Lucy Watty - How I became a Virtual Assistant
Updated: Jan 22
My why and my business…
I am a virtual assistant and owner of, L J Your Virtual PA. I'd always thought about having my own business but was never sure when and what exactly that would be. With my daughter starting school in September & following on from a coaching course I completed earlier this year, I decided now was the time to start making my goals a reality. Some of my key reasons why I want to be my own boss is my family, they are my everything and to create more flexibility in terms of time and money in our lives. I want my family to be able to travel the world and experience different cultures. I also want to be able to give back to my community by regularly volunteering and making monthly donations to different charities. Creating clarity around your why will be your biggest driver to finding your purpose.
My mission is to support busy professionals and business owners to be able to grow and thrive by supporting with the tasks that take them away from the income-producing work. I specialise in administration and export meaning there is a wide range of services I can support you with from invoicing and email management, to social media management and export documents.
Where it all began…
Born in England, I moved to New Zealand (Marlborough to be exact) with my family when I was 11 which meant a huge change but also lots of opportunities. My favourite subject at secondary school was maths (numbers were my thing!) so I always thought I would have a career that utilized this, though I had a few career paths that interested me like most teenagers, I hadn’t decided what to do yet. After graduating from school I decided to further my education by completing a Diploma in Business alongside ‘becoming an adult’ and getting my first full-time job.
My career so far…
I was very excited to get this job as an Administration Assistant at a timber processing company, it definitely made me feel like I had become an adult and entered the “real world”. Alongside administration tasks such as data entry, email management, reporting, and reconciling accounts, I was introduced to the world of exportation. We exported predominantly to Australia, Europe, and the Maldives so here I learned all about creating export documents and how to liaise with overseas customers and shipping agents. As my career advanced I moved to a local family-owned winery where I took on more responsibility (which I enjoyed and relished in keeping everything organized and efficient), entering further into the world of logistics and office management. The opportunity then arose to join a team I had previously looked to work with at a honey company as a logistics coordinator, it was as though the universe had listened and things were falling into place. This role was a combination of duties I had previously learned but being a new industry, it came with new learning about the laws around food. I have always strived to be constantly learning throughout life and these three companies have allowed me to learn different roles but also have an in-depth knowledge of these industries from start to finish or hive to table as we used to say. Currently, I have been working as an administrator at a private nursery which has allowed me to learn about yet another industry and learning new systems to work with.
In 2016 I gave birth to my beautiful little girl Lillie, and later that year hubby and I decided to move to England and experience some new adventures. It was not long after this that I was introduced to personal development. While I had always been a lover of books, I had never read a personal development book. This journey has been an eye-opener to a new way of thinking and how much of a role your mindset plays in every aspect of your life. I have read lots of books over the last couple of years, a couple of my favourites would have to be The Success Principles by Jack Canfield and Girl, Stop Apologising by Rachel Hollis. These two books are great overall life books but can be applied to business too. Earlier this year I decided to take things up a notch and completed a life coaching course. After getting down to the nitty-gritty and working on some limiting beliefs, it helped me gain more clarity around what I want to achieve in life and how I can get there.
If I can support you, your business, or a friend in business in any way, then I would love to chat.
You can find me on any of the below and I would love to chat:
What was your First Job?
My first job once I left school was as an Administration Assistant at a timber
processing company in New Zealand.
What are you reading right now?
I am reading The Chimp Paradox by Prof. Steve Peters, I’m also listening to What I
Know For Sure by Oprah Winfrey on Audible
What advice would you give to your younger self?
Definitely to always take time for you and focus on what makes you happy not