When I made the decision to leave a very well paid job with a global company and set up my own business, I had many feelings of fear and trepidation. But now, more than three years down the line, I can honestly say that it was the best choice I could have made. My love of shoe shopping has definitely been put on hold but I’m back to jumping out of bed every morning, happy to get on with the day ahead. That’s what happens when you love your job! But what are my 10 favourite things about being a Virtual Assistant?
I’m the boss! I get to choose when I work, who I work with and where I work.
Every day is different. They say that variety is the spice of life and that’s certainly true being a Virtual Assistant. My work varies from one client to the next so I get to do lots of the things that I enjoy doing most.
I get to work from home most of the time. Although I do undertake some on-site work and have the occasional meeting elsewhere, most of my work is done from the comfort of my own home.
I choose the dress code. Although I have never succumbed to working in my pyjamas, I also don’t have to spend a fortune on fancy work clothes either.
I get to help people. Although this can obviously be said for many types of occupation, I have never had such an overwhelming feeling of really being able to help people with the jobs that they despise. Seeing the pressure lifted from a client’s face when a task is complete is one of the best feelings in the world.
I feel appreciated. With a direct link to number 5 above, when you help someone to get organised and get some order back in their life, they really appreciate what you have done. Whether it be a small gift, a kind word or a letter of thanks, my clients make me feel more appreciated than I have in a long time.
No office politics. This is one of the things I began to detest more and more in my previous job. I don’t have to suffer fools with over-inflated egos anymore which makes for a much nicer working environment.
No ridiculous commute. It used to take me about an hour to travel to my last job, just 11 miles away. And although I have the pleasure of the London Underground during rush hour every now and then, it takes me approximately 25 steps to get from my bedroom to my office in the mornings now.
Learning new skills. When you run your own business, you get to wear a lot of different hats and therefore learn lots of new skills. I’m responsible for everything; strategy, marketing, accounts, operations, IT, communications, HR, customer service and everything in between. And in addition to all the things that I’ve had to learn to run my own business, there’s also all the new stuff that I’ve had to learn for my clients.
I can work anywhere with an internet connection. Whilst I was writing this article, I was working in Spain as the sun came up, in a lovely apartment up in the hills not far from Marbella. Whilst the UK was suffering with snow, sleet, wind and hail, I was sitting on the terrace with a beautiful blue sky above me and the sun shining down.
What’s not to love?