2009 has just been one of those years. Laid off in February after working at a company for almost 6 years, laid off again in August after working for 2 months with a start-up…I decided that it’s time to try something else.
The idea of starting my own business had been sloshing around in my head for a couple of months, but I couldn’t quite put my finger on what it was that I wanted to do. As this year has been one of “self-discovery”, I created a list of what I like to do and what I’ve been told I do well.
Then I started seeing articles in the media about “Virtual Assistance”. I liked the concept: work from anywhere, the world is my market, offer a variety of services I rarely get to use at ONE job and have a plethora of clients so I’m not putting all of my eggs into one basket by working for one employer. Yes, this was it!
During my unemployed days, I networked with several people who were laid off and who had decided to start their own businesses, but didn’t have the time focus on their business because they were bogged down by all of the “other stuff”. It dawned on me that I could help them. I could work WITH them so they could free up their time to focus on their business.
And this is where I am now. Website development, creating marketing materials, recruiting clients, networking, you name it, I’m knee deep in it.