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No longer an employee

After years and years of being employed by someone else I’m now no longer an employee. I’m now a freelancer full time and I’m realising it does come with its own pressures.

I have to make sure that there is money coming in every month to provide for my family, to keep the house, to run a car. Whereas before, being an employee, you always have that security of knowing every month you will get a pay packet and it will be on the same time same day every month. Whereas now being a freelancer, you invoice your clients and hope they pay you on time.

It’s a weird feeling. I’m now in complete control over how much I earn, when I earn it, but at the same time it’s out of my hands. Obviously, you work hard to gain clients and to build relationships and reputation, however in a blink of an eye it can also be taken away from you.

It’s something that you need to nurture and grow.

I started my business around 6 years ago now and it was accidental. I was helping my friend with her wedding hair and makeup business, and she was just getting too busy to do the admin side of things – to do the paperwork or the emails or making sure that bookings are up to date in the calendar.

Fortunately we’ve stayed together over the years and I’ve seen her business just grow into this phenomenal agency! It’s amazing to see the hard work that she’s putting in, the blood, sweat, and tears, the nights that she’s put in to make this business grow and I’ve been alongside her through that.

It’s quite funny because at the beginning of your virtual assistant career you want to just do everything. I’ve gone from being a virtual assistant for small business owners to a virtual assistant helping wedding suppliers to a virtual assistant for businesswomen!

Over the years you realise you must hone your niche; you have to realise what it is that you want to offer and what it is that makes you happy and to work every day. You need to really understand what it is that you want to do and what it is you want to offer. You become a virtual assistant because you want that freedom of having no restraints of working 9:00 to 5:00 Monday to Friday, you want that freedom of being to say “OK well Monday I’m going to work 10 til 2, on Tuesday I’m going to work 10 till 3” you know you make the choices when you want to work who you want to work for what you want to offer.

In the beginning I thought I needed to be a person who wears a lot of hats, I thought I needed to be able to offer every single service that was out there – but I can’t. I can’t do that.

Over the years I’ve realised what my skills are, and I’ve realised what I do like to do. For example, typing up transcripts. This is a very labour-intensive task, but it’s not something that I would turn down because I find it quite interesting. I like to learn about other people and typing up transcripts is interesting to find out the topics they are talking about and you realise that maybe you’ve got an interest in the topics that they covered.

Another thing that I realised I like doing is online research. I find this interesting because there’s so much information on the worldwide web, you must be really be careful about how you search for things what words you use and what is what is a fact. It opens my eyes to new topics and new subjects that I didn’t necessarily know very much about before, or something I just I didn’t have a clue existed.

There is always that uncertainty in the back of your mind. Am I doing the right thing? Is this all a little bit too risk? I’ve managed to keep this going for over 5 years now, starting this year with one client and 9 months later building that up to 3, so I’m hoping I’m doing something right here!

That gave me the ability to be able to quit my job to become my own boss.

Hard work really does pay off.

Why is hiring a Virtual Assistant good for my business….?

Outsourcing is a great way to benefit from other peoples skills. You are able to free up time and allow yourself to work on more important aspects of your business. Here are some important points I think are necessary when looking for extra help;

  • Your business is limited by the amount of hours you put in. If you are one person in your business then your workload is potentially high and stressful. Outsourcing means double the amount of hours available for work, freeing up hours for you to expand. Relieving stress for you as your business grows and time becomes restricted.

 

  • It is not as expensive as you may think. There are numerous websites out there where people can bid for the job you are offering. But how do you know what quality of work you are getting before you commit to them working for you? It is incredibly hard to trust someone with your business that you have built up. However finding that one who fits perfectly, who just gets you and your business, can be the best feeling in the world. I like to make sure I understand the ‘feel’ of my clients and how they respond to their clients. Corporate responses do not work for everyone – sometimes the more personal touch is needed.

 

  • Outsourcing is a great way to bring new skills to your business. Sometimes all you need are some fresh eyes, another persons perspective, or someone to simply free up time so you can work on bigger projects. Most business transactions take place by email nowadays. Location doesn’t matter anymore as long as a professional manner is upheld. A VA is cheaper than trying to recruit and employ workers for your growing business.

All that is left now is for you to get in touch and see how our professional partnership can grow, and how I can assist you in freeing up more time.

Tweetdeck Vs HootSuite for Social Media


Tweetdeck Vs Hootsuite?


Everyone uses Social Media to grab your attention and promote their business. A website attracts views, but post on Social Media and the potential is endless once it’s re-tweeted, shared or liked. You may have wondered what social media management platform might be best for you. Two of the most popular options are TweetDeck and HootSuite.

But which one is best? I’ve used both, and they both offer a variety of different options. Here’s a quick comparison of the two platforms.


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