Ahh working from home, it’s an intriguing thought – not wasting time in traffic each day, having flexibility in your schedule, being able to spend more time with your family and yes of course.. working in your pyjamas. But is it really all it’s cracked up to be?
YES! For over two years now I have been running my own business training Microsoft Office from home. This has allowed me to spend more time with my husband and do the things I love and care about, I’ve even been able to live abroad. They are the big pluses but there are lots of little things, like hanging out the washing between clients or making yourself a delicious lunch or coffee in your own kitchen.
Anyway here is my point, at the moment there is a high demand for Virtual Assistants and Receptionists. The VA Industry is one of the fastest growing industries worldwide. The main reason for this is because women have taken work life balance seriously and created a solution that lets them fit in with all their other commitments.
Whether you are a Mother, Carer, Baby-Boomer or suffer from a chronic illness, becoming a virtual assistant allows you to work around the things that make going out to work difficult. Location isn't an issue either because your clients can be located anywhere as your services are provided online. Communication with your clients happens through sms, email, Skype, phone or Video conference. (See below idea for your new office space)
You don't need to have the stress of juggling early morning routines with school or day-care runs then battling commutes and being stuck in an office from 9-5pm, You can work from home offering your services to a couple of clients and work the hours that suit you. If you have a background in Administration then this is ideal for you.
Here’s what you need to do:
Get your skills sorted – To be a Virtual Assistant you must be computer Savvy. I can help you with that, I deliver personalised online Microsoft Office Training courses that are both affordable and flexible. Send me an email if you’d like more information: email@example.com
Register with a VA temping company. I have been watching the folks at 121temps for a while now and I feel confident in recommending them. They are constantly looking for virtual receptionists, apply online here: http://www.121temps.info/amember/signup/calloperators They also provide resources and support along the way. Visit their website: www.121temps.com
If you want more information, I spoke to a friend of mine, Liz Parker who is the CEO of 121 Temps and she would be happy to give you a free consultation so that you can decide if this would suit you. Liz has been helping virtual assistants set up and run their own successful virtual business for over 9 years now so she knows everything you need to know to get started. Online scheduler - https://www.vcita.com/v/liz.parker