I’m Janet Barclay, a virtual assistant, website designer, and blogger. I live and work with my husband, Scott, in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.
I created my first website shortly after discovering the Internet in the late 1990s. On “Jan’s Helpful Home Page” I posted household management tips and invited people to send me their challenges. Although I was thrilled when I actually received an email from a reader, it would be several years before I considered starting a business, and even longer before I learned about blogging.
I established Organized Assistant® in 2002, went full time in 2005, and would never dream of going back to a “real job.” I guess you could say that entrepreneurship is in my blood, as my father and his father both owned successful businesses.
In 2006 I reluctantly started my first blog, “From the Desk of Janet Barclay,” and discovered a passion for writing I never realized I had. Back then I didn’t understand the importance of defining a niche for my blog, and as a result, I blogged about anything and everything.
Many of my posts were time-sensitive and no longer relevant, so I’ve taken them down in order to focus on my main blog, Your Organizing Business, which is all about success strategies for professional organizers – including marketing, business practices, working with clients, and other topics – many of which apply to other businesses as well.
I hope you’ll take a moment to check it out, and to connect with me on one or more social media sites. Keep in mind that if you send me an invitation and I don’t know who you are, I may not accept it, so please take a moment to introduce yourself. (That’s a good practice, no matter who you’re connecting with.)
Thank you so much for stopping by!