A “Very Personal Ad” for an Inspired Helper

May 17, 2010

After hedging about it for the last year or so, the time has come for Inspired Home Office to grow a little bigger. If you run a small business, you know that this can a daunting transition from “solo” to “solo+helper(s)”.

A while ago, my friend Havi Brooks started writing Very Personal Ads as a way to make it easier to recognize what she wanted when it came along. That she learned this in one of my classes is pretty darned cool. The world is so beautifully circular, isn’t it?

I’d love your help finding a perfect inspired helper or two. Here’s what I’m looking for:

Seeking an Inspired Helper


Although you may or may not officially be a VA (virtual assistant), you are mentally sharp, attentive to detail, and have an easy laugh. Where most people see frustrating challenges, you see opportunities. You’re encouraging, respectful, and have good boundaries. You’re willing to take it slow at first while we get to know each other and our respective strengths.

You take your work seriously, but you meet your ego needs in other ways besides through your work. You like playing the helper/supporter role, as long as you feel respected and appreciated. Using good communication skills, you resolve misunderstandings quickly, compassionately, and without drama.


I’m a cluttered creative, which means that I’m great on concepts and challenged by minutia. I can do it, I’m just not effective at it. To my credit, I do my own books, plan my marketing strategies, and create curricula from scratch. Tying up little details? Hate it — even though I know it’s important.

As a rule, I don’t focus on brick walls — instead I discover how to get around and over them to reach my destination. That’s why I’m seeking a helper. I’m a good person with a lot of integrity and a perfectionist streak. If we ever have a misunderstanding, the first person to know will be you. I believe there’s precious little time to make a difference as it is, so I don’t waste it on gossip or blame.

After 5 years, I’m finally ready to not do everything in my business myself.ย  The projects I give you will be thought out from both a heart and strategy perspective, I want your inspired help with the logistical side.

My business, clients, and readers:

Inspired Home Office is a training company that helps cluttered, creative business owners set up fun, functional work spaces that help their dreams take flight. I teach classes about decluttering, organizing, and business systems that incorporate strategy with heart and spirit. I help create accountability and momentum. The goal of Inspired Home Office is to help women find their life path by creating physical order, so they feel supported to contribute their much-needed gifts to the world.

The people who hang out in my business and come to my classes are a rare and special breed of human being – they’re whip-smart, vibrantly creative, and deeply attuned to their feelings and intuition. They struggle with self-compassion. They have high expectations of themselves. They are funny, helpful, and sincere. I love these people fiercely and am committed to their growth. I can’t make you love them, of course, but it’s my hope that you will.

How we work together:

The best scenario I can imagine is that we enjoy working together, you work when you want to, and set your own deadlines on a project basis.ย  I will be as precise as possible about what I need from you, but I will leave it to you to complete in your own way. I’ll want for you to communicate if a deadline won’t be met, but I won’t to micro-manage your process. That’s very important to me. Ideally, we’ll agree on roughly how long a project will take so that I can budget for your time.

At present, I want help on projects that generate revenue, because it’s the only way for Inspired Home Office to break even on staffing expenses. You might have other great services to offer, but they’re not a priority — just yet.

The kind of stuff I want help with currently includes:

  • Editing audio
  • Uploading audio and links to my website (WordPress)
  • Transcribing audio
  • Using ejunkie to set up new audio products

No worries if you don’t know how to do all of these things, as I may decide to hand off pieces of the work to different people.

What’s next:

If you fit the description, like how I and my business sound, and are interested in the type of work described, I’d like to hear from you.

The next step is to send me old fashioned snail mail (3705 Quinaby Rd NE, Salem OR 97303) before May 31 including:

  • your resume
  • a list of your skills, abilities, and favorite work (if not included on your resume)
  • a sample of your writing (100-200 words)

Please send this information by snail mail only – I and my inbox thank you.

A wish and a star…

Areย  you out there? I hope to hear from you soon. If you know someone who might be a match, please send them to this page for details.

This is a big step for me – your cheers appreciated!

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Follow-up note: To clarify, I am open to hiring an employee or a freelance inspired helper. I am well-informed on the distinctions between them and have no intention of doing anything the IRS would frown upon. Your resume provides helpful information for this exciting (and frankly scary) process. If you don’t feel comfortable sending a resume, that’s your call. Thanks!


  1. I love the description, the process, the fine-crafting of what you want and what you are about. Delightful. My best on meeting your match!

  2. Your description of your people gave me chills! Maybe partly because they sound like my people. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Such a clear picture of what you need — hope you find the person you’re looking for lickety-split.
    .-= Amna´s last blog ..Weirdness as beauty mark and power source =-.

  3. 2203 days ago,
    Tami Stackelhouse said:

    Yay for you & your biz…. and Yay for those of us who “hang out in your business”! This is very exciting…. Will be watching for anyone who looks like this!

  4. You’ve done an awesome job of outlining what you’re looking for in a VA. I may have to incorporate some of these concepts when I’m talking to prospective clients!

  5. LOVE THIS! I’m going to use this format the next time I bring on contractors. Talk about defining exactly what you want (a la Write It Down, make It Happen by Henriette Anne Klauser). What a perfect way to communicate to the Universe exactly what you want. I’m confident the perfect person will respond!

  6. Yay! Thanks for the encouragement, everyone!

    After rereading it, I want to go back and add a whole lot of other fun stuff, but I’ll leave it this way for now.

    If you’re interested in using this technique, Havi’s got some great suggestions on her blog. The idea originated from one of my Most Highly Recommended Books: The Path of Least Resistance by Robert Fritz. Check it out. It’s not manifestation – it’s even better. Love it!

    Thanks again for the cheers! : )

  7. that’s funny jennifer,
    i almost took a similar “helper” job with the Fritz’s ๐Ÿ™‚
    .-= Kelly Salasin´s last blog ..The Kuan Yin Series =-.

  8. Hi Jennifer,
    What a beautiful VPA. You are very clear and I’m sure you’re perfect right-hand helper will find you.

    I have a wonderful VA, whom I identify as possessing the qualities you’re describing.

    She’s @jess_larsen. Her website is jesslarsen.com.

    I’m going to pass your VPA along to her.
    .-= Rebecca Prien ´s last blog ..What Law Stuff do I need for my Creative Business? =-.

  9. Hi, Jen.

    I was amused to read a post on the Men with Pens blog a day or so ago about the, um, odd ways that people sometimes respond to ads for help such as yours.

    While I certainly don’t know if you’re experiencing any of these types of responses, I thought you and your readers might be interested.

    The post is titled “How Not to Get the Freelance Job – and What to Do.” Here’s the link:

  10. Jen, you’re awesome ๐Ÿ™‚ Good luck with finding a well-deserved helper! ๐Ÿ™‚
    .-= Yollana´s last blog ..How to get clients quickly (and honestly) when youโ€™re in a tight spot =-.

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