When I first began thinking about being a VA back in 2006, I was still working the typical 9-6 everyday job. I knew I needed and wanted to make a change, so I looked into starting a home business of some kind.
I suppose I had the same reasons for wanting to work from home as most do: my commute was a major pain. When I first started with the company, I could get from my garage to the office garage in 25 minutes or less. By the time I left, the drive took anywhere from 60 to 90 minutes each way. Sometimes I felt as if I needed a helicopter to get to the office on time. Also, it was no longer exciting once I got to work. Usually working for an entertainment public relations firm is fun, interesting, and different everyday. By the end, everyday seemed almost a carbon copy of the day before.
Anyway, the time had come for a major change. Finding a way to work out of my home seemed like the best choice for me. However, in trying to find just the right thing, I kept coming across Work-At-Home businesses and jobs for the stay at home mom. Many required the applicant to be a mom in order to apply. I’m not a mom so despite my 16 years of experience, I didn’t qualify for most. Still others were call center jobs for much less per hour than I was currently earning. I already handled a busy switchboard amongst my many other duties; I wanted to get away from the phone for a bit.
Finally, I realized I needed to be more specific to achieve my goal. Eventually after some more searching, I came across the term Virtual Assistance and better yet, a book on the subject. I bought the book, read it from cover to cover and knew this was it. Often, since I left my 9-6 job people have asked me ‘Do you think you made the right decision?’ It’s the same question I asked myself when I first left. Ultimately, the answer is yes. I had gone as far as I could in my last regular job. It was time to shake things up. True it was (and sometime still is) a gamble, but I had to take a chance or always wonder.
Almost 2 years later, I still think it’s the best decision I’ve recently made.