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Now Lets Talk About the Struggles

As the working world transitions to an ever more remote format, more and more people are entering the role of a virtual assistant. While this job is appealing to many because it can be done from the comfort of one's own home, it has a few hidden challenges that may surprise even experienced professionals.

One of the first things that comes with being a virtual assistant is dealing with distractions. Home is a place of comfort and familiarity, which can also bring a lack of motivation. A lack of professional office setup, distractions such as a family, pets, and tv can all reduce the efficiency of your workday. The trick to managing these distractions is to designate a specific work area within the house and to establish an environment with the right kind of atmosphere to make the day more productive.

Time management is also a challenge that can take some getting used to as a virtual assistant. With no office or colleagues to structure your day, it's up to you to prioritize your tasks and complete them in a timely manner. An effective way to make sure that tasks get done is to schedule time blocks for each item. Not only will this ensure you stay on top of all tasks, but it also provides much-needed structure and routine to the work day.

Technology is the virtual assistant’s greatest tool and their biggest challenge. With the move to a remote office environment, there is no one else to provide IT support when issues arise. Many virtual assistants will find themselves quickly having to learn technical troubleshooting or hire a professional to do it for them. Additionally, due to security measures, you may need to become proficient in a whole suite of communication and management software, so being comfortable with a broad range of tech products is key.

Being a virtual assistant certainly comes with its challenges, but by understanding these challenges and approaching them proactively, it can be an immensely rewarding experience. As the world moves towards a remote workplace, there is still room for growth and a huge opportunity for anyone interested in taking on the job of a virtual assistant.

-Xoxo, Cierra K.

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