Freelancing or working remotely has become the foundation of a convenient job. There is no denying that one of the biggest reasons why people switch to gigs online due to their freedom to earn money without necessarily having to leave home. Even if you are in your pajamas, this is not an issue to your employer. All you have to do is ensure you submit the deliverables needed at the right time.
However, there are cases that some virtual assistants tend to let comfort take over them. As a result, they take advantage of skipping work whenever they want to. Simply imagine having the freedom to ask your client for leaves without the apprehension of seeing a displeased reaction. Even if your client says no, the intensity of pressure on you would not be as high when you are facing the person himself or herself. This should not be practiced as a virtual assistant.
Note that sick leaves are exceptions. You do not choose when to get ill and no one would ever want to suffer from health failure.
One possible factor that leads to some virtual assistants to leave for work without taking into consideration their clients’ businesses or pending tasks, to be specific, is having the thought that you, as an employee, is different from the ones in the office. This is totally wrong. You must remind yourself that your location is the only discrepancy. Act as someone that may require validation from your superiors. Do not simply work but challenge yourself to become a better member of the organization, as well.
Moreover, some VAs may often be not present at work if they stick to the idea that they will be able to find replacement work right away. Again, this is not right. There are more people becoming interested in online freelancing. In other words, the competition is getting tough. You do not want to get caught in this, do you? If you do not, treat your job as if it is the last you could find.
However, a virtual assistant’s absence may also stem out from the client’s side. There are VAs, who tend to lose interest with their job for they are being treated unfairly. For instance, they are often asked to carry out too many tasks in a very limited time. On the other hand, they may not find any enthusiasm to work for they are not being guided accordingly. Yes, this happens, such as when the client does not provide good training or offer a helping hand when the specifics of a task or project require clarifications.
From the given facts above, one thing is certain — virtual assistance is a two-way relationship. A virtual assistant should offer efficient service to a client (which should cover being present at all times, as much as possible, to cater to his or her routine and ad hoc tasks) and the latter should also nurture the employee.