Yva a 'virtual assistant' to business clients

This article has been republished with the permission of The Press and Journal

Published in The Press and Journal (Aberdeen edition), Wednesday October 17 2012 (p. 34)

By Ross Davidson

A young north-east entrepreneur has launched her own company just one year after graduating.

Yva Yorston earned a degree in business enterprise and management science last year, and has already put her skills to good use by setting up Boost Business Support (BBS).

The 23-year-old from Inverurie describes herself as a virtual assistant, providing administrative services to allow her clients to focus on their main business activity.

Miss Yorston said: “The continuing recession brings with it significant challenges for businesses, with many forced to cut the size of their teams, increase workloads and put plans for growth on hold.

“Hiring a virtual assistant can be a great way for business owners to free up their time and resources day to day.

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“Outsourcing offers greater flexibility”

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“A permanent employee is a fantastic asset to any business, but many entrepreneurs are unable to take on such responsibility in this uncertain economic climate. ¬†Outsourcing offers greater flexibility and allows them to concentrate on achieving their goals.”

The Strathclyde University graduate set up BBS after receiving help from Business Gateway, which she heard about during her studies.

Miss Yorston said she had already worked with clients including accountants, energy companies and academics.

She said: “Working with a new client and finding out about their business, what they do and how they work is really interesting and inspiring.

“My clients are also great business mentors.

“Although setting up hasn’t been easy, I would encourage other people my age to think about starting a business.”

Business adviser Gillian MacDonald, of Business Gateway, said: “Yva has a lot of knowledge and skills but the practical help that we could provide through our workshops gave her the confidence to move forward.

She has also benefited from our Women into Business programme and other networking events which have helped to generate interest in her business.”

 

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