4 Disadvantages to Working from Home as a Virtual Expert®

Aug 11, 2020

If you’ve watched any of my videos or read any of my blog posts, you know that I LOVE working as a Virtual Assistant and Virtual Expert®. You also know that I’m big on truth-telling. Today, I’m going to do some truth-telling about the disadvantages to working from home as a Virtual Assistant and Virtual Expert®

 

Here are 4 disadvantages to working from home as a Virtual Expert®:

 

1. Your To-Do List is exponential.

It seems like it is just part of life that To-Do lists are never-ending regardless of your work environment. The downfall when you work from home as a Virtual Expert® is that your To-Do list can feel like it’s mocking you since everything you have to do is always in front of your face.

 
When you work outside your home, there’s a natural separation between work tasks and home tasks. There are tasks you only can complete at work and there are tasks you only can complete at home.

When you’re working...

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5 Challenges You May Encounter as a Virtual Assistant and How to Overcome Them

Aug 11, 2020

Becoming a Virtual Assistant (VA) and Virtual Expert® (VE) opens your world to many opportunities that you don’t get to enjoy in the same way as when you work in a traditional job. You have the freedom to work from anywhere, set your hours, determine the services you’ll provide, and choose your clients.

However, like any career, there are challenges that VAs and VEs face. Fortunately, you can overcome those challenges to build a highly successful business as a Virtual Assistant.

 

Here are the 5 challenges you may face as a Virtual Assistant and Virtual Expert® and how to overcome them

 

1. Not Asking for Help

There’s that old saying: “It takes a village to raise a child.” In a sense, your Virtual Assistant business is like your child. It can be challenging, unpredictable, confusing, and demanding. There may be times when you just want to throw in the towel, sit in the corner, and cry.

However, just like one would do with their child,...

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4 Advantages of Working From Home as a Virtual Assistant and Virtual Expert®

Aug 11, 2020

Right now, you have a full-time, nine-to-five job. You may be listening to that little voice in your head that says: “There are so many advantages to working from home as a Virtual Assistant. If only I could work from home, I would be so much happier.”

The idea of being able to work from home seems like a dream. You can turn it into reality by becoming a Virtual Assistant or a Virtual Expert® (VE).

 

Today, I’ll share with you 4 reasons why you may want to become a Virtual Expert®.

 

1. Your schedule is flexible.

Being a Virtual Expert® who works from home, you have the freedom to ask yourself what time of day you are inherently the most productive.

In contrast to having a face-to-face job, as a VE, you’re not controlled by the time constraints of regular business hours. You can begin work, end work, get ready for the day, or take your dog for a walk anytime you want.

You can also do activities or errands you wouldn’t have the...

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Your VA Business: What to Do When You Feel Like Giving Up

Aug 11, 2020

Why did you decide to create a Virtual Assistant or Virtual Expert® business?

Did you desire more flexibility in your schedule? Were you sick of being undervalued and underpaid in your traditional job? Did you long for a career that is more conducive to having a family by allowing you to work from home?

Whether you’ve been a Virtual Assistant for a long time, you’re just getting started, or you’re trying to decide if a Virtual Assistant business is right for you, you ventured into this career with a desire to live your life to the fullest and without limitations.

However, like most facets of life, your Virtual Assistant business is bound to weather some storms.

If you’re like most of us, you’re likely not a stranger to failure. The word failure has such a negative connotation, but if you think about it, where would you be if you never experienced failure?

Everyone makes mistakes; everyone falls into ruts; everyone has times where they feel like...

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How to Prepare for Your First Meeting with a Potential Client as a VA

Aug 11, 2020

Consultations with a potential client can feel like one of the scariest things you’ll do as a Virtual Assistant or Virtual Expert®. It can be tough to put yourself out there when the possibility of rejection lingers. Knowing how to prepare for your first meeting with a potential client as a Virtual Assistant can help you overcome some of those nerves.

A potential client consultation is as much for you as it is for the potential client. During a consultation, you’re focused on figuring out how, and, if, you can help the client achieve their goals. You’re also assessing if the client is a good fit for you.

Flipping your mindset from “what if they don’t like me” to “is this person someone I want to work with long-term” allows you to shed a lot of the anxiety you might feel before a consultation.

Just as it is anytime you meet someone new, nervousness is normal. Therefore, it’s important to find strategies that help you overcome...

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Is COVID-19 The Best Test Case For Working Virtually or Remotely?

Aug 11, 2020

I’ve been watching the white-collar business world spin off its axis since COVID-19 hit. Employers everywhere scrambled to send their workforce home with enough of what they needed to keep business running. So it’s understandable to ask, “Is COVID-19 the best test case for working virtually and remotely”?

I’ve watched with wonder and curiosity – How will this impact the way we do business going forward?

I’ve also watched with considerable compassion – Feeling the pain of people struggling to navigate the integration of their work and home life for the first time… all the while dealing with the stress of the pandemic AND dealing with every member of their family also being home with them.

 

My Perspective

I have a unique perspective based on my own professional experiences. I’ve been working from home since 2001. My commute from “home” to “office” is a few steps downstairs into my...
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An Email Management Plan to Boost Your Productivity as a VA and VE®

Aug 11, 2020

Does the sheer volume of messages in your inbox overwhelm you or inhibit your productivity? If your answer is YES to both, you’re not alone. Most Virtual Assistants and Virtual Experts® lose hours daily to their email inbox. You can take back your time by creating an email management plan that will boost your productivity.

Being a Virtual Assistant or Virtual Expert®, most of your business communication is done through email. Therefore, you can expect to spend a significant amount of time managing email.

According to research conducted by the McKinsey Global Institute, “The average worker spends an estimated 28 percent of the workweek managing e-mail.” Based on a forty-hour workweek, that means over 11 hours are spent on email management. That’s over one-fourth of a full-time VA's work hours. And those are primarily non-billable hours. YIKES!

Is all that time needed to manage your email or is it time spent distracting you from other tasks and...

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How to Get Over Your Fear of Starting Your Virtual Assistant Business

Aug 11, 2020

What is getting in your way of starting your Virtual Assistant or Virtual Expert® business? If you’re like most women, fear is the likely culprit. Does the fear of failure or fear of not being good enough, get in your way of starting a business to finally live the life you’ve always imagined? You’re not alone.

In this article, I will share tips on how to get over your fear of starting your Virtual Assistant Business and do it anyway.

Tips to Help You Overcome Your Fear of Starting Your Virtual Expert Business:

 

Surround Yourself with Support

When starting your VE business, you need friends, family, and colleagues to help shoulder some of the fear and anxiety that come along with starting a new business. Your support system will help you set realistic expectations of yourself and hold you accountable for reaching your goals.

They can help you stay balanced, celebrate your successes, or just be there when you’re feeling overwhelmed.

When...

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How to Overcome The Fear Of Starting A Virtual Assistant Business?

Aug 11, 2020

Whether it’s household chores, work tasks, or significant business decisions, sometimes it seems easier to put things off than it is to get started and conquer whatever lies in front of you.

The most opposition is often getting started.

There’s always something more entertaining than household chores. Or, if you’re grappling with the decision to become a Virtual Assistant or Virtual Expert,® you let all the risks and uncertainties be your excuse for not starting.

When you delay starting anything -- whether it's your housework or a new career -- what’s the outcome?

If it’s household chores, you know you eventually have to do them. Unfortunately, magic fairies that leave your house in sparkles aren’t real.

Likewise, putting off work-related tasks yields the same results. Eventually, you must do them, and by procrastinating, you’re now rushed and stressed out.

Let's examine the results of delaying your decision to start a new career....

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How to Build Confidence in Yourself and Your Virtual Assistant Business

Aug 11, 2020

The past—your history—provides insight into your life today. It explains how you got where you are. Your past may tell the story of struggle, of happiness, of obstacles overcome, of hard work, and many amazing successes.

Your story isn't over, it's only beginning.

You're in control of the script – and you have the power to write your own story.
It’s exciting that even though you’ve worked hard to get where you are, you have a desire for more. Whatever the reason that’s fueling you to want to keep pushing yourself—whether you’re currently in a traditional job or your own Virtual Assistant business—it’s not too late to add to your story.

And it's never too late to add a new act to your script.

 

How do you gain confidence in yourself and your Virtual Assistant business?

Your drive to keep pushing to reach your full potential likely stems from your self-confidence. A Forbes article states that “a fundamental lack of...

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