I’ve been wanting to create a social media plan for a while now, and part of that plan was creating a blog. I have an awesome team that can (and will) help me do this, but as the owner I have the honour of creating the first blog post. I’d like to take this opportunity to introduce myself, my business and my team.
How did I get here? Let’s take a trip back to 2007… My husband and I live in a small rural town of the Lower Laurentians of Quebec, Canada. I owned and operated a small country store, and in 2007 we were expecting our first child. I had quite a few employees at the time, but it was too small of a business to sustain my absence for an extended period of time. We sadly decided to close the store, but I was anxious to start my new adventure as a mom! I did a bit of bookkeeping for a few friends while at home, and in 2008 we moved to Nova Scotia for my husband’s temporary contract. I continued doing a bit of bookkeeping from home, and when searching for some more work-from-home opportunities, I stumbled across Virtual Assistance! In 2010, after the birth of our 2nd son, we moved back to our home in Quebec. I immersed myself fully into this new Virtual world. I started as a sub-contractor and worked with over 20 long-term clients in the space of 3 years, gaining a ton of experience in a variety of cloud-based programs. I then shifted my focus and concentrated on building NS Virtual Services… I wanted this business to do 3 things:
– to provide excellent services to long-term clients (and it had to be quality, top-notch, “must-be-memorable” services)
– to have an awesome team where each came with their own skill-sets (and they HAD to have a strong work ethic, be very personable and professional)
– to be able to have the work/life balance I dreamed of… being at home for my children, volunteering in their school, and yet still putting my training and talents to good use!
I am happy to say that in 2 years, we have succeeded in reaching these goals. I have an amazing team that I know I can rely on. The bonus is that we have excellent clients that we LOVE working with! It’s a win-win all around!
In future blogs, we will be introducing each team member in more detail. Here are some “Getting to Know Me” questions and answers:
GETTING TO KNOW NATALIE:
- What are your hobbies?
I love cooking, baking, playing with our 2 boys, and watching Coronation Street (20+ year fan!), Chicago Fire, Chicago PD, and Scandal. I also love going for walks, but not in our -30ºC winters!
- Aside from food, water, and shelter, what one thing could you not go a day without?
Coffee and hugs (sorry that’s 2!); Also, I probably would find it very hard to not check my iPhone/tablet/computer for an entire day :)
- What is your favorite vacation or holiday?
My favorite vacation is anywhere warm and relaxing, ideally at an all-inclusive beach resort. I love travelling and want to revisit Hungary and all of Europe – it’s been too long!
- If you could choose to do anything for a day, what would it be?
Lounging in the sun – completely unplug for the day.
Stay tuned for more upcoming blogs! We’ll have content from all of our team members, articles on programs we use, how-to’s, tips & tricks – and hopefully with some feedback from our audience, we can provide answers to questions you may have.
Thank you for your attention, and I look forward to your comments / suggestions!