Name: Roni Singh
Business Name: VirtualAssistant247/SwapSeeBay
Facebook page/group: http://www.facebook.com/VirtualAssistant247
Twitter name: VA247 UK, SwapSeeBay
Linkedin: Roni Singh
When did you start your business and why?
It was whilst on maternity leave with my third child I realised how unhappy & stagnated I was in my current working role. I realised that both personally & professionally this had to be addressed. I had always been involved in an administration/IT roles and thoroughly enjoyed my tasks, however always felt I was restricted by too much bureaucracy. I had always been enthused with seeing the changes I could make to both a person and their role, with the addition of a procedure or automating a function.
I also wanted to be here for my children, so they had the stability and security.
What gives your business the edge?:
I work flexibly where a client can ‘pay-as-you go’ for my support or pay a set weekly/monthly fee. As I work remotely the employer does not pay my National Insurance, Tax, Holiday Pay etc. As I’m not directly involved with the company I am able to view their procedures and tasks objectively. I’m not restricted to work with one type of client and can offer advice to similar clients on recommended approaches. I’m always willing to share my knowledge with the company on how I do something.
What is the best thing about running your own business?:
I can work around the needs of my children, whilst still allowing my brain some activity and challenge. I become involved with different projects, companies and tasks on a weekly basis, therefore I’m never bored.
And what is the worst!?:
At times working late into the evening and sometimes on a weekend.
Describe a typical day running your business and balancing family life:
In the morning I drop my children to school and entertain my other two. In the afternoon whilst they are napping or at childcare I get on with my work. I complete any tasks on an evening. I’ve an excellent support network, whereby a group of freelancing mums take turns in entertaining/looking after the children whilst the mum does some work.
How do you envisage your business changing over the next 5 years?:
Next year I would like to employ an assistant, which will allow me to focus more on my freelance training. Once my children are all at school, I would like to secure some office premises.
Do you have any advice for other Women in or starting a business?:
Don’t put your idea off. Don’t be afraid to make that leap. Try to ensure a good support network, especially fellow mums who can offer their support.