Monday, January 14, 2008

Give Me Five Monday "Your Job*

My friend Becca started a new Monday meme called Give Me Five Monday. The 'Give Me Five' Monday meme is designed to share fun information with each other in a simple short list! Here's how it works. Each week, she will put out a random topic from her list of topics and you share 5 answers of your choice on the given topic and link back to her! You can add photos, links or stories or just a simple list of your own of 5 things that relate to the topic as it pertains to you and your life experiences. It doesn't have to be in any order of importance unless otherwise specified. Go over to BeccA's Buzz and check it out!

This week's topic is "Five Things You Like and/or Dislike About Your Job". Hmmmm, I guess at this point, I would have to ask - which job? I find myself putting on many different hats and fulfilling many different job roles. For this meme, I'll refer to the job of being a Virtual Assistant.

Five Things I Like and/or Dislike About Being a Virtual Assistant

1.
Working from home - LIKE
I love working from home. I love not having to drive through bad weather in order to get to work. I love spending the whole day in 'my space'. Plus, working from home gives me the flexibility I need which allows me to have other sources of income too.
2. Working with Computers - LIKE
As you know, I'm a computer addict. I love working with computers and learning things on computers. Practically everything I do as the lawyer's virtual assistant involves the computer.
3. Finding Enough Clients - DISLIKE
I am awesome at completing the tasks required as a virtual assistant. However, what I am not awesome at is marketing myself. Therefore, I only have one client. I actually need three clients in order to make an adequate income and be a full-time virtual assistant. However, I'm struggling with the marketing to find new clients.
4. Strong Business Relationships - Like
A virtual assistant is the client's 'right arm'. Therefore, a strong and important partnership is formed between the virtual assistant and the client. This goes beyond a casual business relationship and actually becomes more of a partnership where each person is dependent on the other.
5. Responsibility - Like
Working from home and being my own boss is hard work, but I find the end results to be very fulfilling. I always had a hard time dealing with office politics and the competitions between and talking about other employees. I always preferred running the office and being responsible for every aspect of making that business run. If something goes wrong, I need to take responsibility and fix it. If something is done right, then I performed my job as expected.

There you have it - that's my Give Me Five on being a Virtual Assistant. I could also do one on being an administrative assistant... a blogger... a bookkeeper... a customized gift creator... and a farmer. (gosh, I don't do enough)

13 comments:

i beati

How can i be one ?/Seriously I have so little energy with cancer but yet need to work .. I tutor now as much as I can serious suggestions ??

bundle-o-contradictions

#1 & #5: phtphthpthpth! (raspberries):p I'm jealous. My Union job is (for the most part) so secure that even though I hate it, I'm too chicken to try something like that, even though it would do wonders for my stress level...

the teach

Misty, a lawyer's virtual assistant? Sounds so interesting. Mine's up at http://maryt.wordpress.com

Anna

Being able to stay home and work is the best. Of course, I'm the kind of person who would stay home all the time if I could.

Mimi Lenox

Welcome To The Band

Stacey

Sounds like you're on the right track, Mist. You are. And I hope you turn your photography into big big big. I believe in your work, Mist, you're amazing. xoxoxo

Kwizgiver

What an interesting job!!

thrivingat30

That sounds like a really neat job.
I would like to do something like that, but I don't know if I could squeeze it in during nap times like I do with blogging. :). You sure do a lot though! kinda makes me feel like a slacker!

www.mamapj.com

Tammy

I'm tagging you with the love song meme. I'll do your meme later okay. And yes I put ice on my foot, but now my foot is cold. lol!

Smalltown RN

I love your photos....I was reading your post on the eye glasses...I have to go and have my eyes checked...they are really bothering me...and reading is becoming an issue....yuck...and yes the cost of eyewear is crazy....if you paid $200 you got off easy...I have known many to pay up to $800....at least for me I can claim them on my extended medical...

Serena

I am glad that you have more likes than dislike about your job. Hope that you will eventually get more clients. :)

ChatnChill

Serena

Dottie

I am sooo jealous! I would love to work from home! I had never heard of a virtual assistant before..but it sounds pretty cool.

BeccaGirl

Sorry it has taken me so long to come by, things are crazy at my work these days and it's only gonna get worse from here LOL
I think you have a great job! I do hope you can find a way to get new clients. Great GM5!!!

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