Life is not easy. Especially when you are in a family of invisible illnesses and disabilities. It can be serious, funny and downright hard! But we make it. Just like everyone else. We just do it in a different style.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

An Extra Hand Services Lives Again

Due to some really bizarre happenings in my life over the last 3 years (that I will have to blog about later), I am opening my company up again. For those of you who don't know, I started a virtual assistant company back in 1996, back when hardly anyone knew about virtual assistants.

I performed clerical, customer service, and light graphic design work. I had a fabulous run for 10 years, working for everything from non-profits to sales executives and business directors, who needed extra staff. My greatest accomplishment was a mail program that I designed from scratch for a client that boosted his sales 532% in one year. That is still my crowning glory, thought it was tough designing the mail piece, coordinating with the mail company and keeping the back end database with updates twice a month.

I closed it down in 2006 due to illness. Now that I have been getting my health under control and I am back in school, several people have asked me (not including old clients who have begged me) to open it up again. I have hesitated and I will tell you why.

Sitting at a computer for 12-16 hours a day is no fun. It was hard on my back and after back surgery in 2005, I tried to limit my time sitting. Also, it is extremely hard on my eyes. I don't talk about it much, but I value my eyesight more than anything besides my children and try my best to protect what sight I have.

But, because of life circumstances and the fact that I now sit here anyway, going to school, blogging, Twittering, etc., I have decided to start it up again. Plus, to tell you the truth, I miss it!

Stay tuned for further posts about progress, projects, the trials and tribs of business ownership (again!), who I am working with and whether I survive this time around.

Wish me luck, send me prayers and well wishes. I am going to need them.