I often meet people who are miserable in their careers. When asking them why, the usual answers are either; they dislike their employer, they are not challenged in their role and are growing bored, they want more time with their families or they want to start a family.
I absolutely LOVE my job as a Virtual Assistant (VA). I feel like a double agent with many characters to play – Mum, Wife, Daughter, Sibling, Business owner, Personal Assistant and just plain old me!
Being a VA means I get work/life balance, I get to wear all hats at different times of the day. My husband works in the mines so the weeks that he is away can be full on, so it’s important to me to run by a daily schedule to ensure things get done. A typical day for me when hubby is away looks a little bit like this:
05:30am Check my emails and work on MY business
06:30am Beach walk with the dogs
07:00am Organise the kids for school
08:00am Check client emails
08:30am School run / home duties
09:30am Client work
11:00am Morning tea / home duties
11:30am Client work
13:00pm Work on MY business: Client follow-ups, team check-ins, marketing etc.
14:00pm Client work
15:00pm School run
15:30pm Kids afterschool activities / Check client emails while out of office
16:30pm My fitness activities
18:00pm Homework with the kids / kids bath / Prepare Dinner
19:00pm Prepare school Lunches
19:30pm Kids bedtime / House duties
20:30pm Client work and MY business work (Usually while watching TV and having some downtime)
22:30pm Shower and bedtime for me zzzzz
As you can see I am so very lucky in what I get to do each day and this is why I love my job. I have been fortunate enough to be able to choose my career and design my days around my family and my own needs.
Each VA will work differently as each has their own reasons for having their own business and working their own hours. What works well for me may not work for others and vice versa.
When I look back at my previous career, I often wonder how I would have gone and how different my family would be. We have all been fortunate enough that I have been able to attend school events, help my husband with anything he needs and still keep the household running, and all due to me being a VA and choosing my own hours.
If you are looking at a career change to be able to “fit it all in” feel free to contact me. You may be looking at becoming a VA or you may be looking at hiring a VA so you can work around your lifestyle too. Go on take that step into work, life and play!