BATHURST, NSW – Twelve months ago, Kylie Short thought she was answering a job advertisement for a part time bookkeeper/secretary. Instead, she embarked on an adventure starting her own business 34 weeks pregnant with her third child while attracting clients from as far as Sydney and Melbourne.
“I honestly don’t know what I was thinking when I answered the advertisement,” says Short. “I just knew I needed a challenge. I never expected to go into business when I replied to the ad. The employer took one look at my large pregnant belly at the time and offered it to me on a sub-contract basis so I could work from home and still be with my children. It was the perfect solution for me.”
Ms Short knew she wasn’t the only one working from home completing administrative tasks for other business owners, so she began a quest for knowledge and found the Virtual Assistant industry. Virtual Assistants are self-employed business owners who provide administrative and consulting services to their clients on a virtual or off-site basis.
Many entrepreneurs and small business owners wear ALL the hats in their business and have ALL the responsibility. Not only are they the bookkeeper, they are also the sales person, administrative manager and business owner. Wearing all these hats can limit a business in its growth and ability to service customers. Some businesses are unable to afford a full time assistant or provide the necessary technology and training for an assistant, never mind setting aside the office space.
This is where a Virtual Assistant is a perfect match. Not only are Virtual Assistants business owners themselves, but they are able to take on the tasks you don’t have the skills, time or inclination to do. They can do it efficiently and proficiently, adding to your business’s professional image. You only pay for time spent on task and you can even contract a Virtual Assistant to work on a project basis, as you need them.
“Since finding the Virtual Assistant industry and discovering it has been around since 1996 in Australia, I knew it was important to learn as much as I could about this exciting way to work and do business,” says Ms Short. “I joined a number of online forums including Virtual Assistant forums and business forums. As a result, I now have access to other Virtual Assistants who have skill sets in various areas that complement my own and I am able to stay up to date with current trends in technology. I am thoroughly enjoying myself and the bonus is I get to stay at home with my children. I have also learnt so much about having an online business.”
About Kylie Short
Kylie Short, Owner of Tilda Virtual Services has 10 years experience in Office Management and Bookkeeping with considerable time spent in Small Business Management, Information Technology, Manufacturing, Child Care and the Human Resource industries. To find out more about Ms Short, visit her blog at www.tildavirtual.com.au/blog
About Tilda Virtual Services
Tilda Virtual Services partners with small business owners with personalised, cost-effective and reliable services that support the needs of their business. Providing bookkeeping, administrative support, contact management, newsletter, website design and hosting, Tilda Virtual Services is here to assist small business owners, freeing up their time and reducing their to-do lists. Contact Tilda Virtual Services today for more information. www.tildavirtual.com.au