Through the eyes of Jennifer Sayson…
One question I get asked a lot when I meet friends is “How do I do it? (being a virtual assistant).”
First and foremost I didn’t set out to become a virtual assistant. It kind of just fell into my lap. I can still remember the tough times of jumping from being a student to doing administrative work and all other new responsibilities I was about to face. It was a huge change as I really did not have any knowledge of how it worked. All I could think of at that time was I needed a job and I would take any decent job I could get!
The first week was overwhelming.
Full of learning and getting to know my client. I had to learn the background of the company down to all the tools I was supposed to use.
IT WAS CHALLENGING!
But you know what I learned over the years of being a VA?
No matter how difficult the task given to you, no matter how stressful the day will be, and no matter how busy you can get,at the end of the day, there will always be a new learning. You will then be amazed that you have accomplished something you merely thought was impossible. And trust me… It is priceless! And it is a huge achievement!
I can just remember how happy I was when my client praised me for doing such a good job and thanking me for helping her. It was so rewarding that I felt I could do anything! It gave me a good feeling of working together, finding the best strategies and learning about someone else’s vision for their own dreams, and then helping them achieve that.
What I love about being a VA is the pride that comes with running a successful business.
Yes, I consider it a small business without the capital. You can take 1 – 3 clients as long as you know you can deliver. It’s not always rosy and I very rarely switch off, but when I do and I stand back and look at what I’ve achieved this year I burst with pride.
Is it worth stepping out of your comfort zone?
Well if you don’t try it, you’ll never know…
What I get from being a VA aside from a good paying check is flexibility that not everyone is lucky enough to have. I love being based at home and using the hours I’ve gained back for better things than commuting.
BUT….. The flexibility can be great for sure as long as you know how to exercise it with care otherwise you won’t get anything done. You do need to hold yourself accountable and responsible and make sure you have a to-do list and minimal distractions.
The best thing this has given to me emotionally is that I am in control of my own destiny for once and following my own dream instead of helping to build someone else’s. I fit my hours in around my 90 year old grandmother, my boyfriend and my 2 year old nephew which has been a godsend. It’s hard at times but all worth it because you’re not only helping yourself grow, but others as well.
Working from home is fantastic.
Would I change it?
Not in a million years!