It’s Not What Happens, It’s What You Do About It
I always strive to remember this.
It’ always very easy to blame somebody else for my failures.
Before, I blamed my boss for being so finicky. You know, that boss from hell?
Or I blamed our clients for having so high standards that it was so difficult to reach.
Or I blamed being in the night shift. That’s why I was not in tip top shape when I go to work.
Imagine my life before.
I go to sleep at 10AM and then I wake up at 2PM because I needed to be early to go to school (my previous company gave us discounts so we could finish college).
I go to school from 6PM to 9PM and then work from 10PM to 7AM. And sometimes I needed to extend hours at work because we needed some things done right away. And that was every month.
I did not have time for my kids anymore.
When I was at home, I was sleeping. And I was also sleeping on the weekends because I was so stressed out then that I can’t do anything else.
So if I died right then, the writing on my tombstone would be – “Here lies Tasha. Work, work, work, family sometimes.”
I did not want that!
And then I discovered it – It’s not what happens that determines the major part of your future. The key is what you do about it.
I heard this first from Jim Rohn in one of his youtube videos and it opened up my eyes.
He said that in order for you to changed your life, hopefully for the better, you need to do something different.
That’s why I decided to do something radically different and work from home.
I cannot change the circumstances at work but I can change myself. I can change what I do.
So I’m going to change my work. I’m going to work from home!
Since I just bought a laptop at that moment for an IT class, I decided that I would use it to work from home.
I’m still using the laptop now.
It has been 2 years since I started working from home and I am loving every minute of it. 🙂
Yes there are still challenges and I choose to make myself better to overcome them.
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So 2017 is already coming to an end and I realized that I have not read the books I wanted to read yet.
There are many reasons why you should read a book and one of them is that it keeps me on top of my toes and it also gives me ideas on what to talk about with my clients.
Reading a book helps us to keep learning constantly. I want to be at a point where when I am thinking, I can be thinking like the author in my head.
I would love to think like my fave author now – Robert Cialdini.
Right now I’ll be reading his book – Influence, The Psychology of Persuasion.
Reading his books would help me help my clients get more sales for their businesses through the power of “Psychology.”
Yes! He studies how people behave and then gives reasons on why people behave that way.
By using the principles he teaches on his books, I can help my clients increase their sales and they would be more than happy to pay premium fees for it.
How about if you don’t have a client yet?
You can use the principles in his book to convince your potential client to hire you.
Robert Cialdini’s ideas have a lot of application in the real world.
I’m starting to reread his book today and will update you every week about each chapter.
Do you want to read it me? You can!
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I received this question through email: What Equipment Do You Need To Work From Home As A Virtual Assistant?
This is not the first time that I received this question and it will probably be not the last time. And this question is asked a lot!
In this post, we will be talking about the hardware (physical) requirements that you’ll need to have to be a successful virtual assistant working from home.
You don’t need a lot of equipment to start working from home as a Virtual Assistant.
Here are my basic requirements:
Yes, I know, sounds techie but it really is not.
So most laptops or PCs nowadays come with 4GB of RAM when you buy them. Just ask the store where you will be buying it from if they can upgrade it for you to 8GB or more.
Trust me, you will need the upgrade.
When I first started, my laptop had 4GB of RAM and brand new. But it was very sloooow. And then I upgraded it’s RAM to 12GB and now. I can have 50 tabs open (I like to have one window per client) and my laptop would still work quickly! No lags.
If they tell you that you cannot upgrade the RAM then don’t buy it.
Do not scrimp on this. I would recommend having at least 3 Mbps speed. Get a Fiber internet connection if it is available.
I remember when I was still looking for my first client as a VA. My client and me were doing a video interview. However, my internet connection was so bad that we needed to turn off the video. It still did not get better. I can’t understand what the client was saying. He then terminated the call and said that he will just call me back later. He did not call me back. Ouch!
Many VA tasks need a stable internet connection. Make sure you connect directly to the internet using a LAN cable and not just WiFi so it’s more stable.
Consider this as an investment for your VA business. Most of the times, my internet connection is better than my clients’ and that’s plus ganda points for me!
This is essential too. Love your body!
You’ll be using this chair a lot and this will be your VA throne. It needs to be ergonomic so you don’t hurt your body.
I got mine second hand from an HMR store in Cubao. I was willing to spend Php 10,000 for a chair I saw online and when I saw that the same chair was available for only Php 4,000. I bought it right at that minute. And I enjoy sitting on my VA throne!
There you have it!
Those are the basics so you can get started working from home as a Virtual Assistant.
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From Ce Mojica-Mercado:
It is over a year when I left my corporate job in Manila and decided to go to Bahrain with my 10-month old then son and be with my OFW husband.
Yes, I had a regular job in one of the top construction company in the Philippines (a family oriented company to be exact,working with great colleagues and nice compensation—bonuses,paid leaves and HMO. )
I had a very promising career to pursue, yet kapag naging mommy ka na, there is so many things to consider. It is more of your child than yourself.
Saka for first time parents sino ang ayaw maka witness ng every milestone ng anak? Pero syempre with those milestones we have to be practical at wais kasi we still have bills to pay and a family to support.
I transitioned from being a Civil Engineer to be a Mighty Fulltime Parent. __________________________________________________
Struggles ko that time?
-Self-worth and self-validation (Tama ba na mag fulltime mom ako and lay low sa technical field)
-Paano ako magsisimula?
-How can I market myself?
-How can i get premium clients?
-Should I stick sa Engineering tasks para may background ako?
-Paano na ang ekonomiya?
-At madami pang iba…
Find out: How Freelancing Helped me to Cope up with the Transition?
How giving “added value to my service” helped me meet my two $1500 premium partner clients?
How I was able to reach my 6 figures a month income?
Kung working mom ka and you need a side-hustle, if you are looking for an opportunity to be more productive.
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