As a virtual assistant, it is understood that you will come across various types of clients during your home-based career. There will be ones, who you can describe as the best people to work with. However, there will be cases that you would describe your client as exacting or someone that gives you much pressure with regards to work.
Moreover, there will be ones that are very new to virtual assistance. As a result, they commit mistakes that will test your patience expectedly. Indeed, even virtual assistants have to cope with a client’s shortcoming.
One good example is when a client is not aware that he or she cannot simply call or reach out to you whenever he or she pleases. Lots of virtual assistants could attest that this somehow happened to them one way or the other. Nonetheless, you should remember that it is all about speaking up. There is no disrespect if you want to put a boundary between your personal and professional space. If there is an established schedule for you, then you do not have to worry at all, given you can simply state to your client that you are only available during those times.
Another good instance is when a client thinks he or she does not have to elaborate things for the tasks to be done. There will be ones, who would expect a lot relative to your output without even considering the need to explain what they really need. This is common in graphic design projects. Still, as a virtual assistant, patience is a virtue in this situation.
Once again, it is all about voicing out your concern. Prior to starting your work, you should complete your requirements. Otherwise, it will be your peril provided that you are at risk of repeating your work or making mistakes. If you are paid by the hour, you would never want this to transpire.
Speak up by explicating that your viewpoint will not meet his or hers if some parts of the project are explained vaguely. It will also be a problem for your client if repetitive work will arise; to be specific, missing deadline is highly probable to happen.
If you will analyze the aforementioned situations, you could practice patience by working your way to establishing a good communication ground between you and your client. As noted, you should not lose faith in settling things out. It is your loss if you will simply leave your job or project, more so your client, due to such instances. Everyone makes mistakes and there will be misunderstandings if one is new to something.
Start making forbearance a part of you, and you will definitely sustain harmonious relationships with your clients or employers.