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Hi Everyone, I wanted to very briefly introduce myself and my services. I am from London (UK) and recently moved to the sunny island of Barbados where I will be working in a virtual/remote capacity. I have in excess of 15 years' experience in administration, event management and logistics, acquired in London, Europe and the Caribbean. I have worked as an Administrator, Personal Assistant, Project Support, Event Manager, Marketing Coordinator and Logistics Manager, in a number of sectors, to include; Investment Banking (10 years), Agency, Retail and Real Estate. I am offering services as a VA and also Virtual Property Management for vacation rental homes. I am new to the VA scene, but have been working as a Virtual Property Manager for 10+ years, as a sideline. On the property management side, I have a few clients, but of course welcome more . On the VA side, I am starting from ground zero. It seems like quite a long and tough process to get going in the VA world, and I am particularly finding that there is a strong bias for people who are based in the USA and that anyone considering a VA outside of the US is looking for cheap labor in Asia. So, I have taken everyone's advice and started reaching out to previous business contacts to spread the word about my services. Thanks for taking the time to read my post and I wish all the VAs in this group every success. Keisha KW Empire Limited www.kw-empire.weebly.com
Good Afternoon, My name is Marsha Campbell. I recently separated from my job as an office manager after 11 years. I've been really excited about starting my own business as a Virtual Assistant. The market it there and I've read so many success stories. However, it seems like I can't really get off of the ground. Like another poster said, I've already run into a few scammers and it can be really disappointing and discouraging. Anyhow, I look forward to networking and learning from everyone here!
Hi there, My name is Angela Tyler, I'm a young mom from Fremont, MI. I currently work full time as a life insurance agent for one of the top national insurance companies, and before that I was a hair stylist. I have a great job, but as a young mom I find that being at the office 40 hours a week is taking much precious time away from my family. While browsing online one day I saw a post about becoming a VA and, after reading about the type of work you could do, I was very intrigued. It's become my mission to find my niche and start my own VA business right out of my home. My current website is called Pure Grace http://puregracejewelry.wixsite.com/puregracejewelry. Originally it was meant to be another platform for my small handmade jewelry business, but I decided to expand it into my own blog. Of course, when you're working 40 hours a week it's difficult to find the time to manage a blog. That is why I am hopeful that once I start my VA work and am able to quit my full time job I will be able to maintain my own blog. I plan on creating a WordPress website and learn more about that, as I understand most bloggers primarily use that. As far as years of experience, I am brand new to the VA field. However, I have been working in customer service for almost ten years. I was a hair stylist for eight years so I am great at listening to what people want and turning abstract ideas into something beautiful. For the last year I've worked in an office as a life insurance agent, so I have administrative and secretarial skills as well. Being my own small business owner I am also very comfortable with social media and marketing in that manner. My goal is to VA for a Christian Blog - it's a topic I enjoy writing about, and I am very passionate about that field of ministry. I would love to help with social media management, editing blog posts and even doing some guest posting. On a more personal note, I am from a small town called Fremont, Michigan. We're a farming community with about 4,000 people. This little town is one where everyone knows everyone, we still hold the doors for each other, and there's corn fields lining the roads and a church on every corner. It's home. My husband and I just celebrated our three year wedding anniversary on August 24th. We have two beautiful children, my son will be two in September and my daughter is five - she just got on the school bus for her very first day at kindergarten! This exactly is the reason why I want this venture to be a success. I want to be here when my daughter gets on the bus, and when she gets off. I want to be here when my son is potty training. I want to be home for dinner, and have the availability to meet with bible studies. My home is my mission field, and I don't want to spend any more time away! My hobbies and interests...I love writing. I have been writing since I was a young girl, and have never stopped. Currently I am working on my first novel, which is a fantasy genre novel. I also love riding horses,although I don't have much time to get in the saddle lately (which will hopefully change soon!) Jewelry design has also become a hobby of mine. It started off with beading necklaces and bracelets, but it turned into designing rosaries and prayer beads. Since transitioning into Christian based jewelry my little business has doubled it's sales from the previous year, so I know I am on the right track. I love my little handmade ministry! I heard about VA Networking from Google. Over the past couple weeks I have been reading article after article, learning everything I can before diving in. I searched for "virtual assistant" and VA Networking was one of the first things that popped up. So far I love reading everyone's thoughts in the forums, and I can tell this website will be an asset to my growth as a VA. I'm very excited for what the future holds, and I cannot wait to dive in! Be blessed, Angela
Hi VAs from near? and afar. My name is Stella Gooch. I am currently working on my website and have yet to unveil it but it is not far away. I have worked as a professional Secretary/PA since the 1980s but took time out over the past 12 years to raise a family. Having said that, I did not stop working. I supported my husband in a bar/restaurant/guesthouse business for 8 years and successfully developed and ran 4 local community websites in my area. This enabled me to keep up with technology despite not being in an office. I also support my husband in his model shop since departing the bar business. My vast experience and the demands of children (although they are much more independent these days they still need you around) made me focus on developing as a VA. I am currently touching base with my old London bosses (as many as I can find still alive!!) and am optimistic some opportunities will come from these as well as contacts locally especially since I already run and support some local council and small business websites. I live in the United Kingdom - Norfolk near Sandringham Estate - and have been married 15 years with two sons 12 and 10. I love dancing and socialising but don't really get to do it much since leaving the bar business and hope my future plans will improve my social life also. I found your site through a Tweet on Twitter. I notice that there is an advert telling us to get VA Certified. What is this and how do you do it and is it a recognised credential in the UK business world (I notice that the postings in front of me seem to be from the USA).