Other Moms always want to know what I do. I understand. My son is in preschool and I am there so much of the time that I am now known as the class photographer. So at first glance it looks like I am a lady of leisure, except on closer inspection the other moms can clearly see that I don’t fit that mold. I don’t have the super leisure mom wardrobe – I’m in sweats – but it doesn’t say Juicy of anything else on my rear. And whenever there is down time outside the classroom, I’m always making notes on a yellow legal pad. So I get questions. What do you do? I’m a Virtual. A what? I’m a Virtual Assistant. I do virtually any office work that can be done using technology. I write, edit, upload, download, market, blog, drip, webcast, podcast, research and update. I even make an occasional phone call. And I do it all from home.
I have one of those jobs that is more than a job, it’s a lifestyle choice. I don’t walk into an office at 9am with a Starbucks coffee and a danish, nor do I walk out at 5pm and let the cleaning crew take over. I walk into my office at 7:30 to turn on my computer and then I walk right back out and start a load of laundry. Before I get back to my computer I feed and clothe my 4 year old and whisk his little fanny over to preschool. And I put the laundry in the washer into the dryer and start another load.
When I do get back to my computer I sit down and ghost write blogs for some of the most successful business people in the world. Then its time for a……were you going to guess coffee break? Sorry, not in my lifestyle – no it’s time to fold the first load of laundry. While the second load starts its tumble in the dryer I’m off to edit an article for another client.
One of the many things I love about my job is the diverse array of jobs that come to me. One day I might be researching the care and feeding of orchids and the next week I might be proofreading a book about the power of positive thinking. I love the variety, but I also love having a steady income.
I have a core group of clients that I have a weekly contract with. So at the end of the month I have a certain amount of guaranteed income, and then I have the added income of the other jobs that I accept through out the month.
The best part about my job is that I get to be flexible with my time. If I need to take off a morning to be at my son’s preschool – some one has to take the pictures of the Valentine’s Day Decorations- I can take that time without having to call anyone or plead with anybody. Yes, it’s true I usually make up the time that night at around 8:20 when my son is sound asleep. But I’m at home (and I can watch American Idol while I’m working!) This is my life and this is what works for me.
What do I do? I’m a Virtual! What do you do?