Different fields may give different benefits based on your work and what company you work for. Some people find 401K’s and health insurance to be perks, others find two weeks paid vacation to be a perk.
For many virtual assistants, the perks do not come in the tangible form of vacation or a savings plan, but in the idea of being free from an office and free to come and go–as long as the work is being done. The freedom is whatever you make of it, whether it be working out of a coffee shop every day or being able to wear comfy pants while you work. Below are some of the main reasons many enter the field of virtual assisting and some virtual assistant perks.
Working From Home
Working from home is a major benefit to those who work as virtual administrators. You can roll out of bed, jump on the computer and sit with a cup of coffee and no one would know the difference.
This lifestyle works very well for women who want to be a stay-at-home mom, those who may have a disability that prevents them from commuting or even college students who want to start a meaningful career but do not have the time to go into an office.
Anyone needing a little bit of freedom from the 9-5 rat race can truly benefit from the idea of working from home. You save money on your commute, you do not need an entire wardrobe of office clothes and you can be around those you love a bit more if they are also home with you.
Being In Control of Your Schedule
If you aren’t a morning person or hate late nights then virtual assisting may be a great opportunity for you. Being able to choose your client base means you will also be able to choose when you work as well. Work better at night? Due to virtual assisting being connected via the internet, you may be able to work with clients in another country in which your night hours are their day hours. Work better in the morning? Same concept, just find clients that are willing to work with your hours.
This is not to say that you will have to make clients abide by your rules because if there is a great client who might be a little beyond your schedule comfort zone, you should probably go for it and wake up a bit earlier or stay up a bit later–but all in all, you get to be the boss.
You Attain Your Own Clients
The great thing about being a virtual assistant is being able to work with people you know you can work with. In an office position, you need to be able to work with all clients or customers regardless of how you feel about them. Virtual assisting allows you to create your own business persona and attract and prospect companies that may need your assistance.
Not enjoying a client relationship? You are able to speak with them and either work on the relationship or dissolve it and move on. This does not mean ending on bad terms as you will need these good references for future projects, but sometimes you just do not mesh and as a virtual assistant you are not bound to these types of business relationships and do not have someone overseeing your work with clients.
Unlimited Earning Potential
One of the greatest perks about virtual assisting and work for yourself is the potential for unlimited earnings. You are not capped at a yearly salary that says you will only earn X amount of dollars–even if you sometimes work for than the agreed upon time.
Virtual administrators are able to take on as many projects as their schedule allows and earn as much as they need. Now, the downside to this is that you are not guaranteed a salary either, so you need to put in the work and make the effort to create great and lasting business relationships. The risk gives many virtual assistants the drive to succeed and many do.
Meadows VA School offers you the ability to attain these perks through their extensive VA training program.