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Hey gang!

 

Welcome to the new sub-forum Virtual Assistance - Part-Time.

 

Please take a moment to fill out our poll and let us know if you started working your VA business part-time or full-time.

 

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Guest coxadmin

My son starts primary school in September so I am working at building up client base.

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I started as a VA part-time just over two years ago, and it took me just under 18 months to pluck up the courage to go full-time. It was a lot of hard work but it has been worth it!

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Guest AnnaLisa Michalski

My baby boy was born twelve weeks ago, and that changed everything with my outside-the-home job. I had known for many months that full-time would no longer be possible at that job once he arrived, and by December it had become apparent part-time wouldn't be much of an option either. So, I have just this week finished up my regular-hours work there and joined the full-time VA ranks instead (full-time working on my business, that is, not yet a full-time client base!).

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I did the same as Candy, well almost. I took leave without pay for 12 months and when I'd matched the same gross income a year later I quit my job and didn't look back. Mind you I spent a lot of time racing around to get my clients but it was worth it - that was before the internet. I did spread the word to everyone I knew before I started and had work lined up from the start.

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Guest TerryGreen

I quit my job 15 years ago to stay at home and reign in my 3 "almost" teenage children. I was home 6 months and found out about home based secretarial services ... took the ball and ran with it. I worked outside the home again when I got a divorce in 1996, but continued to run a scaled down secretarial business before starting back up as a full time VA in 2004. Love it and wouldn't have it any other way!

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I became a VA in Nov 2006, and didn't even know there was such a career! I was in an online wahm meeting group....live forum..oh verbal networking type of room, when there was a side discussion about VA charges and I jumped in and said "I'll work for $-.00per hour just so I can work!" I was contacted by an author who has since became a great friend and steady client. I also meet my 2nd client through "word of mouth" from an online wahm talk radio "star", who suggested my services. Not bad for not having any clue there was even such a career as a VA!! Now I don't think my Assoc.Degree went to waste.. :thumbup:

 

Stephanie Fish

Buckeye VA

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I quit my job 15 years ago to stay at home and reign in my 3 "almost" teenage children.

 

 

That was pretty much my reasoning too. The eldest was in her first year of high school, number two wasn't far off and there were three others after that. I wouldn't change it for the world either - I've been able to get to know my daughters as they grew through their teenage years.

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I was downsized and started my business full time in 2005. It was the best thing that ever happened to me.

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I started just this past year. I was laid off due to downsizing for the 3rd time in 5 years. So, now with two young daughters (7 & almost 4) who hated going to the babysitters, and a husband who works shift work, life is wonderful. I am going to do anything I have to in order to get my business where I want to. I find that the craziness of the morning & evening rush is gone and life is smoother, less hectic. I have time to devote to everyone, including myself.

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I fell into a VA career. :) It was a long road.

 

I was a social worker until my first son was born in 2000. I knew I didn't want to work full-time and part-time was not allowed there. So I became a SAHM. Before Kyle turned a year old, a friend of mine who owned an editorial services company asked if I'd do some transcription, then research, then over the years it turned into writing and editing. Then a few years later, I began marketing my services to other companies, branched out on my services more, then a few years later found that I like doing writing and editing the best, so I came back to that.

 

I really can't imagine working for anyone else (than me, lol). I really enjoy being a VA and the flexibility it offers. My boys are now 7 and almost 5 and I'm glad I'll be able to be there when they get on and get off the bus during their school years.

 

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Happy Monday Everyone!

 

I began my VA career in 2002 after being down-sized a second time. I did go back to work (twice) once part-time and once full-time to make 'ends' meet. Within a few weeks of working full-time I realized I could not give MY business the time needed to build it by working full-time. I left that position 3 years ago and have not looked back. Well, maybe once, to keep me motivated in moving forward :thumbup:

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Wow that's so neat to hear everyone's stories! It's so true that when you absolutely HAVE to do something (like get clients or have no money) then it puts a fire in you to do it..

 

I've been trying to make money on the internet (or with some form of business) since my son was born in 2002. I started my VA business (one of many,many things I tried) about 7 months ago and I did it by offering a crazy-special to a mom's business membership site I belong to and they swamped me! I had 11 clients in 2 days and havent' looked back since. Now I'm working my way up to quitting in May so it's an exciting time :) I'm going to be writing a special report on how I got so many clients in one day though I may not recommend everyone do what I did either but I think there are things to learn from it :)

 

 

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