Being a VA is fantastic – I love my job and I love my clients! I’d be lying if I said there were no late nights, short-notice deadlines, and early mornings as a VA, but I love the work I do. I believe it is important to understand what it really takes to be a virtual assistant before becoming one.
I love to help my clients and I like that I do something different daily. That is especially nice for me after being stuck answering a phone in an insurance office for years.
I truly believe in the work my clients are doing. I have learned SO much working with these ladies. Not only about their unique businesses, but in how they run their businesses too.
All my past experience in a corporate admin and recruiting setting has prepared me for working for these women. I believe it has also set me up for success because I’ve always had female bosses. (Isn’t that kinda cool too?!)
I believe it is important to have a grateful heart as you become a VA. Not to get too woo-woo on you, but I think it creates a positive space in your life where you make peace with your corporate days as you build your business.
Being a VA is pretty epic, honestly.
What does it really take to be a VA?
Virtual assistants are organized and focused. You will have multiple clients with different expectations and you will likely work for each of them in similar, yet different, capacities. If you are going to succeed as a VA, you have to pay attention to the details.
There is no one coming to your cubicle or office to tell you to get to work! There is no one looking over your shoulder in this business gig. Do your work and always respond quickly to your clients.
You have to be okay with not being the star of the show.
I tell my clients and potential clients that I’m their go-to gal behind the curtain and that’s no lie. I quickly learned in a corporate environment that not being the star is where I thrive.
You need to take your work & business seriously.
Your clients have worked hard and their business is their baby – literally! Many of the tasks they give you are crucial to the business running smoothly. Do them on time and you’ll be their hero!
You are also their cheerleader.
Follow their business on Insta, cheer them on in their Facebook group – be present for them even when you are not immediately working for them.
You need to have a business owner mindset.
When you make money, you can’t just take it all. You are still running a business and you will have to pay taxes on your income.
Also, don’t ever work for free. Like, never. I’ve done it and 10-out-of-10 do not recommend. (Free is different than working for a testimonial, in my book, FYI.)
You are likely becoming a VA to create a profitable business so you can work on your own time and be your own boss! You will charge people accordingly – say it with me!!
Be committed to what you are doing.
Becoming a virtual assistant is a commitment. This is not a get-rich-quick sitch here y’all!! Basically, you need to be a unicorn.