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  • About Nancy's Virtual Office
    Company Name
    Virtual Nancy's Business Support
    Company Motto
    Your Support for Innovative and Creative Business Growth
    Specialty and Services
    I offer a full support package from data base management to web page design and everything in between.
    Training and Certifications
    I graduated from the Virtual Assistant Programme through Red Deer College in June 2010.
    Certified Virtual Assistant
    Preferred Industries
    Mortgage Brokers
    Motivational Speakers
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    Box 492
    Alix, AB T0C 0B0
    Principal Name and Title
    Nancy Lynch, Owner
    Alix, AB
    Gardening, painting, canning, crosswords
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  • Last Activity: 02-24-2012
  • Join Date: 03-26-2010

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Posted 04-19-2011 at 09:54 AM Comments 3
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Some of you may know that I have been working on my business for over the past 2 years. Now quite a bit of that was going back to school, at the age of 50, and taking the Virtual Assistant Program at Red Deer College.

My background is 5 years as Office Manager/Mortgage Cooridinator for a brokerage firm in Vancouver, and 7 years as Assistant to the President at a brokerage firm in Toronto. Both involved very diverse support.

Then for the next 15 years I have been a stay at home mom to be there for our son, both for school and other activities. I cleaned houses, my own business, and then worked for Wal-Mart at night stocking shelves for two years. One night I had an issue with our supervisor (one of many) and left at 2:00 in the morning to walk 45 KM home and believe me I had a lot of time to think.

I arrived at the EI office the next day and discovered the Virtual Assistant Program and I have not looked back since. I knew right away that this was meant for me.

Now I applied for a student loan to go back to school and on the morning I was to start I found out they were only giving me $300 my semester was $1100 plus books. My husband, who supports 1me 50%, says lets go to the bank and we refinanced the house and I walked out in one hour with my tuition, books, and programs, paid for. We also bought a desktop computer, as we only had a laptop, which we also just bought.

I am set up now, but you have to understand I have not worked on a computer for over 15 years, so it was quite a challenge and quite hilarious sometimes what happend when I was on the computer. All is good now.

School went excellent, and although open if anyone was looking for my support I was not actively looking for work. Again the support of my husband as I was not working during this as it was a full time load for school. We had to sacrifice other things as there was only his income, but thank goodness we do not have a high debt load.

During my practicum, I would with Diana Ennen, and although I had already known there was another Nancy's Virtual Office, she showed me why it was important that I changed my name so that it was unique. So I had to go through a whole new image change, including name, tag line, and logo.

I was already to launch my business and then I had a major surgery, in which the recovery was not great so that waylaid me for about a month and a half. Then we lost my niece, which was devastating. And right around Christmas, my computer crashed. Thank goodness I back up so once I had my hard drive replaced everything was okay.

Now comes the new year. I am stoked and ready to go. I have got all my social media, my website, my blog. I am writing articles and having them published. Sent out my press release and everything. I was doing everything that I was learning and still I was getting nothing.

I am focused to my target market, and very focused on my ideal client. I could have worked under a Multi-Va company, which is a great option to go if that is want you want. This is not what I wanted. I want 1 - 3 clients providing them full support. That means even if I cannot do what they need to be done I know who can do it. My client is someone who only wants to deal with one person.

I must admit that I am very discourged now. I was going to start looking for alternative work here in Alix, which is slim. Then I happened to get a hold of someone from the past who happens to be creating a new business and voila here I am working almost half of my target hours with one client, doing everything from database management to website design, and everything in between. As well as working with Keith very part time on his mortgage business. So if I get one more client I am set. Now how cool is that.

Again some of you may have heard this story in the brag section, but I really wanted to reiterate to everyone starting out that if you really know this is where you want to be you have to overcome all the obstacles, surround yourself with people who support you in your dreams, no naysayers allowed, and just keep talking to everyone that you know.

I am proof that perservance works when you know your dream.

Thank you for listening and I hope you find encouragement in these words.

Posted 10-21-2010 at 07:46 AM Comments 3
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Hi Everyone

I had major surgery on September 21 and was in the hospital for 9 days. Before going in a made a plan to write articles, work on my blog, and learning how to link and use LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook. I was going to be able to work from the hospital and come home and start implementing all the articles to various avenues and be able to twitter and post etc to my heart's content. Boy was I wrong.

From the moment I woke up in ICU I had such terrible back pain. I had no issues per se with the surgery, just this back pain. They said it was because you lie on the table for 4 hours with no movement. So if your body is not in a great position you do not feel it until you wake up.

I was also on so many medications (and I do not take pills normally) I had 12 in the morning and 10 at night plus two shots in the stomach for blood thinners.

All of this combined made me feel not so great. I had no wish or want to think about anything let alone be creative in article writing and trying to work on social media.

The upside to all of this is that I am now writing a blog and while waiting for one of my test at the hospital (as my blood pressure spiked during surgery so they were checking it out) I did happen upon a potential client that I am now following up.

So now I will be out of pain and limited mobility and perhaps have a new client. So even though my plan did not work for while I was in the hospital, good still came from it.

I hope to never go through this again, but if I do I will still probably plan to do lots of work, but knowing in the back of my mind not to fret about it if it does not happen.

Maybe my next post will be about a new client.

Posted 09-07-2010 at 08:04 AM Comments 4
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Hi Everyone

I am writing today about a subject that is non related to the VA industry but I really wanted to write about it.

It is unfortunately a sad story. Last week a young man was killed here in Alix in a car crash. There was a group of them in two cars, alcohol and speed were both factors in what happened. They are young and invincible and nothing could happen to them playing tag down the highway, it was only fun, so they thought. Then a deer crossed the road, causing the first car to slow down and the truck rammed them from behind. Neither Doug or Chelsea had seat belts on and were thrown from the truck. Doug was killed and Chelsea has spine and brain injuries (although they both seem to be treatable, thank goodness).

Now a devastated mother, father and family have to put the pieces back together again. We are a little village of just over 800 people, so we all know everyone, and Doug was the brother of our son's best friend so it has even brought it closer.

Doug was just getting started in life. He had a girlfriend, just started a business with his brother and looking forward to the future. But it must not have been enough to sway him from the decision to drink and drive, and now his light is gone. He will always be remembered here as a fine young man, who was kind and generous but had made one fatal decision in his life.

I am writing this in one way to help set things straight in my mind and perhaps lighten the sadness. But more importantly to send out the message how devastating drinking and driving is and that we are not invincible. I am sure we have all been touched in some way from this but if we know anyone who might have a tendency to be in this situation perhaps we can relay this story.

I am sorry to be down with this post as I like to be a positive person and perhaps this is not the right place for it, but I really wanted to write it. Thank you for listening.

Posted 08-14-2010 at 03:48 PM Comments 4
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Hi Everyone

There have been posts on this forum about the importance of making sure your name is unique. This is my story to reinforce this have-to step in branding your name.

I started thinking about creating my business January 2009, when I started the Virtual Assistant Program. Right from the beginning I wanted Nancy's Virtual Office. My goal and forte is to provide a complete office support, from data base management to web page design. My target market would require this type of support. I felt my name encompassed this, I never wavered from having this name.

I registered my name, but only in Canada, so step number one, (which I will find out about on Monday) is to do a Global search. My name was not taken and so I registered it. I obtained my business license, created my marketing materials (ie. letterhead, business cards, flyer, brochure etc.) I was not interested in a web site at this time, as I was taking the web site design course in my program the following January.

As it happened, my husband and I were back in Ontario in August 2009, and while visiting my nephew, who is a web design specialist as well as hosts web sites, he created a basic web site for me (which I totally revamped after my course). When he went to register my domain name, Nancy's Virtual Office, we discovered there was another business by that name. The owner lived in Arizona and her market was different then mine. I did talk to several people, and I even emailed the owner, and I still had support with keeping my name.

Now a year later, I am working with Diana Ennen branding my company (I highly recommend coaching of some sort if you are just starting out) and we googled searched Nancy's Virtual Office. Out of the 10 hits on the first page, the other one had about 6 or 7 hits and I had about 3. I have to tell you I was still pretty excited to see my site on the first page. But as Diana pointed out it could still get confusing for clients. I also had a post on one of those hits, and again as Diana pointed out, people might think it is the other business and go to them.

So we brainstormed. and although I still have to check out that nobody has this name anywhere, and I will buy the domain name for it, we came up with a name that I really like. Once I have verified the name I will be making an announcement.

So, again, this is just to reinforce how important it is to check your name. Sometimes even a close name can create confusion. You want to be unique so when people see your image they know you are the one for them.

Posted 07-18-2010 at 11:58 AM Comments 3
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With a blog you should be writing about things you know about and be able to offer great information to your target market.

As I have just started my business, I do not have much content so far. I thought I would write about my journey to where I am now.

My background is 12 years in the mortgage brokerage business. I have been out of the work force for almost 16 years, being a stay at home mom. Our son is grown and I now have the opportunity to go back and do what I love and do it on my terms.

I have not had a computer in my home for 16 years, but when I worked in Toronto, we were at that time quite computer savvy. When I left there the internet was just coming in, there were no emails, you could not go in and out of programmes like you can now, there was document formatting but nothing like we have today. I could go on about the differences between now and then.

In November 2008, I came across information on the Virtual Assistant Programme at Red Deer College that was offered on line. I knew right away that this was for me. I applied for a student loan, and on the morning I was to start my classes I found out I was only receiving $300 and my semester was $1200 plus books. I was completely downhearted. My husband believes in me so much we went to the bank, refinanced the house, and paid for all my courses, new computer and other things I needed. Now I was ready. Hah!!

As I stated I have not had a computer for 16 years, and my first few classes were quite hilarious. I ended up being logged into one class 3 times. I remember the first time I searched for something and I got over 25 million hits, it was just baffling. Even when taking communication skills I found out all the ways I was taught to write letters was changed. So a great big learning curve for me all around.

It is a year and half later, I have graduated from the programme this past June and I cannot believe how much I have learned and grown.

I have my company name, image, web site (which I created from scratch), marketing materials, target market, blog (although still in the works), newsletter, and more. I am posting blogs, submitting articles and tips, and getting to know my target market.

Forums like this one give great support and allows me to come outside my comfort zone. Education has definitely been a major contributing factor to my confidence, and the fact that this is what I know I am destined to be.

I believe we choose the Virtual Assistant profession because we love the work, love the fact that we are always learning, and that we can laugh at what seemed so hard a few months ago now comes with ease. We are also a profession who loves to support other people to grow and be everything they want to be.

I have just finished on leg of my journey, which is establishing, getting comfortable and confident, and focusing on where I want to go with my business. Now with my first client, Woo Yoo!!, and the want to make this a success, I am heading out on the next step and acquiring my clients.

Thank you for listening to me. I hope in the future my blogs will be full of great information for everyone, but even if you got a chuckle, or maybe learned that if this is what you want you will not let obstacles stand in your way, then I am glad I wrote it.

Good luck to everyone starting your business. It is a great place to be.
Recent Comments
Nancy, I find you very inspiring. You just decided what you wanted and went for it despite the obstacles. You just climbed right over them! I also wish you all the best in your business!
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