I vividly remember this day 5 years ago. It was a day after I had said ‘Goodbye’ to a job that had had me working at least 12 hours a day for nearly 4 years.
1 March 2014. It was a Saturday and the first thing that came to mind as I woke up in the morning was this: What on earth have I done? All of a sudden I wasn’t sure of myself anymore yet I knew well there was no going back. I had spent about 7 months on a plan to become a Virtual Assistant and I was going to stick with it. At this point I had already registered the business and paid someone (LOTS OF🤦♀️) money to get a logo, business cards and letterheads done. Don’t blame or judge me… I watched my dad do this in his new business back in 1999 and envied how professional/serious it made him appear. I even bought a printer! But hey, that’s a story for another day. I’m just trying to get at this: As much as I was nervous on my first day in business, I had already started preparing (in all kinds of ways) for this day months prior and I wasn’t turning back for anything or anyone.
Now, I had a business plan which was like my ‘bible’ during the first few weeks. However, things went sideways fast once the reality of actually being a Virtual Assistant in Zimbabwe hit me. Can I just start by saying nobody seemed to know what a Virtual Assistant was? It was so hard trying to explain it during conversations that would bring up that, “What do you do?” question. I would just crumble inside and think…Here we go again as I tried to explain myself along the lines of: You see, I help small business owners save money spent on hiring a full time employee…I use my own resources…I charge per hour…etc. Then at the end of my long explanation I’d get the “Interesting” closing. Sigh. To be honest, it was hard and always left me feeling awkward.
But I stuck with it. I created a website and updated my LinkedIn profile. To be honest I wasn’t quite sure what I was doing but I did. I did anything and everything online to try and get clients. It took 3 months and 21 days before I signed my first client and boy oh boy I will never forget that day. I even took a photo of the payment in my PayPal account. Believe it or not, this client has been active with me to this very day! What followed after that are a whole lot of other stories to be told of winning, losing, falling and learning.
5 Years Later: I don’t want to talk about those stories today but rather talk about why I chose to celebrate this milestone. I’m celebrating the journey I’ve walked (sometimes literally!😂) with Twenty47VA so far. I am pretty excited about what lies ahead. I am excited about the next 5 years because I’m coming after them with some new information – experience gained from so many trial and error episodes spanning over 5 years. So this celebration doesn’t start and end today because I’m really out to honour the promises I made to Twenty47 Virtual Assistant and going after the vision I had on March 1st, 2014.
Today though, I want to thank all my clients – past and present – who supported me over the years. Some of you have stuck around throughout and we have had the opportunity to share some pretty exciting moments together. Thank you for giving me the opportunity and trusting me with your businesses and projects.
I also want to thank all my cheerleaders – family, friends, my colleagues in the the VA & IT industry, my Mastermind group, clubTHRIVE. Most of you had (or still have) no idea what I do exactly and still call my business, the “Virtual Thingy” but I appreciate you. Really, I do. Your support keeps me going. I hope the next 5 years will help me reveal the mystery that is this “Virtual Thingy” to you through information and stories shared on the various platforms I am active on.
Here’s to focus & consistency over the next 5 years!
I’m a techie administrative and project management assistant and specialize in implementing efficient systems and processes, supporting business operations and ensuring that project tasks flow smoothly. I have experience working with companies in various industries in Zimbabwe, Zambia, South Africa, Switzerland and the USA with focus areas that include Public Relations, Investment and E-Commerce. My experience comes from years of working in Banking & Fintech sectors where I provided technical support on financial systems, participated in the full systems development life cycle of projects and led the team responsible for day-to-day operations.