Katie Clark is a one woman show in her business
FRANKFORT – She is an entrepreneur, which even surprises her. She somehow got it from her mother.
âAt different times,â said Katie Clark, âI remember wanting to be a veterinarian, a teacher, or a choreographer. Obviously none of that happened. My mother started her own small business (computer programming) when I was in middle school. So the idea of ââentrepreneurship was no stranger to me. But I can’t remember it ever being on my radar. “
Today she is the owner of Katie Clark Virtual Solutions.
âI help business owners manage backend tasks so they can focus on growth and development,â she said. “I’m a one woman show so I don’t have an official title outside of the owner.”
Katie (Green) Clark grew up in Springfield, graduated from high school in 2001 and Ohio University in Athens in 2005 with a degree in media and politics.
âI’m an only child and I’m quite an introvert,â she noted, âso I spent a lot of time playing imaginative solo games when I was little. I remember this was often played in the form of “deals”. One of my favorite Christmas gifts was a box full of office supplies and random business forms. I spent hours filling out bills and receipts to give to my parents. ”
“The internet,” she continued, “didn’t give anything until I was near the end of high school and college, so virtual work was definitely not something I ever dreamed of or seen myself doing it.”
In 2012, Clark started her own “handmade shop” that sewed and sold headbands.
“I had never done any kind of e-commerce before,” she noted. âSo there was a lot of work behind the scenes that was new to me. I would do the next thing, do as much research as possible, and then put it into practice. There has been a lot of trial and error, but I’ve found that I really enjoy the process of learning new skills. “
Then Clark attended a business conference in late 2016. There she came up with the idea of âââvirtual assistance workâ.
âI noticed,â she said, âseveral of the other people present said that they either didn’t like the work behind the scenes at their company, were overwhelmed by learning all the new skills they needed, or simply didn’t have enough hours in the day, to do anything. I also met a couple of virtual assistants and it was fascinating to talk to them about their work. My wheels never really stopped turning for the idea. “
Katie Clark Virtual Solutions started in April 2021.
âI do everything,â she said, âfrom writing content or creating graphics for social media, setting up and supporting e-commerce, administrative tasks, helping with creating a social media strategy, managing Inboxes, etc.
“Katie has a unique vision for her customers’ virtual solutions,” says Mary Halm from Frankfurt, former owner of Envision Web Pages. “She brings commitment and talent into her work, which makes a successful and growing company.”
âOne of my favorite things in the world,â replied Clark, âis seeing someone light up when they talk about what is setting their soul on fire. You know as soon as you see it. There is a similar light when a business owner starts talking about an idea. That’s why I do what I do. I want to use my skills and knowledge to support other small businesses. At its core, it’s about helping other people to succeed. And in this part of what I do there is infinite joy. “
“If you had told the 18-year-old I was here, she would have laughed,” Clark concluded. “The path I’ve taken doesn’t look like I expected, but I love the journey I’m on.”
For more information, please visit the Katie Clark Virtual Solutions Facebook page.
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