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Marion Jackson, My Virtual Assistant

Business overview

Launched on 13 March 2009, My Virtual Assistant is an online personal assistant service, located in East Auckland, and specialises in affordable websites.

Offering flexible office support to small business owners, large corporations and entrepreneurs, My Virtual Assistant can help with one off jobs and on-going assignments.

Working with My Virtual Assistant means having access to an off-site, independent contractor who will save significant costs in employee salaries, staff benefits and office space, whilst respecting client requirements, maintaining standards and ensuring confidentiality.

Products and services I offer

Services offered by My Virtual Assistant are wide and varied, they include, but are not limited to...

Creating brand new, low cost websites
Maintaining existing websites
Innovative Powerpoint presentations
Email newsletters
Designing print ready flyers and brochures
Word processing
Editing and proof reading

Why I'm in the Venus Network

Over the last four years I have been a member of various networking groups and I have been waiting for a Venus group to start up in my area, so I am very excited that Venus Manukau has been created! I am looking forward to making strong connections with like-minded business women.

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Testimonials

Marion is super responsive, very friendly, highly professional, and is one of those people who has clearly worked in high level administrative roles for a long time and has a great sense as to what is needed and expected in this kind of support. She delivers a high quality product, on time, in a manner that is efficient and cost effective. She asks all the right clarifying questions along the way, without being too "needy", and is exactly the kind of high level support that I am used to dealing with in very well resourced organisations, but which I don't always get the pleasure of working with, and certainly can't always find (or afford) to hire when I'm working on my own. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend her.

I think that having a VA is a really important step for a business operator, having the right person at hand to help you - someone who is also business savvy and knows what both running a business and doing the substance of their role as a VA is about - is vital to help you perform at your best. I found Marion to really understand this well.

Claire Mahon
International Human Rights Lawyer
Geneva, Switzerland

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Marion has worked with us on a number of projects. She's flexible, responsive and has a great eye for detail.

Marion works with us on producing major documents for use internationally and she has a good eye for look/feel so that outputs are enjoyable for recipients to engage with.

If you don't have a full time PA, Marion works very well remotely, is very professional and delivers!

Rebecca Ganz
Growth strategy specialist, Entrepreneur coach, Management buyout adviser, Facilitator, Presenter and Webinar expert

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Marion is a very communicative and professional person.

What we like about working with Marion is she always updates you every step of the way so there are no hidden surprises. She is also very versatile and open to assisting across a diverse range of tasks.

Marion is trustworthy and operates with high standards and integrity.

Lynley Drain
General Manager
Global CV Solutions

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You are my right hand woman! Without your fast, efficient and helpful assistance my new venture would not have looked so professional.

From setting up my website and Facebook page, to creating a database, designing flyers and a monthly newsletter - all of which I would not have been able to achieve on my own, but know it’s so important in this computer/social media age, in the development and promotion of my business.

Thank you, Marion.

Tina Hegley-Smith
Twirl Boutique

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Thank you for all your great work on the brochures, Marion. They look very smart and we used them at the Show Home over Auckland Anniversary weekend. We are very happy with how they turned out.

Anne and Ross Faulkner
Faulkner Construction

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Marion has provided admin and marketing support to me since November 2011 and I find her to be incredibly reliable, proactive and great at communicating with me.

She demonstrates great initiative - I know I can send her something with minimal info and she'll take it and sort it. It's great to have this kind of support in my business!

Thanks Marion - I really appreciate your thorough communication, prompt responses and efficiency.

Karen Ross
Coaching | Training | Advisory

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Grateful thanks to Marion Jackson, My Virtual Assistant, for helping me learn the basics of MailChimp ... whew ... it's easy when someone tells you how!!!

Can't thank you enough for your help and support with my new format innerVISIONS e-news. Really appreciate your attitude and support - thank you!

Yolanda Cholmondeley-Smith
innerVISIONS

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Marion is the first person I think of when I need help! Thank goodness a friend gave me Marion's name and number.

I am a busy Mum looking after my business, consulting from my home office. I was able to keep on top of my client's business needs, but my own needs were always being put at the bottom of the to do list! I needed a website, marketing materials and to start using some social media. Marion was fantastic in helping me create all of these. Since then, I use Marion on a regular basis for any changes I need to make to marketing and admin type tasks that I just can't get to myself.

I have found that having fantastic help on hand from Marion, my time is better spent looking after my clients, while Marion looks after me! Marion completes all my requests in a very timely manner and to the highest standard. Marion is also very proactive with keeping in touch and offering suggestions for improvements.

I thoroughly recommend Marion as a knowledgeable, trusted and reliable assistant for your business needs.

Jane Foote BCom CA
Working Smart

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Marion is one of the most adaptable, can-do-it people I’ve met.

She is the type of person you want around you in a fast growing environment, where all you know, is there will be a constant of change. This demands having access to the kind of resource that is flexible, self starting and can adapt to any request.

An incredibly adaptable person - she is able to turn her hand to anything and is amazingly flexible about dealing to the time pressures in business.

Marion gets it done without fluster and with a smile. She is a joy to have around.

Jake Pearce
breakthrough > to fresh thinking that works
planning > personal brands > innovation > GenC

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Marion has been amazing to work with. She is extremely knowledgeable and goes out of her way to ensure everything is done to a high standard.

I have had so much positive feedback from the wonderful website Marion has created for my business, that it is overwhelming.

Nothing is stressful when dealing with Marion. She empowers your vision and works fast and efficiently in creating it.

I highly recommend her and will certainly be using her services again.

Carlene Armstrong
Owner
Mezzanine Hair

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There are a few times in one's working life when one comes across someone who ticks all the boxes and then some. Marion is one of these people.

Marion makes the business of doing business much easier and delivers over and above one's expectations. When I was late getting material to her for my website she explained that she couldn't get to it until after Christmas, but then promptly proceeded to complete the whole thing well before Christmas much to my absolute delight. Not only that but she was even happy to make minor adjustments right up to her last day of work before the Christmas break.

Nothing is too much trouble for Marion, she is always cheerful, is readily able to tune into a client's needs and comes up with some excellent ideas. I look forward to a continued working relationship with Marion.

Christine Norton MBA
Forget-Me-Not Life Stories

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Marion has excellent attention to detail, knowlege and advice, and is always well versed with the latest ideas and processes. I have always found Marion very efficient in getting the job done on time.

A strength of Marion's is her ability to advise on areas that skirt on the periphery of her core services - something that I greatly appreciate especially when it comes to taste/design - as let's face it, us men don't always shine in that field!

Shane Jones
Owner
Vodis Automobile Ltd

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Running a local rental property company means constantly keeping our website updated with the latest available properties, allowing prospective tenants to see what's currently available for rent.

Before I found Marion, I struggled to find the time to regularly maintain our website and sometimes had disappointed clients on the other end of the phone when they discovered a property they had seen on our website had already been rented out.

Marion quickly learned the process of adding and removing property information and photographs onto our website, which she uploads as needed and this can be several times a week. She has been working with me for a full year now and her response to our requests is always fast and accurate, and as a result our website is always current.

I'm very happy with the service I receive and recommend Marion to anyone wanting to keep their website up-to-date.

Jane Wilsher
Elite Property Management

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Marion Jackson has been updating our websites since 2009 and always does a fabulous job.

The Mountfort Estate Agents - Ray White Eastern group comprises of seven offices, with individual websites for each office. Any changes to one site must be duplicated across the other six. Marion always responds promptly to my requests, and makes the necessary changes quickly, easily and accurately.

Recently our websites changed platforms, which required a complete rebuild within the Ray White template. Marion took on the task with her customary efficiency and quickly learned the necessary programming changes. She made a complicated process look easy.

I would happily recommend Marion to anyone who requires secretarial or website assistance – she will make your working life much easier!

Debbie Jessup
Administration Manager
Ray White Eastern Group

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I am writing this testimonial for Marion Jackson from My Virtual Assistant, and boy-oh-boy is she virtual!

In the busy world of real estate you need to be one step ahead of your fellow agents and with Marion’s help I have a brand new website that I believe gives me another dimension to my businesss.

When I first decided to develop a new site I did some research into costs and bang for your buck. After talking to Marion she basically persuaded me in a millisecond that she could take over the whole project from end to end.

I had the basic idea of what I wanted from the site and Marion picked those ideas up and ran with them to produce a fantastic addition to my business profile. Not only did Marion produce a superb website she also did this in quick time and extremely seamless, she was virtually inside my head space.

I like to be across things in my business, controlling most aspects of my day-to-day schedule and workflow, not allowing others to take over the development of my website would normally be my thought process. After a very short time frame I realised I could entirely rely on Marion to work through everything with very little affect on my time.

Marion also managed the change of service provider and reduced my website hosting costs.

I would highly recommend Marion if you have any administration needs and I don't think there is anything she can't put her hand to. I am sure I will continue to work alongside Marion in future business.

Thanks again, awesome job, Marion!

Ian Taylor
Branch Manager
ITLSEL
Ray White Real Estate

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Thank you so much for the wonderful work that you have done for Stoney Grove.

You seemingly effortlessly have linked website, Twitter, Facebook and emails together to make them work much more efficiently, sent out a nice simple and effective newsletter to all of our contacts, added us to all sorts of sites to increase our profile – all of which we could have done for ourselves, eventually, after many hours of research and headaches. It was an absolute pleasure to hand everything over to you knowing that you would take care of it all for us.

Your efficiency and understanding of our needs has been refreshing.

Warmest regards.

Sue Gallagher
Stoney Grove – Macadamias and Almonds

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A great service. Not only did Marion deliver on time and offer us quality input into possible improvements to our marketing collateral content, she also picked up spellng and grammatical errors that had already been proof read by three different people - a life saver!

Andrew Vesey
Vesey Creative Design

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Marion was recommended to me by a close friend, to help with the promotional and advertising side of my business.

The best thing I ever did was pick up the phone and ring Marion. She has been so helpful and had a clear understanding of what I needed after only one visit, and within a matter of weeks, I now have a new professional website up and running, as well as monthly newsletters that we are proud to send our clients, all at a fraction of the cost.

I think Marion is absolutely fantastic she has done an amazing job and I love the fact that if I need to change something it's done instantly. If there's ever a problem she's always happy to help. She has made life so much easier and taken the stress and hassle out of advertising my business.

I would be happy to recommend Marion, (I have done so already!), to anyone looking to market their business professionally and quickly. Marion, I can't thank you enough for everything you've done so far, and I look forward to continue working with you in the future.

I'm glad I found you!

Michelle Edginton
Director
Beauty Plus

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I didn't even know what a Virtual Assistant was until a few weeks ago, and now I don't know how I've ever managed without one! Or specifically, without Marion.

In mere moments and with minimal and scattered instruction, she's streamlined my process and paperwork, set up wonderful communications including newsletters, YouTube links and book trailers, and even designed and put together a whole new website for me.

This is all for a fraction of the money that I've shelled out to other folks who didn't really finish the job, or that I wasted trying to sort it all out for myself.

Marion is a treasure, an absolute find, and I can't recommend her highly enough.

Jill Marshall
Author

My point of difference

With 26 years relevant corporate experience, my employment history comprises of two years in the Retirement Industry; two years in Infrastructure Maintenance; four years in the Prestige Motor Vehicle Industry and four years in the Commercial Real Estate Industry. I also spent 14 years in the Travel Industry, most of which was as a senior consultant taking care of corporate travel arrangements.

My roles have included Executive Assistant, Marketing/Branding and Communications, Assistant Supervisor, Senior Corporate Travel Consultant and Airline Concierge.

My point of difference is the culmination of all my working experience, which nobody else has, and the result of this experience has enabled me to create a successful, home-based, virtual assistant business.

My latest business news

13 January 2014
Marion Jackson from My Virtual Assistant featured in the Second Edition book written by Professor Lauri J Smedley, of Sacramento City College, Sacramento, California, USA: "Virtual Entrepreneurship - Creating and Operating a Home-based Online Business, 2nd Ed."

13 March 2014
My Virtual Assistant celebrates 5 years in business.

28 January 2013
My Virtual Assistant profile article featured in the January/February 2013 issue of 'Financial & Business Advisor Journal New Zealand'.

21 September 2012
Virtual Assistant industry article in National Business Review (featuring Marion Jackson from My Virtual Assistant "Office Help Goes Virtual" - The PA is dead, long live the VA!

28 August 2012
Marion Jackson from My Virtual Assistant is awarded Runner Up 'Virtual Assistant of the Year Award 2012', held at the VA Conference on 28 & 29 August 2012, in Wellington, New Zealand.

22 August 2012
My Virtual Assistant is a finalist for Virtual Service Provider of the Year Award 2012.

03 July 2012
My Virtual Assistant is a nominee for Virtual Service Provider of the Year Award 2012. This award is open to all individuals who offer virtual services within New Zealand and a winner will be acknowledged at a Gala Dinner, as part of a VA Conference, to be held in Wellington at the end of August 2012.

05 May 2011
Marion Jackson from My Virtual Assistant wrote an article entitled 'The VA Business' and featured in a corporate magazine called 'Do you know Jack?'

19 March 2011
My Virtual Assistant gave up time to create a free website for a charity fundraiser concert, 'A Summer Wrap @ Valley de Sol'. $22,159 was raised for Hospice South Auckland and the Christchurch Earthquake Appeal.

29 March 2011
My Virtual Assistant created a website to promote a charity fundraiser book, 'Curly from Shirley - the Christchurch Dog' written by Emma Pullar, to help raise money for the Christchurch Earthquake Appeal.

13 October 2010
Marion Jackson from My Virtual Assistant featured in a book written by Professor Lauri J Smedley, of Sacramento City College, Sacramento, California, USA: "Virtual Entrepreneurship - Creating and Operating a Home-based Online Business."

09 September 2010
My Virtual Assistant featured on Business Blogs website: '12 Tips to Help Your Business Succeed'

31 May 2010
Marion Jackson from My Virtual Assistant featured in 'Women in Business' article in the Howick & Pakuranga Times Newspaper.

13 March 2009
My Virtual Assistant was born!