First Blog of 2016 -“What is a VA and do you get lonely?

19 Jan First Blog of 2016 -“What is a VA and do you get lonely?

Two questions that I often get asked, “What is a VA and don’t you get lonely?” So, as part of my first blog of 2016, I wanted to take this opportunity to tell you a little more about what I do.

A virtual assistant or VA is a home based, self-employed, entrepreneur who specialises in helping other small businesses and professionals in the administrative tasks necessary to run a business. Tasks include include social media management, database maintenance, customer service, data entry and research to name just a few! Simply put, a Virtual Assistant is an office administrator who can work from any remote location or on site if needed. A VA can provide support, ‘as and when it is required’, without the costs associated with taking on a full time employee.

I have to admit, I love it! I get to carry out so many different tasks, for fabulous clients, and no two days are the same. I take real pride in my work and to know that I have made a difference to someone’s business is a wonderful sense of achievement.

People that I meet often wonder whether working at home, on your own, is lonely. My honest answer to this is no. Obviously, there are days that you see no-one between 9am and 3pm, whilst the children are at school. However, I have made a commitment to see the clients I work with at least once a month. I attend a monthly, women’s only networking group (wibn.co.uk). Here I have met some wonderful, inspiring and supportive ladies. It is great to network with like-minded businesswomen and have a delicious lunch at the same time! Also, a fabulous group of business owners in our village have decided to get together every few weeks to share coffee, cake, hints, tips and business ideas, as well as setting a personal goal for each month. I think we are all guilty of putting off that one job…. the ‘I’ll do it tomorrow’ task. Here we write down that goal on an online list that we share and we are then accountable for it! It is surprising how ‘vocalising’ that task, motivates you to get it done. Plus, it is always very satisfying to tick it off your ‘to-do’ list. Finally, if you really can’t face the prospect of working on your own, there are some great opportunities and facilities to ‘co-work’ popping up all over the country.

I hope this has shed a little light on what a VA can help with and if you are thinking of becoming a ‘work at home’ mum, the reassurance that you won’t be lonely.

Top tip – If you are thinking about working from home, ensure you build yourself a support network, whether it be friends, family or a networking group. It has been totally invaluable to me.

 If you would like to find out a little more or would like to share your experiences of being a VA/working at home, please do leave a comment below. It would be great to hear from you.