I have just rolled into the eighth month of being a Virtual Assistant and things are looking positive.
Having spent the first few months very much in the planning phase and using the time to refresh and up-skill, I spent a bit of time being confused by the numerous resources out there. What software was the best, who do I choose to train with, what services should I offer, where do I invest my resources etc. It was all a bit overwhelming.
I completed my VA Certification through VA Directory having known its founder, Kathie Thomas for a number of years. Not only is she a great mentor having been one of the founders of the industry in Australia, but she’s a very patient coach and can always be found at the end of the virtual surf when I’ve felt sucked under the waves with a technical or client issue.
In March, I attended the tenth Australian Virtual Assistants Conference and found this to be a great investment in my VA journey. Not only did I get great value from some of the speakers there, but it was a great chance to network with them and the other VAs attending. Because we work in isolation, that contact and networking is a godsend.
A feature of the VA industry that has really struck a chord with me is the empowerment I get from others on the same journey. Some are like me in the early stages of their travels and many others are seasoned VAs.
Through social media networking groups, I connect with VAs here in Australia, the US and more recently in the UK. The support nearly everyone gives each other is a stand-out feature of the industry. There is no issue I can have that can’t be answered or put into perspective by another VA. There is advice on everything you could want – niching, tax, software, marketing, and very importantly, how to nurture and care for yourself through the whole experience.
I’ve witnessed people make a complete turnaround in attitude, determination and success because they’ve been buoyed by the support that they’ve got from this wonderful community.
I’ve had my ups and downs. I’ve had a couple of days when I’ve thought, ‘what on earth am I doing?’ Mostly I feel excited about the future. I have the freedom to organise my life around what I do and I get up every morning raring to get on with work after connecting with nature in this beautiful part of the world.
Now I just need to make that time and finish my website!
My experience and skills are varied: an executive PA in London and Australia; I have worked exclusively in a Secretariat co-ordinating Board meetings, agendas and minutes and parliamentary enquiries; campaign executive for an animal welfare NGO in Singapore; an interior decorator consulting for a large paint company and have project managed 2 large personal renovation projects.
I am also a professional Artist and still practice and exhibit. My Art company is called “Ocean Sun Design” and you can check it out here https://www.facebook.com/OceanSunDesign/
My interests include marine conservation and cetacean advocacy. I have been a Scuba Diver for years and am qualified to Rescue Diver level (meaning I’m fabulous to have in a tight spot and I don’t panic – trust me!). I also love reading, writing, cooking and hiking.
- Diploma in Public Administration
- Certificate IV in Interior Decoration and Design
- Diploma of Visual Arts
- Advanced Diploma of Creative Product Development
- Diploma of Justice.