Planning to become a virtual assistant does not stop at making up your mind to be one, especially if you’re already considering this a lifelong career. Some successful Filipino virtual assistants have left a stable corporate work in exchange for a work-at-home career just to be with their love ones. Likewise, you’ll be dealing with real clients with real service needs so your focus on this job is very much expected.
But what sets the successful virtual assistants from the not-so successful apart? The former is an entrepreneur while the latter an employee. What’s the difference?
Virtual Assistant Entrepreneur
A VA entrepreneur is one that controls his career by minding the work he takes in. He sees his small room in the house where he works as his office and his services-for-hire as a “products” of his business. He invests in trainings so that he can upgrade his menu of services to his clients thus giving him the right to charge more for each service. He not only knows the value or his work but the also the cost for running his business. He has plans of growing his business by networking with associate VA’s so he could take on bigger projects. And because he works as a business consultant on retainer basis, he knows exactly what his non-negotiable rate is by the hour and wouldn’t succumb to accepting low-paying projects not because it will demean his personal worth but because there won’t be enough to pay the cost of his operations as well as his cost of living. ‘Nothing too personal in this sense, just business.
Virtual Assistant Employee
On the other hand, a VA employee has limited mindset; he feels and thinks that he still works for someone else. He calls his gigs as “work” instead of “projects” and the provider of his work as “employer” instead of “clients”. He has no idea what his cost of operations is and wonders why he’s having a very hard time bridging the gap between his income and bills. Professional-wise, he lacks the time to study new skills or is able to save a little for structured training. Because of this his income as VA is commensurate only to the level of his skills even if he has put in years in that career already. As additional result, when he tries his luck looking for extra work in job bidding sites, he’s afraid to bid for high-paying but challenging work. In his mind “I have better chances getting this low paying job, so I’ll bid on this one”. In the process he burns himself out while still earning on a piecemeal rate.
Change of mindset makes all the difference
Yes, it is true you that take on more responsibility by becoming a VA entrepreneur than just a VA employee. As the former you manage a business alongside working on your projects; as the latter you simply take on orders from your employers sometimes too mundane to even learn something new. But even if you’re working your way up the career ladder in the corporate world you need to more than just mind your work; in order to get promoted you need to learn new skills and prove your worth or else you’ll spend your last days of retirement working on the very same desk doing the very same work.
The VA career works much the same way, even if the client treats you as his “employee” make no mistake of accepting it as it is, so once you’ve built on your worth and the work situation is no longer agreeable to both of you then you’ll have the guts to fire your so-called employer and move on to the next. In a sense that’s how you grow professionally as a virtual assistant.