Demographics: Partner with 1 child
Time as a virtual assistant: 3½ years
I had recently been made redundant for the second time and I wasn’t entirely too keen on returning to the corporate world. After speaking with a friend she mentioned that her company uses a virtual assistant. Up until then, I had never heard of a virtual assistant and on conducting a lot of research I thought that with my skills and knowledge I would be able to assist small business owners.
My biggest challenge was marketing and sales as I had never worked in either of these areas before as my background was share registry and company secretariat.
My biggest fear was never finding clients and meeting their expectations.
No, I didn’t give up and I enjoy having my own business.
Don’t be afraid to try but do your research and decide who you want to work with plus having a great mentor goes a long way.
Being able to work for myself and the flexibility it offers.
The first thing I did was look for a VA group to join, that’s when I came across 121 Temps. When I spoke with Liz I thought this is something I can do. I then sat down and applied for an ABN number and thought about my business name.
I thought about returning to the corporate world but it wasn’t what I wanted and I knew I wouldn’t be happy so I decided to give it a go.
I’m not sure if I would have done anything differently, I’ve learned a lot over the years and continue learning today.
I have been working with some lovely clients. Having someone trust you to help them in their business when you may have only spoken on the phone, email or via Skype is a really good feeling.
Having the flexibility and freedom of not being restricted to the 9 – 5 hours is great. As a result, I am much happier and less stressed.
My goal is to continue learning, building my business. My aim is to earn an income that will allow my partner and I to travel overseas more.
Sit down and write a list of the tasks you really enjoy doing. Then offer these services to your clients and go for it.
Author’s Note: Sarah is a long-term member of 121 Temps. It has been a delight seeing her grow her business, her confidence, and skills to where it is today. Sarah demonstrates the benefits of moving out of your comfort zone to gain the many benefits of working from home.
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