My Journey as a Virtual Assistant by T. Barkus
I started working as a Virtual Assistant in July 2016 and I can honestly say that it is the best job I have ever done! There are several reasons why I say this.
Firstly, FLEXIBILITY! I am able work flexible hours which suits my family life perfectly and as it turns out it works well for some of my clients who are based in the USA. I can get online in the evening at about the same time as they are starting their morning, so we have a few hours cross over time to talk in real time about any issues or questions that have arisen and to stay updated.
Secondly, VARIETY! I love how varied the work is. With a marketing management background, I am strongly positioned to carry out a range of tasks including research, statistical and data analysis work, marketing strategy, marketing planning, marketing writing, social media and email marketing, SEO work, project management, administration and many others too numerous to mention. And I get to do all of these for a range of different clients, across different sectors and even across different countries and cultures. So there is definitely no mundane ‘day in day out’ routine to being a Virtual Assistant.
And thirdly, OPPORTUNITY! In addition to carrying work that I am well experienced in, I have also been pushed out of my comfort zone and thrown in the deep end at times with new tasks not familiar to me with rather tight deadlines. This has allowed me to gain new skills and experience that I would not have been exposed to before which I gladly welcome. I do like a good challenge.
Finally, and this is a bit of an afterthought…COMFORT! I know for sure that some of my friends working full time in stuffy corporate offices with terrible daily commutes are most jealous of the fact that if the mood suits, I can be busy doing my work at my home desk in my comfy clothes and slippers. No traffic, no arriving for work late, no office chaos, less stress.
All on all, being a Virtual Assistant offers a great work life balance for any busy woman trying to fit everything in and I thoroughly recommend it.
My Journey as a Virtual Assistant by Tammy Nortier
WHAT IT MEANS TO ME TO BE A VIRTUAL ASSISTANT – AND WHY I LOVE IT SO MUCH!
I am going to start this by saying that I feel extremely blessed and grateful to be able to do what I do and will strive to always go above and beyond in my work to ensure the client is happy, content and that their business is looked after.
I started my work-from-home career as a very entry level transcriber doing small jobs here and there, really whatever I could pick up and the pay left plenty to be desired. I made it my mission to get in contact with as many transcription companies as I could, both locally and abroad, and I also made it my mission to go and read blogs about transcription, started re-learning the English language if you will so as to ensure my end product was of a top notch standard. I am now proud to say that after nearly 4 years of doing this, I am working for a few of the top international names in transcription on a freelance basis and that all due to me having the desire to do more, be more, give more.
Now, how did I land up with VA Connect? Well I knew that there was more to learn and more that I could do from home and more I could offer, and since admin, being organized, learning and providing superb customer service is my passion I felt the next logical step would be looking into becoming a virtual assistant. I had seen so many articles and blogs on this career path and thought, “Why not? Why shouldn’t I try?” so when I happened upon VA Connect via a Facebook friend, ah yes the lovely power of social media, I thought to myself that this may be my answer and although I may not have incredible superpower skills I do have something to offer and I am a very fast learner, eager learner and always try to have a ‘can do’ attitude when approaching anything. After I spoke with the lovely Karen I guess the rest you could say is history and I have now being with VA Connect for round about six or seven months and I cannot even begin to list all the valuable knowledge and skills I have gained during this time.
I work for two amazing clients, both so different which makes most of my days so varied and interesting, I mean who wouldn’t love this right? Some of the skills I have gained thus far is a far more intermediate or even slightly expert level of Excel (something which I was not very strong in at all in the past), I have taught myself on various online packages such as Xero, Stripe, Zendesk, Mailchimp, Convertkit, most of these I had never heard of before and now I am utilizing them daily to ensure my clients businesses run smoothly and efficiently. I have become even more au fait with social media, event planning, diary management, client appointments, business related interviews and so much more. I really do love what I do and the fact that most days are not the same it makes it a little more exciting.
Why do I love working from home as a VA and a transcriber? Well that’s simple really, who wouldn’t like to work from the comfort of their bed in their PJ’s every now and again? Okay, seriously though, I love the flexibility it provides me with, the challenges, the new things I learn each day and of course I would say the main reason I started working from home in the first place is to have more time with my family, especially my son and now soon to be second son on the way.
As a VA I will endeavor to give my all to ensure that my client’s needs are met and exceeded. I look forward to many more months and years with VA Connect and to assist more and more people in the operation of their business.
VA to the max
My Journey as a Virtual Assistant by Rene Blanc
I just recently started working as a Virtual Assistant. After having a career as a Dental Assistant and Medical Receptionist having me work very long shifts and having very little time for myself and my family. I studied Tourism after school, changing industries after my studies. I then started working in the administration industry. I was working as a Debtors Clerk, Administrative Assistant, Personal Assistant, Accounts Manager, Receptionist, Office Assistant, Freelance School Instructor, Conference Coordinator, Office Manager, etc.; learning more skills as I progressed.
Working as a Virtual Assistant gives me the flexibility to develop myself and learn more skills with the challenges that pop up some days. I also meet new people and learn new industries, skills and experiences than I have ever before. I know that I just started my career as a Virtual Assistant and I still have a lot to learn about being a Virtual Assistant, but I am looking forward to working hard and being a success as a Virtual Assistant. I get the opportunity to work from home, which means no traffic jams and struggling for hours to get to work or home…
Being a Virtual Assistant also give me the time to look into self-improvement courses to develop my skills and knowledge, which was not possible with my previous long working hours. Having worked in so many different industries and environments that I have, I have the experience and skills but not always the qualification that go with the experience. Now I can work on the qualifications in my spare time and add more skills to my ever increasing list of skills.
Working as a Virtual Assistant also means I can spend more time with my family and friends and have time to attend school activities in the evenings and on weekends that in the past I was unable to do. It also makes planning for school activities and holidays so much easier.
My Journey as a Virtual Assistant by Melissa Nicholson
After being an Executive Assistant for over 14 years in the corporate world, I decided that I could do more, that I could be more and followed my heart and ultimate passion and that is to be an entrepreneur. I decided that my strongest skills revolve around organising and administration. I then embarked on the Virtual Assistant journey in 2014. Exciting? Yes! Exhilarating? Yes! Scary? Hell yes! But here I am 4 years later, going strong never to turn back!!!
The journey has been difficult at times, but mostly completely rewarding. It has shown me what I am capable of as a person and ultimately as a woman entrepreneur. To most, when I tell people that I am a Virtual Assistant, immediately say “ah you are so lucky, you get to stay at home all day and work in your pajamas”, but little do people know, working for yourself might have many benefits, but the hard work completely remains. You have to constantly manage your time, you do not have any one telling you what your workload responsibilities are for the day or what to prioritise or what time you should be at your desk in the morning. It is completely up to me to take ownership of my time and my work. And this is what drives me, having ownership over my time and quality of output.
I found that working in an office environment was not uplifting to me as a person, and slightly supressing. I found that with my personality and drive to continuously be more and do more that working in an office haltered all that I know I was created to be.
As a Virtual Assistant, besides the freedom to think and apply my own mind to tasks, I get to work with people all over the world and have been exposed to so many cultures and different personalities. Being a Virtual Assistant also does not limit you to a certain job description, you find yourself doing tasks that you have never had exposure to before and then it is up to me to research more information on how to actually perform these tasks. In turn this has skyrocketed my skills set a hundred fold since I started the VA journey. I am the type of person that likes to see progression in my skillset and work capabilities, being a VA has automatically allowed and offered me the freedom to explore my personality and see how far I can push my own boundaries and I really enjoy that most of all.
Another key aspect of being a VA is that after you have dabbled in a couple of client businesses, I have seen what kind of niche my skillset revolves towards and I have really started becoming an expert in some areas. This for me is the biggest reward of being a VA, is being able to visibly mark my own progress and ultimately has given me the confidence that I have needed to be the best that I can be. My partnership with VA Connect, has also allowed me to ensure that I can be the best that I can be with both Founders, Karen and Albert, who are both passionate entrepreneurs, always pushing and boosting us to be the best that we can be as Virtual Assistants and for that I will be eternally thankful!
My Journey as a Virtual Assistant by Melinda Pennells
Where do I start, I think I have to go back to my “younger” days when I first started working as a Personal Assistant. My passion came from assisting the Executive I worked for. I loved feeling like I was an integral part of the organisation and that they really needed me, I was the right hand “women” to important business men and women and I loved that. Really knowing the ins and outs of the business was exciting, I learnt so much!!
I got to the stage where I wanted to, in a sense “be my own boss”. Although initially when I thought about it, it was daunting, I wondered can I really work like this, will I make sure I get everything done – without someone literally watching over every move I make? Daunting indeed, but I always kept that dream alive… I would often day dream about what it would be like, I thought about how it would give me a little bit more freedom, I wouldn’t have to sit in hours of traffic, if I wanted to spoil myself, maybe sleep in a little. I also kept thinking how it would be a great help to my mom who looks after my two ailing grandmothers, how I would be there to help and assist whenever I could, I thought about my husband coming home to a warm meal on the table after a hard day at work, it really is the little things that make the biggest difference.
I was unbelievably excited to start my journey at VA Connect. When Karen gave me this opportunity I was so thankful, very excited and ready to make everyone I worked for lives so easy they would never want to work with anyone else. I wanted to make VA Connect proud, I wanted them to see my talent and how hard I work, I wanted them to know they were right in making me part of their team. An added bonus was that my dream list was now becoming a reality!
I have been lucky enough to work with amazing people so far, they are so passionate about what they do that it’s hard not to feel the same way. It’s a privilege to work for them! I’m getting the push I needed to expand my skills, I’m learning new things every day and discovering that I’m actually good at it. Its unleashing a new sense of self-worth, and as a result I am more confident. I feel like I can do anything!
Being a Virtual Assistant has made me happy, resulting in me being a more productive person, the excitement I feel daily is such a change. I never thought I would feel this way about the work I was doing, I really am thriving. As I continue on this journey I am convinced that I will continue to grow, to better myself and be all I can be!