Fall seems to be a playful time of year … everyone is playing “tag” in one form or another. In October I was blog-tagged by Dina Giolitto on the subject of “7 Things You Don’t Know About ….” Now … quite unexpectedly, (while checking out Technorati) I find that I was tagged by my camping buddy and colleague Yvonne Weld back in September to join in with the Five Reasons I love Being a Virtual Assistant! Not quite sure how I missed this one, but I did … so I guess it’s better late than never.
My Clients: I love my clients…I have the best clients a Virtual Assistant could possibly ask for! They really are the best.
- I’m not bound by the Monday-Friday, 9-5 work week: Because I am self-employed and work from home, my time is very flexible. Yes, I need to be available to my clients during somewhat normal business hours during the workweek if I want to keep my wonderful clients; but because I am virtual, I have so much more flexibility than I would if I still worked in the corporate world (((shudder and shake!!))) or had a brick and mortar business. I can work during normal hours or during the evening or on weekends if I choose too. I can take my little “office in a box” (my laptop and my handy-dandy Treo as my Internet connection) on business trips, to the doctor’s office, on road trips (add the converter that plugs into the cigarette lighter to my “office in a box”) and anywhere else I want and I’m still in business and able to take care of client work. And … my days are more family-friendly, so if I need to take off for something family-related or personal, I can!
- I get to Travel: One of my favorite things to do is travel … and, because I am a Virtual Assistant and work primarily with professional speakers and coaches located all over the US, Canada and as far away as Singapore and New Zealand, I am always presented with lots of great opportunities to travel. I had the opportunity to volunteer at a client event in Phoenix a couple of years ago. Earlier this year I stopped off to work with a client to reorganize her new home office in Orange Country, California while on my way to Los Angeles to be a vendor at a Speaker Summit I’ve participated in for the past couple of years. In July I was in San Diego for the National Speaker Convention, and have plans to attend the 2008 Convention in New York next July. The conferences for the two VA associations I belong to have taken me to St. Louis and Dallas the past two years, and I’ll be trekking over to Charlotte, NC for the IVAA Summit at the end of April. This past weekend I worked with a client at her workshop in Toronto and topped off my trip with a visit to Niagara Falls. Some day I’m going to figure out how to fit Singapore and New Zealand or some other exotic place into my travel plans :).
- I get to work with my husband!: Because I have such great clients and my business is doing so well, my husband was able to quite his “day job” in October 2006 and has been working at home with me ever since!!
- I love the work: I really do … I guess you could say I’m the “technician” at heart (The eMyth Revisited by Michael Gerber). I do enjoy being the “entrepreneur” and the “manager,” but it’s the work and the interaction with my clients that I love the most. I love the computer, and all of technology that goes along with it. All of my clients are different, so all of the tasks and services I provide for them have a great degree of variety in what I do for them. My brain is much more logical than it is creative, so the more technology-oriented it is, the more I love it.
There are still so many other things I love about being a Virtual Assistant, but Yvonne only asked for five of them, so I’ll stop here. And, even though it’s a couple of months late in the game, I’ll keep it going.