If there is anything at all I’ve learnt from the Covid-19 lockdown, it’s that I definitely don’t want to go back to a two hour commute to work! After ten really good years working with the extremely charming and very demanding (as I am sure he would agree 😊) Founder & Managing Partner of Arma Partners, a boutique investment bank in based The Shard, last year I took the big decision to resign in order to find a better work-life balance.

Having secured my first client as a VA almost a year ago, I must be honest and say that I hadn’t done an awful lot thus far to build my business. It’s amazing how the thought of travelling on the tube in these current times can galvanise you into action! Within the last week, I have built a website, arranged my business insurance, registered for GDPR, investigated local business clubs, started some specific VA training and restarted my Coventry University marketing course, albeit online, all whilst working full-time from home. My poor husband is demanding some attention!

I get real satisfaction from helping people and that’s why being a VA is so attractive to me. I get to use many of my current skills – organisation, project management, diary management, website and social media skills and so on – whilst building a business that works for me, working virtually from home. Of course, trying to find that elusive work-life balance at home can be challenging.

One of things I have already learned is that you cannot leave your work at work when you work from home. You can however set your own boundaries. Leave your work at your workspace. Write yourself a to-do list and turn off your laptop. Diarise time for planning and thinking. Set yourself working hours and stick to them. Make time for what is important in your life. Of course, right now whilst I am building my business it is easier said than done (as I sit here on Sunday morning writing my first blog!).

The strapline on my website is “saving time in your day”. I know first-hand how difficult it is to find that elusive work-life balance and that is why I am so committed to helping others to do the same. What I love most about being a VA is knowing that the work I do for others is contributing to their peace of mind and enabling them to focus on what matters most to them.

So, I have ten more minutes of my allotted time before I close down my laptop and focus on my family. If any of the above resonates and you want some help carving out some space of your own, just give me a call or take a look at my website to see how you can offload some of those time-consuming tasks that keep you from building your business or spending time with your family.

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