BENDIGO woman Sandra O'Connor is setting her sights on winning the 2014 National AusMumpreneur Awards for her Bendigo-based business, PAvirtual.
PAvirtual began when Mrs O'Connor decided to take the plunge into self-employment after she wrapped up her 17 years of being an administration worker.
She said the business was a risk for her.
She said the greatest challenge was taking the first step.
But she said she thrived on the buzz of setting up the business and getting organised.
"I started my home-based business as my career path changed once I had children," she said.
"My priorities changed but I still wanted a fulfilling career.
"I work from home, so I make sure when I step into my office, I am working.
"When I step out of my office I become a mum again.
"I have separated my work and home duties.
"I think it is important so I can concentrate on one or the other."
The business is a personal assistant service Mrs O'Connor provides from her own home.
She said she offered services such as preparing reports, agendas, recording minutes and actions, budget monitoring and any work with detailed or extensive documents.
She does research, online invoicing, word processing, customer service, presentations, appointment management, marketing and even personal tasks.
"PAvirtual assists businesses with administration needs, freeing up valuable time and leaving business operators to concentrate on the areas they have expertise in," Mrs O'Connor said.
"I was inspired to create PAvirtual as I had prior experience as a personal and executive assistant.
"I have a passion for organising, helping others and have always enjoyed the feeling of achievement.”
PAvirtual has been nominated in two categories - Emerging AusMumpreneur and the Customer Service Award.
For more information on the awards or to vote, visit www.ausmumpreneur.com and www.pavirtual.com.au