I’m Laurie and this is my journey to starting my own, home-based secretarial business. I’ve recently given birth to my third child and I want to find a better work-life balance. I’ve been a legal assistant/paralegal for over 10 years. I began working for a solo practitioner after receiving my honours diploma in a paralegal program and then worked for a mid-sized firm and the government. I have plenty of experience and a great attitude so I’m going to enjoy making this work!
I plan to officially launch in September of this year, and I’ll spend the next few months setting up the business and doing some networking.
I’ve already decided on my business name – Halo Secretarial Services. The name Halo is a little play on my name and comes from my sister and mom – they used to say “Hey, Lo” as a way of shortening my name, Laurie. So I chose my business name from that. I also like the thought of my clients thinking of me as a helper “angel” in a way. I’ve had a logo designed and now have to work on so much more! I’m working on website copy and business card design. I’ve set up a wonderful space in my home for the office (and bought a laptop so really my office is all over the house!)
I’ve also joined some online virtual assistant communities, as I believe a virtual assistant is a fairly accurate description of the job I’m creating for myself. I plan to market locally (my city and surrounding area and also in my home province) initially, but I also am open to working virtually with clients from well, everywhere!
It’s a good start I think, and I have plenty of time to develop things before my maternity leave is up (yeah to one year leaves in Canada!) Of course starting a business and taking care of my three boys will keep me busy – thank goodness DH is so supportive!