I am a #girlboss, and I am proud to say that. I am a VA = Virtual Assistant. What does that mean? I do anything and everything an assistant, admin, secretary, executive assistant does, but I do it virtual working from my home office. This freedom working from home, working from a laptop computer, also allows me to work from just about anywhere I can get wifi internet/ signal. Some VA’s are specialized in specific fields like real estate or social media. I communicate via email, text message, Instant Messaging, Skype, FaceTime, and phone. I keep an organized daily/weekly/monthly schedule on paper and digitally. Paper provides a real life checkbox to check when something is done, schedule + to do list all in one. My digital schedule holds my appointments with reminders. I work and rely heavily on cloud based software. Also cross platform friendly software helps too. Like Evernote, Dropbox, Google Calendar, and email. These types of software allows me to be able to access files anywhere anytime from my mobile phone and then email them if need be.
Skills: I am a very versed skilled assistant. I can handle technology to accounting. My years of being an admin/assistant has grown my skill set largely. And I have found I NEVER stop learning. You can always learn more, never forget that. In fact being a VA you’re more likely to be in continuing education than most folks. I don’t have a specialized field in particular I work in. Call me a general admin.
I don’t have a super strict set schedule, like I must be at work from 9-5pm. I can work for anyone in any time zone, usually though it helps to be only a few hours off main my time zone, like 3. I can take as many coffee breaks as I need (I do love coffee). No one is looking over my shoulder to be sure I am at my desk working on something all the time. I am the boss of me. But…yes there is a but in there, your clients come first! Remember that, you do need to be available within reason and accommodate them. Being you own boss takes discipline too. Don’t let yourself be fooled, its hard work managing you own work and time. But I have found that I have always been able to be do this even when I had a 9-5 office job.
Are you a VA or considering becoming a VA? What line of work do you specialize in? Shout out in the comments below your #girlboss ‘ness!
Coming tomorrow…#girlboss Part 2 post. A little more info about being a girl boss.