I first met Katie MacDonald in 2008 when she trained with me at Pier to Peer Coaching to be a VA. I always knew Katie would be successful as a VA, she has a drive, determination and business ethics that make Virtually Does It stand head and shoulders above most VA businesses. We have worked together since and now even share a client in common!
Katie has kindly agreed to take part in my Authentic Business Series, so here is what she has to say…
Who/what is your greatest inspiration?
I’m inspired by so many different things all the time. It can be a new person I’ve met, an article in a newspaper, or just something I overheard in a shop. I love that ping of excitement you get when you find a new thread that could take what you do, or your interests, in a new and different direction.
What’s the story of how you started your work?
I had worked as a PA since leaving school, falling in to an administration role at an accountants when the course I was enrolled on at university was cancelled. Having never wanted to work in an office, I was surprised at how much I enjoyed it, and so worked by way through to Senior PA. I was extremely fortunate to work with fantastic people who gave me many opportunities that probably fell outside the traditional PA role.
It was due to this breadth of opportunity that I wanted to extend my PA career by starting my own business as a virtual assistant (VA), encompassing not just the traditional PA skills, but real business support on all levels without the confines of a job description. And so, Virtually Does It was born. Being able to tailor my skills and experience to each business I work with is so rewarding, and to give that bit extra just because you can, makes all the difference.
And I love it!
I originally started Virtually Does It as a ‘5-9’ business alongside my ‘day job’, while I found my footing. And I’ve never looked back.
What’s unique about what you do that reflects who you are as a person?
I put heart and mind into whatever I do, and I want to go that bit extra to get the tick in the box at the end of the day! I’m genuinely interested in the business of my clients, and I’m proud to be a part of their team.
How has being online/social media impacted most on your work?
Social media is a central part of being online – my first client even found me through Twitter! It has opened up the virtual-world ten fold, and I have met some great people who have helped with both starting my business, and evolving it into what it is today. I continue to be amazed by who I meet and what I learn.
Can you tell me about the most interesting connection you’ve made online?
I don’t think I can single one out! I have met such a diverse group of lovely people who have each contributed their little bit to me being online.
What do you want to be remembered for?
For making a difference. Be that in work, or pleasure, or both.
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