7th October 2013 marks the first anniversary of the launch of Executive Virtual Associate. It’s a proud and exciting time. Running a small business is not easy, and there has been times over the last year, when I considered if I had taken on more than I could manage. But here I am, 12 months down the track since the idea of operating my own Virtual Assistance business began.

Upon reflection the journey has been a great ride, and I have grown in so many ways.

I had never considered furthering my formal education since finishing secondary school. However in the last 12 months, I’ve achieved a Certificate I in Virtual Business Administration, and 2 Diploma Certificates (Social Media Marketing & Business Administration). My thirst for successful business knowledge has been quenched by my new and continually expanding business network connections, as well as many other references and resources.

I’ve been fortunate enough to meet so many inspiring people, of which several have shared their knowledge with me about running a successful business. Those insights have saved me both time and money. They have often inspired and encouraged me to keep on going when I’ve felt the overwhelming pressures of running a small new business.

Related : Read about the people who have inspired me here.

I’m dedicated and passionate about the new VA business I’ve created. By way of promoting my passion to potential and current clients, I am close to achieving two Virtual Assistant accreditation’s – Internationally recognised VA Certified & AVBN’s Registered Virtual Business.

Of course I’m still learning about building a better business, and making mistakes is all part of the learning process, but those mistakes have helped to develop and shape the business that I am creating. As they say, making mistakes is part of life – as long as we learn from it!

Finally, I would like to say a sincere thank you to my family, friends, and supporters who believed in me and my vision, and of course my clients for helping Executive Virtual Associate grow and flourish to what it is today.

by Sam Spence – Founder & Principal Executive Assistant, Executive Virtual Associate.

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