I can’t believe that 10 years have gone by since I started this business. It has been quite a journey and I have loved (almost) every minute of it.
Back in 1998, I was lucky enough to be accepted in the Self-Employment Assistance Program (SEA) offered by Human Resources Development Canada (HRDC). The instructors were fabulous and helped me to learn the right and wrong way to market and run my business.
Since that time, Docu-Type has grown from a single entrepreneur providing administrative and web design services to a team of talented people offering our client base with almost everything they need to keep their businesses running smoothly and growing rapidly.
I have also had the opportunity to be involved in many different initiatives for the Virtual Assistant industry and small businesses. 6 years ago, I was approached by a fellow VA to start an organization for VAs in Canada. Since then, my partner Elayne and I have been operating CVAC as a way for Canadian-based VAs to share and learn. It has been a labour of love for this industry that continues to drive us both to grow this group and the resources that we offer our members.
I have also been lucky enough to have worked on several VA events, including the OIVAC, FoVA, etc.
And this past summer, Elayne and I finally finished our book, How to Build a Successful Virtual Assistant Business and launched it to the public. It took a while to get it completed as we both have such busy practices but it is something that I am now very proud to include in my list of accomplishments.
Not only have I been lucky enough to have worked with some great clients through Docu-Type, but I have also had the honour of working with and knowing some wonderful fellow Virtual Assistants. If I thanked every one individually, it would take up this entire website. So I will just say THANK YOU to all the great VAs and clients that I have crossed paths with over the past 10 years. I am a better person (and business owner) by just knowing you.
A couple of very special thank yous…
Kathy Ritchie of Ritchie Secretarial Services - my best friend, mentor and my rock! You know how much you have enriched my life. Thank you.
Elayne Whitfield-Parr of Executive Assistance- my partner in CVAC and How To Build a Successful Virtual Assistant Business. What a trip this has been, huh? Thanks for being a great friend and partner!
My husband Randy and daughter Megan - thanks for being my sounding board for all my ideas to promote this business; for helping with various services (Randy is my Flash Designer and Megan is my extra pair of hands for mailings and such) and for being patient when I had a million things on the go.
Thank you to Everyone! I can’t wait to see what the next 10 years bring!