It is everyone dream to work from home. Or work from anywhere without needed to be physically in an office. The freedom of working anywhere is really awesome. Especially for those who are working in Kuala Lumpur, Penang and JB where the traffic jammed are your everyday meals. Just imagine you just need to do your everyday routine but from your home. No need to rushing and facing hours of jammed. It’s heaven!
My first remote working experience is with Stampede. That’s my first time working from home. Learned a lot, love the job but had to leave the company because of some personal issues at that time. Then I’m back to doing freelance jobs and was offered Virtual Assistant Job.
A virtual assistant can be self-employed or can be a business which hire employees and assigned to a different client. Virtual assistant (VA) jobs are to provide support to others from a remote location. It can a clerical work, marketing, social media, web design or specific skills like PR work or accounting. In other words, a VA can do anything a support staff does except make you a coffee.
VAs are usually in demand by entrepreneurs and online businesses. Or anyone that need help but don’t need to bring to their location. The only thing that needed between VA and the one hiring, is a good internet connection and communication.
Working as Virtual Assistant
I’m working as PR virtual assistant for a company that manages hotel and flight booking. My job is to help them in marketing by finding blogs that meet the requirement and manage bloggers. It’s easy peasy. BUT managing people really a challenge. Some can work professionally and some does give me a headache. And I can say 10 – 15 emails I send, only 1 – 3 will reply and accept the job.
The jobs seriously easy if you deal with the right people, but it’s a time constraints jobs. Some can meet the deadline efficiently, but some need to be chase and be reminded. Keeping track of everyone is the crucial part. Usually, I make sure have extra padding before the actual deadline. Just in case someone screw up I can find a replacement.
The thing is some of the bloggers maybe don’t take this job seriously. Maybe because to them blogging is not a real job because that’s why they started it in the first place, just for fun. BUT the marketing is a REAL JOB. With nowadays technologies, everyone has access to the internet. Marketing also evolves in engaging bloggers to promote and market products. So the mentality for every blogger should change too. If approached to do a job or collaboration, should take it seriously. If you aren’t interested or can’t do it, have the courtesy to say NOT INTERESTED. It’s common sense too if you accept it, need to treat it as a REAL JOB and deliver it on time.
Everything in life has pros and cons. The good thing is I’ve learned a lot more. How to deal with difficult people, how to manage my own time as well as others and also I got to know new people and make friends :).
Till next time~