Debbie Bickerdike | Admin and Microsoft Office
Here at Get Ahead VA our people are everything. Our ever growing team has a wide range of highly skilled professionals with different backgrounds, expertise and even different personalities to ensure that we can find exactly the right VA to match our customers' requirements.
Here’s 60 seconds with one of the VAs who joined our team this year, bringing with her over 25 years of administration experience and a love for Microsoft Office:
Name: Debbie Bickerdike
Area of expertise: Anything admin related, but particular strengths lie with PowerPoint, Excel and Word
When & why did you join Get Ahead VA: I only joined in January this year! I was already working as a freelance administrator and a networking contact suggested I looked at the Get Ahead VA website. When I saw that Rebecca was looking to expand her team, I read more about the sort of people she was looking for. It felt like it had been written for me. The wide variety of work, coupled with the flexibility that I needed to fit in with my family and my other business as a wellness coach sounded perfect.
What did you do before you joined Get Ahead VA: I have over 25 years administration experience and have worked in a variety of business sectors including the pharmaceutical industry, recruitment consultancy and conferences and events. Although every business is different, they all have administration needs which are very similar – organisation, streamlining systems and processes and ensuring that the detail is taken care of.
Career highlight to date: Although I have had many small achievements throughout my career, my decision to go freelance in January 2013 out shines them all. I was very apprehensive to say the least, but took a deep breath and went for it. Finally leaving my secure job in March last year (and the regular salary that went with it) I went out on my own – oh, and broke my collar bone at the same time. However, although incapacitated in many ways, I was determined that it wasn’t going to slow me down. Looking back it was a scary time, but absolutely the best decision I have ever made.
Plans for the future: As well as working with Get Ahead VA, I am looking to grow my other business as a wellness coach (I am an Independent Herbalife Distributor www.goherbalife.com/debbieb). It’s a new venture for me and I am very excited as to where it may take me. I am really enjoying the variety of work I’m doing now and am looking forward to seeing what the future holds.
If your business could benefit from help from Debbie or any of our other VAs please get in touch on 01483 332220 or firstname.lastname@example.org.