Is a Virtual Assistant career for you? The Pros and Cons that you should know

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If the words “virtual assistance” seem too foreign for you then you probably have no idea how this new line of work is changing many lives – at least for the typical Filipino doing the daily office grind. Let’s face it, no one enjoys the long commute to work, the heat in the middle of the street while doing your field work or being caught in heavy rain on the way home. Truth is these are just a few of the sentiments the average Filipino office worker has; there isn’t much freedom to do anything including rest and relaxation. But what if there is a way to earn a decent regular income from the comforts of your own home, would you consider?

While you may be tempted to say “yes” instantly to become a virtual assistant or VA for short, find out what makes this career a wise choice and why it wouldn’t be.

PROS

  • Work at home in your sleepwear. A totally liberating experience.
  • No office politics, no nagging bosses and no danger of suddenly being laid off from work.
  • Time saved from long commutes and extended office hours means more time for the family.
  • Regular power naps or TV breaks are just some of the simple “me time” joys.
  • You get more bang for your buck since you will no longer spend for expensive commute, lunch with friends, fashionable office clothes, and yes even text loads.
  • Great potential to earn more from wide availability of work, and in dollars too!
  • Fellow VAs reach out in support of your transition. While the challenge is there you surely won’t be left in the dark.
  • The work situation forces you to be self-sufficient.

CONS

  • It’s tough, at least in the beginning. Work doesn’t come falling from the sky; you’ve got to find it.
  • Income is not regular unless you’re hired for work on a full time basis. Otherwise, gigs come and go.
  • No employee benefits like SSS, Pag-Ibig and Philhealth just to name a few. At best, you will have to invest on that yourself.
  • You work alone, literally. Some find this a bit lonely.
  • You’ll feel more distracted at home than in the office. Read: TV, crying baby, friends dropping by, home chores you suddenly want to get your hands into.
  • You manage your own time which may be harder than just working in the office by the clock.
  • You’ve got to invest in learning how the VA system works in order to have a steady and productive career out of it.

Is virtual assistant work for you?

You wouldn’t really know unless you try to be bold enough to test the waters yourself. Here are few tips on how to make a safe transition from being an employee to becoming a professional VA:

  • Do your research. Talk to a friend you may already know as VA and ask the challenges he or she is now facing. Be sure to get a balanced opinion as some VAs are still struggling in this career.
  • Devote an hour or two each day to learn how the system works like looking for a job, current VA rates to avoiding scams among others.
  • Dip one foot in the water by commissioning part-time VA work. You may ask a VA friend for subcontract work like research, writing or data entry. You’ll have a better idea of the workflow this way.
  • Join free webinars that orient the non-VA into becoming a professional VA. The experts in this field are the best persons to encourage you further in your career change.
  • Join Philippine Virtual Assistant Network  community where like minded people are eagerly sharing their knowledge and experiences to help other aspiring as well as currently working as

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