When to Quit the Day Job and Go Full-Time VA

The Time Has Come: When to Quit the Day Job and Go Full-Time VA

If you want to have a little extra income, it is always a good idea to join virtual assistant services alongside your day job. However, as your regular job becomes stressful and your VA sideline rakes in more benefits and freedom, time will come when you’ll ask yourself “when should I resign from my job to become a full-time Virtual Assistant?”

There are different answers, but the best one to consider is when you have enough clients that you are confident you can support your family with your earnings.

To make it easier for you to decide, here’s a checklist:

  • How much is your monthly budget to survive?
  • Do you have at the very least 3-6 months of salary worth of savings?
  • Is there a sustainable client-base for you?
  • Do you have access to clients?
  • Do you have the skills needed to make it as a VA?
  • Do you have existing clients?
  • How’s the feedback given by clients?
  • Is it really worth it leaving your job?
  • Do you really want to be a VA or do you just want to leave the company?

Moving from the comfort zone of having a regular salary every 15th and 30th with benefits towards the uncertainty of going freelance may at first be nerve rattling.

Risk taking may sometimes be a scary concept but if you can support your needs every month and you have a steady flow of clients, you can start weighing the factors that may lead to you settling to a life as a VA.

Never Make the Plunge Until You’ve Finally Reached the Tipping Point

Once you have a number of clients and start fitting your obligations with them around your work schedule, there may come a time that it becomes too draining or physically impossible to do the VA job and day job side-by-side. Which one will you keep?

When that day comes, and you choose being a VA, resign from your day job and concentrate on getting more clients.

When you get the hang of it, getting clients may not be that hard, especially if you have gained the skills that the market is looking for.

The Most Successful of People Are Those Who Take Risks

At the end of the day, it is only you who can decide when to go full-time or not, but keep in mind that time is fleeting and sooner or later, you are already in your 70s and have not yet fulfilled your dreams. Some may consider going freelance as a risk, but also think that if everything is easy then everyone will be doing it. Also, if you will take a look at those who found success in any field, they are the ones who took the risk before diving in.

But before you do it, don’t be reckless. Consider the checklist above. Before going full-time as a Virtual Assistant, do your research. Talk to people who are in the field. If all else is settled, and you feel that your day job is not for you, then go ahead – welcome to the Virtual Assistant world!


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