Looking back at 2013, I realize it really was a year of transition.
I’d been planning to become a VA since 2010. I took an 8 week course through Your VA Mentor, which was full of great information and tips to get my business started. I was also working full time though. So, I took the slow road to becoming a VA. I continued to work as a lot of things were happening in my personal life, and in 2011 I left a job that I had had for a number of years, to take a one-year position covering a maternity leave. It was a big step, and although I kept thinking I should be scared (or at least have my head checked), I never looked back. I knew I could never just quit my regular job to start my business because I didn’t really make enough money to ‘save’ a nest egg. With the Mat Leave position, I could.
That brought me to the end of the summer of 2012, when I really got going. Like most VA’s it took me some time to figure out what my niche was going to be. I knew already what I enjoyed doing, but could I market myself with those credentials? Then of course, there are the inevitable moments of self-doubt and concern. But, I am really proud of myself… I persevered.
Certainly there was the occasional self-questioning. Should I go back to work? I made pretty good money but when I decided to take on this new life, I had to give up my apartment in one of my favourite parts of Ottawa, to move into a teeny-tiny room (with my cat) in my sister’s apartment. That lasted a few months then went to stay with a friend (in her lovely large house).
I stuck through it and gradually things came together, as they say. I am doing what I love, and meeting fantastic people along the way. I don’t miss working in an office… I have made so many wonderful like-minded friends, from around the world. Some have become colleagues others clients. How lucky am I?
One word, I found myself saying a lot last year, was “Awesome”… It’s true – so much seemed new and exciting and awesome!
I’m pretty excited about this year… for me, the year of determination.Jen 🙂