If you’re interested in becoming a Virtual Assistant yourself and want to know how it might fit into your lifestyle and what it entails or just like to know what other people get up to (I know I do!) then this post is for you – a typical week in my working life. Being self-employed means running a business, it’s as simple as that, and this means a lot of work is not “billable time” but this needs to be balanced with reaching financial goals. It’s challenging but worthwhile to be your own boss and call all the shots.
Monday is usually my business development day. The one day in the week that I concentrate solely on my business, as opposed to working for clients or training. This could be writing blog posts, planning my social media, issuing invoices, preparing paperwork for my accountant, ordering supplies, answering emails and following up on sales leads, getting PR, the list goes on! As well as my own blog posts, I am regular contributor to both The PA Way and Eventopedia. I start my day with personal training at the gym at 8am and then get cracking. Sometimes I work from my local coffee shop for a few hours instead of my house, it can help keep my focus. I’ve written a blog post on how to do this effectively here. If I am working on a big project like organizing a conference for a client, Monday tends to get taken up with that and my business development time spills over into evenings and weekends. So, when I can devote myself to it properly I make the most of it.
I tend to schedule all my meetings into one half-day for most efficient use of my time so if I am meeting with a potential new client I will try to schedule it around meeting with my accountant, for example, meeting with my Enterprise Ireland mentor or meeting a business contact for coffee or lunch. In the afternoon I prepare training materials for upcoming workshops and 1 to 1 training. I squeeze in a visit to the gym too.
Today I’m writing a Digital Marketing Strategy for a client. This takes a full working day and I prefer to do it in one go instead of dipping in and out as its better approach for me when working on something like this. For straightforward admin work I can do it anytime but as this is more creative specialized work, I like to be “in the zone”.
I end the working day with about an hour of final prep for Thursday’s on-site work for a VA client. And squeeze in a trip to the gym of course!
This is the only time apart from when I’m training that I am on-site with a VA client. I have an early start leaving the house by 7am and arriving home around 2pm. I usually take a couple of hours to relax or do some of my own life admin before doing another 2-3 hours for this same client from home. It’s quite a hectic day and I am glad I only have to commute once or twice a week, although it is nice to see other people sometimes and not have it just be my dog and I! This also doubles as my “rest” day with regards to exercise as I’m literally exhausted anyway.
Today I am facilitating a workshop for a group of PAs and EAs in the morning. I’m usually done and home by lunchtime and have done a bit of work on the commute too as I get public transport when training in town. If I am happy that my To Do list for the week is on track and especially if the weather is good, I would definitely treat myself to a half day on Friday. Chances are I’ll hop on to the laptop at some stage over the weekend anyway, so I don’t feel guilty about it. I’ll relax for the afternoon and have an unrushed Personal Training session to end the working week.
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