About the Introduce Yourself! category


#1

Here’s your chance to tell everyone who you are, where you are, what you do and how you do it!


#2

Hi all, my name is Hazel and I set up as a VA in October 2017 after many years of talking about it but the time just never being right!! So, last year I decided to go for it (nothing to do with turning 40 – honest!).

I am also working part time, employed on a fixed term contract due to finish in March 2019 as well as growing my VA work in time to take over from the part time work! My background is mostly Public Sector in Health, Education and Finance having worked in HR, administration and as a PA for over 20 years.

I am based in Dorset with my son and pooch, a wonderful place to live and work. I am looking to provide support to local businesses as well as grow the minute taking side of my business for Trustee Boards, corporate meetings and HR matters.

I am learning new things about the VA world and being my own boss all the time and looking forward to learning more!


#3

Hi There! I’m Clare and I am just starting a VA Business - I will tell you more when I have set myself up. At the moment I am just about to look at the legal documents and information from KoffeeKlatch to ensure I set up correctly. Thank you for providing this great resource Society.


#4

Hi my name is Rachael and i set up as a Virtual PA 3 weeks ago. I have 14 years experience working as a PA and made the change into being a VA after realising i needed a better work life balance. Look forward to getting to know you all and hopefully being helpful where i can. So far it is going well, the most difficut thing i find is selling myself and beig confident in myself!


#5

Hi I’m Rachel and I have set up my VA business after 12 years’ admin experience, most recently as a Training Co-ordinator. 2019 was a year of several life-changing moments and as a result I came to the decision that I no longer wanted to be an employee and loved the idea of working for myself from home. My business is still in its early stages but I’m so glad I took the decision to do this. I’m looking forward to getting to know you all here!


#7

Hi everyone

I’m Pip and am based in Leicestershire. My background is PA/EA/marketing and I finally left the day job in March this year, having handed in my notice just before Christmas. We then went straight into lockdown; was my timing good or bad?!

I’m in the throes of doing the VACT VA Mastery Course which, as a new business owner, I’m finding incredibly valuable and worthwhile, if a little challenging at times! I secured my first client a few weeks ago and so found myself plunged into the working world of VA, which I love.

I’m naturally introverted so have really had to push myself out of my comfort zone, but absolutely love the support and advice other VAs readily offer. It’s helped me grow in confidence and I feel so lucky to be part of such an amazing group of people. I wish I’d made the move years ago!


#8

Hi, I’m Vanessa from Cambridgeshire. I have just started my VA business after being made redundant in June 19. I was the General Manager of a manufacturing company and after applying for hundreds of jobs only to be told I was either over qualified, not specialist enough or had no industry experience, I thought enough is enough and decided I wanted to use my skills to help smaller companies who needed a jack of all trades like me!
Looking forward to and very nervous about getting a client but am sure once I have the first one my nerves may subside! I hope that’s right?


#9

Hi, I’m Amanda from Worsley in Greater Manchester. I recently got made redundant and decided to set myself up as a VA. I’ve got over 20 years experience working in admin/management based roles, which I’m hoping will stand me in good stead. It’s all very exciting and terrifying in equal measures! I’m almost ready to start looking for my first client and can’t wait, it feels like it’s taken forever to get set up. SVA resources and advice have been a Godsend, thank you!


#10

Hi, I’m Kate based near Colchester, Essex. I launched my VA business In June 2020 after being made redundant following 15 years as a Corporate Finance Accountant. I spent the first part of my redundancy taking some time for myself and working on my website and building the infrastructure of my business, quickly followed by reaching out to my network of professionals to start working on them to put referrals my way. I very quickly picked up some retained clients and a few small projects, Christmas slowed this down, first day back after a 10 day break, fresh and ready to hit January hard to really build my portfolio of clients and strengthen the sustainability of my business going forward. Lovely to be part of the society in some capacity and looking forward to meeting fellow VA’s and hear their stories.


#11

Hello - I am in the process of starting out my new venture as a Virtual Assistant. I am also new to the UK, and look forward to networking with like-minded people.


#12

Hello, my name is Lisa and I am in the process of setting up as a VA. I stay in the Nottingham area and my background is office management, public relations and presentation/proposal design and preparation. My company is Leave it to Lisa- VA - times are tough right now and I am making the most of all training and input offered.

Now to find the clients!


#13

Hi I am Kat and my business is Katherine Jane PPA.

I started my business in March whilst working full time. I left my job in November to pursue this full time and it is the best thing that I did! This pandemic certainly made me reassess my work life balance and what I wanted from my life and career. Looking forward to connecting with my fellow VA’s.


#14

Hi my name Is Wendy Prosser and my VA business is called Virtually Limitless. I am based in North Yorkshire. I started the business after being made redundant two years ago and despite lockdowns I am finding demand is much on the increase for what I offer. I look forward to hearing from other members.


#15

Hi all,

My name is Farhan and I’m also a newbie. I work as a HR Recruitment Administrator for a police force and would like to be a successful VA to be my own boss. I have worked as a office - HR assistant and customer service advisor and can offer my expertise to whoever requires them. I would appreciate some sort of guidance to start this journey.

Thank you and wish you good luck


#16

Hi, my name is Catherine and I’ve been a VA for a number of years. I live in Stroud and have mainly been working as a verbatim note-taker for university students with hearing difficulties, and doing transcription work. Hit a bit of a wall lately and with universities no longer needing my help things are a bit quiet. I’m really looking forward to meeting other VAs and hopefully getting some ideas of other areas I could work in. Thanks for letting me join you all.


#17

Hi Everyone!

My name is Lorraine and I am pretty new to the VA concept! I now live in Cumbria, however, I was recently made redundant from a Office Management job in Northampton and as my partner was made redundant too, we decided to relocate north and both now working for ourselves (she is in artist). I have over 30 years office experience and have a broad range of skills. Thank you for letting me join and I look forward networking with you all.


#18

Hi everyone, I am Jacqui, and I set up my VA business in June 2020 - right in the middle of a pandemic, which was obviously not the intention! However, I am pleased to say that 8 months on I now have 6 clients and really enjoying what I do.

I am based in Evesham, just on the edge of the Cotswolds with my partner, Paul and our princess diva dog, Crystal.

My experience is in construction and health and safety but actually only one of my clients is using me for that particular experience.

I am loving being my own boss and I only wish I’d done it sooner. I had been talking about it for long enough! I’ve been meaning to post here for a while but it’s proven very busy, settting up a business. I am looking forward to using this forum often!


#19

Hi everyone just joined. I’m from Northern Ireland and currently setting up as a VA.


#20

Hi all,
My name is Toyosi. Am based in Ealing,West London. Am in the process of starting my VA business. Currently working part time in retail. I have no experience in the VA business. But i would love to learn more and open to any suggestions or training.
I would appreciate some guidance to start this journey.

Thank you,wishing you all the best.


#21

Hi everyone

I’m a newbie here hoping to start out in the VA world working from home very soon. I have two young boys now both at school full time which allows some extra hours in the day to start researching how to start up properly. I have a good working background of administrative jobs and this could be a good positive change for me this year.

Please if anyone has some advice for start ups or happy to share their own experiences? I would love to hear from you!

Thankyou
Katrina