Do you ever feel there is more to life than the 9 – 5, and the long daily commutes? Do you feel like you work extremely hard which is resulting in missing out on precious time with loved ones? Or perhaps you feel like you play tag with your ‘other half’, you know what I mean, you come home from work and your partner goes out to work, but there’s no other option, childcare is ridiculously expensive, presides you don’t want to pay someone else to bring your child up in those early days. And to top it off, you have that nagging voice in your head that talks about the potential of redundancy? I get it, juggling a career and your family life is tough! That being said, there are options and here are my top 10 Reasons Why 2018 is the Year to Quit the ‘Rat Race’ and become a Freelance Virtual Assistant.

1 – There’s a huge amount of potential work available. Entrepreneurship is growing and according to the Federation of Small Business, in 2017 there were 4.3 million non– employing businesses in the UK which means 76% of businesses did not employ anyone. And when non-employing businesses need support they outsource it – to freelancers like Virtual Assistants.

2 – Entrepreneurs are increasingly recognising the enormous benefits of outsourcing. Amongst other things, they save on National Insurance Contributions, don’t have to provide equipment and only pay for the time they use, so it’s a win-win for them. And contrary to popular belief they are prepared to pay good rates for your expertise.

3 – More and more businesses are home-based, with 2.9 million currently in the UK turning over around £40bn a year, according to the latest Enterprise Nation Home Business Report. Home-based business owners are naturally reluctant to have employees working in their home. Which is where Virtual Assistants come in!

4 – Working remotely is getting easier and easier with the growth of technology, cloud-based software and mobile applications – not to mention high-speed internet. You really can live the laptop lifestyle and work from anywhere.

5 – Roads and public transport are becoming increasingly crowded, particularly in the UK – we’re a small country so our space is limited. Barely a day goes by without another “Commuter Hell” headline. How much more can you take?

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6 – A balanced lifestyle is beneficial to your health. According to the Mental Health Foundation, “Work-related stress already costs Britain 10.4 million working days per year. The human cost of unmanaged work-related stress extends far beyond this. A key way to protect your mental health against the potential detrimental effects of work-related stress is to ensure you have a healthy work-life balance”. What better way to achieve a healthy work-life balance than working when you want, where you want and how you want? 

7 – You’re missing seeing your children grow up and here’s the reality check – you can’t get those years back. Being a freelance Virtual Assistant means you can be there when they get home from school or if they’re off sick. Spending more time with our families is another way of achieving a healthy work-life balance!

8 – There’s a community on your doorstep waiting to be discovered. What on earth can I be talking about, I hear you ask? Well, you may not realise it but the UK is overflowing with business networks – groups of small business owners who get together on a regular basis to support and help each other. Some meet weekly, some monthly. Some meet for breakfast and some at lunchtime. In almost every city and town in the country you will find groups like these. Check out findnetworkingevents.com to find your local groups.

9 – You can charge top rates for your expertise. The VA industry has suffered from some negative press, with many seeing it as a service carried out only by those in the developing world for a low hourly rate. Some question whether those in countries like the UK, USA, and Australia can make a living if they have to compete with these low-charging VA’s. Well, I have news for you! Sure, there are certain services where it may make sense to hire someone cheaply abroad – such as repetitive data entry for example. However, you will find that where decent PA or administrative support services are required, small business owners and entrepreneurs want someone home-grown with excellent English and an understanding of their own country. Typically, they are prepared to pay between £25-£30 per hour for your expertise.

10 – You’re fed up with being a cog in the machine. 59% of UK workers are suffering from work-related stress, according to a survey by Perkbox. What better way to get total job satisfaction than by being your own boss? 

So, there you have it, my top 10 reasons why 2018 is the year to escape the ‘Rat Race’ and become a Virtual Assistant. Right now, you may be thinking, that all sounds great, but I’m not sure if I’m cut out to be a Virtual Assistant – I hear ya – that’s why I created the 5 Point Checklist to Know if You’re Ready to Become a Virtual Assistant. And the good news is, you can grab a copy free of charge by clicking here.

Linzi 🙂