We had the good fortune of connecting with Nikki Frezza and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Nikki, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
I think it’s very natural to be afraid of taking risks and not wanting to take big scary actions in life. We shy away from making big moves because we’re afraid and we let that fear paralyze us and close the door on many opportunities without actually questioning that fear and understanding it.
An exercise I like to do with my clients is getting clarity on what that fear really is. Grab a pen and journal and write down, “What’s the worst that could happen if I do [insert scary thing here]?” And then just journal on what those could be. Often, my clients will have this big fear around leaving their 9-5 and relying solely on their Virtual Assisting business for income. Through this exercise, what we come to find out is that the worst case scenario is actually not that bad and there are countless solutions to that possible outcome.
This exercise has been incredibly powerful in my own life as I stepped away from a well paying career into entrepreneurship almost 10 years ago. I remember having those big fears around taking this leap and stepping away from a consistent high paycheck. I also remember feeling incredibly disengaged in my work and tremendously unfulfilled by it. I had dreams of creating my own schedule and building something I was truly proud of, and I knew I had to take the leap and risk losing that position and comfortable paycheck.
Looking back, it’s the best decision I’ve ever made in my life! I ended up starting a company that I’ve since sold, and now I help women create virtual assisting businesses that work around their hours, their availability and their terms.
I know if I hadn’t taken that risk, I wouldn’t be here today doing what I absolutely love.
Take the risk! After all, what’s the absolute worst that could happen?
Business Mentor for Virtual Assistants
What should our readers know about your business?
I’m a Business Mentor for Virtual Assistants. My business revolves around helping others build successful virtual assisting businesses for themselves, on their terms and with dream clients they love to support.
Through my proven methodology, I teach my clients how to set strong foundations for their business, how to get clients in a way that feels good and how to scale their business organically and in a way that supports their dream lifestyle.
I’ve been an entrepreneur for almost 10 years and what truly sets me apart is that I’ve been in so many of these positions in my life. I’ve been a business owner working with VAs, I’ve been a VA, have led teams, been a part of other teams and now I mentor people who want to start and grow in this industry.
I believe my success is largely due to the fact that I’ve been in business long enough to weather the storms. Business can be a roller coaster ride with amazing months and months that make you want to quit. If you can stay even keeled through it all and show up consistently, you can truly thrive.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Jupiter, FL is a gem! It’s the perfect town that feels small even though it’s just two hours north of Miami. My favorite things to do here are go to the beach, ride our bikes outside at the park, go for a walk around the many trails and visit coffee shops and restaurants. My most recent favorite is Stage, in Palm Beach Gardens.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Andrew Frezza, my husband and owner of his own business, Fittown Jupiter. Andrew is an amazing support system and the one who planted this entrepreneurial seed a long long time ago. As he set out to build his dream gym with his brother Tony, he encouraged me to find something that would fulfill me. He’s an incredible business owner, husband, and father to our boys, and I joke that he’s my business coach at times because he helps me see new perspectives on situations that I share with him.
@palmbeachcreative Eve Greendale