The Pandemic has changed so much for us all.
One thing that seems to be here to stay, even if in part, is remote working.
But what about administrative staff?
Traditionally, administrative staff have been chained to their desks apart from their lunch hour (been there!).
Remote working during the Pandemic has given administrative staff the taste of freedom that many others in the company have always had. Like popping out for a mid morning coffee, for example.
So how can they go back to "normal"?!
I personally feel that I couldn't.
It's safe to say that many administrative staff are thinking of going down the Virtual Assistant route as they realise that their employers may not be in the position to offer them more flexible working options.
I know this because some of you have been in touch with me, wondering how to go about starting your own VA businesses!
The Virtual Assistant industry in Ireland has gone from strength to strength over the last year, so it is a pretty good time to join!
Most Virtual Assistant's have in office or administrative experience, in some shape or form and many of us decided to go down the Virtual Assistant route because we craved more freedom and work/life balance!
Before I started my entrepreneurial journey, among other things, I was a Receptionist, a Secretary (that wore many hats) and a Legal Executive.
Let's get down to the crooks of the matter.
As a skilled administrative employee, what will be different if I decide to transition to working as a VA?
All you really need to get started is a laptop and wifi.
The rest is down to YOU and your experience!!
Administrative skills and experience are 100% transferrable to a Virtual Assistant business. At the end of the day, admin is admin no matter what industry you are coming from and there are so many small business owners out there who need administrative assistance but don't need a full time employee.
There are, however, some differences in working as an administrative employee in the office and working virtually as a self employed Virtual Assistant, to be aware of.
As an employee, you only need to be up to speed with the current systems and procedures in your office.
As a Virtual Assistant, you may be working with many different businesses and organisations which means different procedures and systems.
While that might sound daunting, in reality, most are very similar and very figureoutable!!
As an employee, you have a regular income but as a Virtual Assistant it is necessary to market yourself in order to secure a regular income.
Marketing for a Virtual Assistant mostly consists of a good social media presence.
Whilst you may not be the biggest fan of social media in your personal life, it is imperative for a VA to uphold their social media presence in order to maintain a steady flow of work.
As an administrative assistant in a business, you may have had some dealings with the background business activities, especially if you worked in a small business.
Virtual Assistant's are business owners which means that on top of the regular VA work, there are also important business duties to be attended to.
In Summer 2019, I was working as a Secretary in a Dublin Law Firm when
I had my business idea.
I didn't realise that what I was thinking of was called a 'Virtual Assistant'.
During the first lockdown, I realised that I couldn't go back to what I felt was the
'Hamster Wheel' lifestyle. So, I started My Virtual Associate and I genuinely could not be happier that I took the leap!
I remember sitting at my desk (chained to) on a sunny day or a Friday afternoon, wishing that I could be at home living my real life.
Now, I have the freedom to live my life but also do work that I love at the same time!
If you are interested in starting a VA Business but have no idea where to begin, why not book in for a Power Hour?
The Power Hour is a private mentoring session, dedicated to you!
Ask the questions you need answered, get the information you need and discuss your pain points with a working VA. You can check it out here: https://www.myvirtualassociate.ie/va-resources
Also, be sure to look up the Saviee Community! (savieesolutions.ie). Ireland's first dedicated
VA Directory and Community.
I hope to see you there!!
Until next time,