NEWS - Gemma is pursuing her VA business dreams during lockdown as the demand for Virtual Assistant services continues to skyrocket
Posted on 7th February 2021 at 08:04
We're over the moon to welcome Gemma McMillan to the Alchemy VA family!
Gemma has chosen to set up her Virtual Assistant business with our ongoing training and support - under our trusted and award-winning brand. Gemma's new Virtual Assistant franchise Hub comes at a very exciting time for us as we've experienced a record number of client enquiries from businesses far and wide – with numbers quadrupling since COVID hit!
With decades of experience across various admin, sales, customer experience and client liaison roles, Gemma says the time is right to leave her secure job at an international shipping firm to focus on her new venture providing flexible, remote admin and PA services to entrepreneurs, not for profit organisations and business owners.
“Sure, there are lots challenges right now but there are also lots of opportunities and a lot of businesses are thriving.”
Said Gemma, who has been following our founder Suzy online for a while before she decide to become our latest VA franchise Hub Manager in December 2020.
“I have been dreaming of working for myself for so long, but it was reading Suzy’s latest book, seeing all that Alchemy had achieved during the pandemic and more recently ‘e-meeting’ other members of the Alchemy VA family and learning more about their incredible journeys on an online discovery discussion – this all inspired me and gave me the courage to finally take the leap, despite everything that is going on."
As the pandemic continues, more and more entrepreneurs and organisations are reviewing their operations and deciding to outsource their admin and other business support functions.
To Gemma, starting her Virtual Assistant business now makes complete sense – and because she has chosen to set up her new venture with Alchemy VA’s support, backing, proven, profitable business model and ongoing training, she says she definitely doesn't feel alone.
"Through Suzy and the wider team, I have been given the confidence and know-how to start my own credible Virtual Assistant company.”
Gemma was one of over 700,000 new businesses which were formed by the end of 2020 according to Companies House data – up 13.5% on 2019 and her VA Hub is currently working on some really intricate and complicated tasks - compiling graphs, data and reports. Some refreshingly creative tasks too, such as - formatting power points and training materials as well as social media management.
Gemma's Virtual Assistant business it’s all about precision, delivering tangible value and building meaningful relationships. Gemma has a great deal of experience across many corporate office and field based roles, she is genuinely passionate about supporting not for profit and small, independent businesses. As Gemma see's it, they are the heart of the community, the true life blood of the economy and where she can make the most impact.
“As a virtual business our Virtual Assistant support has always been driven by having the right people with the right skills, connections and experience, rather than who is in a specific geographical location. That being said, we are absolutely delighted to have Gemma strengthening our incredible team based here in the midlands." - Suzy Sanders
As our Virtual Assistant family continues to grow and thrive despite such adversity, we are incredibly excited to welcome Gemma.
"Gemma has a phenomenal amount of experience, insights, passion and an abundance of readily transferable skills. She’s also perfectly aligned to the Alchemy family and ethos.
Hiring a Virtual Assistant partner through an established, family-run VA company is the ideal staffing solution for businesses in these uncertain, turbulent times – it’s a reliable, efficient, adaptable and cost-effective solution.
I’m very excited to see the inevitable positive impact Gemma continues to have on her clients in the weeks, months and years to come and we are with her every step of the way.” - Suzy Sanders
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