Welcome to Saturday Business chat. Today we’re meeting someone with a very new business – Sarah Lambert’s SRL Admin Support was only set up in September 2011 and I’ve already had to ask her for an update as she’s growing steadily! Sarah sensibly did her research before setting up her business, found out all about being a Virtual Assistant and even started networking before she took the plunge. Virtual Assistants are getting to be big business these days, with lots of other businesses finding it useful to outsource their admin roles to someone without needing to pay a full-time post, but many people start up as a VA because they think it’s an easy option (this happens in my line of business too), and it’s the people like Sarah, who look into it properly and use their skills to go into it sensibly who do well out of it.
So, let’s meet Sarah and find out about her brand new business!
What’s your business called? When did you set it up?
My business is called SRL Admin Support and I set it up in September 2011.
What made you decide to set up your own business?
At the beginning of 2011 I decided to go freelance, so I looked into becoming a Virtual Assistant. I researched on the internet and went networking and the time was right for me to leave my job as an Administrator.
What made you decide to go into this particular business area?
I have been in admin for over 10 years and I love this work and didn’t want to do anything else.
Had you run your own business before?
No, and this is a challenge for me and im loving every minute of it so far!
How did you do it? Did you launch full-time, start off with a part-time or full-time job to keep you going … ?
I left being an employee on a Friday and I launched the business on the Monday, so I am full-time but in the beginning I was part time with a part time job.
What do you wish someone had told you before you started?
It’s hard work and always keep in contact with clients and potential clients
What would you go back and tell your newly entrepreneurial self?
Keep going it will all be worth it
What do you wish you’d done differently?
I should have done this years ago
What are you glad you did?
Glad I took the plunge to be my own boss
What’s your top business tip?
Network as much as you can and use social media correctly
How has it gone since you started? Have you grown, diversified or stayed the same?
As I am only 5 months into my new venture, so far it’s going well. I have a few regular clients that keep me going but I am always on the lookout for more.
Where do you see yourself and your business in a year’s time?
With a large regular client base, employing VAs to come and work for me, and to be the best VA in South Yorkshire.
It’s lovely to see someone so enthusiastic about their new venture, and with great plans for the future, too. I wish Sarah all the best in her new freelance career!
Sarah didn’t provide any further updates after this first interview. As far as I know the website is not now live as of September 2013.
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