“It doesn’t take talent or luck to succeed. You just need to decide.” – Marie Forleo. Imagine having increased time freedom, financial success, and control to design and live the life you intend – these are some of the endless perks of becoming a virtual assistant. No, you don’t need a fancy degree or a set of jaw-dropping skills either. You only need to trust yourself, believe you deserve your dream life and take the first step. To inspire you and your future, I met with Rachel, a full-time VA, to discuss the top 3 reasons why becoming a VA is the best decision for you.
What is a virtual assistant?
A virtual assistant provides an entrepreneur with an online service that accelerates and empowers the growth of their business. These services include administration, graphic design, copywriting, marketing, project management, bookkeeping, social media assistance, to name a few (Determine what kind of virtual assistant you are).
After listening to countless women raving about the positive impact virtual assistance had on their lives, I knew I wanted to be one of them. Driving back and forth from my 9-5 job and missing moments with my children were no longer options for me.
When I decided to dive right in, my life instantly expanded. From answering emails in your pajamas, working from home to care for your children, and creating a schedule that fits your life, I learned virtual assistance is a career that allows you to live your life on your terms, and so did Rachel. And after reading this article and learning why Rachel and I believe virtual assistance is the most fulfilling career, hopefully, you will consider this pathway for yourself!
#1 Freedom, freedom, and more freedom
“It’s really freeing to know you are the one in control of your schedule. When I wake up in the morning, it’s a breath of fresh air, and it still feels like that even a year later” – Rachel Ikerd, VA at Mrs. Smith Assist
Becoming a VA is so rewarding; you help business owners who value and pay for your skills, and you help them fulfill their dreams while fulfilling yours – the gift that keeps on giving.
And this business-to-client relationship fosters freedom; every single day of your life – how wonderful is that?
You have the freedom to decide and control almost every aspect of your life, including where you want to work. Do you want to work at your favorite cafe while you tackle your to-do list? Or from a cute air-BnB that you snagged a deal in Mexico? How about from the comfort of your home with your family? Remote work is the solution.
As long as you have a laptop and stable internet, you have the freedom to work wherever you decide.
Location is certainly a perk, but what about your schedule? Can you really work on your terms?
Yes! Virtual assistant work also provides the freedom to choose the services you love within the hours you want to commit. This flexibility is a win-win for the early risers or the night owls.
It also comes with a caveat – you need to be mindful of the freedom you have. Sometimes I get swept up by the grateful moments and find myself shopping online between breaks. But as long as you establish clear boundaries and communicate your working hours, you can achieve balance and spend your time as you wish.
This balance brings up another perk – you can find your tribe and work with clients who inspire you.
“The people you get to come into contact within the VA world are really amazing. I consider all the clients I work with close friends. You really get to know each other” – Rachel Ikerd
Many assume working online breeds isolation, but it depends on how you perceive this line of work. I believe becoming a VA offers the best of both worlds; You can connect with an online community while enjoying personal and professional freedom.
Technological advancements have provided ways to develop rewarding relationships with clients and other virtual assistants. When you’re working, you’re constantly communicating, checking in, and working together to accomplish your goals.
If you don’t like the clients you work with, that’s okay. Nail down your niche and change your approach to reel in those who challenge you, value your skills, and pay your rates with no fuss.
As a Virtual Assistant, you decide who you commit to and who deserves your time.
#2 Financial abundance and success
Social media is capitalizing on the benefits of being a boss lady. You may not have your million-dollar passive income idea yet, but becoming a virtual assistant gives you the financial freedom to manage your life.
In a tightly wound 9-5, you have few opportunities to receive the salaries you envision for yourself. Even if you achieve your dream salary, it comes with more responsibilities, expectations, and pressure – a recipe for burnout.
Virtual assistance is a different ball game altogether.
“You aren’t stuck. You have room for growth and improvement. When you develop relationships with clients, they know your worth and value you” – Rachel Ikerd
Creating your business involves adopting a healthy money mindset and a subconscious belief that you deserve financial stability. When you value yourself and charge rates that reflect this self-worth, your clients respond and pay you accordingly.
Whether you’re looking into Virtual Assistant work as a short-term earning solution or as a long-term career path, there is plenty of room to grow and receive a stable source of abundance.
#3 Increased confidence and self-worth
Creating a thriving virtual assistant business is more than making the initial decision. It requires time and effort to reap the perks.
But when you decide to shed your limiting beliefs and expand what is possible for you, your business explodes.
“I felt worried because this was my first job as a VA, but once you land your first client, confidence emerges” – Rachel Ikerd
Like many other virtual assistants, Rachel battled fear, self-doubt, and uncertainty when first starting her business.
The best way to overcome these mental roadblocks is to keep swimming, and trust that you are making the right decision (The Crafting Clarity workshop also helps you do this!).
I believe confidence is one of the best reasons to become a VA because this career path builds courage and self-worth.
When you boldly take the first step and continue despite rejection or failure, you realize you hold the key to your future, and this inner power ignites a positive chain of events;
- You can set and attain realistic goals without your inner critic sabotaging you. Virtual assistant work involves a lot of trial and error. This back and forth drives resiliency and motivation to adopt a system that works best for you.
- You realize the depths of your potential. You may question whether this career is right for you, but when you take the first step, you recognize you have everything within you to succeed.
- You develop a positive relationship with failure. You learn failure is necessary for growth and expansion. You will never be finished with learning.
- Virtual Assistance expands your mindset to accomplish your dreams beyond what you thought possible. Feel the fear, commit yourself, and enjoy the perks. Need more help with this tip? Read how to develop a positive mindset as a virtual assistant.
Need a bit more guidance, or are you ready to hire a Virtual Assistant?
Let us know what’s going on! We’ve helped dozens of business owners hire Virtual Assistants (or choose us as their VA team!) to expand their businesses. If you still aren’t sure of exactly what to do next, we offer 1:1 Business Strategy Sessions to really dive into your current situation and evaluate what your next steps should be.