Are you considering becoming a virtual assistant? Do you have a baby at home with you? While the title of this blog post refers to babies the truth is that this is relevant to women who have babies, toddlers and elementary school aged kids as well.
I want to help all of you women out there understand that having a baby at home doesn’t have to mean that you need to put YOUR career goals of on hold. [Tweet “having a baby at home doesn’t have to mean that you need to put YOUR career goals of on hold”].
As a matter of fact you only need a few hours a day to get things moving in the right direction.
Watch my video below (sorry the lighting sucks!) and I’ll explain exactly what you need to do to be a great mom to your kids all while pushing your goals forward and creating a business that will make you proud.
So now it’s your turn. What are the ways you successfully manage family while running a virtual assistant business? How do you get everything done and keep your sanity. The best conversations are right here in the comments so please let us learn from your experience.
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Thank you for the video. I have the drive and focus part down, but I’m curious about where you go to find companies/executives that need and can use a virtual assistant. I was a very successful virtual assistant for five years for a large company, but things changed and I’m now in the office everyday with another company. I’d like to change that! Do you have some pointers as to where and how to find companies that need a focused virtual assistant.Thanks,
Mary my advice has always been to build a business and start marketing yourself. I have written several blog posts on how to get started. Check out my most popular posts on the right side of my home page and then sign up to my newsletter. You’ll get a load of information to help you get started. XOXO
thank you for reminding me what it’s all about – you tend to forget these valuable lessons and catch yourself “trying to do it all” – again and again! I started out a year ago, my little cookie monster is approaching the “Terrible 2s” and the first year has definitely been a huge challenge and learning curve. As many first-time-mom’s who start working from home, I worked myself into the ground without network, which – in the end – helped no one and only created frustration and disappointment (let aside the health aspect of it).
I learned to step back, take on a little less, understand the freedom of choice you have by working from home and to simply let go – the latter being the most crucial ingredient of it all (hard lesson to learn as I’ve always been terribly organised and a little OCD). 😉
Still getting caught out with “the unexpected” at times, but taking the steps above definitely helped creating a much-needed balance to really enjoy the benefits of being a mom working from home.
Funny enough: I’ve been able to focus more and to be more creative in the process ever since…
Oh, and day naps are crucial – I might have another 6 months left and hope he’ll take up lots of painting or drawing after that! 😉
You’re so welcome, Janna! I loved reading your comment. Reminds me of me and how we all need to learn to take a step back and re-prioritize.
Thanks for these inspirational ideas, Reese! I am all too familiar having a 2 & 5 year old. I know you have even more! 🙂 My hat’s off to YOU! I tried the hour or two thing over the past couple of years and that never worked too well for me. I got some things accomplished, but inevitably, my child either wouldn’t go down when needed for the nap or nap was too short and I was always anticipating the wake up interruption. I like the idea of having a mother’s helper come in and help with the house rather than the kids and keeping everything “good enough”. I struggle ith that and would probably bring them in to help with the kids while I tend to the house. I like your idea better. I’ve now got one in Kindergarten and another in part time preschool and other baby sitter care. I had to get mine out of the house to have that solid, uninterrupted time to concentrate. I still find myself staying up late at night after everyone is in bed asleep, just like tonight, to catch up, but I am striking more of an even balance these days.
You’re welcome, Rhonda! I am so glad you found the post useful and I hope that you can start getting to bed a little bit earlier in the coming weeks. Sleep is a tranquilizer and we are MUCH more focused and ambitious when we are well rested.
I’m struggling with the idea of employing an 11 year old to clean my floors – isn’t that child labour?
My 11 year old mother’s helper didn’t clean my floors, she swept them and no, it was not child labor. She didn’t just sweep my floors, she helped me bathe my children and play with them so I could get some work done. And if I needed her to sweep, then she swept. Not child labor.
I was so excited to start this business but have become very discouraged. I don’t even know where to start. I keep researching and just get more confused. I checked on sites luke indeed.com and they r paying $1 an hour for va’s. – completely discouraged….
Tracey, don’t let mister “bring you down” into your life. He’s easy to let in but YOU CAN DO THIS. Have you taken my LinkedIn training for VAs yet? Start there. You’ll be off and running in no time.
Amen on a house that is GOOD enough 🙂
Bring is sista! Can I get an amen! 🙂 I’ll take a picture of my good enough house and then show you another picture of some happy as a pig in sh*t kids who have a happy and relaxed momma who also brings home the bacon.
Thank you so much for you advice. It IS a tough gig being a Mum (I have 2 boys, aged 4 & 2 1/2 ).Thank you for your advice on the best ways to utilise available time/getting organized.
You’re very welcome, Tara! Here’s to us mums!