After being knocked back as a teenager and about to leave school, I decided not to pursue my dream-career of training to become a graphic designer and instead, found myself working in the travel industry!
Now that I am a lot older and working in my own business as a Virtual Assistant, I receive immense satisfaction in finally achieving my dream of doing design work and simply revel in the enjoyment of being allowed to be as creative as I want to be. So a LIFE lesson for me is don’t let silly art teachers destroy your dreams and never, ever give up on your passion!
In 2009, I built my first ever website for my brand new business - My Virtual Assistant - and if someone had told me that I would one day be building websites for business owners, I would have laughed and said, ‘Yeah right!’
As I write, I have so far created over 40 websites with two more due to go live in the near future.
My 'favourite' is when a client doesn’t know how they would like their website to look and they grant me free reign to do whatever I want to do. Consequently, I often feel a wee bit nervous when I'm about to send them the first draft and so far, thankfully, every single client has loved what I've come up with - that in itself is a massive WIN and huge buzz for me.
Marion Jackson is an accomplished Executive Assistant who has identified a gap in the local New Zealand market for providing affordable websites and business support.