Hi! I am Feby – your VA (Virtual Assistant) Coach! I am very pleased to meet you and excited to share with you the ATTITUDE, SKILLS and KNOWLEDGE you need to succeed in this wonderful world of Virtual Work.
If you are a newbie, I believe that one of your questions is on how to start. Also, you may really want to ask if it’s really true that you can earn while doing some kind of remote work. The first thing I would love to confirm to you is that yes, you can earn through online work because for the past four years, this has been my source of bread and butter.
So how did I started as a Freelancer? Well, I am a Social Worker, a Community Development Worker, and an avid advocate of women and youth empowerment. I also promote Sustainable Development and had been part of the Global Day of Action against Dirty Energy held on June 2013 in Istanbul, Turkey. There were thousands of Turkish activists, including 500 youth from 130+ countries who joined this walk for a cause on the streets of Kadikoy, Istanbul to send a strong message against dirty energy and I am so proud that I am one of them.
As an advocate, my work had always been inspiring and spiritually enhancing, however, as an employee I still have to report to work from 8:00AM to 5:00PM (and to work beyond the call of duty). Of course I enjoyed every single advocacy work I was doing, but the job requires traveling and overtime work, and I felt that my children are being left behind. My two kids who were 7 and 4 years old in 2013 are growing up so fast and I just wanted to be there for them, I wanted to send and fetch them to and from their school, I wanted to watch them sing in front of their class and I wanted to be their biggest fan in every milestone of their lives while they are little.
Hence, on January 2013, I decided to quit my promising career and I started freelance writing. I would say it’s not easy most especially if you are used to a secure income. In freelance work, there is no secure income. In my almost four years in this industry, I experienced abundant and famine seasons. There are times that I have lots of projects and there were lean seasons where I don’t really get projects to work on. However, the rewards are tremendous! As a virtual worker, I had won the freedom to send and fetch my children from school. I successfully deposited wonderful memories to my children’s memory bank. I believe that you can only give quality time to your children if you have enough time to do it. Happily, I became a full time mommy, but still working and earning. Most amazingly, I continued my advocacy work as a volunteer to various community and grassroots development work.
For now, I felt that there is also a need for me to share the skills, knowledge and attitude I have gained from my online career. I have friends, former workmates and colleagues who have been asking me to teach them. Therefore, I find it important to share this wonderful, wonderful world of virtual assistant career.