Hi! I’m Ken Yamamoto. I’ve been a Virtual Assistant since 2010. I’m a family man with a loving wife and two adorable kids. I was blessed to have a career that I love. I’m always excited to jump out of bed every morning and sit on my chair in front of my computer and sip on my cup of coffee to start the day (there’s a bathroom ceremony in between). Maybe it’s because I love the internet, creating websites, writing, social media, and more. Heck, I love everything I do! I’m a kind of worker that doesn’t look on the clock. I only look on the calendar for payday.
Right now, I’m working full-time for the coolest boss in the planet, Doug Crowe (if I’ll be given a raise every time I mention it, I’ll be receiving a CEO-level salary now).
But before I get in this situation, I want you to know that had experienced some struggles when I’m starting on this quest. I will tell you my story so that I could inspire most of you. (Turn on the dreamy ambiance.)
Not so long ago, (and definitely not in a faraway galaxy), I first had an idea of online job when I heard about oDesk (currently Upwork) from my brother. He said that he knew someone who is earning on the internet working at home. I became excited and immediately searched oDesk and created a profile. But I didn’t continued. Although excited, I’m not motivated. I still prefer to earn on my day job in the “real world”. That time (in my country), that kind of story is exciting. But not realistic.
Until someone gave me a job online. I know the person so I didn’t hesitated.
But after a month of hard work and a few hours of sleep, I received nothing.
I was scammed.
I was angry but I couldn’t do anything about it.
Then I promised to myself that I will earn on the internet from home. I have to earn something. I already started it.
Then I pursued oDesk.
It was not easy at first. Clients are looking for experience and good ratings.
After a few weeks, I got my very first contract. I will never forget it.
And one thing led to another.
Fast forward to the present, I’m here now enjoying my job as a Virtual Assistant.
My experience was painful. But it became an instrument for me to pursue this career. If it weren’t for that unfortunate event, I may not be here today.
I hope my story inspired you. Obstacles are not signs for us to stop. They are there as challenges for us to do better and be stronger.
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By the way, here is my assistant, busy crafting emails for you.