We had the good fortune of connecting with Rachael Davila and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Rachael, as a parent, what have you done for you children that you feel has had the most significant impact?
My children are the main reason I became a Virtual Assistant. Creating a business where I could work from home and be there to support them was the most important thing I’ve done as a parent. Being my own boss gave me the flexibility to be a strong presence in their early years, at school and around their friend groups. I believe we created a bond that exists still. My son is almost 21 and my daughter is 17. We have a great relationship and I owe it to the time I put in when they were young.
What should our readers know about your business?
Since 2005, I’ve owned Extra Hands! Virtual Assistance. Taking the administrative skills I learned as a theater stage manager, I now manage the production that is my client’s business. Recently, I completed a graphic design, video and web certificate program to learn the Adobe Creative Suite of programs to enhance the creative services I offer clients; including page layout for program materials, email marketing format and social media graphics. I really love that kind of work! Going back to school pushed me out of my comfort zone and challenged me to push through my ideals of perfectionism and regain my self-confidence to go after a clientele who can utilize my skills. I’m a doer and thrive when I can support vision driven individuals to brainstorm their BIG picture and turn it into a successful reality.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
My favorite place in all of San Diego is Old Town. I take everyone there. The history of San Diego really calls to me. If you go, start with the guided walking tour of Old Town, then stop for lunch at Barra Barra Saloon for their black bean dip and chips. The Whaley House tour is hauntingly interesting. If history isn’t your thing, I would cross the bridge to Coronado Island and do a bike ride along the bay side. Stop and eat at Il Fornaio with a view of Downtown. Seaport Village is another great sightseeing spot and I recommend the delicious tacos at Puesto at the Headquarters.
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?
My Shoutout goes to AssistU. I wouldn’t be a Virtual Assistant without the skills and training I received from the Virtual Training Program created by Anastacia Brice at AssistU.com.
Headshot photo by Janet Bark Photography