10 Things You Love And Hate About Virtual Assistants

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What do you love and hate as a virtual assistant? Would it be the working alone? The balance of work and family life? Working anywhere you like? Travelling? Not waking up too early in the morning? Getting extra rest? 

Admit it. Nobody wants to be confined to a cubicle office anymore. I face commute and traffic issues. I get to immerse myself in a knee high water that is flooding the entire parking garage where I worked after the big typhoon. How do I get away from all this?

My solution is training myself to work as a virtual assistant. I have previous admin experience and a financial background. Hey, I could do this full time. I push through despite what many people label VA’s as “The Lazy Job”.  Virtual assistants are the front runners of every small and large business. We operate individually or in a team, there are always reasons why we love and hate the job we do.

Lazy job? Nah! I get asked over and over again. Why should a girl like me want to be a virtual assistant? My reasons are endless. All I care about is being happy and have the balance I want.   are the front runners of every small and large business. We operate individually or in a team, there are always reasons why we love and hate the job we do.

So? Who are virtual assistants? VA’s are the front runners of every small and large business. They operate individually or in a team. They do jobs that no one wants to do. Like data entry, admin work, financial reports and more. You need to have the skills and the talent to get clients. there are always reasons why we love and hate the job we do.

There is always competition. That’s why it is not easy to become a virtual assistant when you don’t have direction. There are always reasons why we love and hate the job we do.

Here is a list of reasons you should love and hate about being a Virtual Assistant. Here are 5 reasons you should love being a virtual assistant and 5 reasons why you should hate it.

5 Reasons You Should Love Being a Virtual Assistant:

1. Love your working hours because it gives you time to do other tasks.

2. No dress code.

3. No office gossip, bickering, and politics. Working for yourself or a virtual has a lot of benefits from doing business as usual and not relying on emotions all the time.

4. Work anywhere you go when internet service is available.

5. Great pay. Virtual assistants are paid hourly, fixed and retainer’s fee.  You can command to get paid by projects too. 

Here are 5 reasons you should hate being a virtual assistant:

6. Working anytime can be misunderstood by family and friends. Virtual assistants are like 9-5 self-employed entrepreneurs. The idea of getting your attention anytime and anywhere gets abused.

7. Constant distractions from home and the environment wherever you go. You want to focus on your tasks. Sometimes you get distractions from noises and people all around you.

8. Balancing work, house work, dog and people duties. 

9. Not dressing up routinely. Sometimes I forget that I should treat my virtual tasks like an actual work.

10. No time limit. Learn to log in your hours honestly. You could lose money, focus and not being able to manage your time well.

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5 Ways To Get Free Advertisement For Your Services

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Being new can be different to the virtual assistant industry. It gives you an ability to learn skills you do not even know. The core skills you learn over time needs more of your time. It takes effort and everyday application of the skills you have learned.

Over the past years, hiring virtual assistants has catapulted the small to large business to a new growth. The reason why you should advertise your services. This list will help you get advertisement and to target your market through free services. I have compiled 5 reasons for you to start.

1. Advertise your services on free sites like Craigslist, Facebook, Virtual Assistant Network, Forums, and Websites can help you get the clients you wanted.

2. Aim for a particular niche, free sites might not work for your best interest. There are virtual assistants or organizations that acquired their clients through a particular program. You can find sites like Fiverr, Upwork and specialize sites to advertise your online services for $5. A good way for start-ups to make a name. It will open to new opportunities that will help you learn more skills.

3. Connect and network with people who are experts in their field. When you connect to these professionals, they may even offer you some advice for your business. A good way to learn from professionals experiences in the industry and niche you want to pursue. 

4. Tell people what you do for a living. Inform your family, friends, relatives, and acquaintances that you are offering virtual services. This is a classic strategy that works. 

5.  Advertise by using a blog or website. You can start on your virtual business presence by making a free blog hosted by WordPress or Blogger. Sometimes a client will ask for your blog address to check your recent work. This could land you another project for short-term or long-term purposes.

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