While I love to write informative posts that will hopefully fill you with new knowledge, I thought I would get a little personal here and explain why I started Infopoint Virtual Solutions. I thought I would give you a little more information about me, my motivation and what keeps me going day after day.
I became a first-time mother when I was twenty years old and my oldest daughter was born 8 weeks prematurely. Due to her being born prematurely, even just 8 weeks, she ended up being a very high needs baby that needed continuous care for the first year of her life. I was a single mother, I didn't have a job and (because I'm a very independent woman) I didn't want any help from my family. I wanted to do it all on my own, but I just didn't know what to do.
Since she was very high needs, I couldn't go out and get a job even though my mother offered to take care of my daughter. I wanted to be there for her, I wanted to be the one to take care of her and I wanted to be the one to provide for my little family but I just wasn't sure how I would do that. It seemed like an impossible feat, but I was determined to make it work.
I started to do research on jobs that I could do from home and came across the term Virtual Assistant. The more research I did on being a Virtual Assistant, the more I loved it and knew that it was something that I could actually do. I did as much research as I possibly could do and even subcontracted with Apple computers through a company that outsourced for them. I answered phones, submitted orders, assisted with customer service and loved what I was doing -- I knew that I wanted to become a Virtual Assistant for the long term.
Even though I loved being a VA for Apple computers, I wanted to do my own thing. I wanted to be my own boss, I wanted to reach a wider range of businesses that I could help and I wanted to do more for them. I reached out to a family member who had his own business and knew more than I did, at that time, and we worked on building Infopoint Virtual Solutions.
IPV started out being called Universal Web Design & Assisting and we worked with some smaller clients on a trial basis. I mainly did a lot of webdesign for Blogger blogs, some Wordpress blogs and basic websites, calendar and e-mail maintenance and freelance writing. I loved what I was doing and continued that for a few years until Social Media became the new norm for everyone.
Once Social Media really took off as the best free way to market yourself and your business, I started spending hours and hours researching, reading, taking notes and finding out all of the information that I possibly could about it. I ended up taking a few months off from my business due to family illness and also wanting to revamp my business, websites and services. I took those few months to really re-brand myself and my business and re-think everything that I wanted to offer my prospective and current clients.
We reopened as Infopoint Virtual Solutions in 2009 and we've been going strong ever since.I absolutely love the clients I've worked with, the work I've done for my clients and I love that I can help businesses, other Virtual Assistants and bloggers/small business owners from my home office while still being with my family. I'm so happy that I was able to be with my girls all of their lives, I'm happy I've been able to see them grow up, support them from day one and also be a role model for them. I've taught them, through my trials, fails, errors and mistakes; that they can do absolutely anything they want to do if they just put their mind to it. I've taught them to never give up and I've taught them to be true to who they really are. If I didn't do all of that, I wouldn't have this business today. It was a venture that tried my patience, caused a lot of frustration and discouraged me often, but it was all worth it. I love what I do and I wouldn't change it for the world.
I hope that Infopoint Virtual Solutions continues to grow and continues to help others for a long time to come. It's what I love to do and it's what I do well. I'm always reading, learning and taking new classes to further my skills...I believe that no one is perfect and everyone can use new knowledge.
Thank you for listening!