Of course, the first question would be “What is a virtual assistant?” It’s also usually followed by more queries on what a VA does. When all pertinent information have been read and learned, it’s usually followed with: Should I consider being virtual assistant?
This is a question I posed upon myself many years back. I have a simple, stably rising career and loved it for the most part. But at the same time, I’ve always been curious, loved writing and building relationships. My first gig was a simple data entry job where I was putting in about eight to ten hours encoding to Excel some data from PDF files. Simple but the pay was so good! Besides, it didn’t take much time and I was learning a lot!
From then on, I mostly got into article and content writing gigs here and there. Along the way, Google was my bestfriend and the desire to know more was my fuel. Everything else that I learned was because clients required tasks that I had no idea about. Take WordPress, for example. Sure, potential employers loved my writing. But they wanted me to learn stuff about WordPress, posting articles, uploading pics and videos and a few other basics. The many times that I was turned down, it was because I didn’t have the experience or lacked higher skills level at strange-sounding processes. Thanks to Google and those rejections, it can be said now that I am versatile.
Last year, my first boss got me this website. But not before he pushed me to learn this and that. Seriously, it was him who spotted the potential that took so long for me to realize and analyze. I was good virtual assistant material.
It wasn’t long before I was pushed to learn about social media, marketing, and customer support. It’s not to say this VA was jumping from one job to another; I only had three since 2004 and stayed with all of them for over two years, all at part-time basis. But while at it, I was also craving for that spot called topnotch. And believe me, it’s not because I don’t want to be rejected again ever! It was because there’s so much to learn and love about being a virtual assistant!
I have found a career I truly loved!
So to the Second Question in you mind: Should I consider being a virtual assistant?
Hmmm. Only you can answer that.
But my point is: if you’re dealing with this question, I’d like to help you out finding the answer.
First thing, what is it really about the virtual assistant idea that got you interested?
Do you want to earn at home or are you planning to quit your current office job?
Have you decided to spend more time with the kids or your family and be a work at home mom? Or dad?
Are you retiring soon but don’t want to retire your mind and energy just yet?
Or are you among those people with extra four hours each day and want to make it productive?
Or is it that you’re just burned out from your career at the cubicle?
Most likely, you’re among those who declared, “Enough!” and decided to leave long, tiring commutes. So you say goodbye to that stressful office peeps and scenario, and rising expenses when you go to work.
But definitely, you’re not saying goodbye to the skills you’ve acquired at work. You still have your innate abilities and talents, particularly human relations and communications. You bring them home with you each time, and now you’re home! You own your time or have extra hours to work.
So why not become a virtual assistant?
Well, because many clients would take you! There are local businesses that needs your expertise and would love an experienced, reliable help. There are many companies who outsource their work force and could use your service. There are online businesses as well that wants their customer support, social media and PR tasks done. In short, there’s plenty of virtual job opportunities out there waiting for your bite!
But it’s not just that. The best thing about getting virtual work is that you get to choose when you work or select the suitable schedules that could work best as you balance home or personal life and your virtual career. Plus, you earn at home and not be guilty about leaving the family a lot.
So congratulations, you have just come to the answer on why you should consider being a virtual assistant.
The answer is: why shouldn’t you?