In today’s technological age, there has been a large movement to move into a virtual work environment (in fact, US Stats predict that 43% of the US workforce will be freelancers by 2020). That number is astounding!
To think how much the workplace has changed just in my 15+ years in the workforce, let alone technology and its impact.
In the last two years, as I was looking to my own career path and what I feel I can best offer, I stumbled across this particular career. The opportunities it creates, the flexibility that one often seeks for their family/personal needs, and the fact that with hard work (and very little start-up) you could be very successful.
First things first though, I had to figure out what exactly a Virtual Assistant was and what services they actually help with. By researching on Youtube, Facebook, and the like, I was very surprised to see that there was very little that a VA could not bring to the table!
What exactly is a Virtual Assistant (or VA)?
By Classic Definition, a Virtual Assistant is “generally self-employed and provides professional, administrative, technical or creative assistance to clients remotely from a home office/shared workspace”.
As for services, as hinted above, you could provide everything from Administrative (Bookkeeping, Email/Calendar Management, etc) where you could do similar work as in a professional space, only with more flexibility. On the technical side, this is everything from web design, to maintenance on the website, loading products on a site like Shopify, and in between. There are creative components as well, document creation, advertising design, branding, and more! This is without even considering things like specialty items (Blogging, Course Creation, from scratch Webdesign, Organization… etc.)
Then there are markets to choose from – whether you decide to work with an Agency (where they help you get clients and keep you working) or with individual businesses (i.e. Coaches, Wedding Industry, Real Estate, Boutiques and so much more!) There is much opportunity to be of service and to grow yourself alongside your clients.
That is just the tip of the iceberg!
So taking it back to the beginning, I had to look at what excited me most about working as a VA. What came out of that work and discovery, (this might be the same for others) was the opportunity to help business owners grow and live their dreams as I took tasks off their plate that doesn’t serve for them to do, as to utilize their time more wisely.
After a lot of tweaking and work, you too can design your perfect career path, as the statistics show – it will be the future in the business world.
Now for the sales pitch!
If there is anything I can do to assist you or a business owner you know, my packages are here to view. I am happy to arrange a no-obligation discovery call to see if there is an opportunity to help you grow your (or someone you know) business by taking on tasks to free up time to develop and grow.