Musings: 2016 Has Been Good to This Freelance Virtual Assistant
With the third quarter of the year almost over, I would like to make an assessment of how I performed this 2016 so I can improve on my weaknesses and leverage on my strengths.
In all of my years as a freelance virtual assistant, this year has by far, been the busiest, thanks to family and friends who continue to believe and support me. You know, there’s a helluva difference when you’re surrounded with people who love you just for what you are – mistakes, foul moods and all.
Here’s what this freelance virtual assistant has so far achieved this 2016:
Had my first ever talk, “How to Build Win-Win Relationships with Clients“
Exhilarating experience that gave me the jitters for several days prior to the event. Not bad for a first timer, I’d say. I blabbered a bit, but I guess I was able to deliver. My whole family and Online Filipino Freelancer (OFF) besties were there to support me. Thanks, Manila Workshops and Ms. Ginger Palma Arboleda for the opportunity!
This freelance virtual assistant was interviewed by Marvin De Leon of Freelance Blend
And Jason Dulay of Work from Home Roadmap
In his blog, Jason featured my life as a freelance virtual assistant: my transition from teacher to VA, failing at my first online job (cold-calling), and a whole lot more. I also shared tips for newbies.
Did my first ever OFF writing webinar, “The Writers’ Block” with Hazel Ramos and Herlene Somook
Had a great time with these two gals. Herlene shared tips and insights for those who want to pursue a writing career. Hazel gave tips on web research and other topics while I handled a short “Effective Writing 101”.
Landed three new writing contracts: two from Upwork and one direct client
Oh, yes, I did, and all have good rates, too! One’s for a yoga blog, the other is for a cleaning site based in Australia and one is for writing a white paper.
And of course, got this new website with the help of Michael Cuenco Otake
Having my own website has been a dream since I started my freelance career. I had to settle for a .wordpress.com site because I lacked the funds for an actual website. But I guess Someone Up There heard me and used Michael as His instrument. So you see, a dream can turn to reality if you really work hard and pray for it.
Now, onto my strengths and weaknesses
- Building worthwhile relationships. Who says freelancers are anti-social? You can if you want to, but then you’ll be missing a lot: meeting like-minded people who can become close friends; eating at buffets (yum); or just chatting in FB or Skype.
- Time management: Kinda difficult, actually, because I have multiple clients. But I manage.
- Writing skills. I am a freelance virtual assistant, yes, but it’s still my writing skills that rake in the cash and get me promoted. Here’s what my longest standing client, Ms. Angela Williams, DetailXPerts‘ owner, says about me:
- They say writers are as moody as artists. I stand guilty. My mood shifts like a yoyo – up one moment, down on the next. Got to work on this. Fingers crossed.
- I worry too much. Hubby says I’m such a worrywart because I worry about everything. Got to work on this too. Fingers crossed again.
- I procrastinate – a lot. Okay, I’m usually good at managing my time, but when I procrastinate, I do it big time. I’m running out of fingers to cross. Will my legs do?
- Not paying close attention to my health. I’m obese, I must admit. I’ve got vices too. Must really change my lifestyle. Now I got to cross my feet.
Hmmm, which makes me wonder what’s in store for me on the last quarter of the year and 2017? I hope the heavens will continue to shower me with blessings.
As a way of giving back, I am going to give hopeful writers 5 free writing templates and a style guide. They’re the same ones I used when I was just starting out. All you have to do is write, “Please send me 5 free writing templates and the style guide” in the comments box below and I’ll send them to you as soon as I can!