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As founder of VAnetworking.com â€“ the worldâ€™s largest social networking site for Virtual Assistants globally â€“ Tawnya Sutherland has become a modern day virtual Den Mother to established and aspiring Virtual Assistants (VAs) wanting to learn, share and grow their business. This personal vision for the growth of the virtual assistant industry has led her to create multiple successful products specifically designed for the virtual professional. One phenomenal success is the internationally acclaimed Virtual Business Startup System (VBSS), a comprehensive toolkit designed to help aspiring entrepreneurs build a viable virtual assistance business in just 30 days. Having started her business journey over ten years ago as a divorced mother of three, Sutherland recognizes the need for community and resources that simply werenâ€™t to be found before and she has made up her mind that others following in her footsteps would have an easier pathway to navigate.
Tawnya knows firsthand the plight of being a single mother with young children. At an unexpected time in her life she found herself divorced, out of work and relocated over 3500 miles across country far from family help and support. It was a financial and personal downtown she never expected to see herself in. Tawnyaâ€™s experienced the high cost of daycare making it nearly impossible to work and afford all a family needs. She's had to make ends meet at the end of the month by cutting the neighbour's grass to pay that rent check. Sheâ€™s saw that disappointed look in her childrens eyes during special events or holidays which didnâ€™t turn out as they had always dreamed. It was this desperation to find a way to put food on the table for three hungry tummies plus herself that led Sutherland to start a search to enable herself to work from home. With sheer determination, Sutherland took stock of her skills, saw the way the Internet was evolving, and launched her Virtual Assistant (VA) business. Sutherlandâ€™s prediction on what would happen online was correct making this a decision that allowed her to earn enough money to stay home and raise her family in the way they were accustomed to before the dissolution of her marriage. Although not an overnight success, she had taken the first step in the right direction.
This journey had a happy ending! It made Tawnya passionate about empowering others to launch thriving home-operated businesses in their chosen niche. Her newest venture is VAnetworkingâ€™s increasingly popular VAinsider Club where VAs access top-notch advice and support personally given by Sutherland as well as having access to her exclusive worldwide network of business experts. VAinsiders have the added bonus of getting exclusive access to all RFPâ€™s (request for proposals) brought to VAnetworking by qualified clients. VAinsiders, with hundreds of members to date, is the fastest growing club of its kind for virtual professionals looking to put their business in-the-know and on the fast track to success.
Sutherlandâ€™s decision to launch VAnetworking.com was shaped on the experiences of her professional background as a legal secretary, entrepreneur of two businesses, University graduate, and being a computer company vice president. Today Sutherland, a Certified Internet Marketing Business Strategist, is acknowledged as a well-known and much sought after speaker in the marketing and VA industry. Tawnya thrives in helping business professionals turn clicks into cash and guiding those with dreams of becoming a virtual professional along a now established pathway that many are successfully following.
If youâ€™re searching for community and resources for the virtual professional then look no further than VAnetworking.com. With 10,000+ members (and growing) you, too, can come, learn, share and grow.
VOTE for Tawnya Sutherland for the Leading Mom in Business 2009 Competiton to help her bring more awareness to the Virtual Assistant industry and put this NEW career opportunity on the map for other moms who want business success from home.