There are several advantages of being a home-based Virtual Assistant, and, like with any job, some disadvantages too. For many reasons, the longer you do remote work, the more likely you are to make mistakes. Why? The variety of tasks can be daunting for a freelance VA as you could be catering to various client’s needs. It is necessary to be aware of the common pitfalls that many VA experience since it increases the chances of avoiding them.
The Most Common Mistakes VAs Commit:
Beginner VAs tend to get as many things done as possible in the little time they have. The problem with this type of working habit is it sacrifices one’s quality of work. A Virtual Assistant should be able to focus while diligently working on a specific task because it is better to work one at a time than multi-task with subpar results. Quality over Quantity.
ACCEPTING EVERY POTENTIAL CLIENT
It might be tempting to accept all the job offers you get, however, it is unnecessary and unhealthy for a VA to accept too many clients at once. It is in your best interest to say “Sorry, no” to an offer when it would put other client’s quality of service at risk. Moreover, not every client is the one for you, some people are difficult to work with and might not be suitable for you.
LAUNCH WITHOUT A PLAN
Most VAs are very anxious to get a client, so much so that they often market themselves publicly without knowing what they really offer or specialise in. It is important that as a VA, you are clear on what services you’ll be offering before pitching to clients.
Flexibility and the power to work from anywhere you want is one of the pros of being a freelancer. Thus, the ability to stay at home and eat fast food anytime can have serious repercussions for your health. Make sure that while doing administrative work it is also vital to exercise and socialize too.