The Importance of Continual Study and Improving Yourself by Rene, Virtual Assistant

The Importance of Continual Study and Improving Yourself by Rene, Virtual Assistant

The Importance of Continual Study and Improving Yourself

I feel that it is very important to keep studying and learning not only more skills but also more apps and programs as you continue your career as a Virtual Assistant. If you do not do so you will get left behind and never progress any further with your career as a Virtual Assistant.

New Apps and other Tools

Constantly your client finds new techniques and ways to do things or implement new programs and even cell phone apps into their day to day workings and it is up to you as the Virtual Assistant to learn, not only how to install but also how they work, how to implement them in the way that your client expects and even to maintain this programs and sometimes in the worst case scenario to even do some basic fault finding regarding these programs.

For the lucky few of us this might become a little bit easier if you know a friend or someone in the business that is currently working on these programs and is able to assist you in doing so, but for the rest of us it takes a lot of research and skill development to be able to implement these processes. This may include skill advancement courses, YouTube videos and even some self-taught “tinkering” and seeing what happens. Often times your client himself will be a huge resource and help whilst implementing this new “technology” into your day to day activities. Showing and teaching you how he/she wants the newly added programs and/or apps to work and how he wants you to implement it. On the job training is an excellent way of learning but can also be hard being thrown into the deep end, so be very cautious so that you do not find yourself under too much pressure or feel too overwhelmed.

Skills advancement

On the other hand, by doing skills advancement in terms of doing online courses and training in new software and techniques can also boost you’re “CV” and thereby you can make yourself a lot more attractive with potential new expertise and the more you stand out to new potential clients. So it is better to rather do more online courses. Continually increase in skill development can at the end of the day ensure that you have a bigger earning potential with additional clients.

Having the right attitude

However often times doing the course and actually working with this new programs, skills and techniques mean little by having it on paper if you do not have actual hands-on experience in working with this skill set. For example, it is one thing for a dental assistant to know how to mix different materials work together,  but to actually be the most effective you need hands-on training and experience to know what consistency and relations make for a better mixture. Nothing beats good old hands-on experience. And often times that counts more than a whole wall full of certificates showing that you have the theory but you have never put this theory into practice. So rather try, even if it is just for a short time to actually use and try to implement that theory that you have learned into practice so that you can with confidence add it onto your CV and know that when someone calls, you are ready, willing and able to do the job required by the potential client.

This is what my typical day looks like as a Virtual Assistant

This is what my typical day looks like as a Virtual Assistant

A day in my life as a Virtual Assistant

“What is it that you do exactly?” a question that is often asked of me these days, especially when I say, “Man, that was a hectic day and I’m so ready for bed.” Well I’m a VA, virtual assistant and yes that means I work virtually and remotely, however that does not mean I sit around at home doing nothing, drinking coffee and playing on the internet all day – no, not at all.

So my typical day looks like this – wake up with my two human alarms and proceed to source caffeine, immediately. I get online and check emails first off and then…

Try and get my little minions fed and settled before I start actually focusing and getting started with whatever tasks are delegated by my clients.  Mostly I know that every Monday I have x, y, z that needs doing, Tuesday has whatever it needs doing and so forth, so getting into a rhythm is not that difficult, but there are curve balls and I have to roll with it.

I think the most important thing to remember when working from home in any role is ensuring balance, consistency and routine as far as possible.  These three things are my secret formula to keeping my sanity intact on a daily basis. I think we all know that when we choose to work from home it is going to be challenging, especially if you have children and those children are at home with you all day while you work. Another thing to remember is that it is only you, no office full of different people, no chit-chat by the coffee machine, just you and you, and then if there are kiddies, human or furry, they are there too, but that is pretty much it, every day.  That part of things is not for everybody – for me Im quite happy having myself as company and my characterful 4 year old and too cute for words 5 month old are enough human interaction for me at the moment.

All in all a day in the life of a Virtual Assistant is very full, diverse, exciting, stressful, challenging and fun all at the same time.  Some days more of the one than the other but always worth every second of it. I will never regret my choice to become a VA and will always look to enjoying the days no matter what they bring.  I, on a daily basis, gain so much knowledge, I find things that I am so passionate about I just love doing it, and I think in a way I get to teach my family a thing or two as well in the process.

I will end off by reiterating this, a day in the life of a VA requires major discipline but also an ability to take whatever comes at you and make it work, routine, consistency and balance, the three words to live by.  I love what I do and so should you.