Hi! My name is Lindsey. Reflecting on my past is the best way to have forward thinking on our future. With over ten years’ experience in human resources and recruiting—five of those years in a virtual capacity. Working for dozens of industries worldwide in traditional and virtual settings. I started my company because I always thought, “Why am I at work when I could be doing the same exact thing from home and spending more time with my kids?” I hit the brick wall of being a working single mother. My kids need me and I need them. If I leave work because my kids are sick then I’m a bad employee and a good mom, and if I have to work then I am a good employee and a bad mom.
Noticing A Trend
I noticed an expanding trend in the job market toward contract and remote employment. Not wanting to rest on my laurels, I left my traditional job to strike out on my own as a virtual independent contractor. I landed a few clients within a week and quickly noticed a desperate trend: My clients spent countless hours hunting down virtual resources to fill various positions with inconsistent success. Running through various platforms providing independent virtuals, I dealt with the vetting and hiring of multiple resources and learned how to disseminate the good apples from the bad. Possessing the entrepreneurial spirit and having owned two businesses before, I began to formulate an idea knowing the issues small business owners face: lack of time, money, and broad administrative expertise. The benefits of hiring virtual contractors made more sense than that of traditional employees, but the time and energy of finding them was prohibitive.
Assembling A Team
I created a team of virtuals with various skill sets to provide full back office support to clients. Our team covers general administration, human resources, recruiting, web and IT, and bookkeeping. I launched my firm under the moniker Meadows Resources and began to expand on my existing client base. Our emphasis on process and procedure, visibility, and area specific competence has developed a great roster of clients. Once our initial client base was established, I devised a marketing campaign to highlight the advantages of virtual back office support to businesses and professionals locked into the idea that traditional in-house hiring was the only solution.
Passion For Success
I not only has a passion for my clients, but for providing work opportunities as well. When I started I thought anyone can do what I do. Giving them the same opportunity I have. I am not faster than anyone, smarter, nor better. I want to teach people how to do what I do. With an eye toward developing and rural communities. I am putting together online courses to teach anyone who wants to learn how to become a virtual worker. One of my proudest moments has been serving my community to promote and encourage technical competencies for girls and women. Growing up I was discouraged from doing anything technical that was typically seen as a man’s task.
Create Your Own Opportunities
I set out working in a virtual format as a way to provide myself with more time for my family. I view this as a way to help businesses become more efficient, and an opportunity to help employ others. Hopefully those who were in my position and ones in areas where opportunities are not available.
If you would like to become a virtual worker we highly recommend starting out with our Free lesson on What is a Virtual.