Starting a virtual assistance business is a great way to earn an income from home. Many people wish they could work from home, but allow fear of the unknown or someone else’s experience sway them to stay in a traditional work setting. To help you make a more informed decision about starting your own VA business, we’ve compiled a list of the top 5 reasons why we love working from home.
1. You Control Your Schedule
Being in control of our schedule is one of our top reasons for working from home. Sweeping family sicknesses, last minute appointments and impromptu play dates are no big deal when you can check in from your phone in-between bites of french fries. Working from home offers you the opportunity to set your own schedule. Want to go to the gym at 10 am or take an art class in the afternoon? Your work schedule is up to you! If you do your best work at night, you can take advantage of that time frame from the convenience of your couch!
A note of caution though; working from home does take discipline and the ability to stay focused on tasks. If your home environment is such that you can’t work effectively, you may need to reevaluate where you work or if starting a VA business from home is right for you. After all, our service to our clients is a priority and they deserve our best work!
2. Save money on commuting
You can save a lot of money on gas, eating out and childcare when your virtual assistance office is in your home. There are some expenses associated with owning your own business like a computer, business cards, and taxes. But, in the grand scheme of things, not having to pay out of pocket for many of the day to day expenses can put more money in your pocket.
3. Tax benefits
We touched on taxes as an expense, but they can also be a benefit to your income. You can write off any equipment purchased for your virtual assistance business such as computers, supplies and even a part of your rent or mortgage if you have a home office. Even some of your utilities like your phone and internet can be deducted. We do encourage you to seek out a qualified CPA that can guide you in the tax requirements and benefits of owning your own business. Don’t be financially unprepared when April 15th rolls around!
4. Control over your wardrobe
Sure, it might sound silly, but working in what’s comfortable to you is a major perk of working from home! It’s a joke with our team that we all wear nice shirts and pajama pants when we have our video calls each week. By wearing what you would wear ‘after work’ you save on having to buy a work wardrobe… and you’re comfier too.
5. We’re just happier working from home
Did you know that there is a direct link between personal satisfaction and your happiness? There is. When you’re doing something that you find success or fulfillment in, you’ll be a happier person in all areas of your life. Will you still have hard moments or issues with clients? Of course; but at the end of the day, being able to be your own boss of your virtual assistance business and call the shots is definitely rewarding.
These are just a few of the reasons we love working from home. Whether you’d like to be more available for your family or just want to be in charge of your own destiny, working from home can be the blessing many wish to have but few are willing to try.