In my previous post, I told you a little bit more about myself and how I was able to know for the first time, about becoming a virtual assistant. If you haven’t read it yet, you can read that post here.
Let the journey continues…
The most important assignment that we have to accomplish is creating are own blog, showing some knowledge base tutorials of a particular program or application from the list that our mentor gave us. Interesting isn’t it? The problem is that the tutorials are not just two or three applications, but a minimum of ten. And we must submit it within two months, so that my mentor and his team will be able to check it. Believe me. I was excited at first because learning is something I love to do until now. But when I realized that I have to create ten tutorials, panic suddenly came over me.
Share Your Story – It Might Inspire Someone: Here’s My Story Part 2 of 2
The Trials That I Have to Endure
All the negative things came rushing inside my mind. Questions (like can I really do it, or will I be able to have time, or what if I can’t finish it, or what if I did it wrong, what will happen next?) keep bothering me almost every single day. It was a struggle. I thought that trying to become a VA is a better option than working in the corporate world. But was I right? Did I make a good decision or should I look for another job opportunity? I still have my current job at the time but I’m not so sure about it anymore.
Another struggle for me is putting my thoughts into words. Creating tutorials is something that I can do because I am familiar with it. However, creating an article about it to introduce the tutorial is something I have never done before. It was a first time. Taking screenshots and pointing to a specific area are easy. But typing words to express or explain about it took a long time for me to finish. It’s not my forte.
Despite of these struggles, I forced myself to finish the assignment. I will not waste the time and money that I invested in this journey. Though it was hard, I conquered it. I was able to pass all the requirements during the last day of the two-month timeline. I didn’t have a gig immediately after that, because I was not able to have time to actually look for it. I continued working in the same outsourcing company. After a few months, I almost forgot all about becoming a VA.
A Blessing in Disguise
Then it came – my retrenchment. I suddenly remembered my other option. Maybe this is the opportunity for me to focus on searching for a gig. I improved my accounts to different freelancer sites such as Upwork (oDesk-Elance, then) , or Freelancer. I tried to review all the guidelines given to me during the VA seminar. I always looked for the latest posts in our Facebook group to make sure that I didn’t miss any opportunity.
One day, an opportunity came. It was not inside a freelancer site, but from a Facebook group post. A client was looking for a general VA that knows Microsoft Word very well and some other admin stuff. I applied. Since the client was looking for a VA immediately, I was interviewed the next day. And I started my very first gig the week after that. I was happy. I was grateful. I couldn’t believe it. I am officially a VA.
That’s how my VA experience started. As of today, I am no longer a VA to that particular client. Maybe I can tell you more about it in another post. This is already long. Right now, I just want to tell you how happy I am. I finally understood how a VA business works. But this is not to show that I know everything, because I don’t. The one thing that you have to learn as a VA is, you can never stop learning. Good thing I love learning!
Until now, my VA journey still continues. Like any other businesses, I want to level up. And this is something that I want to achieve by next year. I hope that I have shared some wonderful experience with you.
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