Why is now the opportune time to become a Virtual Assistant
We are living in unprecedented times that have us basically bound to our homes. No one could have imagined a pandemic ever occurring in our lifetime but still, here we are. While many jobs have managed to accommodate their employees by allowing them to work from home, many persons have still lost their jobs. Some employees who are working from home must maintain their same hours without any flexibility.
Are you familiar with the saying, where there’s change, there’s opportunity? According to the BusinessInsider.com, during the coronavirus pandemic, billionaires have gotten $637B richer. Now how is this possible? Generally, in times of crisis, people who work for themselves are unbothered by the circumstances surrounding them because they have options.
So, what are your options? If you are reading this blog, it means that you may be looking for something. I am a member of a mom group with over 700 members and the common thread is what can I do from home that offers flexibility? Have you ever heard of a Virtual Assistant (VA)? A Virtual Assistant is someone who assists small and medium sized businesses with their day-to-day operations.
Why Should You Consider A Career Change To A Virtual Assistant?
- You are already working remotely, and you are managing your children and household chores, but what if you had more flexibility? What if you have multiple clients rather than one boss? A virtual assistant can work from home or anywhere in the world that has a reliable Internet connection. Think about that for a minute, you can have enough time to complete your daily tasks in a flexible manner and still have time to prepare dinner, play with the children, have a date night and the long list continues.
- You are already running a household and have great organizational skills that you can easily transfer to a VA opportunity.
- You have an abundance of skills that you may have acquired from years of being an employee in several different industries that can easily be applied to a VA opportunity.
- Everyone wants multiple streams of income and this is a chance to achieve the same since a VA can have several clients from several industries, so if one client is being affected, another one would be operating and probably flourishing. It is highly unlikely that all your clients will be affected at the same time.
- In this recent crisis, most businesses have moved their operations to online, a VA is already familiar with this type of operation, so it would be a smooth conversion.
Is Now A Good Time To Consider A Change To Being A Virtual Assistant?
- The advantage that a VA offers to companies is reduced cost. The business will more than likely need your services a few hours per week. This is an incentive to the business since their business overhead (like furniture, equipment, and benefits) reduces when they have contracted or freelance staff. This is an incentive for a VA because they can have several clients. There will always be opportunities for Virtual Assistants.
- Another advantage is efficiency, answering emails and responding to business partners might take up a great part of the day. Many small business owners prefer to outsource this side of the business.
- A freelance opportunity like a VA is recession proof. During a recession, an employee can be made redundant, but a freelance agent cannot. If one client goes under, there will always be another opportunity with another client.
- A VA is a borderless opportunity, you can have clients all over the world. You are not limited to your geographical location.
So, you may be thinking, well how can I make this transition, what tools do I need? Do not feel overwhelmed, just embrace the changing climate because this is the new way that many companies will do business soon.
I am sure you own a phone, a computer and have a reliable Internet Connection, well you are well on your way to getting started. Now is the perfect time to get started and in the words of Mark Zuckerberg, “the biggest risk is not taking any risk…In a world that is changing really quickly, the only strategy that is guaranteed to fail is not taking risks.”