With lots of people now working remotely from home there has recently been a surge in people contemplating setting up virtual assistant services.
I had a conversation last week with an ex work colleague who asked if I got bored “just doing admin.” My initial reaction (in my head) was something along the lines of ‘you think I have time to get bored?!’ I think her misconception came from being an employee, providing she turns up at work she gets paid and depending on how much you are driven (or not) at work, yes you could get bored doing admin. But the majority of VAs now do much more than admin.
We continued our conversation about family friendly working and other options for earning a living working from home – let’s just say I can’t see her becoming a VA!
It did however give me a chance to reflect on the fact that it has been seven years since I made the decision to jump from the corporate world into self-employment as a Virtual Assistant. Although the start of this journey was daunting I am so pleased I made, and was supported in that decision.
I began thinking about how far I’ve come and what I’ve achieved within those seven years and its definitely not just admin!
So upon reflection here are 10 things that I love about being a virtual assistant:
- I get to work with motivated, hardworking people who inspire me.
- I can see the difference I make in people’s lives and their bottom line.
- My work is so varied, it’s not just admin, I have to think and come up with solutions and recommendations too.
- I’ve been there for both of my children’s ‘firsts’ and will continue to be.
- I’m the first point of call if a client is in a predicament or wants to talk through some ideas.
- I enjoy helping other small business owners build their business by handling things they either don’t know how to do or want to do.
- There are always new things to learn, and I learn every day.
- My self-confidence has grown as a result of making a success of my business.
- Whilst I try to keep to traditional office hours as much as possible I have the flexibility to take my daughter to her various appointments without having to ask someone else for permission or feel guilty.
- My business allows me to work without geographical limits and from anywhere as long as I have an internet connection. Plus I never get stuck in traffic!
I think it’s good to reflect on why you do what you do whether its for motivation purposes, or to look back over your journey, you’ll be surprised how far you’ve come and what you have achieved, I know I am.
To the young lady who triggered my reflection, this why do I do what I do, it’s about balance; balance of my family and work life, and helping to create a better work life balance for my clients. It’s definitely not just admin and as with everything, it takes hard work and dedication.
What’s your why?