Can You Be A Virtual Administrator?
At some point in everyone’s professional career, the desire to be your own boss arises. Fantasies of making your own schedule, controlling how things happen, and not having to run around fulfilling seemingly unreasonable demands and deadlines set in. Why are things done this way when it would be much easier and time effective to do it differently? If you could only be taken seriously when you make a suggestion. Why do others get to make so much more when I put in the hard work? The commute to work alone can often ruin your day; the lost time and heavy traffic, the stress of making it in on time when something slows you down, fuel and maintenance for your vehicle. There are uncountable reasons that sap the joy from your day. If I could only . . .
Business Are Rethinking How They Hire
Businesses today are constantly looking to streamline their operations. Employers find themselves dealing with more regulations, a slow economy, and uncertainty in the marketplace. They are realizing that the traditional path to success is increasingly unattainable. The rapid advancement of technology is forcing businesses to be more forward thinking not only in their outreach to customers and consumers, but in hiring as well. Contract workers have long been used in operations, but more businesses are discovering advantage of administration as well. No longer will they have to hire on, house, and supply benefits in this area. This has caused a rapid growth in virtual administration.
The appeal to become a virtual administrator is just as great. Virtuals can get started with little more than a laptop, internet access, and a phone. That little more is the skill set to handle administrative work, the confidence and discipline to be your own boss, and the savvy to market yourself. The person who was once your boss is now your customer.
Think Before You Leap
Before you set off down this path, you have to accept that it won’t be all fun and games. Remaining disciplined and on task without an outside structure can be exceedingly difficult, especially after the initial excitement wears off or a set-back occurs. Setting up a routine and strictly sticking to it is one of many, various ways to stay on task, but the discipline to do so has to come from you. Another realization which will occur is customers can be just as demanding, if not more demanding, than bosses. Sure, if you believe demands are unreasonable, you can terminate the relationship; but you must be conscious of affects to your reputation, as your reputation is your primary selling point as a virtual administrator. The most important item to consider is instantly replacing a full time income not likely in the beginning.
If being a virtual administrator was easy, everyone would do it. There is risk involved, but the reward of personal freedom and success is something most strive for and never achieve. The question becomes: Is virtual administration the road map to freedom and success for me?
If you would like to learn more about becoming a virtual we recommend our FREE lesson on What is a Virtual.