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When I say to someone, whether it’s at a marketing event, conference (heck even the dog park!), that I’m a Virtual Assistant – there are still some confused looks followed by, “Um…..what is that?” Happily – there is less and less of that than there was even just a few short years ago. The Virtual Assistant industry continues to grow and evolve along with the overall business landscape.
For those that don’t know, A virtual assistant (typically abbreviated to VA, also called a virtual office assistant) is generally self-employed and provides professional administrative, technical, or creative (social) assistance to clients remotely from a home office. Because virtual assistants are independent contractors as opposed to employees, clients are not responsible for any employee-related taxes, insurance or benefits, except in the context of those indirect expenses are included in the VA's fees. Clients also avoid the logistical problem of providing extra office space, equipment or supplies. As a result, clients pay for 100% productive work.
Well, that my friends, is a bit of a story.......
I'd been an admin/executive assistant and project coordinator for more than 20 years in “Corporate Canada”, but my world was forever changed in a single instant one beautiful Saturday afternoon in July of 2006.
From that moment on, nothing in my life would ever be the same. As I waited at a red light a short distance away from my destination, my car was rear-ended by two significantly larger vehicles. I had my dog in the car with me so the “mama bear” instinct kicked in, and my biggest concern was that he and everyone involved was okay. You couldn't visibly see it and I didn't immediately feel the damage that had been done, but within a few short hours, G and I began our journey of living with daily chronic pain.
After almost 9 months of daily rehabilitation and recovery, I was anxious to return to work. It wasn't long before my employer and I both knew - this type of life just wasn't right for me any longer. Although I had more-or-less adapted back to that fast-paced, ever-changing, crazy office environment – the cost of that "adaptation" was my overall health and quality of life.
And that’s what I love so much about being a Virtual Assistant: I am able to do all the things I love most, and turn what would be considered limitations in the corporate world and use them to my customer's advantage!
Whether you need videos, screencasts or animations produced, interactive PowerPoint presentations designed, electronic fillable PDF forms created, assistance with 1ShoppingCart setup and maintenance, coordinating webinars, live events and product launches, or help setting up your online programs - it's what I absolutely love to do! And, NO commute! This was always a challenge in what I've come to refer to as my "new normal" and by eliminating it, I added 3 extra available hours to every single day.....Not to mention - in a pinch - I'm at my desk in under two minutes!
Before I knew it, the pain that tried so hard to be the top priority in my life has been demoted to a mere consideration. I've regained control again, all it took was finally embracing this new normal in it's entirety. It’s become the best life I could have ever imagined.
I have learned so much about versatility, adaptability and creative problem-solving on my journey through this experience – and that’s why I am definitely Your VERSATILE VA!
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