Today’s guest post is written by my friend Allie from Ramblings of a WAHM. She’s shared her awesomeness with us here before and today she’s sharing a little more.
You are ready to start your new career as a virtual assistant. You have trained to be a virtual assistant, you have the knowledge, you have a site, you’re on social media and you started an email list. You are all ready for the next step of integrating your new career with your home life.
You will need to start with carving out a place for your tools of your trade aka your home office space, then be sure to discuss your plans with loved ones, next give to yourself and others, and finally be patient with this integration.
Your Home Office Space
It is extremely important to have a space all for your work. Creating this special place can set the right atmosphere and frame of mind for you to perform.
The space does not need to necessarily be an office but that is the best route for you can simply shut the door and concentrate. Yet many times we simply need to carve out a niche in your home that is set aside just for work. This can be a special table area or desk in the living room or a corner of your master bedroom. The key is that it is only for you to concentrate on your tasks that will bring in an income.
Setting Up Boundaries
Now that you have a physical location to work in you will need to be sure the rest of your family knows this space is off limits. Make it clear to children that this is mom’s special place and nobody else uses it.
You will also need to communicate and discuss with your loved ones- family and friends alike- that, yes, you are home, but this is not the time to call you or drop by. Clearly state to them that you are busy at certain hours or times of the day. And that this is not just a hobby or phase, you are serious about finding clients and bringing in an income.
Also set boundaries for yourself as you work from home. Be sure you make rules for yourself that there will be no personal email or social media reading when you are working. And that when you do feel distracted or tired, take a healthy break by taking a walk or have a healthy snack or meal.
Give to Yourself and Your Loved Ones
This is not just a transition for you but also your loved ones. They want you to be happy and respect your boundaries so be sure to spend quality time with them during your off hours.
And never neglect yourself. Take care to eat well, sleep well and take time to take care of yourself. I cannot emphasize enough how important it is for you to be of healthy mind and body while working for yourself. You will cross times of stress and will need to fall back on your health to get you through.
Be Patient with this New Lifestyle
Do not rush things and be open with the integration of your new career with your home life. You will sometimes learn from trial and error like broken boundaries or not giving time to rest but that is all part of working from home.
Allie owns and writes Ramblings of a WAHM blog where she strives to help the whole work at home mom find perfect integration between her work and her life. She knows that when mom prospers, everything she cares about prospers also: her family, her life and her business.