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Hello everyone! I'm brand new to the VA community/business...still working on stepping away from my full-time job as I prepare for retirement and full-time travelling/housesitting. I'm not sure what I want to offer as VA services; I'm a freelance proofreader/editor, and I've got 20 years of experience in online/telephone customer support, along with being a pharmacist and (long ago) a chemical engineer. My plan is to retire from my current position and move to Mexico or Ecuador, where the weather is better than it is here (Eastern Canada...pretty chilly in the winter...NOW!) and it's less expensive to live. From there, I'll do international house/pet sitting till I don't enjoy it anymore. So I need a location-independent source of income and I thought being a VA would be ideal. Hoping to chat with a few of you - get ideas about how to proceed, etc.

I just saw this template, so I guess I'll fill it out:


  • Your Name: Jacquie
  • Your Website URL (if applicable): jacquiedoucette.com
  • Years in Business: <1
  • Description of your Business, including any specialties: I guess my specialties will be customer service, bookkeeping, editing/proofreading. I'm pretty much an A-type person, so give me a job and I'll get it done.
  • What City/Town/State/Country are you from?: near Ottawa, ON, Canada
  • Are you married? How long?: married for 23.5 yrs
  • Any kids and how old? two daughters - 22 and 20 yrs old
  • Hobbies & Interests: I LIVE for volleyball!! Also enjoy walking my dog, reading (novels, not non-fiction) and I love to travel, though I haven't really done a lot, compared to some people.
Edited by JacquieD
added a bit more info.

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Welcome, Jacquie! Hope it's not too cold in Eastern Canada. I'm in Vancouver, BC and chilly here for this time of year about -8C.

One thing I love about being a VA is that you can work when you want, with whoever you want from WHEREVER you want so this sounds like the perfect career for you!

I'm looking forward to getting to know you more through your participation here. Any questions, just ask us! ;)

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