The team and I were discussing the benefits of being a VA recently and one of my team members posted her response with a list and she gave me permission to put it here. I thought it would be great to hear from others too – if they’d like to add their comments! Might even be fun to try and develop a list that is 50 points, perhaps 100 long! My post read:
When I began it was typing and data entry. But my interest in databases led me to read a lot about them and learn things, and offer a basic service in that area – I learnt along the way as clients asked/demanded for more things. I was already doing for them so I added the service – sometimes at a reduced rate during the learning period, but then at my full rate to anyone else. Learning on the job. And then I learnt how to do my own website – pretty much through necessity because there weren’t a lot of people around at that time (1996) doing them and of those who were, the prices were pretty much out of reach – so I learnt and then used that knowledge for others.
I agree that if I was still in a corporate 9-5 type job I wouldn’t have anywhere near the skills I have today, nor the knowledge, or the experiences. In fact, I’d say I’d be pretty much still ‘the dark’ in a lot of areas.
I love being a VA and this is my life’s work. Kathie
Kathie I agree.
My list of things that I love about being a VA:
- Having coffee, scones or cake at 11am on the river front with clients â€“ meetings of course
- Sitting in my PJs whilst talking to clients on the phone â€“ hee hee
- Having a bad hair day and not having to face the crowds
- Being able to attend school functions for the boys
- Having a sick day â€“ just because I want to and I have no one to answer to but myself
- Attending networking functions and meeting so many wonderful people â€“ breakfasts, lunches and dinners
- Educating myself in all facets and loving it
- Talking with other VAâ€™s â€“ there is no competitiveness to this industry â€“ which is what I love
- Having lunch with my husband because we can
- Tackling challenging jobs almost everyday
- Being told that I am of value by my clients
- Seeing other friends struggle in the 9 to 5 job â€“ thinking I am so glad that I donâ€™t have to do that and not feeling guilty
- Having lots and lots of fun!!!!!!!!!!
I am sure there are a thousand other things that I could write but here are just a few.