My name is Catherine and I'm a Freelance Executive Assistant. I'm about to transition to the Virtual Assistant world and your site was highly recommended while conducting my online search by a number of Virtual Assistants and VA Organizations so I signed up right away! I don't have a website set up as yet, but I plan to set up my business soon. I've been an Executive Assistant for the past 10 years and have been self-employed for about the same time. I have provided support for a number of independent consultants and small businesses over the years, with a wide range of different services (Strategic Marketing, Feng Shui Consultant, Hip Hop Promotion, Marketing & Event Planning, Executive Coaching, etc.). I specialize in General Administration, Word Processing, Meeting & Event Planning support, Organization, Desktop Publishing, Database Management, Calendar/Appointment Management, etc.
I got married recently (December 2008) and moved from New York to Pennsylvania where my husband is from. This move pushed me to really focus on the Virtual Assistant business that I had been thinking about starting for some time now. Commuting 6 hours (round trip) to New York every day just didn't work for me and my husband is disabled so I need to be close to home to provide him with support. I have one stepson (my husband had joint custody) so I became an instant mom, since I don't have any kids of my own, and we have a puppy named Curly who is our 2nd child.
In my spare time I love to read, spend time with family and friends and I REALLY enjoy party planning. I've been doing this unofficially for years for my friends and myself. I've planned birthday parties, baby showers, bridal showers, anniversary parties - you name it, I've done it! I've also done some event planning on a professional level - 50th birthday party for a client, "day of" wedding consultant for a friend of a friend.
I look forward to starting my business and I am very pleased that I have your support and expertise to turn to. Starting a business is a daunting task but I believe that I can do it and I know that I'll get all the help I need for this website.
Thank you and I look forward to networking and getting to know other VA's.