Maintaining a Work/Life Balance While Working from Home as a Virtual Assistant

Feb 16, 2021

Working from home is a great lifestyle. But it is important to establish a healthy work/life balance when working from home as a Virtual Assistant. It is hard to keep work from creeping into your personal time and your personal time from creeping into your work time. 

 Defining work/life balance can be different for everyone. You need to be clear on what balance looks like for you so that you can structure your day to meet your expectations. Not having a healthy work/life balance will cause you undue stress and chaos that cancels many of the benefits of creating your own Virtual Assistant business.

 

So how do you create an environment to support this balance in your life?

 

1. Get ready for work every day. 

Just because you are not commuting, doesn't mean you shouldn't have a morning ritual. Many of the Virtual Experts® in my group start the day with a morning routine that might include reflective time, exercise, a good breakfast, a shower, and then...

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How to Be a Successful Virtual Assistant

Jan 05, 2021

I get asked all the time what makes a successful Virtual Assistant. As though there was a special recipe. 

It makes me think of grandkids marveling at the delight of their grandma’s “secret sauce”  and wanting to know what is in it that makes it so exceptional. And, more importantly, can they replicate her recipe if she gives it to them? 

Anyone who knows me will tell you, I’m an open book. I don’t have secrets. What I know, I share.

Today I want to share these facts with you: 

  • There are some central ingredients in becoming a successful Virtual Assistant. 
  • That doesn’t mean they are fast or cheap ingredients to come by. 

In other words, knowing the ingredients doesn’t guarantee anything. It’s how you use them. 

 Successful Virtual Assistants possess habits that empower them to face challenges, believe in themselves, and accomplish their goals. 

The keyword there is “habits.”...

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How To Find Virtual Assistant Clients During A Crisis

Dec 08, 2020

There are more Virtual Assistant Clients than ever before.

Let’s talk about why the VA industry is growing so fast, and how you can find VA clients during this crisis.

Let's start with 3 reasons there are more VA and VE® clients than ever before:

1. The new normal is now working from home, virtually and remotely.

That means more business owners than ever are interested in working with Virtual Assistants and Virtual Experts®.

2. Business owners need help – both those with brick and mortar and online businesses.

They need help figuring out how to pivot from where they are now to where they need to be to keep their businesses thriving.

3. More people are buying MORE stuff online.

Clients need you to build websites, set up eCommerce, create content, provide marketing, and perform all the techie tasks ... to know a handful of things out of the hundreds of tasks needed.

 

With so many  VA and VE® clients,  here are some ways to find them during a...

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Why Travel Agents Fly To Success As Virtual Assistants

Oct 27, 2020

by Kathy Goughenour

Planes are grounded. Airlines are suffering. People heading places to see new sights, take vacations, go to conferences, or visit family is at an all-time low.

Everyone is gathering virtually. In fact, people are even going to the zoo or museums online just to get the slightest taste of the travel they long to do.

Who knows how long the travel industry will be suspended?  What do you do then as a travel agent with no one to send anywhere? How do you continue to professionally thrive, pay your bills, and use the specific skills you have that make you good at what you do?

 You become a Virtual Assistant.

Travel Agents make exceptional VAs. Here’s why:

As a travel agent, you are excellent at truly getting to know the travelers you help. To create the most customized travel arrangements, you ask questions, truly listen, and learn the preferences of your clients - from what modes of transportation they like, to hotel chains they prefer, to where they...

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Why Office Managers Make Exceptional Virtual Assistants

Oct 20, 2020

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So COVID-19 shut down a bajillion offices across the country. You may be thinking it’s pretty hard to be an office manager when there is no office to manage.

This COVID thing might be temporary, and you might be able to wait it out.

Or maybe your company has already decided they aren’t going to re-open the doors. They are going to go virtual all the way and save on a ton of overhead costs associated with the physical space. Maybe you are already feeling like it’s only a matter of time before they let you know you’re no longer needed. Don’t despair.

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First, if they’re thinking that (“We no longer need her/him.”) then they have totally underestimated what you can do for them regardless of a physical office or not.

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Second, I’ve got great news for you. There’s a career option just waiting for you. (Like as soon as you’re done reading this post you can click and be on your way to...

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Did You Know Teachers and Educators Make Awesome Virtual Assistants?

Oct 02, 2020

Teachers and educators typically join the education profession because they want to work with young people, and they want to make a difference. They get joy out of the creativity of teaching.

Unfortunately, the enjoyment of the profession is often diminished due to a poor work environment, lack of respect, and overwhelming stress.

A survey conducted a few years ago showed that 73% of teachers have considered leaving the profession – mostly due to workload. More than 54% said that they did not think they’d be teaching in 10 years. Almost a quarter imagined they’d move on, in half that time. And all those statistics were before the pandemic.

 

Imagine how many more teachers are considering leaving the profession due to the coronavirus outbreak?

A survey conducted in May 2020, surveyed almost 2,000 teachers and educators. Two-thirds say they’re concerned about the health implications of resuming in-person instruction. And some...

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Give Yourself the Gift of Starting Your Own Virtual Expert® Business

Aug 27, 2020

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As you reflect on your life, what do you long for?

-More time with family and friends?
-The joy of work you love performing?
-The flexibility to travel whenever and wherever you’d like and take your work with you?
-You feel like your hard work is appreciated?

What if you could give yourself a gift that empowers you to realize success on your terms?

We, as women, tend to forget to make ourselves a priority.

Today, I want you to consider giving yourself the best gift of all … the freedom to imagine, to wonder, and to take the necessary action that empowers you to build a fulfilling career. A career on your terms.

Starting your own Virtual Assistant or Virtual Expert® business gives you many gifts:

The Gift of Success on Your Terms

An unfulfilling job leaves you feeling stuck, drained and uninspired. You’re stuck performing tasks you hate, and any hope of a promotion depends on someone else’s evaluation of your performance.

The...

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Is It Worth Becoming a Virtual Assistant? Yes, If You Want To Love Your Career

Aug 20, 2020

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According to an October 2019 article in Forbes, over fifty percent of the American workforce is dissatisfied with their job and cites four reasons that contribute to that discontentment.

Those causes include

1) Little to no opportunities for advancement,
2) poor company culture,
3) being underpaid, and
4) loathsome manager and coworkers.

As you reflect on your job,

Are you unhappy and unfulfilled?
Do you feel drained?
Are you struggling to find purpose and balance in your life?

Then a career as a Virtual Assistant or Virtual Expert® might be just the change you need to go from sad to joyful and begin loving your career.

Since 2001, I’ve been a Virtual Assistant, a Virtual Expert®, and a business trainer and coach exclusively for VAs and VEs. During those years, I’ve discovered that becoming a Virtual Assistant truly allows you to love your career and feel fulfilled.

Here are a few of the top reasons VAs and VEs love their careers:

Your...

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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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