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NAWBO Member Q&A: Julie Tuttle

Julie Tuttle is the founder and operator of the JT Collective, which offers offer administrative support for businesses. The JT Collective does this through a virtual assistant, which provides administrative, technical or creative assistance to clients remotely from a home office.  

Tuttle is a new member of the board of directors and is the director of the NAWBO Iowa Awards event.

Can you take me through your personal background?

I am originally from Western Wisconsin and attended the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, where I earned degrees in both Marketing and Sociology. I lived in the Milwaukee area before moving to Des Moines 11 years ago already! I have worked as an executive administrator, office manager and, most recently, project manager. I live just outside Carlisle and have a 7 (going on 17)-year-old daughter.  

What is your profession/business?

I am the owner of The JT Collective, and I offer virtual assistant services ranging from basic administrative needs to project management. I heard the term virtual assistant about two years ago, and as I dug into what that actually meant, I realized I could do this and do it well. I just launched my business in January and have steadily grown since then. 

Joining NAWBO Iowa has given me so many great networking opportunities, and I've established so many great relationships in the short time I've been involved. I primarily focus on small businesses and love helping owners figure out what we can take off of their plate so they can focus on really growing their business.

What is the favorite part of what you do?

My favorite part of what I do is sitting down and really digging into what the needs are of a small business. Hearing how passionate someone is about their business gives me so much energy! I also love seeing someone be able to focus on the things that they love instead of the basic administration tasks that keep them bogged down day after day. I really enjoy the details, too, so taking on those tasks doesn't feel like work to me!

Who has had the biggest influence on your life?

I would have to say my Mom and Grandma. Both had to work extremely hard throughout their lives. I get my work ethic from them and am not afraid of a challenge. Both were also extremely independent and that has benefited me in so many ways throughout my life. I'm now seeing the same thing in my own daughter and it makes me excited for her future. 

If you could go to one place for a week, where would you go?

Right now, I'd find a beach and a fruity drink and not move for the entire week! I have also always wanted to take a road trip along the eastern seaboard from Maine to Massachusetts in the fall to see all the colors and eat as much seafood as I possibly can!