The flexibility of working from home is one of the biggest perks of working as a virtual assistant. But there are some drawbacks: the flexible hours really are flexible, I don’t have guaranteed income. However, the benefits far outnumber the costs! Here are a few more reasons I’m happy in this work:
A Lean Start-up
I bet you already have the main tools to work as a virtual assistant–a computer and a reliable internet connection. That’s really all the specialty equipment you need. Even if you add in some training courses, maybe new software eventually, opening business as a VA is still a pretty lean start-up.
Most of the projects that I work on have deadlines. But between now and then, the work hours are flexible. For me that means business hours are early morning and nap time. I’m available other times of course, but I get most of my work done when the house is quiet and the children are resting.
Exposure to Great Ideas
The work I do puts me in touch with the best ideas. I am working for bloggers whose work I already read and benefited from. Now I get to spend time editing and organizing that same good work.
Connection to Mentors
The bloggers who need VA help are a few (or 10!) steps further down the road than I am. They have bigger blogs, more books, wider audiences. These women are savvy. I love to hear about the next big idea, the new strategy, the best technique to get their message out into the world.
The time is ripe to learn more about becoming a VA yourself! Do you have questions about taking that step? I’d love to hear from you about the challenges and opportunities you’ve encountered.