The founder of Organized Assistant, Janet Barclay has been running the business full time since 2005. Prior to that, she worked as a customer service rep, office supervisor, administrative assistant, employment counselor, and computer instructor.
Janet created her first website shortly after discovering the Internet in the late 1990s. On “Jan’s Helpful Home Page” she posted household management tips and invited people to send her their challenges. Although she was thrilled to receive an email from a reader, it would be several years before she considered starting a business, and even longer before she discovered blogging.
Since launching Organized Assistant, Janet says she would never dream of going back to a “real job.” You might say that entrepreneurship is in her blood, as her father and grandfather both owned successful businesses.
Janet’s greatest reward is helping her clients to shine by applying her constantly growing technical and creative skills. Her expertise has been featured in many blogs and media outlets, and she is often sought as a speaker.
In addition to attaining the designations of Master Virtual Assistant and Certified Shopping Cart Specialist, Janet has earned an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree at York University in Toronto and a Career Consultant Advanced Certificate at Mohawk College in Hamilton.
Janet spent over three years on the National Board of Directors of Professional Organizers in Canada (POC), spearheaded the redevelopment of the POC website, and was named a Silver Leaf Member, before becoming a full-time web designer and virtual assistant. She continues to play an active role in the organizing community through her blog, Your Organizing Business, and by speaking at various POC and NAPO events.
As Founder and Director of the Golden Horseshoe Virtual Assistants Group, Janet has been supporting the professional growth of other virtual assistants since 2008. She was nominated for the prestigious Thomas Leonard International Virtual Assistant of Distinction Award in 2009 and received the VAccolade Business Entrepreneur Award in 2008.
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When you work with Organized Assistant, Janet will be your primary contact, and will complete most creative tasks, such as writing and website design, herself. However, some of your work may be completed by other team members under Janet’s direction.
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