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.
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...
Are you longing to own a business of your very own that you can work while homeschooling your children?
Have you tried work-from-home jobs only to be disappointed?
Is it possible to create a business that you love and still be available for your children?
Today, I’m going to tell you about Kate Wiley, a woman who has done just that!
Choosing to stay at home to raise and educate your children takes a dedicated parent. Homeschooling is not an undertaking that many families decide to tackle. To make homeschooling successful, the family has to make a lot of sacrifices.
Kate was well educated and had a fantastic career doing things like polymer research and chemical engineering. Yes, that is high-level stuff! Kate and her husband decided they wanted Kate to home school their three children even though it would mean sacrificing that second income.
There are two important personality traits needed in order to have a successful Virtual Assistant business where you work from home.
Those two traits are: Taking risks and being flexible.
To have a successful Virtual Assistant business, you must take risks.
Starting a new endeavor and leaving behind the security of your old job is scary. However, without taking that risk you remain stuck in the status quo. This is true with any change or transition.
In order to shift the same-ole-same-ole, you have to step outside of it. When you get out of your comfort zone, you open up your own possibilities.
Which is related to but not the same as taking risks. If taking the risk is the actual act of stepping outside of your comfort zone, then flexibility and openness are the mindset or belief system to make that possible.
Being flexible - and open - allows you to consider new opportunities, whether that be a new client or...
As a parent, you know working at home is going to save you time and effort. You also know there's one big challenge you'll face: How to get work done while your children are also at home.
1. Set up a private office in your home where you do all of your work. Ideally, it's a separate room with a door you can close to keep everyone, including your children, out while you're working.
If you don’t have an extra room, you can set aside space within a larger room that you can call your office.
Everyone in your family should know that when you are in your office working you are not to be disturbed unless it is an emergency.
It's also a great idea to make a sign that indicates when you're at work and unavailable. One creative mom created a color-coded sign that showed her kids when she's available. It starts with:
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’re working...