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Sharon


A loan of $5,450 helped to obtain virtual assistance certification and become a certified author’s assist.


Sharon's story

Whereas other writing companies work within a niche, The Master Communicators Writing Services is modeled after a project management business. For instance, a client may bring company owner, Sharon, his current work and she will build her work around the customer’s needs.

“We don’t try to fit you into one of our packages,” Sharon says. “We take you in based on what you need.”

A loving grandmother of four, Sharon moved from Virginia to Houston, Texas, to be closer to her grandchildren where she saw the need to begin a writing assistance business.

“We provide writing services for small businesses, nonprofits and also aspiring authors,” she says. Through her business, Sharon offers assistance in website content, policy and procedure manual writings, proofreading, and content for email campaigns. “I felt the need to provide authors and small businesses with a voice.”

For authors, Sharon offers mentorship for content and book cover creations, help finding editors, and sometimes she works as an editor. As a writer, Sharon understands the struggle new authors face. To help them, she provides marketing and distribution tips. And, for the most part, Sharon works alone.

“I don’t have employees, but I have associates that help with authors. I have editors and graphic artists to network and guide them,” she says. These contracted workers are hired depending on the needs of the author. In a sense, Sharon is a broker between writers, small businesses and nonprofit organizations and artists, editors, publishing companies and anyone else affiliated with the writing industry.

“I’ve been writing since I was 8 years old,” she says. However, her dream was quickly shoved aside as her elders drilled in her head that “I needed a good-paying government job,” she recalls. Taking her family’s advice, Sharon enlisted in one of the last sets of the Women’s Army Corps before the government incorporated co-ed troops. Because she is a veteran, Sharon is often invited to business seminars and workshops. It was during one of these events she learned about Accion Texas, Inc.

Sharon says, “One of the things I want to say about Accion is they are a compassionate lender. I was able to go and share my vision. I didn’t meet a banker hiding behind a desk. I met a person passionate about enabling my vision.”

Her loan to obtain virtual assistance certification allows her to be an author’s assistant. In this role, she can research, help with public access or written permission, obtain cover work, and eliminate confusion.

Sharon plans to hire an employee before May 2014. Check out her show on Blog Talk Radio here: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/themastercommunicator



Loan details

Loan length:

32 months
Disbursed date: October 18, 2013

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Loan details

Loan length:

32 months
Disbursed date: October 18, 2013