What is a Virtual Assistant?
Do you ever feel like you need more hours in the day? Well, that’s pretty much what a virtual assistant does. Gillian helps out with a range of tasks that can be outsourced – Administration, Marketing and Social Media support. Thanks to today’s technology Gillian can connect with clients remotely, using email, Skype, WhatsApp and Dropbox. She handles client work by logging into their online systems, sharing files online and dealing with emails on their behalf.
Why you need a Virtual Assistant?
Having a virtual assistant (VA) means that you can free up time on painstaking tasks that are not your core business. A VA is particularly good when you are trying to grow your business but you don’t need full-time staff yet or don’t want the commitment and responsibility of an employee. You reduce the risks around scaling your business by outsourcing the tasks that can be outsourced and only investing in what you really need for your business.
Gillian’s story in her own words –
“I am from Dublin’s Northside and began my career as a Receptionist/Secretary in a Fashion wholesaler in Middle Abbey Street, Dublin 1. Like most people back then, I happily stuck at the job and before I knew it 7 years had passed. But then, a life-changing event caused a decision to move to Spain to support my sister and her children. During the 5 years I spent in Madrid, I learnt Spanish and found a job in the sales and marketing department of an international company where my secretarial bilingual skills were put to use and where I honed my marketing skills becoming their Marketing Co-ordinator until I returned to Dublin.
They say once you have lived abroad it’s difficult to settle back, so after a brief stay back in Dublin I moved to Amsterdam and I can honestly say it became my second home. Living and working in Amsterdam was fantastic. I rented a tiny houseboat, near the city centre and walked to work every day. I picked up all of my Customer Service and Event Planning skills there working for a business that held conferences around the world.
Ironically, another life-changing situation occurred and after 8 years in Amsterdam, I made my way back to family in Dublin. It was January 2008.
Job prospects were bleak. I crawled through those years of recession, upskilling all the way. I gained a 1st Class Honours Degree in Communication Studies and completed several courses including Digital Marketing and Social Media and finally, I completed a fantastic Springboard course on ‘Innovation, Entrepreneurial, Enterprise skills’ and decided to go for it! I realised I could package all of my expertise and skills and offer them as business support packages to the other entrepreneurs who decided to do it for themselves and had set-up their own small businesses during the past decade.
I began Gillian B just over a year ago.”
Gillian B is growing her business and taking on clients from all over the world. The brilliant thing about her business model is Gillian has such a broad range of experience, that she can help you in so many aspects of your business – without any hassle.
Gillian can tailor a package for you and she has a range of packages that focus on certain aspects of your business:
Executive support package
Office management support package
Creative and social media support package