5 Reasons Why We Love Being Virtual Assistants
Many Virtual Assistants (VAs) have had a career change and look to becoming Virtual Assistants as it fits in with their work-life balance better. The world of VAs attracts personal and executive assistants right through to business managers. Some may have been made redundant whereas others look for a better fit around childcare. Whatever the catalyst for change, you will often hear that this was the best decision ever. Here are our reasons why we love being Virtual Assistants.
Reason 1 – Flexibility
As a Virtual Assistant, you are your own boss. You pick and choose who you work for and when. Red Desk love being Virtual Assistants as we can choose to work remotely, or when time permits from our clients’ offices.
Reason 2 – Develop new skills
Working for large businesses has its advantages (regular income, regular hours) but sometimes there isn’t scope to develop new skills outside your role. Being a VA means that you have to be flexible and adaptable. If you enjoy learning something new then consider becoming a VA.
Some people shudder when they see the word network(ing) but I am talking about the broader scope of the word. As small businesses we heavily rely on the recommendations of others. Whether you meet useful contacts at a networking event or through a Facebook group recommendation, these are all valuable ways to demonstrate your usefulness. Be seen as the go-to person for skills and knowledge.
Reason 4 – Pick work that interests us
When you are first setting up as a Virtual Assistant, you may not know which way your business is headed. You may wish to only provide concierge services (party planning, arranging deliveries etc) but then have client enquiries to do with financial administration. If you are smart (and have the knowledge) then you will accept the work as it comes in. However as time goes on, you will enjoy certain types of work. It is then that you can start accepting or declining work.
NB Always thank the potential client for enquiring and always have someone else you can suggest they contact
Reason 5 – Job satisfaction
Following on from reason number 4, we absolutely love being VAs at Red Desk because of the satisfaction it gives us. From writing social media proposals to finishing a project, we are satisfied that we have done the best we could on that particular task. We also love it when a client then leaves us a review, sends us a testimonial and recommends us to other potential clients.