Kathy Carrington, CAP-OM
The Birth of an Online Business Manager
The first decade of my career, I served in administrative roles in education, manufacturing, healthcare, printing and advertising specialties, human resources, software development, and information technology. Because of this intentional diversity, I acquired a wide-ranging skill set. My insatiable desire to learn and grow gave birth to an entrepreneurial spirit. I took this skill set and left Corporate America to start a business of my own.
In June 2001, with a carefully crafted business plan, I launched Executive Virtual Assistance. Within six months I replaced the income from my corporate job, and within three years achieved a six figure income. As they say, the rest is history.
For more than a decade I provided executive-level administrative support to small business owners, entrepreneurs, and professionals throughout the United States and Internationally.
Organic Evolution Doing Work that I Love
Over the course of working closely with entrepreneurs, professionals, and small business owners, my talent for, and love of (aka geeks out over), breaking down the big picture evolve. My ability to map out and implement the necessary steps, processes, and strategies for growth, became very clear by the positive results of my work.
My business model organically evolved into online business management. I relaunched my business as Carrington Business Services. As of 2016 my business has been entirely online business management services.
Why Clients Hire Me
The clients I work with hire me because they want to take their business to the next level. They’ve gone as far as they can alone and realize they need help in order to get to the next level. They love having someone who can masterfully handle all the details. From building out the business plan, setting up and executing business systems and teams, creating and implementing a marketing strategy, developing eCommerce products and services, and ensuring best practices across the board. My clients love how business gets streamlined for growth and all the details are managed with excellence.
On the personal note, I live in a small town in Ohio. When I’m not working, you’ll find me at home relaxing with a good book (probably geeking out over learning something new), tending to indoor plants or outdoor flower gardens, going on a nature walk, working out to stay fit, or binge watching shows I didn’t watch when they were actually on TV. I love fast forwarding past commercials.
Yes, I’m a happy home body. I love being social and I’m the one you hear laughing out loud in a social group. However, I recharge in solitude and happen to enjoy my own company. An important part of balance due to the left brain work I do, for creativity, I love to test a new recipe, write, draw/sketch, and I recently discovered I love yoga.
My favorite event is our family game night. I love that my grown children (and grand-children) live nearby. We gather for a home-cooked dinner at my place and it’s an evening of catching up, laughter, and friendly competition. Life doesn’t get any better than being with the people I love most.
If I had a bucket list, it would be never-ending. There’s too much I want to do so my list consists of 3 goals – to stay open to change and challenges, say yes more than I say no to new things, and live more mindfully every day.