Virtual Assisting – Weigh The Pros and Cons Before Jumping In
Do you want the flexibility of working from home? Do you want to be your own boss and make your own schedule? Virtual Assisting may be the right career path for you! First, before you truly decide, make sure you weigh the pros and cons before jumping in. Here are some examples of the good, the bad, and the ugly of working as a Virtual Assistant:
Virtual Assisting Pros
The most notable is the flexibility that comes with working from a home office (coffee shop, library, etc.). You choose where you work, finding the best environment to support your work habits.
You can also choose when you work. With the exception of last-minute client deadlines, you have full control over your schedule. If you are a working parent and require flexibility because of school and activity schedules, you can create a calendar that works for your clients so they know when you’re available.
You have control over the clients you choose to work with. Unlike working for a boss you don’t like, you don’t have to work with certain clients if your personalities don’t mesh.
Being a Virtual Assistant also allows you to learn about new industries, and gain indispensable knowledge that you might not have learned elsewhere. You can hone in on specific industries that suit your skills and with what you are most comfortable.
Virtual Assisting Cons
You’re in charge of your entire business. You have to seek out new clients yourself, which can require a lot of networking and scouring the web for job offerings.
You are in charge of all of the bookkeeping for your business, as well as your own taxes and healthcare, which can be costly and time-consuming.
If you require the structure of an office, it may be hard to succeed when you are required to set your own deadlines. The social aspect of work also disappears when you become a VA; you no longer have the water cooler socialization that some crave. If you enjoy working in an office setting, becoming a Virtual Assistant may not be for you.
Becoming a Virtual Assistant can be extremely fruitful, but it requires a lot of dedication and self-discipline. If you can set – and stick to – self-imposed deadlines and can find an environment to work in that sets you up for success, the income potential is endless.
Working with Milrich Virtual Professionals, LLC will help alleviate the challenge of searching for new clients. We can even find and negotiate with clients on your behalf. Contact us today if you’d like to know more about working with Milrich Virtual Professionals, LLC as a Virtual Assistant.