Yes of course. For years I had an idea of working in admin from home so when I went part time due to childcare I started doing audio transcription on an evening just to bump up my pay.
In my employed job I worked in HR, which I had done for 12 years and worked at quite a large company. I was part time and they asked me to change my hours which worked for me. However I found myself for the last six months I was there just photocopying passports which wasn’t utilising my skills.
I decided to push myself to get more clients. One of these clients asked me to go and work for them on an employed status but meant I could work completely from home. I had totally flexible hours as long as I did a set amount a week. This was perfect for me building up the business.
I worked employed for this client for three years, in the background I started building up a client base and working out exactly what services I wanted to offer. Then last year I realised I wanted to grow more and i could only do this if I left the employed work completely. So I have spent the last 12 months working on a website, facebook and starting to do networking. I got a couple more clients which has given me an income that meant I could go fully self employed.
I honestly love being a virtual assistant, there is no other job where you get to know a variety of businesses and business owners and feel you are adding value to their business. There are some really great clients out there as well who I have found let you have input and allow you to learn new skills as you work with them.