Ingrid Bayer runs her virtual assistant business, liaising with high profile clients from the comforts of her own lounge room in taree.
Full Name: Ingrid Bayer
Time spent living in the Manning: 14 years
Profession: Virtual Assistant
Hobbies: We’ve owned motorbikes for years now and whenever we can, my husband and I head out on a country road for a relaxing change of scenery, usually detouring via a little coffee shop somewhere!
How would you describe the VIRTUAL ASSISTANT stratosphere?
Absolutely the most exciting opportunity I’ve ever come across. It’s a growing industry and offers businesses a low cost alternative to hiring onsite administrative/secretarial staff.
My passion is now to spread the word to suitably qualified people locally about the opportunity that being a VA presents, as well as educating local businesses about the benefits of incorporating VAs into their business model.
Describe your role as businesswoman in a country environment?
Because my business is home based, I put a fair amount of energy into networking locally and keeping myself in the loop with current issues.
I’ve recently joined the Taree Chamber of Commerce, and I’m also part of the Manning Valley Women in Business group. I also believe in putting back into the community in whatever way I can.
Highlights and lowlights of the job?
There are only highlights! My home is where I work best and as a VA, I can meet the challenges of the corporate world in the environment that my husband and I have worked hard for.
Perhaps the greatest highlight has been the fact that I am now able to spend time encouraging and mentoring local women who see the same potential I saw in carving out a career as a successful VA.
Why would you not change your current circumstances for the world?
I’m a firm believer that everything happens for a reason and I am grateful for the life experience I’ve had that has led me to this particular moment.
Describe your typical day?
Hmm, that’s difficult because no two days are the same. I am committed to creating a sustainable work/life balance, which is a challenge when you’re addicted to work like I am. I’m notorious for starting early and finishing late … very late. However, I do balance this out during my day by taking time out to have coffee or lunch with a friend, or just go for a walk and clear my head.
Generally though, I hit the computer at around 6.30am, and from that point on it’s very much dependant on what projects I’m working on as to how my day unfolds. I am really lucky because I have the most supportive husband, who also happens to be a fantastic cook, so since working from home and seeing how busy I’ve become, he has taken over the role of preparing the evening meals.
Do you ever feel like you live a double life?
Yes definitely. I wear many, many hats. As well as my hectic VA business, I’m a business partner in my husband’s business, a wife, mum, sister, daughter, granddaughter and friend. It’s hard to keep up sometimes!
The feeling of satisfaction when I realised that I had created a successful business all by myself, despite the initial doubts of those around me. I love being asked what I do, because I can proudly say, “I run my own Virtual Assistant business”.
“Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.” – Goethe
Thank you Ingrid.