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Hi everyone,


My name is Wendie and I don't think I can adequately express how thrilled I am to have discovered such a comprehensive support network for Virtual Assistants. Just by visiting this network over the past few days, I am gaining confidence to make a much desired transition from traditional Office Assistant to Virtual Assistant. I feel that here I will receive the professional guidance, resources, and encouragement that a newbie to the industry like me needs :wub:.


A little about myself…


I’m single with no children (except the hundreds I serve at work) and live in southern Maryland (Washington DC metropolitan area). I enjoy reading, creative writing, arts and crafts, decorating, party planning, computer graphic design, baking desserts (please don’t confused this with cooking actual meals), and spending times of solitude in nature. Not that I take the time to do the things I love the most….but hoping that having my own business will change that! I also have a passion for missions service and human rights/humanitarian outreach ministry.


Current Status as Virtual Assistant…


As you can guess, I’m at the very beginning stages of becoming a virtual assistant. Formerly, I worked 3 years for the federal government as a Marketing and Graphic Design Assistant and am currently ending my 3rd year as an Executive Assistant in a private school setting to (at various times) the Director of Operations, Director of Academics, Director of Human Resources, and School Principal. My desire is to use the knowledge, skills, abilities I’ve gained through both these positions as a Virtual Assistant. Because my faith plays such an important role in my life, I’ve decided to target my services to Christian ministries and businesses. Despite my experience as an assistant in traditional settings, I know I have so much to learn in order to gain the level of competencies I am noting from the veterans in this field.


I've just ordered the VBBS Lite Start Up System and am eagerly anticipating its arrival. I’m just SO GRATEFUL to have found a network where I can receive step-by-step guidance, personal coaching, and a wealth of industry resources and training opportunities. But most importantly, daily encouragement to keep moving forward!


I've already established a name for my VA business and processed the paperwork to register in my state. Of course, no web presence as yet -I only have a domain name with place holder for my upcoming business. In fact, it was while researching the personal websites of some veteran VAs that I came across a link to this network. What a blessing! I was relieved to see that the VBBS program will walk me through this process, sparing me alot of time in researching and helping me avoid newbie mistakes.


My Back Story:


I have longed to have my own home based business for several years but have made countless "reasonable" excuses to myself as to why I shouldn’t pursue it. Not to mention the confidence level just wasn’t there. I mean, I was already earning a decent, steady income and there are just SO MANY VAs already out there – breaking in and being successful seemed too risky and daunting a venture. I'm sure you’ve all had those similar conversations with yourselves at some point. The defining moment for me has been a recent illness that placed me on bed rest for nearly a month. I was allowed to work from home which ended up being a heaven-sent turn of events. I was AMAZED at how much I could accomplish without actually being at the office! In fact, it seemed like I was MORE effective and efficient in many ways because I didn't have the constant personal interruptions that had become an inherent part of my office workday. For some reason, it seemed like supervisors and staff ate up a lot of my productive work time in nonessential ways simply because I was physically “there” :wacko:.


While on medical leave, I continued to schedule appointments, set up meetings, keep my supervisor’s calendar, communicate with staff, families, and outside entities (by email, phone and text), coordinate daily substitute schedules, resolve emergency situations, draft letters, fulfill graphic design requests, and proofread, format and edit documents...I even coordinated an entire dental health assembly from my bed! Long story shorter - my illness turned out to facilitate the revelation I most needed. Many who I support frequently checked in to comment on how I was continuing to meet their needs without missing a beat even though I was not physically present. That's when I knew I might actually be able to do this :yay:!


So here I am...nervous, somewhat overwhelmed, but excited - ready to take a large leap of faith towards the goal of starting my own full time business as a VA. I truly look forward to getting to know other aspiring and veteran VAs more personally while sharing this journey with you.


Hey - If you’re still reading this far into my ramblings, thanks for being such a trooper :thumbup:

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It's great to welcome another Marylander to the forum, Wendie. {{waving from western Maryland (Washington County)}}


You sound like you're on track with your business and start up plans. Wishing you much success as you continue.


Don't be shy in commenting, sharing, and interacting here on the forum. You'll find everyone friendly and helpful.



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Hi Wendi and welcome! ;)


Glad you found us and thanks for letting us know about you. You'll fit in perfect here and everyone is so giving with their knowledge about virtual assistance. You sound like you are off to an excellent start and I look forward to getting to know you better through your participation here at our network :)

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