Jess Ostroff is the CEO and Director of Calm at Don’t Panic Management, a new virtual executive and marketing assistant agency designed to help badass entrepreneurs, managers, and executives get work done so they can focus on big ideas. Since 2011, Don’t Panic has helped hundreds of clients and provided freelance jobs for dozens of U.S.-based virtual talent. When she’s not on the internet, you can find her testing new recipes, enjoying live music, running, and wandering around the world.
- Growing up, Jess was not as social as every other kids were. She was shy and loved being alone. Eventually, Jess learned to open up to people, which helped her build her network.
- In high school, she was driven to try as many activities as she could in order to know the things she doesn’t want to do.
- Graduated with a major in marketing, Jess did not want to get involved with the corporate side of things. So she started thinking ways of earning without money outweighing her freedom.
- Don’t Panic Management began as a small freelance operation in 2009, with about 3 clients and very low expenses.
- As they began to grow, they found themselves in need of help. They wanted to work with someone who cared about their goals as much as they did and were willing to put in the time and energy into their success.
- Flash forward seven years later, and it’s become apparent to Jess that this virtual workforce isn’t just a flash in the pan. It’s the wave of the future.
The Next Two Years
- Jess envisions herself sharing ideas and helping more people in getting their virtual assistance career up.
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Show Notes Timestamps
[02:22] Victor introduces and welcomes Jess.
[03:07] Jess growing up.
They were interested in making a lot of money but working a lot of hours.
[08:18] The significance of business school in her career.
People that I know who have grown to be entrepreneurs never went to business school.
[12:59] Don’t Panic Management.
[18:53] When Jess quits her job.
Always be open with your eyes, ears, and your heart to new experiences and opportunities.
[21:25] Growing her clients list.
[24:08] Jess’ daily routine.
[27:16] What success is for Jess.
[31:27] Books and references she recommends.
Body of Work by Pamela Slim.
[33:18] Jess in two years’ time.
[34:49] Getting in touch.