What were you doing before you became a VA for PABS?
I was PA to the Sales Director at the UK’s largest travel company for many years, and then for the Business Development Director and co-founder of a publishing company. More recently I was a PA to the Executive Director of a wonderful charity which brings hope and healing to some of the world’s poorest countries, where I was also asked to take on an office management role.
What have been your greatest achievements to date?
I supported a director that I worked with through a particularly difficult time, which involved multiple redundancies for staff who had been with the company for many years. This had to be handled with total discretion, along with patience, empathy and understanding. In addition, I was involved in supporting a director towards securing a highly lucrative contract with an overseas Government which was the largest piece of business ever secured by the company. This involved ensuring he spoke with the correct decision makers and helping him draw up a long and complicated contract.
What do you enjoy about being a VA?
I enjoy meeting new clients and being part of helping a business achieve its goals. I also enjoy the flexibility and variety of work available, along with new challenges presented. Being part of a growing and enthusiastic team is an added bonus!
What do you see as the main benefits to an individual or business of outsourcing to a VA like yourself?
At PA Business Support, I think the VA’s offer a wide range of experience and diverse skills, a fresh pair of eyes and a new perspective, along with a great deal of flexibility. These can be tailored to meet the business or individual’s requirements.
Describe your work environment when you are virtually working
I work in our study upstairs which has a lovely view of the garden. My dog Alfie keeps me company quite a lot of the time, until his snoring becomes too loud, at which point he is moved on to his bed downstairs.
Work life balance is important to everyone – how do you manage yours?
I think it is so important to take some time during the day to do something different – whether that’s reading a chapter of your book, catch up TV or going for a walk; even if it’s just for 30 minutes. For me, the best way to start the day is a walk over the fields with the dog. It is my thinking time and I always enjoy it, even in the wind and rain.
Describe your ideal holiday getaway
Three or four days of touring, sightseeing and culture, followed by a week on a beach or round a pool, with several books, good food and a chilled glass of white wine!