So, you have decided to go it alone. You've given up the corporate world to start a Virtual Assistant business. Exciting!
For me, this is exactly what I did and the change has been enlightening, scary and so much more. I, like many others was doing the 9 to 5, working for a large corporate company in London for over 11 years. Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed aspects of my job, the people I worked with and of course the salary that came with it, but I hated the daily commute, the set structure, only being able to take holidays to fit around my team and the office politics.
It was inevitable for me that once my partner, who is Danish, had decided England was no longer for him that he moved back to his home country Denmark that I would move with him. It was not as easy as that of course, as I was giving up my home, my country, my family, friends and the way of life I knew so well to go out in to the unknown. But I did it, and here I am 6 months later experiencing a different way of life, living a totally different existence of green open spaces and a "hygge" feeling, as they say in Danish (meaning cosy). Looking out at my new sea view one day, I then thought, what can I do as a business, working for myself that I know that I am good at? I looked into being a Virtual Assistant after reading an article online and thought I can do that and use the skills I gained in London, helping and organising small businesses and entrepreneurs with administration.
How did I get started? Well, I did a lot of research, took online courses, signed up to webinars, set up my own website, and started networking on social media and at local events. I am loving my new sense of freedom, new direction and learning new skills which I would probably never have learnt had I had stayed in my old job. I'm meeting new people, learning a new language, and my day is structured around how I want it. Of course, even though I'm currently based in Denmark I can be location independent as long as you have a PC with internet connection and Skype - that is the beauty of it.
Considering being a Virtual Assistant? The main point to really consider is to be financially independent for at least 6 months while you build up your business, get your skills up together and network to build up a client base, unless you stay in your full time job while doing this, but eventually if you are serious, you need to just do it! One thing I found really beneficial was having a mentor, this is usually someone who already has a Virtual Assistant business and is offering coaching and training to other Virtual Assistants. They can be a great sounding board for getting your business off the ground, and there are many out there who offer this service. It's also something to consider for your future business that you could offer once you are more established, to enhance your income.
A new way of life is yours for the taking if you open your mind to the possibilities out there for setting up your own business.
I did it, so can you. Go for it!
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