We had the good fortune of connecting with Meagan Ray and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Meagan, what do you attribute your success to?
The most important factor behind my success as a Virtual Assistant is self-acceptance. For many years before I started my Virtual Assistant business I held administrative positions such as Front Desk Agent and Coordinator, where I enjoyed and excelled in the work I was producing. However, all the while I was experiencing an inner struggle in regards to where my career was heading. There were these misconceptions always floating around in my head that said, “You must advance up the corporate ladder. You cannot be an Administrative Assistant forever. Administrative Assistants don’t make any money!”

Then, something finally clicked for me – What if I stop rejecting the idea of being an Administrative Assistant and accept that I am an AMAZING one?

Since accepting myself as someone who enjoys helping others grow their business, who enjoys the menial tasks others can’t stand, and someone who doesn’t want to be the “leader”, I’ve been able to much more confidently market my abilities.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I began my self-employment journey, much to the dismay of my family and close friends, in August 2020 when I decided to leave my job as a corporate Operations Coordinator. Not only did Coronavirus have a tight grip on the world and economy, I also did not know exactly what I would be doing next to generate an income. One thing I did know though, was that I wanted to put my love for administration to work as an independent Virtual Assistant, and one day start a small sustainable business selling natural home products such as candles and cleaning solutions.

It was not an easy road for me mentally to get my career where it is today. I spent many years doubting myself and feeling that there was no way I could keep a roof over my head if I did not keep advancing within a corporation. I overcame these challenges however, by educating myself on self-employment & freelancing, having open conversations about self-doubt and Imposter Syndrome with friends, and by having the nerve to take that leap of faith.

In turn, as I look to start my small home products business, I can’t wait to overcome that mental challenge again!

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
For friends and family visiting Dallas, especially those with children, I always recommend a visit to Klyde Warren Park and the Dallas Arboretum for some fun outdoors.

My other favorite spots around town are Bread Winners in Uptown for brunch, HG Supply in Lower Greenville for afternoon drinks on their rooftop, and Pie Emporium in Deep Ellum for dessert.

When celebrating a special occasion (or any other time I’m due for a martini), the only place I will go is Kenny’s Wood Fired Grill in North Dallas. It’s completely unassuming from the outside, which makes the food, martinis, and service all the more amazing.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I am shouting “Thank you!” from the roof tops to Michael Van! Not only did he nominate me to be included in this series, he has been an integral part of me realizing my own value and ability to be a small business owner. For that Michael, I am forever grateful!

Website: www.MeaganRay.com

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/meagannray13/

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