The Good, the Bad & the Ugly of Working as a Virtual Assistant
By Golda Smith
The field of virtual assistant has exploded over the past two years and while that’s great you really need to explore your reasons for getting into that field. Is it the lure of quick money? The desire to work from home with your children playing close by? Or something greater? Whatever your reasons, just be very clear. This article will highlight the good, bad and the ugly of working as a virtual assistant.
The Ugly- Doing it all
Let’s start with the ugly…as I see it. It’s what I’ll refer to as jack of all trades and master of NONE! You manage client calendars, set up their QuickBooks, and write their copy, you do it all. Yes, you may even have clients that think you are Mary Poppins and can handle any task they throw your way.
Sadly, there are many virtual assistant’s trying to be everything to everyone and they wonder why they don’t earn enough income and are working more hours than they did on their office jobs. Virtual assistant is such a broad term and that’s why you need to find your niche and decide what out of all the services and tasks you can handle will you offer your clients.
The Bad- Lack the correct mindset of an entrepreneur
With the good, comes the bad. What can be bad about this career decision? Nothing really except that most people don’t have the correct mindset to be an entrepreneur. You are your own boss. You start your workday and end your workday when you decide and for the average person, that’s just to much responsibility.
Most people are used to being told when to clock in and when to clock out. Now, the responsibility is all on you and that’s where so many entrepreneurs hang themselves.
Shocking, but you’re only paid for time worked
I realize that most employees get paid for work they didn’t actually do. Consider all the bathroom breaks, smoke breaks, time spent surfing the net when you should be working and still getting paid. That doesn’t happen when you’re working as a virtual assistant. You only get paid for billable hours. Personally, I don’t have a problem with that but many newbies are shocked when they must now be accountable for how they spend their time.
The Good- The low start up cost
The good news is that anyone can start a side hustle or a full time business as a virtual assistant. It doesn’t take much to get your business started and it’s something you can do along side of your current job, if you are employed.
As a matter of fact you can make the decision to start your virtual assistant business today and find your first paying client within your first week if not sooner. Depending on your skill set and what you’re doing to increase it, you can create a very nice income for yourself. By adding social media management to my services, I’ve significantly increased my income.
Now because you’re the boss, you can decide what clients you want to take on and if it comes to it, you can also decide what clients to need to release back into the virtual universe…sometimes it just doesn’t work out and that’s all right.
Golda Smith is a single mom who is building her "Business From The Kitchen Table" working with entrepreneurs to support them in the tasks that holds their businesses together. Thinking about getting started as a virtual assistant? Get this guide that shows you how to get your first paid client.