What Does a Virtual Assistant Do?
When I say I am a virtual assistant and I work at home, they ask, “Is there such a job” or “What do you do” or “Doesn’t staying at home bore you to bits?”
To that, I usually answer, “Yes, there is such a job. In fact, there are already millions of us spread across the globe. Some work for direct clients, others, (like me) are hired via work platforms like Upwork, peopleperhour, Freelancer.com, among others. I do secretarial tasks for my clients. Those tasks include article writing/blogging, proofreading, editing, social media management, lead generation, photo editing…”
To some, my job as a virtual assistant may be downright boring. Others, with a tinge of feigned envy in their voices, say, “Mabuti ka pa, nasa bahay lang ang work.” (You’re lucky you work at home.)
Hmmm, there’s a bit of truth in both, actually. I guess it’s just a matter of perspectives.
Yes, I stay at home, work while still wearing my pajamas or tent dress or my fave shorts and tattered tees, but I am far from bored.I love every bit of it, and here’s why:
I learn a lot
If I were not a virtual assistant, I would never have known how to use Hootsuite, Buffer, WordPress, Gramblr, and other tools that are essential to my trade. I kinda like the feeling of “supremacy” I have over my children and other millenials. Hah! This youthful granny is far from the grandmother stereotype – an old woman wearing round eyeglasses, sitting on a rocking chair and knitting a pair of socks for a grandchild. I sit on a monobloc chair or on my bed, hammering the keyboard of my laptop to weave articles that capture and engage readers; interpret the latest results of our company’s SEO strategies; create videos to up our SERPs; do extensive research on our competitors, etc. AND experts say that engaging in tasks that stimulate mental activity can help prevent Alzheimer’s!
I gain new friends
Of course, I love my long-time friends. They’ve been with me through thick and thin, shared tears and joys, but gaining new friends, especially those from the younger generation, is absolutely exciting! These young ones have become my support system. Whenever I find an app or tool too difficult to comprehend, they readily offer their assistance, explaining to this youthful granny, with all the patience they can muster, how things work. Not to mention that their vibrant attitude towards life is kinda contagious!
I get to do more of the things I love
Being a work-at-home granny has some cons, but why worry about those, when I enjoy the pros?
I have a lot of time for the fam.
The hubby and I can travel often.
I get my share of warm hugs and giggles from my grandkids whenever and wherever.
I get to spend a lot of time with friends….
And I get to do a lot of cooking!!!
So what does a virtual assistant like me do?
Work on jobs that I love, while enjoying everything that life has to offer.