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JumpStart Virtual Assistant Services - JVAS

Name: Omotola Akinsola

Location: Charlotte, NC 

Type of Business:
JumpStart Virtual Assistant Services - JVAS

What does your business do?
Grant Prospect Research Grant Writing Services Nonprofit Consultancy

When and why did you start the biz?
Started February 2018 to assist nonprofit organizations to find grant opportunities and get funded to run their programs to benefit their communities.

How Many People are in your Company?

Where's your office?
Office location is mobile and portable. We can work from anywhere be it a coffee shop to a library, to spare bedroom, to the kitchen table and much more.

What's the toughest part of running your biz?
Finding potential clients and doing the first discovery call. As well as not being ashamed to price the services in a way that is worth the time, effort, expertise and education we have.

What's the most fun part?
Seeing clients get funded and being able to do good with the funding they receive.

Anything you would have done differently?
Not being afraid to launch and share with families and friends.

What's next on the horizon for your biz?
Hoping to sign and work with at least 10 clients before May. Expand and hire more staff members to ensure we continue to provide quality services to clients

What advice do you have for others?
1. Do it scared or afraid: don't be afraid to launch out and start small. 2. Advertise anyway you know how. Tell your friends, family, and look for opportunities to be helpful and share what you can offer to others.

How do you use Idea Cafe to help your biz?
I love the community that Idea Cafe created, when I log in here, I find helpful stories and tips to give me motivated and help me keep on track.

School (where, still in school, degree)?
Washington University in St. Louis; Social Enterprise Development & Management

Prior jobs or business?
Grant Writer Graduate Research Assistant

Favorite Food?
bread and eggs

What are your pets' names?

Do any of these pets help with your biz?

Is there any one person or event in your life that led you to go into business for yourself?
My daughter, I wanted to have time to nurture and help her grow while still able to provide for our basic needs.

Anyone you publicly want to thank?
Everyone who has ever believed in me! Thank you!

Contact Info:
Omotola Akinsola
3613 Dresden Drive East
Charlotte, NC 28205



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