My Path to Becoming a Virtual Assistant
A native Texan, I began my career in office support services at the age of 18, working as a part-time file clerk at a credit union while attending college.
Over the years, I have worked for a wide variety of businesses in various roles. This allowed me to learn how different types of businesses function, what their office support needs are, and how best to contribute to their success. I worked for banks, manufacturing companies, an oil refiner, a wholesaler, a resort developer, a copper mine, an attorney, a farm and ranch cooperative, and a retail business. Some of my titles have been: legal secretary, office manager, Human Resources secretary and administrator, payroll clerk, bookkeeper, receptionist, and accounts payable clerk.
I owned and operated a secretarial/bookkeeping service for five years. During that time, my clients included authors, a county refuse district, a small-town Chamber of Commerce, a homeowners association and a timeshare owners association (I managed both associations).
In 2003, I entered the emerging field of virtual assistance, working as an independent contractor from my home office. My clients included a church, a therapist, a public relations company, an auto body shop, and a real estate broker. I have completed courses in real estate transaction coordination, grant research and writing, and several FEMA courses for emergency responders.
One of the most exciting and rewarding work experiences I’ve had was volunteering with an online disaster response nonprofit. I entered the realm of using social media to help save lives. In the process, I became adept at Internet research, Google docs, crisis mapping, and building an audience through Facebook and Twitter. Social media marketing was added to my toolkit, as I built a Twitter account from one to over 1000 followers in a matter of months, with a reach of thousands more as messages were shared.
I live beside a beautiful lake in northeast Texas with my cat, Bourbon. I enjoy music, freshwater fishing, and have ventured into writing short stories and memoirs.