As a VA, you are not being forced to leave the traditional working world; however, a fair warning to anyone thinking about taking the TVL VA Course: once you start this lifestyle, you won’t be able to stop. The freedom to travel, work when you want, expand your creativity, and explore your interests and passions is addictive. More importantly, once you become a VA you begin to dive into newfound strengths and grow as an individual. Being a VA can grant many benefits over traditional careers in the working world — from scheduling freedom to creativity, we’ve laid out the top perks right here for you.
As opposed to your typical office job, or WFH 9-5 (thank you COVID), being a VA allows you to create your own work schedule. This is optimal for anyone looking to travel, balance another career, or enjoy more family time at the same time. Having the freedom to work whatever hours and days you choose is a great way to create your ideal lifestyle and to ease your way into the business as well.
Being Your Own Boss
TVL/CVA is one of North America’s top VA agencies in that we provide our VAs with scheduling freedom, exciting projects, and the ability to grow within the agency while still expressing themselves as VAs. As a VA you have the opportunity to choose whether or not you want to join an agency such as CVA/TVL, or build your own independent VA brand. Of course, depending on your lifestyle, what agency you choose to work for, and other factors, there are pros and cons for each option. We have laid out the details for both below:
Working for yourself
You have the freedom to create your own schedule and work from wherever you desire
You can choose which projects and clients you want to take on
You have a say in how you market yourself on social media and other platforms
You can choose who you work with (your team; if you take on assistance)
It is up to you to deal with difficult situations (i.e. unpaid invoices or contract terminations)
Working for an agency (depending on which agency you work for, factors could vary)
Healthcare and/or dental benefits
Not being able to plan your work schedule
Having to work from an office (could be a pro or con depending on the type of person you are)
Already having an established clientele
No control over how your work is being marketed
Save Time and Money
In a society where it seems like we are constantly running out of time, finding ways to save time are essential. Assuming you work from home as a VA, you will save tons of time on the commute to and from work daily. It is also you'll likely save time by having less meetings to attend; if you're working alone you'll barely have any (only ones with clients), and if you're with an agency, they will still likely be more detached and leave you to be independent.
If you WFH, you'll also save a bunch of money by being able to eat lunches at home, as opposed to going out for lunch. To add to this, you will save on small add-ons such as Starbucks runs or vending machine snacks too.
If you WFH, it's nearly guaranteed you have taken advantage of the ‘business on the top, sweatpants on the bottom’ look, and to be honest, we can’t judge here. Those 8 a.m. zoom calls get everyone, but being a VA allows you to spend less money and energy on your typical ‘work attire’ and more on, well, whatever else you please. Of course, we still recommend getting dressed for each day, as it boosts your productivity (refer to our blog on creating a work-life balance for some more details on this). However, anything to save more money to put towards that next trip to Bali or Australia, count us in!
Choose Your Clients
Being able to be your own boss grants you the opportunity to choose who you want to work with and which projects you want to take on. This differs from most jobs, as you do not typically get the option of choosing your projects, clients, or even field right away. As a VA, this creative freedom allows you to expand your skills and network; however, it is important to occasionally step out of your comfort zone and try new things to grow as a VA as well.
For example, if you typically take on wellness brands, try aiming for a clothing brand. This will not only grow your network and portfolio, but help you gain new skills and possibly discover new strengths you never knew you had.
Out Of Office
For all of you keeping up with TVL (sorry Kardashians), you will be familiar with the team by now — or at least most of them, and the stellar work they do for TVL and CVA, not to mention all of our clients and behind the scenes work. To recharge, we will be ‘out of the office’ AKA taking the August long weekend off (July 30 - Aug. 2). We appreciate all of you for being loyal to our brands and can not wait for this very needed, yet much deserved break! We’ll see you all in August!