finding a system that can work for them and their families.

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