Working in your PJs, avoiding the morning commute, responding to emails from the beach while sipping on a fruit shake —you have heard about the most common perks of working remotely. But did you know that there are more things that will make you wish you don’t have to go into the office every day? Today, we interviewed one of The VA Hub’s top Business Associates to offer us some insight and tell us ways life can be different when you work online.
Being a part of different industries developed her flexibility to easily adapt to changes, to learn fast, and to always think of ways on how to improve herself. Herchelle Natividad is new to working from home but that doesn’t mean she’s any less productive than the pros. She joined the company in 2017; reaching out to potential clients, engaging with them, handling objections, setting appointments, closing deals and delivering excellent results every time.
Read through, and you just might get convinced to choose the remote job you’ve been dreaming of!
You might plan to work from home if you work remotely. But that doesn’t mean you have to have fill a corner of your living room with a clunky desk, a huge monitor, and an ugly rolling chair. You can fit your office wherever it fits in your life.
And you’re not tied to your home, either. That doesn’t mean your only other location will be the coffee shop around the corner: You can take care of your job while traveling and enjoying the great outdoors!
“I’m happily married and been blessed with two awesome boys. My means of relaxation include travelling with my family and watching movies and TV series.” The VA Hub values family and also understand that it is normal to feel bored when you’re surrounded by the same environment everyday. This doesn’t just apply to conventional workplaces; you could feel equally bored working from home everyday. A simple solution is to go out! “Working from home means you get to spend more time with your family. You get to avoid the hassle of commuting and traffic jams. And you’re just within the safety confines of your home especially during typhoons.” Herchelle shares.
Of course you’ll see an instantaneous difference in your bank account when you don’t need to pay for daily commutes. But you’ll also find you can save more in other areas like wardrobe and meals.
Most office jobs oblige you to work from 9AM to 5PM and sometimes, these hours just aren’t the best for some. “It’s all about the person doing the work. One has to show dedication and professionalism whether working remotely or in the office.”
Yes, you can say that one can adjust their body-clock to get used to new hours, but you can’t deny that some people are simply more effective, creative, and striving at “odd” working hours. Working from home gives you the versatility of choosing to work when you are most dynamic.
“..one thing I love about The VA Hub. All the trainings needed to be effective and efficient for the job are provided. The training and support teams make sure that we’re fully equipped with the skill sets and tools needed to do our job right.”
Herchelle is the type of person who doesn’t give up easily and will do whatever it takes to stand up after each fall and to come back stronger than before. She prides herself in taking challenges as a way to re-evaluate and improve herself. We asked her about the biggest challenges of working online that she has encountered. “When you encounter technical issues that are beyond basic troubleshooting, there’s no one that you can turn to except yourself. We also need to be prepared for power outages and loss of internet connection.”
Contingency plans for power and data outages should be in place but for other issues that can be resolved while online, not having colleagues working beside you can be difficult. Sooner than you think, you will develop the skill of looking for your own answers and becoming more proactive to find what you need on your own.
While, The VA Hub promotes open communication across all departments, meaning our VAs can ask each other questions and get help when needed, a lot of the time you can visit Google, or download free guides to find the answer yourself just as quickly. “This is by far the most challenging yet the most rewarding and fulfilling job I’ve had.”
No amount of coffee and pizza can make up for having to sit in a conference room across a pen-clicking guy from sales! When you work from home, you’ll not only be able to choose your meal and your seat, but you can also be a lot more effective. With just a few clicks, you can video conference, chat or share documents. Our featured VA can even concur that it isn’t difficult to learn how to present oneself in professional setting when working online! “It’s easier especially you’re just on webcam. No need to go on full dress up mode.”
Because you don’t have everyone physically around you all the time, you become much more aware of the importance of keeping in touch. Working online has its challenges but there is nothing that cannot be resolved by effective communication. “..the management always have our backs. They always think of ways to improve our work and they make sure that all our concerns are heard and addressed on a timely manner.”
With determination and a solid routine, you’ll learn to avoid common distractions like the TV or your laundry. In fact, you will find yourself getting more done mainly because you can control your working situation more.
Herchelle says “I believe anyone who has the motivation and determination will succeed in this line of work. For most people, this is a fairly new experience for them, but if you are willing to embrace and accept the challenges then nothing can stop you. For the tips: a. Be ready to invest on system and internet connection. b. Keep on developing your skills and never stop learning new ones. c. Be flexible and learn to adapt to changes.”
There’s the old saying about relatives that “You can’t choose your family,” and the same goes for your co-workers. You might not be best friends with everyone when you work remotely. But, because idle chatting and time just hanging around the break room isn’t possible, remote workers tend to skip the gossiping and posturing that happens in traditional work settings. And that’s a huge bonus for everyone involved, isn’t it?
Many people seem to think working from home is a way to avoid hard work by getting out from under management’s watchful eyes, but it simply isn’t. The nature of work and employment is changing, and a lot of people are flocking from their bed to their desk in the next room to start the day.
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