The Life and Times of a Freelance VA

January 18, 2018



Since starting my Freelance VA business, I have had the pleasure of working with a wide range of both business and domestic clients, all with very different requirements.

On Monday I could be undertaking purely administration tasks for one client, on Tuesday I might be sourcing gifts for a forthcoming wedding and by Friday I could be proofreading a 78 page document for a national institute. It’s true to say that like my time working in event management, no two days as a Freelance Virtual Assistant are ever the same. Here is a selection of some of the more memorable tasks I have undertaken as a Freelance Virtual Assistant:

  • Transporting 20 heavy Christmas gifts across London in a suitcase for two hours due to problems on the tube

  • Sorting out electronic correspondence for a business owner with 6,500 unread emails

  • Seven hours straight of non-stop typing

  • Organising a professional closet organiser in the United States for a client’s mother

  • Translating 30 recipes from Franglaise to clear English

  • Devising toilet related party games for a bathroom company

  • Re-jarring and labelling a vast assortment of Chinese herbs

  • Sourcing gingerbread houses for Christmas activities

  • Sorting seven years of receipts and invoices into date order for one client…

  • … and then recording them all electronically


So whilst I was going down memory lane, I was also reminded of some of my favourite times from my former life in 'corporate world':

  • Walking for five miles in deep snow to get to work just to find on arrival that none of the keyholders had made it in and having to walk all the way back again

  • Getting in to the office at 5am to paint a wall red (pantone matched of course!)

  • Recording vox pops with staff for a popular dancing show on the BBC

  • Having to ask the store cleaner to remove something that a customer had left in a toilet in the bathroom department

  • Managing a Christmas card photo shoot in the full heat of the summer

  • Directing traffic in a car park to allow for the delivery of a double decker bus

  • Sourcing magic wand pencils for a marketing campaign

  • Managing four re-brands in two years

  • Painting large 3D letters for a Christmas campaign on my dining room table

  • Co-ordinating a pirate themed live stunt show for a client conference










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