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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Imagine Being Happy and Valued in Your Profession

Nov 03, 2020

Virtual Assistants (VAs) and Virtual Experts® (VEs) make the business world a better place to be in. Across the globe, VAs and VEs are removing tasks from business owners’ and entrepreneurs’ shoulders so they can stay in their zone of genius. The VA/VE is happy because they get to focus their services on those they enjoy. Businesses of all sizes thrive as a result. Better yet, everyone is happy and everyone feels successful. Happiness is important, even in our careers.

 We as human beings need to feel seen. Heard. Appreciated. Valued. And when it comes to our contribution to a business, corporation, organization, or individual, we want what we bring to the table (experience, skills, education, accolades, connections) to matter more than implicit biases clouding the view of our excellence. We want to be given a chance to succeed and contribute.

We want to be paid for what our knowledge and contributions are worth and offered opportunities that our knowledge and...

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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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What Are The Benefits of Your Business Going Remote (for Good)?

Oct 23, 2020

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Is the era of working virtually from home finally upon us?

If Twitter is closing its office doors worldwide and other tech giants like Google, Amazon, and Facebook are extending office closures until as late as the fall of 2020 (or into 2021), how many other tech companies will follow in the steps of their industry leaders?

In other sectors like insurance and finance, we’ve heard Nationwide Insurance is talking about permanent telecommuting. Capital One announced to their workers (all 40,000 of them) they would remain out of the office at least through Labor Day.

Regardless of how you feel about industry giants or the belief that they already had tons of advantages – like plenty of hardware and software already at their disposal or enough revenue in reserves to properly outfit their employees – we can’t deny that these companies could be forging the future of business that extends beyond pandemic and social-distancing times.

This...

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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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Why Hotel Industry Workers Make Exceptional Virtual Assistants

Oct 05, 2020

People aren’t barreling into the Holiday Inn or Hilton or Marriott right now. Travel - for any reason - is at an all-time low which is leaving hotels quiet and empty.

As someone who works in the hotel and hospitality industry, what do you do?

No one is making reservations, calling from Room 355 with a request, or wanting to book the conference room for their event.

Who knows how long the travel industry will be suspended and the hotel lobby empty.  So 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 can become a Virtual Assistant.

Here’s why Hotel Industry Professionals, like you, can easily transition your skills into a career as a well-paid Virtual Assistant:

Hotels are all about customer care and hospitality. People will remember how their stay was based on the friendliness and care of the staff.  From the guest concierge to the front desk receptionist, to the hotel...

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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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How Can Negative Job Experiences Make Me A Better Virtual Assistant?

Sep 18, 2020

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Are you stuck in a career that, for whatever reason, you just can’t stand?

Maybe your boss isn’t a good leader.

Perhaps the lack of communication makes it difficult to do your job efficiently. Maybe you don’t feel valued for your contribution to the company. Or possibly you’ve just outgrown your current career.

Luckily, a career as a Virtual Assistant or Virtual Expert® allows you to create your own business from the ground up, so you never have to go back to that J.O.B. you dislike.

Guess what. You can use your past negative job experiences to help shape your new business.

Here are 3 ways your negative job experiences can make you a better Virtual Assistant and Virtual Expert®:

 

1. You Know What You Enjoy

Sometimes it takes a bad experience to shed light on what you genuinely enjoy doing. Being able to identify what you don’t enjoy can have a beneficial impact while building your Virtual Assistant...

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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:

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