About Anne

It seems to be part of the American Dream to own a small business. I don’t know when this dream started for me but I believe the seed was planted by my father, who was part owner in a small business when I was very young. He ended up returning to a corporate job, something I think he may have regretted later in life. Somehow I feel like I can fulfill what he started with this small business I am building.

I earned much of my administrative experience in corporate life, working for many years as an executive secretary, office manager and freelance business assistant in a variety of industries. I started as a temp in most of my jobs and soon was persuaded to stay on permanently. Law firms, advertising agencies, insurance companies, banks, a magazine sales office in the owner’s garage, a foreign and classic video distributor and a pistachio and almond farm are just some of the places where I have honed my skills. When I started out, faxes required someone at the other end to set things up and word processing was done on a huge machine made by Wang.

After completing 4 years in college and a fifth year to get my teaching credential, there were few elementary school teaching jobs in California. I taught in private schools for a few years and then tried temping. I found that my organizational skills and sound liberal arts education were ample preparation for working in an office. Luckily I’d taken a year of typing in high school! That has served me well. I picked up skills on the job, took workshops, learned software when it was needed and worked my way up to Office Manager positions. Eventually I decided to leave the predictability of 9-5 work and tried working freelance, where I had more control over my time. I also started to branch out into network marketing - selling cosmetics and a clothing line.

In my spare time, I had a whole other life. I was reading constantly and going to seminars and workshops related to personal growth and spiritual development. I also became interested in natural and holistic health; living organically and green, finding a way to live sustainably and with respect for our environment. Somehow, I’ve trusted that all the pieces to this puzzle of my life would eventually come together in a really exciting way.

Working at home allows me to live green and healthy. Working virtually makes use of my many years of administrative experience in a new realm, where I can put to use my past several years of study in the world of internet marketing, search engine optimization, teleseminars, webinars and social media. It is my intention and vision to help coaches build their businesses. As a team member who can manage the day to day administration of their business, I give them the freedom to do what they do best - help others live their best life.

I am so fortunate to have 6 talented and dedicated team members who help me serve a gradually expanding circle of clients. CLICK HERE to read our Team Vision.


“The highest reward for a person’s toil is not what they get for it but what they become by it.” - John Ruskin


Favorite Quotes:  

"Set your sights high, the higher the better. Expect the most wonderful things to happen, not in the future but right now. Realize that nothing is too good. Allow absolutely nothing to hamper you or hold you up in any way."  - Eileen Caddy

The three rules of work. 1. Out of clutter, find simplicity. 2. From discord, find harmony. 3. In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity." ~Albert Einstein

“He who has health has hope, and he who has hope has everything.” - Arabian proverb

“Write a goal every single month to eliminate a mess from your life, and when you do - abundance will come in.” - Raymond Aaron, Success Coach and Speaker


"Anne, I can't thank you enough for helping me with what steps to take next. I had no idea you would be sooo resourceful when we began working together and I am VERY grateful for all your expertise."
~  Terri O'Donnell, Yellow Brick Road Coaching

Dr. Deb Legge, Influential Therapist
"The day Anne Barton came into my life and every day with her since have been ones of great hope, blessing, possibility, accomplishment and joy. When I began searching for a colleague to partner with me in conceptualizing, building, launching and running my business, I had high hopes. I am reminded of the children from the Disney movie Mary Poppins who wrote a wonderfully delightful and seemingly impossible list of attributes for their Nanny to be. Their father burned the list in the fireplace declaring it nonsense. And then, when Mary Poppins shows up on the Banks’ doorstep, she magically produces the list and proves to be all that and so much more. My hopes and dreams for a collaborator were written on my heart and soul. When I was finally ready to go looking, the Universe accessed my list and" ... click here to read more.  

~Deborah Jane Wells
, DJW Life Coach

Certified Virtual Assistant with the Coaches Console
August 2009