Hi all - I'm going to follow the guide lines set out by Tawnya to introduce myself.
My name is James Barnett and I am brand new to the world of the VA!
I have recently formed James John Solutions Ltd (www.jamesjohnsolutions.com (1st class thinker me!)) which I intend running part time alongside my full time job.
I have been working in the admin/sales industry for over 10 years ever since studying Engineering at Cardiff University.
In my time I have done many roles including, switchboard management, sales & purchase ledger clerk and diary management. I then transferred companies within the group and took over the Customer Services & Warehouse Management of a Medical Stock Product Company. After 4 years of continual growth I made the move into Field Sales looking after the Wales & NW England areas. I am also studying to be a qualified bookkeeper and hope that this will become my speciality with my other skills gained in doing these varied jobs over the years will help me to become a well rounded VA.
Unfortunately 4 years ago I went into renal failure (don't worry I knew it was coming!) and was put on dialysis. It was during my recovery time that I first came across the idea of a VA. Soon enough though, due to the marvels of medicine, I was well enough to return to work.
1 year later I received the greatest gift of my life! During my recovery from the kidney transplant I rediscovered the idea of VA and was truly hooked! Yet again medicine worked its magic and I returned to work - far too preoccupied with staying healthy and a 9-5 job (and demanding hobby) to think of progressing as a VA.
3 weeks ago I injured myself (torn calf!) whilst training for a marathon (stupid idea in the 1st place, I know!). This time I was determined not to let this opportunity pass. So I have grabbed it with both hands and am refusing to let go. The idea of being able to let the 9-5 go and work hard for your own benefit and not someone else’s is truly inspiring and I cannot wait to get involved.
I am a single (and looking!) guy living in Pontypridd who spends most of his spare time working for the Territorial Army, walking up mountains or raising money for Kidney Research Wales.
I am so glad that I found this amazing resource and I look forward to getting to know you all!