Today we’d like to introduce you to Ashley Martin.
Hi Ashley, it’s an honor to have you on the platform. Thanks for sharing your story with us – to start, maybe you can share some of your backstories with our readers.
Well, I am Ashley Martin a corporate girl turned entrepreneur. I am the owner of A Splash of Ash virtual assistant services and BossMom recipes, both created with the community in mind. Driven by passion and the desire to win, I push everyone around me to awaken their inner boss! My passion can be found in how I show up and serves her clients and supports her fellow entrepreneurs. I have always been career-focused and purposeful in how I navigated each role I accepted. I was given the vision of A Splash of Ash after successfully navigating the corporate healthcare environment time at Centene Corporation by consistently climbing the ladder from entry-level roles to ending tenure as a corporate health trainer.
I always found myself, in addition to training, taking on additional roles that supported individuals professionally and personally. Such as hosting monthly professional book club meetings, or helping other employees reach their next career goals. I genuinely enjoyed my career. However, Covid-19 while did not physically affect me or my family it did financially. After 5.5 years, I was laid off with 3000 other individuals, the largest layoff this company had ever faced. Devastated and unsure of my next steps, I turned to what I knew, which was my faith. I knew I needed to pivot quickly as a mother of 3 daughters, ages 14, 10, and 2.
At the time, I was in a relationship with a contractor whose business was not appropriately structured to grow or compete. A natural leader, I learned the ins and outs of running a business through social media and administrative tasks. During that year, we closed with a little under $100,000. It was then I knew if I could show up for others how I had shown up for my family, I would be able to create a career that allowed freedom and creativity. I truly believe Jeremiah 29:11, which reads, “For I know I the plans that I have for you says the Lord plans to prosper you and not harm you plans to give a hope and future.” A Splash of Ash is my future, and it is bright.
Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall, and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Smooth! Ha! I have learned that every opportunity presented to me is not necessarily my assignment. I also believe entrepreneurship is a marathon, not a sprint. Each day, each level, and each opportunity is unique in teaching us not only about ourselves but about leadership, compassion, empathy, and finances. A business is more than just showing up and selling a product. It’s connecting with your community, clients, and even critics to break the glass ceiling on your next level of greatness.
Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
A SPLASH of ASH is about securing the bag. The next level of growth requires we delegate because a one-person band will reach a plateau. I have been professionally trained in adult education and project management. I obtained by undergrad degree through Lindenwood University and a project management certification through Google. I am most proud that my services truly provide value professionally and personally. While the virtual assistant is universally used in my business, we highlight and focus on 3 core business functions: Social Media Management, Administrative Support, and Personal Assistance. The business owners who decide to work with me feel an immediate relief by hiring me, allowing them to focus on expanding their brand sales, awareness, and more.
What quality or characteristic do you feel is most important to your success?
Integrity, Diligence, and Reliability are a few words that come to mind when I think about how I want to function at high levels and want my clients, future clients, and other business owners to see my business.
- Social Media Management starts at $750 per month
- Administrative Office Support (hourly and monthly rates)
- Personal Assistance starts at $1000 per month
- Virtual Assistant Day Pass $200/day
- Website: www.ashtheva.com
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/a_splashof_ash/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SplashofAshEffect