There are two things I want you to know about my job:
1. I absolutely LOVE what I do.
2. My job is way harder than it looks.
To the outsider looking in, I am living the high life. As people often see it, I make my own hours and get paid to play on Facebook. But the thing is, that is only partially true.
As part of my responsibilities as a Virtual Assistant, I often find myself posting social media posts on behalf of my clients. The thing is, when I do this, I'm not on Facebook or any other traditional social media site. Instead, I'm using a scheduler called Strawberry Social to schedule these posts. That means, I sit down for 15-60 minutes per client and schedule their Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, and Instagram posts all in one sitting. Typically, I schedule a social media calendar out 1-2 weeks ahead of whatever day it is so that they don't have to worry at all about whether or not a post is going out on any particular day. I find myself doing this task at least 5-7 days out of the week for just my clients - I also still have to make time to schedule my own social media posts. From the Strawberry Social dashboard, I also often find myself pulling up another feature so I can interact with the people that interact with my clients.
Along with scheduling and managing my client's social media accounts, I also ghostwrite blogs and newsletters, edit blogs and newsletters, make Canva graphics, write and respond to emails, transcription work, editing work, and even light research. I can make a Word document without having Microsoft Word. PDF documents are my jam. And I'm so streamlined at doing these tasks that most of the time, I typically don't have to do them when I'm alone at the house by myself. I take one hour out of the day with the family to work, and the rest of the time I'm working either during the children's sleeping hours.
Don't get me wrong though - it can be extremely mentally draining to write correspondence and blogs on someone else's behalf as if you were that person or business entity. When I write for my clients, I have to think the way they would think, know their business inside and out, and I have to use the same vocabulary and expressions that they would use had they actually written the correspondence.
Despite the challenges I am faced with on a daily basis, I'm spending more time with my children than I ever have, and I'm making more money than I ever have doing it - which is awesome because the older they get, the better they are at spending my money. Every time I turn around, someone needs new shoes, or money for a field trip or an event at school, and I'm so happy because I'm finally at a place in my life where I don't have to worry where I'm going to find those extra dollars. And even though my job is hard and mentally draining at times, I still think it's the best job I've ever had!
Do you have a job that you love, but is harder than it looks? Let me know what you do in the comments!