About Jess


Photo Apr 02, 4 57 14 PM (1)Hi! I’m Jess.

I help small business owners focus on the heart and soul of their businesses. I ran my own online creative business for four years and I have worked with other small business owners to to help their businesses grow and thrive.

I love to solve problems – when my clients give me a dream, it’s my privilege to help them make it a reality. I only work with amazing people, so I really care about helping them bring their personal brand of awesome into the world. I really geek out over figuring things out, researching, and finding solutions to my clients’ problems.

It’s my mission to help the creative business owners of the world tell their stories, get more done, and serve up their passions to the world. My clients are writers, teachers, consultants, publishers, dreamers and doers. They read, take classes, and talk to experts. They always try to do their best and they don’t scheme or cut corners to rip people off. They want to grow their dreams organically, even if that means it takes a little longer, because those shortcut “get rich now” tips just don’t feel authentic to them. They know their strengths, and they hire people like me to round out their weak spots and help them do more than they could do if they tried to do everything themselves. They set goals to help them keep moving forward, and they believe that there’s always something more to achieve.

 

Jess supports without pressure. She has a perspective that is both inside and outside of my business, and helps me move forward in ways that are more fun than when I was doing it alone.
I trust Jess’s instincts and taste and skills. I’m really a control-freak about my work—and at the same time, I love collaborating. Miraculously, working with Jess accommodates both those sides of me! – Deborah Robson, The Independent Stitch

I am the MOST in my element when I’m talking to a client about her next Big Thing – we’re planning it out, running through all the possibilities and the ways it could eventually grow, and it’s extremely energizing. Sometimes we’re so in the groove that I can barely type fast enough to get down all of our great ideas.

I’m a big fan of felt tip pens and proofreading. I’ve been a teacher in a variety of situations and I absolutely love showing others how to travel down a path I’ve been down before. I’m also a perpetual student – I’m always learning new things, and I’m largely self-taught. My default position generally is, “If I don’t know it, I can learn it!” I apply this philosophy ALL THE TIME to help my clients with their projects and plans.

 

I now cannot imagine trying to run my business without Jess. She is not just a contractor that helps with non-essential items, she is a valued team member that is key to my business’ overall success. – Gwen Bortner, GwenBortner.com

Why hire me?

I’ve been working with small business owners for over 6 years.

I specialize in the creative or handmade industry, because I’m fully immersed in that world – I’m obsessed with a fairly large variety of creative hobbies (knitting, spinning, crocheting, quilting, sewing, you get the idea!).

Before that, I worked as a professional writer and I ran my own Etsy shop selling hand dyed yarn & fiber.

What this means for your business: If you serve the creative makers of the world, I speak your language – and theirs. You don’t have to give me a vocabulary lesson before we can start working together; I’ll hit the ground running from Day One. I’ve worked as a creative business owner and for several other creative business owners, so I’ve spent the better part of the last decade building up experience and connections that I will put to work for you.

Before that, I was a high school English teacher; I’ve got two graduate degrees in Education and a Bachelor’s degree in English.

What this means for your business: I’ve got mad skills in proofreading, writing, developing curriculum, spelling, and grammar.

 

You deserve someone who geeks out over your business and helps you run it like a well-oiled machine, instead of being run over by all the different items on your To Do list. Are you ready for some help? Choose an item below to get started.

  • I work as a First Officer for Creative Business Owners. Whether you just want a one-time consultation or regular, ongoing support, I’ve got an option for you! Click here to learn more.

  • If you want to stay in touch and get tips from me on how to hire a VA, work more efficiently, or to be the first to know when I have spots open for 1:1 client work in my schedule, sign up here.
    I’ll also send you a FREE copy of my e-book, Work Like a Boss: Create an Employee Handbook so you’ll be ready to manage your future team.

  • If you’d like a library of resources to help you work smarter, not harder – come on over! I’ve got plenty of information for you to devour. Click here to start reading.

  • If you think you might be ready to hire your first VA, check out my online course – built to walk you through the process of finding, hiring, and keeping a great assistant to work for you and your business. Click here to get started.

Not sure WHAT kind of help you need? Send me a message and we’ll figure it out together: