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Where it all started...

Over a ten-year period before I started my own business I worked in sales, managed teams and was a customer hotline person (which is why customer service is so important to me).

Back in 1999 I founded my virtual assistance business when internet access was dial up and broadband hadn’t even been released.

I guess you can say I am one of the industry pioneers.

Starting my own business wasn’t my dream. I was having a really rough time at work  and the idea came about through a chat with a neighbour who was working as a Life Coach. One thing led to another and 20 years down the line, Admin24 (UK) Ltd is still thriving.

Looking back, I didn’t really have a clue about running a business. There wasn’t much information out there about working as a VA back then. So, I did the best that I could.

I learned the hard way.

I’ll be honest, I made some classic mistakes.

Pricing, work boundaries, metaphorically chaining myself to my desk, under valuing my worth and creating a financial glass ceiling.

The things is, to this day, I still see and hear about VA’s and freelancers making the same mistakes as I did.

That’s why I’ve decided to share my knowledge and experience.

I’ve seen the good, the bad and the ugly side of business over the past 20 years.

My passion is to help new virtual assistants and freelance online professionals create a business that they love - a business that can grow and financially support them.

The tips, tools and resources I share throughout this site will provide a routemap to your own successful business and potentially save you hours of struggle and frustration.

I’ve got a lot to share so I’ll be adding new content, products and courses over the coming weeks and months.

I’ll also share some true-life experiences.

If you have any specific questions you'd like answering, drop me an email. Drop me a line at pat@back2businessbasics.co.uk

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Want to know a bit about me..?

I’m a Yorkshire lass. 

My happy place is the great outdoors.  I love hill walking and mountains where I can breathe, forget about every day worries and be my true self. That’s also how I raise money for charity.  I’ve taken part in the Clapham Cave Rescue Organisation Ingleborough Marathon twice and TrekFest the Beacons  twice raising money for the children’s charity CLIC Sargent. (Photo: Me taking a rest on the way up Mount Snowdon - Sept 2019)

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I’m dog crazy.

I have two rescue dogs, a Corgi and a Yorkshire Terrier and a 16½ year old Dachshund I’ve had the honour of caring for since he was 9 weeks old. They all have their own unique characteristics.

Things we've found out about their breeds. Corgis moult, A LOT! Yorkshire Terriers don't want to let go of something they really want to keep.  Dachshunds live long lives.

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