Hi there, I’m Hannah, the Tomorrow’s VA diary maker, and I wanted to share with you all today the journey I took, and how it truly feels to move from working in a office for one or two bosses, to working from home and working for quite a few more!
As a PA, or an EA, you may be considering moving to a Virtual Assistant business, and that’s awesome to hear. It can feel a little daunting, particularly if this is the first time you are moving from an employed status, to being a business owner. I’m not going to lie, it is a rather large jump, and it can be a little scary, but I promise you, if you follow your gut, and know your true niches, then it really can be a fantastic change to your lifestyle.
The first subject of change, is going from a buzzing office, where people are there every day, and you get to (sometimes) speak with others while having a break. This completely changes when you move to being a Virtual Assistant, and mostly, you’ll be working from your own desk – as is the meaning of “Virtual”! So this can be a bit of a shock to the system, particularly if you are an extrovert, or appreciate having others around. I highly recommend finding local networking groups – this will not only help you to find and help new clients, but it will also give you a social aspect to your day, that can be lacking when you go virtual.
You should also consider giving yourself breaks. Just because you aren’t making tea for others, doesn’t mean you can no longer have a tea break – it is, in fact, very beneficial to your productivity and your sanity! As a PA yourself, you’ll know that a productive day, does not mean being stuck to your desk from 9 until 5, you need breaks to help recharge and give yourself time to consider any tasks you have been mulling over – the same is true for a Virtual Assistant.
If you really find that working from home is too much of a big change, look for a local hot-desking space. This is a space for other entrepreneurs to rent office space, or a desk, that they can visit whenever they wish, and get to be in an environment where other people are working – feeling like an office, without the office politics!
Finally, take it easy – you are making a big change, and if you need to build your Virtual Assistant business, while working part-time (or even full time) as a PA or EA, then do that. You can always dip your toe into the water, and see if you really like it – then go and jump into that lake!
Good luck, and let me know in the comments if you have any tips for PAs considering making the move to being a VA, or if you have any questions about doing it.