I’m Clare and I live in Lymington, Hampshire a beautiful part of the South Coast sandwiched between the New Forest National Park and the sea with views from the sea wall across to the Isle of Wight.
Also, often to be found in tow is my crazy border collie, Zak – who, if you follow Clare you’ll already be familiar with and know he’s a BIG part of my life! I enjoy Pilates, fine dining, reading, travel and spending time with my family and friends.
I left school in May 1987 just before my 16th birthday with reasonable O-levels and determined to learn a trade and start earning money! There was no way I wanted to be staying on at Sixth Form or heading off to College or University for more studying, homework and exams!
I was fortunate enough to gain a grounding in a Solicitors’ as an Office Junior which led to Secretarial roles in an Estate Agents and an Oil Company where I received several promotions over the eight years I worked there and ended up in Customer Services and PR roles too. This was followed by new horizons after a redundancy as an Office Manager in Interior Designers and then a Financial Services company. Finally, I moved back into the PA/EA world in the last 15 years of my employed career, more recently at a global Healthcare company in Bournemouth.
In 2009, whilst employed, I was introduced to the world of network marketing as a Plan B. I found it fascinating as it exposed me to the world of personal development and showed me some valuable life skills. I also made some life-long friendships, too. However, it wasn’t for me as I wanted to run my own business where I had the flexibility to not only work when I want to but on my terms and have control on my products, prices and share my zone of genius!
So, I can confidently say I have nearly 30 years of corporate experience in a range of businesses offering different services and products. Hence, I am a pretty savvy and confident business woman who is always adding value to her clients. My parents have run three businesses of their own over the years so dinner table chats were often centred around life as a business owner. We also used to help out in the shop during the school holidays.
In October 2015, on the back of two redundancies in January and June – I launched Your Virtual Assistant a highly successful and award-winning VA business. I love supporting my clients and giving them added value and still run my VA business today.
I have invested heavily in me and my business by joining a professional membership group on Facebook which is full of amazing entrepreneurs, I read relevant and inspirational business books; a current favourite (reading for the second time!) is, “She Means Business” by Carrie Green – have you read it? Drop me a message if so and tell me what you loved most about it. I sign up for relevant webinars, online training to improve my skills and for my client’s benefit. I attend events which are so powerful when you get in a room with like-minded business owners. This is because I’m passionate about working on me for my clients and my own business growth and to build a life I choose on my terms.
On my own journey over the last two years, it has been highlighted that my own zone of genius is “inspiring, motivating and supporting” other business owners and entrepreneurs. Within my VA and professional networking groups, I received incredible feedback about my positivity, drive, passion, focus and most of all the inspiring support I give.
I share my experiences, skills and tips and some might say “words of wisdom” to empower others to believe in themselves, connect them with other women, offer collaboration opportunities and inspire success.