Hi, My name is Deborah Bardun. I've been thinking about starting a virtual assistant business since winter 2009 after a layoff. I then got another job which lasted until April of 2011, and then another layoff. I've taken a job in an accounting firm this year, but after the tax season is over, the job is also over. I've decided that this time I'm going to follow through with my plans to start my own business. I'm certainly not going to lay myself off. I'm just in the planning stages and excited about all there is to learn.