Sadie Clark received her undergraduate degree in business administration from the University of Washington. Upon graduation Sadie went to work for the Microsoft Corporation supporting their marketing department. While her position had the majority of responsibilities as an administrative assistant, she was cross trained in a variety of areas including some graphic design, accounting and marketing.
This was fairly unusual for Microsoft which typically has narrow job descriptions for their employees. However, in the marketing department, it was smaller, closer knit group of people so when the group needed something done they would often have it accomplished by someone within the group. If the person did not know the skill but there was someone in the group that did, they would often train the other person which would in effect increase the flexibility of the department. It was the time spent in this department that Sadie developed her large repertoire of skills. After five years at Microsoft Sadie had a child and took two years off to raise the child.
Upon entering back into the working world, Sadie began to realize that jobs were more difficult to come by. At the same time Sadie began considering a non traditional job that would give her more flexibility to spend wit her family. A friend of hers was telling her about an acquaintance of theirs who started her own VA company. This intrigued Sadie, she had the skills to pull it off, it just made her a bit nervous to start her own business, the process seamed overwhelming.
At this point Sadie had to decide something so she began to write a business plan and then make the decision as to whether to continue with the VA idea or to find something else. When she was working on the business plan, forced to consider and make decisions regarding a wide range of topics that effect a business, she began to feel more comfortable about starting her own business. The writing of the plan forced her to conceptualize a lot of topics and she quickly realized that starting a business was well within her ability. The plan was completed, and she started operations.
Sadie will be the sole employee. While the business could generate more revenue if she hired and trained additional people, her need for reasonable income, flexibility, enjoyable work, and full time employment was satiated so it will remain a one person business. Sadie will be taking a base salary with the expectation that she will also be able to use some of the net profit one it starts accumulating.
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