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Benefits of Remote Work and Travel

The idea of remote working and travel sounds surreal, but did you know its more attainable than ever before? Becoming a virtual assistant (VA) means that you get to create your schedule, work from wherever you want and work with clients in industries you like/are interested in. The first step to becoming a VA is making the leap from a standard 9-5 to work for yourself (or a VA agency).

VAs can create their schedule. This means more time for 9 am yoga classes, time spent with family and friends and, of course, travel. This is largely what draws most people into the field, paired with the flexibility to work from wherever you desire. Being a VA means that you typically work on a contract basis and that your clients won’t always be located in the same city or country as you. Thanks to the power of the internet you’re able to communicate with clients and successfully complete projects from a distance.

Things can be a little grey regarding travel, so it’s best to be upfront with your clients if you plan on travelling beyond the limits of wifi or cell service. Sending a quick email can do wonders and show your clients how much you value them. Opening a line of communication like this can also save you if you travel somewhere new and find that they don’t offer free wifi or run into technical issues.

When you start working as a solo VA, you have the opportunity to market yourself to clients and businesses that you have an interest in. For example, suppose you were a journalist before, but have a genuine interest in fitness and health. In that case, you can market your VA business to serve those clients. This also offers you an insight into different industries so you can find which you are best suited to. You’re never really stuck in a job, but it helps if you’re working for yourself and can have other contracts on the side to balance out your work. Also, the more you travel, the more you can promote your business and gain experience working in different industries across borders.

Working remotely also provides you with the opportunity to see the world, from the Great Wall of China to the penguins in Antarctica. While you travel, it's not uncommon that you’ll make friends and meet new people along the way. These people can help grow your business by spreading the word beyond social media– a personal referral is always best. You’ll be able to cross off bucket list destinations while working at the same time– not draining your bank account and stressing out about having to take time off work. We recommend always carrying business cards and your laptop everywhere you go. This allows for you to network while travelling and showcase your work at the same time.

Not interested in working while you play? That’s okay! Now that you have the freedom to create your schedule, you can take time off to spend with family, friends, or just by yourself, without worrying about missing a day of work.

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