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Old 07-22-2010
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Default What is a typical day for a Virtual Assistant?
I am new at this. Just in the planning stage. I do not know if it is my imagination that is blocked but I cannot think of how the actual relationship with my client will work. Like a typical day in the life of a VA. Maybe it is because I live in a very small population and there aren't alot of businesses in my city.

Maybe someone can share their day with me.
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Default Re: What is a typical day for a VA?!
Please be as detailed as possible in your response.
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Old 07-23-2010
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There are several threads on this very subject on VAF! This one was pretty detailed.
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Old 07-23-2010
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Thanks alot Office Goddess! I am still wondering how does the VA receive the work to be done, such as for bookkeeping, transription etc without meeting face to face.
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Old 07-26-2010
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Thanks alot Office Goddess! I am still wondering how does the VA receive the work to be done, such as for bookkeeping, transription etc without meeting face to face.
There are lots of methods. I wrote an article in TVE Magazine that specifically addresses this issue with bookkeeping. You can find it starting on page 28 of the October issue. Download it here.
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Old 07-29-2010
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Here are some of the ways I receive work from my clients:

-email text
-email attachments
-fax (e-fax & paper)
-Zimbra collaboration suite (installed on my network, with clients having logins to it - a web based, open source collaboration tool has email, file sharing, wiki, calendaring, tasks)
-audio and video files via ftp (might be verbal to-dos, info for transcription, notes for a document, a demonstration/procedure/howto to document, or a demo showing me what needs to be done, etc.)
-jpg or gif of filled whiteboards (might be text to-dos, might be drawings to convert to visio or other drawing package)
-VoIP scheduled calls
-Webcam meetup (scheduled)
-Landline scheduled calls (least used method)
-UPS/FedEx/USPS (I sometimes test &/or configure small hardware devices, so they ship them to me; also did a gig where the client needed a massive pile of documents scanned, so they shipped the docs to me)

My days start with email, since that's how I receive most client work. I check the list of priorities for today that I made yesterday, I check my calendar for appointments, everything jibing? yep, then I get on to real work.

I work 50 minutes of every hour, then get out of my chair for 10: let the dogs out, reboot laundry, load the crockpot for dinner, run on the elliptical, lift hand weights, file paperwork, refill my water glass, etc.

The last thing I do in my work day is check email to see if something needs attention immediately tomorrow morning, check my calendar, and then I make my priorities for the next day.
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Old 07-30-2010
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Default Re: What is a typical day for a VA?!
Wow, thank you so much to all you ladies who have replied to this thread. As my busines is still up the starting phase your replies have shown me what I could be in for in relation to time management (luckily I am very particular on how I manage my time). It has made me quite excited to get to the stage that you are all experiencing and given me a good push to keep going.
Thanks again
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Old 08-03-2010
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Pkeahi, thanks alot for that breakdown. Your input is making things seem much clearer for me.
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Old 08-04-2010
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Default Re: What is a typical day for a VA?!
Hello,

I asked the same question when I was in the planning stages. Click here http://www.virtualassistantforums.co...-answers-12979 to see the thread.

cwilliams
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Old 08-04-2010
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Thanks Everyone! I am a new VA and these posts are helping me a ton. How my day would look was one of my biggest stumbling blocks to launching my business as well. It is definitely still a work in progress for me.
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Thanks all for providing such great and helpful information!
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Thank you ladies for providing so much useful information. I'm a new VA and I'm still in the planning stages. I love this forum, it has helped me so much
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Old 09-08-2010
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My typical day is never typical but I'll try my best:

I wake up to about 50 emails, I weed through them, I see what my clients new needs for the day are and what they already told me they needed. I then prioritize my clients by their "emergencies" and regular needs.

Usually I will receive emails throughout the day of things that my clients think of or if something urgent should come up for me to take care of.

I wrap my day up by reviewing the next day's calendar and my to do list.

The type of clients I service seem to have urgent issues all the time (or maybe it's because I allow them to have urgent issues...LOL) so my days are never scheduled and never the same.

Dawn
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Old 10-20-2010
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Helpful posts, thanks everyone! I'm new to offering my services virtually and these posts are helping me get it all figured out for how to manage additional clients.
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Default Re: What is a typical day for a Virtual Assistant?
Thank you for all of the great info in this post. I'm actually starting to call it a business now, although i have been doing this for people for years. My time was based on projects but a lot has changed since i started (ie kids, and full time job). In a few months I will be going to part time at my current job to work more on my business and really grow it. wish me luck!!
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Thanks for this post. It gives me an idea of what it is like for some people to work as a VA. I think it's good to have an efficient routine that also includes exercise.
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