Justine established her first online business, an internet marketing company, in 1998, while working full-time. She sold it in 2003 for a six-figure sum, and it is still operating under its new ownership today.

She is a director of Ocea Group Limited a property development company based in Southampton, specialising in commercial to residential property conversions – primarily office buildings into residential apartments under Prior Approval Permitted Development rights.

The Ocea team manage multiple concurrent conversion projects across the South of England. Ocea’s conversions are intelligently designed residential homes, providing affordable living spaces that people want to live in.  They are registered with the Help to Buy Government scheme – ensuring their properties are even more accessible to first time buyers.

In conjunction with Progressive Property, Ocea also host the Commercial Property Masterclass, a three-day training event offering advanced information on how to return high levels of profit from £million commercial conversion property deals.

Along with her business partner Glenn Delve, Justine has also established the Take AIM Mastermind Programme, which delivers ongoing support and mentoring for individuals looking to undertake commercial to residential conversions.

Justine is the founder and director of My Virtual Assistant Limited, a flourishing business support service, rapidly expanding through a network of virtual assistant franchisees across the UK. This company provides virtual office support, personal assistance, secretarial,  business support and administration services to entrepreneurs and small  businesses.

She is also the founder of the UK Association of Virtual Assistants (UKAVA), an association formed in 2005 to provide information, advice and recommendations to both virtual  assistants and their prospective clients. The UKAVA has since gone on to become the primary resource for virtual assistants wishing to advertise their services to potential clients, for potential clients looking for their perfect business partner and for the media when looking for a source of authority on the virtual assistant industry in the UK.

Justine is also delighted to be able to pass on the benefits of her vast experience of the VA role to aspiring and progressive VAs as a co-founder of the VA Success Group. The VA Success Group provides a range of online training courses and essential resources to individuals wishing to become a virtual assistant.

Justine is the author of the first book published in the UK on the subject “Setting Yourself Up As A Virtual Assistant”. It is available in paperback from Amazon.com, or as an eBook download from www.ukava.co.uk

Justine Curtis is a co-founder of Academy for Online Business, a company devoted to helping self-employed professionals and entrepreneurs to build their own online business empires. The Academy provides practical and informative online business training products to help you create your perfect online business.

Justine has been interviewed as an expert in her field by BBC Radio 4’s Women’s Hour, The Times, The Independent on Sunday, CNBC Business Magazine, The Federation of Small Business’ Business Network Magazine, PA Life, Talk Business Magazine and the London Evening Standard.

In her spare time, Justine enjoys sailing, diving, horse riding, yoga, driving fast cars around racetracks, watching Formula 1 motor  racing and raising money for various charities, including, The Mango Tree and Oxfam.