WE-CAN: Is it time to hire a Virtual Assistant?


Tuesday June 15, 2021
6:00 am - 7:00 am


Virtual Workshop

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About this Event

Are you a small business owner struggling with balancing your workload, home life and personal needs? Believe it or not, this is the standard dilemma most entrepreneurs face as they grow and scale their business.

Jenny Chandler and her team at Simple Desk specialize in providing various outsourcing solutions for small businesses across Canada. Join her in this 1-hour session to discover if hiring a Virtual Assistant (VA) would benefit your business.

In this workshop you will learn:

  • What a Virtual Assistant is (VA)
  • What a VA does
  • The types of tasks a VA can take off your plate
  • The importance of business processes/systems and how a VA can help
  • The pros and cons of hiring a VA
  • When it’s the right time to hire a VA
  • What you should look for when hiring a VA (including red flags)
  • Where you can find a VA

This workshop will also include a Q&A session with Jenny.

The WE-CAN Project is committed to providing universal access to all of our events. Please contact Kerry Ramsay at kerry.ramsay@queensu.ca if you have accessibility requirements as soon as possible as advance notice is necessary to arrange for some accessibility needs.


Jenny Chandler is the owner and creator of Simple Desk, a small business outsourcing solutions company based in Quinte West, Ontario. The inspiration behind Simple Desk came from years of seeing her fellow entrepreneurs struggle to juggle the demands of work life, family life and their personal needs. From marketing and bookkeeping to VA support, process creation and automations, Simple Desk is a full-scale business support company whose main goal is to eliminate the challenges you face as a small business owner by providing specialized and effective outsourcing solutions.


The WE-CAN Project is led by Queen’s University and supported by the Government of Canada. Its mission is to inspire and empower existing and aspiring women entrepreneurs by providing them with tools, resources, expert mentors, networks and community building to expand existing businesses and to launch new ventures.

The Government of Canada, through FedDev Ontario’s Women Entrepreneurship Strategy (WES) Ecosystem Fund is providing $3.2 million for Queen’s University to design and deliver programs and services to accelerate, train, mentor and provide resources to women entrepreneurs and women-led companies in the community.

The focus of the WES strategy is to provide support to women entrepreneurs from diverse and underrepresented groups.

Please note: Queen’s University’s collection of personal information is authorized by its Royal Charter of 1841, as amended. Personal information is collected for the purpose of admissions, registration, academic progress, and administering University programs, university-related student services and activities, activities of student societies, safety, financial assistance and awards, and advancement, and will be used for those or consistent purposes. Personal information may be disclosed to and used by employees of the University who need the information in the performance of their duties.