It is easy not to fully comprehend the amount of work your “at home” business is going to create for you.
You need to sit down and assess the many tasks you will be performing, either for yourself or for your clients, or as in my case and that of other Virtual Assistants, both.
We hear so much about your time being “your own” when you have your own business, and while this is certainly true, you will find that it still takes a huge part of your day or evening just to run the business. Do not go into running your own business, at home or away from home, lightly.
You need drive, persistence and yes, maybe a tad of stubbornness. Lots of people around you – maybe even in your own home – will need to be trained in order for them to recognize that, “Yes! I am working here!” It is easy for people to assume that you are just “playing on your computer” or other quite irritating comments that may come up.
When I started my own home business with a Desk Top Publishing service, I was still raising three school age children and had a new husband who played games for hours and hours on his computer. I was often amazed that HE, of all people, knowing how hard I was working my business starting out, still felt the need to justify every little interruption as, “You can go back to that in a minute. I have a ‘real life’ need at the moment.” And the kids – geez! Every little fight and nit-pick and problem imaginable was an emergency, especially if I was typing away, or Heaven forbid, on the phone!
Once I started offering Virtual Assistance services and my time belonged to a paying client, I still had to pretty much lay down the law to family and friends. No, I could not just stop what I was doing to run an errand, untangle a pigtail or referee in the constant whining, nagging, snitching and spats!
It took a couple of years, frankly and now I am pretty much re-doing it all with 2 and sometimes 3 grandchildren I babysit full time, a “newish” husband and life still going on around me. I love what I do but do find myself constantly reminding those around me that, yes, I am working. Just because I do not leave the house (escape) for a few hours each day does not mean that this is not a real business with real work.
With the 2 and 4 year old grand sons, for example, I offer a time bribe once I get a specific task performed. For example, read a story, play a board game, watch a kid vid, etc. once I am finished with the current “job”. This worked with my own kids and is doing its second generation of duty.
Remember, I am a Virtual Assistant who LOVES to do editing and proofreading assignments along with research, blog posts, article submissions and social media maintenance!
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