From 9-5 to VA Business Owner

I thought it was time to share my journey; the road that took me from employee to VA business owner.

Like most people, the advice I received was:

  • work hard at school
  • go to university
  • get a job
  • have a family
  • go back to job
  • work Mon-Fri 9-5 for the rest of your life because that’s what you do.

I followed this. I was lucky enough not to have to work 9-5 after my children were born, but it still felt hard work juggling being a mum and work. I was wrapped with mum guilt when I couldn’t make it to that special assembly, or was so tired when we got home from school that I’d put the TV on and not ask about their day.

Some of the jobs I had I really loved. I was PA to a video-gaming, tech-enjoying Bishop! We got on really well and he was amazing at spotting skills in me I didn’t know I had, encouraging me, and pushing me out of my comfort zone. It was in this role that I gained my self-belief and my love of all things organising really went to the next level.

Sadly, the Bishop retired, and in all honesty, I was a bit lost. I took a job to keep me going, but wasn’t satisfied or fulfilled. I realised this and left, not really knowing what was next.

A contact from my network approached me about setting up and developing a strategy for their social media. I jumped at the chance, registered as self-employed, and settled in to a three-month project with them.

From this Victoria Grant – VA Services was born. I now have a thriving client list. I provide social media and admin support mainly to those in the health and wellbeing sector. And, best of all, I couldn’t be happier. I absolutely love my work. Clients often comment how dedicated I am, but it’s easy to be dedicated when you’ve found your passion.

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