Life as a Virtual Assistant (VA): How Things Change
Work is a necessary evil. Most of us do it, but we don’t like it and we’re glad when it is over. Maybe (if you’re very lucky) you’ll wind up with a job you enjoy. However, for the majority of people, work is something we merely endure and tolerate. Until now, you’ve probably considered work as something you did to make money for someone else. You’ll be surprised at how much different life as a virtual assistant is!
After you take a few courses and find yourself a few mentors, you’ll find that VA work may be what you have been looking for forever. Finally, you have fulfilling work that doesn’t drain all of your time. Your life is about to change for good, and here’s how:
Benefit #1: More time for yourself
Working a 9-5 job locks you into a schedule that may not work for you. Maybe there’s a barre class at the gym you’ve always wanted to take, but it is at 10 am. Morning appointments – of any sort – aren’t generally tolerated by “regular” employers. Imagine yourself in a world where you could shift your working hours to allow you to do whatever you want at whatever time of day you’d like. Maybe you’d like to take a cooking class. Maybe your child is making a special presentation in school you don’t want to miss. Or maybe you’re sick and just need to see a doctor!
Life as a virtual assistant is much different than you’re used to. You can do whatever it is that your heart desires at 10am, come back home, and get back to work. You don’t even have to go home. If you want to stop and chill in a library or a crowded cafe for a change of pace, guess what? You can do that too. VA work is done remotely, and your possibilities for work space are only limited by your imagination. Some of the places I’ve completed work include my daughter’s ballet class, the waiting room of my doctor’s office, and while waiting for my clothes to dry at the laundromat!
Now that you have all of this time for yourself, you can’t keep it all to yourself. Your family and friends can benefit from your flexible schedule too. If your children get sick and you need to pick them up from school, you can. If you need to help a friend in an emergency? You can do that too. Your husband needs you to bring him some essential piece of work equipment that he forgot? (We all know that’s inevitable!) You can do that, too. Although you don’t want them to take advantage of it ( and believe me, they will try), in those moments when life throws you a curve ball, you will be grateful for the chance to take a swing at fixing life’s little mishaps.
Pride in ownership
You don’t know it now, but let me tell you that the first time you hear someone say, “You own your own business?” in a tone of admiration, you will explode with pride. There is no comparison to the pride you will feel knowing that you have managed to build something up that will sustain you and your family with nothing but your own tenacity and know-how. Trust me, that day is coming, and you’re going to love it. I’ve been doing VA work for almost a decade at this point, and I’m still so proud of myself every single day.
Get ready, because a change is coming. Life as you know it will never be the same. Working as a VA is going to completely revolutionize the way you work and think about work. Your life as a virtual assistant is one that allows you to take care of your family and friends in a different way, and you’ll be able to take some time for yourself too. Get ready to enjoy it all!
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