VA Lifestyle

Social media has become a standard means of communication and connection in our everyday lives. It allows us to connect, build communities and band together for just about everything. This proved to be exceptionally true during Hurricane Harvey. This catastrophic storm decimated the Texas gulf coast from Corpus Christi to the Texas/Louisiana border. Houston became one of the hardest hit areas when the city and its surrounding areas were flooded with rainfall amounts ranging from twenty to fifty inches in just a few days, turning this city into an underwater nightmare. People were forced to evacuate their homes and be taken to safety in boats and helicopters. After the storm finally moved out and left a wake of destruction behind, and the cleanup had to begin. Homes were destroyed, lives were ruined and in some horrible situations – lost. But, in the midst of this, people from Houston as well as from all over the United States showed the spirit of compassion.

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One of the biggest draws of virtual assisting is the ability to work from wherever you would like. While many immediately think of the day to day idea of working remotely, there is also the situational events such as taking a vacation as a virtual assistant that may be a new experience for virtual administrators. 

Virtual assisting and vacations have been a major discussion as more people jump into the realm of virtual administration as a job. Now you no longer are bound to a 9-5 job and have to wait to request vacation days to go elsewhere in the world.

On the flip side, how do you approach going on vacation as a virtual assistant and what considerations should be made? There are many different ways to look at vacations as a virtual but here is a look at the arguments of working vs. shutting down while on vacation and how both should be approached.

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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.

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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 Eryn Stanmore:

When did you decide you wanted to be a virtual assistant and what made you consider the change?

I thought about becoming a virtual assistant for a while. I took a leap after having been fed up with Corporate America. Not getting things such as a raise or appreciation for my work, nothing was aligning at my job.

I already had a handful of clients I was working on freelance work on the side. The transition was fluid and I knew it would give me more freedom. I am a single mom with small kids and want to be with them but also need to work. I realized I am doing better on the side and Corporate America’s demands were high so I took a leap.

Now I can be right here and can be attentive to my children. I can make my schedule and do my own time management. If I have free time at night and want to spend time with my kids, I can just work later. I am in complete control of my life, which is why the change was needed.

Did your career background and experience fit into the general realm of virtual assistant work or was this a complete change in career?

It’s the same experience. I do virtual accounting and bookkeeping, but also have a Bachelor and Masters degree in Accounting and that was the work I did in Corporate America. I was able to get my client base up with people my age who are setting up businesses left and right. They don’t know if they need an Accountant or bookkeeper, but when they realize they do, then they come to me.

It all definitely aligned because I have been doing the same thing for years, but now it’s more exciting because I am doing different work for different clients instead of the same work for one client.

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