Our Virtual Assistant Spotlight Series focuses on members of Meadows Resources Virtual Assistant Team and how they came to decide a career in virtual administration was the best fit for them. Below we speak with Stacy Zeiler:
When did you decide you wanted to be a virtual assistant and what made you consider the change?
One day at the end of 2015 I was reflecting on the year I had and I was annoyed that I was spending so much time in the car sitting in traffic going to and from work. And if I wanted to have any experiences in life outside of work it would all be focused for the weekends. I was basically living most of my life (experience wise) for less than 30% of the year. Don’t get me wrong, I like accounting. I like learning, working hard, solving problems and stimulating my mind. I do believe there is more to life than making it all about work. I believe in a healthy work/life balance. Although, I am a person that works hard at everything I do and I do push myself to learn, grow and take on new/different challenges. I was just more so tired of not having as much control over my life, if that makes sense. I was looking forward to a change, and once I started remote work…I realized I was more productive. More productive with work and outside work, I was happier. I found that more of the goals I made in the beginning of the year were getting crossed off. It gave me a sense of purpose, since you can’t slack or it affects you. It challenged me in a way that I wanted.
Did your career background and experience fit into the general realm of virtual assistant work or was this a complete change in career?
So it wasn’t necessarily a complete change. I have done virtual work for the past year. It is different from what I was doing in the past, but I wanted to expand my skill set. Have new challenges and problems to be solved, instead of the same old ones I come across. I guess it was in the general realm.
What were your first thoughts when researching the scope of work of a virtual assistant?
I think a lot of the first thoughts are if it is right for me, if I can handle it, will I be good at it. Will I meet my expectations and whomever I work with expectations? Then it was like ok now you have to build the structure and the organization of how you are going to do this. It was something I never thought about before, actually. Until the end of 2015. I didn’t know how much of an option it is. Everyone around me, the area I grew up in, and live in are all about office work. But after a lot of research and talking to a couple of different people, it felt like it’s kind of where work is headed too.
What ultimately made you decide this was the right career choice for you?
This might be super cliché, but after realizing that I don’t want to continuously sit in traffic 5 days of week. And I know that, that was a choice. That people can tell you to move or change jobs. I was just over not having the decisions of where my time was being spent. I love working, I can’t be one of those people who don’t work. I just like having control of my life and time. I hate when I waste time, it’s a pet peeve of mine
What steps did you need to take to become a virtual assistant?
The steps I took, I would say was to look back at my schedule. Re-organize, shuffle things around. Figure out what I wanted out of it, and work on meeting those goals.
How did Meadows Resources help with the entire process of becoming trained in virtual administration?
They are extremely organized, and have a lot of trainings and templates that help you. Lindsey, has also been super friendly and very open. Very easy to communicate with her and give real expectations and honesty about being a virtual worker.
What advice would you give to anyone on the fence about switching their career or simply becoming a virtual assistant out of college
Make sure it is something you have time to do. It isn’t structured like a normal job where you must be in an office at a certain time because you are told to. All the responsibility falls on you, it’s a challenge that will help you grow personally and professionally.