The Benefits of Being A VA

The Benefits of Being A VA

A VA, if you’re unfamiliar with the acronym, is a virtual assistant. It’s an administrative assistant that works virtually or online. It’s a fantastic career choice for many. Here are just a few of the many benefits to being a VA.

1. Ability to work from home

The choice to become a VA is a great one for many. If you’re a parent or caregiver, it enables you to stay home and earn your pay. Being a virtual assistant means you can work from your computer. You don’t have to go into a formal office. Your clients are managed all online.

Additionally, you can work from anywhere. If you’re heading to the beach for spring break, you can take your work with you. You can work from a coffee shop. You can work from the poolside. You can work while you’re waiting at your child’s dentist office.

2. It’s interesting

There really is no end to the type of work you can do as a virtual assistant. You can offer a broad base of services or a specialty service like transcription. This variety can help keep the job interesting. You won’t suffer from burnout. Likewise you can manage a number of different clients. This provides the ability to learn about a lot of industries and topics.

3. Demand

Virtual administration is a growing industry. As more and more people go into business online there’s an increasing need. Additionally, both individuals and companies are realizing the benefits of outsourcing. It puts you in a prime position to create a business and a career.

4. Low startup requirements

There’s not much required to get started as a VA. You’ll need a computer, a website and the means to market and grow your business. All of this can be managed for just a few hundred dollars. You also don’t need any special degree or certification. While administrative certification is available, if you have the skills you’re ready to get started.

5. You’re the boss

In addition to being able to work from home there are also many other freedoms. For example, you can set your own work hours. If you’re a night owl this means you can work at night when you’re awake and alert. You can also take time off whenever you need to. No more asking the boss for a vacation day or worrying about sick leave. Finally, you also get to choose who you work with. You choose the clients and the projects you’ll take on.

If you’re looking for a full time career or just a little extra money consider becoming a VA. Virtual Assistants are in high demand. You can create the lifestyle you need and want.

 

Being Your Own Boss is So Great!

I recently hosted a free information session for Virtual Assistants.

One of the first things I ask anyone when they are thinking of starting out: why they want to start their own business.

I have heard a variety of answers to this question, but many times the answer is ‘to be my own boss’.

in-chargeWhen I start to work with someone as their coach, I ask them to look deeper into that statement. Why do you want to be your own boss?

There are always more underlying reasons that simply because you want to.

And we often talk about needed to understand WHY you want to be in business for yourself. Because some days are hard, and some decisions are hard.

Some days you will find yourself wondering if it’s worth it.

So why not start your whole business by considering that WHY, and building on it?

Why do you want to be your own boss? Think of the actual reasons.

Because it’s GREAT to be your own boss – for lots of reasons!

Here are some I have heard through discussions with other VAs:

1. I get to make my own decisions (good or bad!)
2. I can manage my own schedule.
3. I can manage my own workload.
4. I can choose the people who I want to work with.
5. I can decide which services I want to offer.
6. I can make time to fit in the other things I want to do in my life: kids’ field trips, travel, holidays, etc.

These are the normal responses that I hear.

Here are a few additional ones that you may not have thought of.

7. I get to decide what I charge, and how much money I make.
8. I get to claim some of my expenses on my taxes.
9. I don’t have to answer to anyone.
10. I can hire my own staff!
11. I can take a vacation any time I want!
12. I can make as much or as little money as I want to, anytime.

Being your own boss is a huge responsibility, but when you look at the advantages, it sure makes it easier to handle those tough days.

When you approach your business with a CEO mindset (you are not an employee, you are the owner and Chief Executive Officer of your own business), you will work better with your clients.

You will set boundaries and procedures to make things clear for everyone who works with you. Everything just becomes … easier.

Being the boss is great, as long as you act like one!

For more information about getting your VA business started, visit www.canadianava.org/va-training/