“What do VAs do for their clients, they
de-clutter, organise and save time!”
It has been a month now since we were told to stay at home! Being a VA (Virtual Assistant) it is basically business as normal working from home but so many people who are not used to working out of an office are struggling to cope.
If you are an office worker and work with other colleagues the challenge here is to stay in touch with your colleagues. Zoom, Skype and WhatsApp are all useful! They are there just not sat next to you.
Speaking to one of my friends she told me that she was sitting in her PJ’s all day! I was quite alarmed. “Isn’t that what you do?” she said. Well, actually no it isn’t. My office is where I have to be professional and ensure that my clients’ work is completed in a timely manner. Yes, I do have a dedicated office at home and before I start my day I am showered, dressed comfortably, hair and makeup complete and ready to start the day as though I was going to an office.
What a lot of adults need if they are working from home is structure and discipline! If you can plan your day from start to finish then eight hours will go very quickly. Admittedly, children are going to throw a spanner into that plan, but if you give them structure and discipline too you will eventually work in harmony!
Luckily, my children have grown up and left home although one of them is back home until we are out of lockdown. But if you have school-age children at least you have the BBC Bitesize timetable whilst you are working they can work too!
My usual workload fluctuates depending on what clients I have and what projects I am working on. I’ve been fortunate that some of my clients have just re-negotiated the hours they can afford whilst we are going through this pandemic, but others have had to cancel completely. My advice if you haven’t done so, is to call those that have cancelled and see if there is any compromise. Perhaps a reduction in hours or certain elements of work that can be done by the client instead.
So, who knows how long things will be like this…it’s a big change for all of us in many ways. I told my friend who was struggling that we all need to embrace this time. It is going to be hard sometimes but looking at things positively and as a VA we are being given time to re-evaluate things, spend more time with close family, learn something new, appreciate the garden and appreciate the things we have achieved.
So to all you VAs out there, let’s put our best foot forward and utilise some of those skills we are appreciated for by our clients and start to de-clutter our own lives.