“To build a thriving business, you have to start with a solid foundation, and that’s what AssistU helped me to create.”
What I Do at AssistU
I manage “A Thing Or Two”, AssistU’s monthly newsletter for VAs, and volunteer as the Internship Coordinator in the community.
If you were to read my resume, you might be surprised at the variety of businesses I’ve worked in over my 40+ year professional career: travel – architecture – meetings, events & incentive management – FFE/facilities consulting – telecommunications – information technology – property management – construction – auto transport – accounting – beauty/personal care – retail. So I know a lot about a lot of things, and that proves to be invaluable to my clients.
I started my practice in 2003. My first client had just started her own consulting firm and I was really excited about what she was doing. As we worked together, it quickly became clear that she needed all my time and skills, and I put my business plans on hold and went to work with her full-time. I helped guide and support the company as the COO and CFO while we grew from 1 employee to a staff of 10. We all worked virtually – I lived in Denver, though the business was based in California – and I was still helping a VA client or two on the side.
Eventually, though, I realized that I’m happiest when I’m working for myself, with a variety of clients, so I re-dedicated myself to my practice full-time, graduating from AssistU in 2012. It was the best career move I’ve ever made.
You can learn more about my business, here: www.juderushva.com
Quirky Things About Me
- I’m a fourth-generation native Californian, though these days I make my home in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
- I love New Orleans and just about anything related to the city, including New Orleans Saints football. Who Dat?!
- I am a direct descendant of Dr. Benjamin Rush, a signer of the Declaration of Independence and one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. Dr. Rush is considered the “father of American psychiatry”.
- I’ve always been a dancer, and I especially enjoy zydeco dancing, which I’ve been doing for about 25 years now.
What I Love Most About AssistU
It’s the most supportive community I’ve ever been a part of. But more than that, I love that AssistU stands for excellence and integrity in the larger world, continually educating the public about what VAs do, and promoting the highest standards for all virtual assistants.