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AssistU is proud to put Amy Kazor in the spotlight!
Hi! My name is Amy Kazor, and my husband Chris and I live in the mitten: Michigan. If you hold up your left hand, I live close to where the inside of your thumb bends in at the base of your hand, about 30 miles west of where Detroit kisses Windsor, Ontario.
I haven't always lived here. I am an army brat, I've lived in Georgia, Texas, Kentucky Illinois, and Michigan. I lived in Illinois the longest, for a total of 32 years. Chris and I were married here in Michigan in 2007 and we moved to our current spot in 2012. We just love Northville, and we are currently looking for our "forever" home here.
I guess I used to be a serial entrepreneur. This is my fourth business. In 1990, my mom and I put a business plan I wrote for by Business Management course at IADT into play and opened a bridal shop in the Chicagoland area. That business is still going strong as of this writing.
During my years there I also opened a side business designing and manufacturing bridal headpieces, veils, and gowns that sold through the store. In 2001, very burned-out from retail hours and the emotional pressure from working with brides, I wanted something new. Having entertained and cooked for others for years, I looked into the relatively new personal chef field. I studied and earned my certification as a personal chef from the American Personal and Private Chef Association. I launched a business that remained open for one year before I voluntarily closed it to get a corporate job.
That corporate job was a welcome 9-5 Monday - Friday but allowed me to take an entrepreneurial approach to my work. I was soon running my department and building a service back office to the sales organization I worked for. My office skills and virtual world exploded. I learned how much more I had to offer when I combined those hard computer skills with my love of creating meaningful experiences for people.
Wanting to do more of that, I launched my practice in January 2008. I worked part-time from home while working that corporate day-job. I had no idea what I was doing was called virtual assistance, I just had people asking me for help. In early 2010, while I was trying to determine whether or not I could quit that J-O-B for my business, I learned about the virtual assistance industry and found AssistU. The AssistU Virtual Training Program had just what I was looking for to attempt to put a firm foundation beneath my business.
I enrolled at AssistU in October 2010 and have been working as a full time Virtual Assistant ever since. I originally started as a niche VA in the wedding industry because I had a unique background in that area. Through a couple of amazing internships in the AssistU program, I learned that content was my thing. While I consider myself a generalist VA, I love helping entrepreneurs manage their large volumes of content, plan products and events, and increase their visibility out on the web.
I gained so much from the internships I participated in that I am committed to creating those experiences for other VAs. I am actively mentoring new graduates from the AssistU program, and am also an AssistU mentor and work with students as they complete their own virtual training. I grow each time I lead and I am grateful to have the opportunity to spread my wings while I help others do the same.
I love that I can travel and work, and I take off a few times a year to work while visiting family. My two nieces are my favorite little people to visit. I enjoy traveling, especially to anyplace on a large body of water; I'm a foodie and love red wine. My favorite spots to indulge are Table 5, Matter of Taste, and Big Rock. I am usually alongside my dog, a 75 pound English Cream Retriever named Finlay. He sleeps in my office while I work and generally runs me around the yard as soon as possible thereafter.
For more information about Amy Kazor, please visit her website at http://www.amykazor.com.
And, check out Amy's conversation with AssistU Founder, Anastacia Brice, in our Interview With a VA Series, to learn more about her!
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