Paying Da Cost To Be Da Boss – A Day In The Life Of A Virtual Assistant

Today's guest post is by Tovey Blake, a virtual assistant currently working with Canadian Virtual Gurus. Tovey shares a day in the life of a virtual assistant in today's workplace. You can reach her at

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Being a va means being your own boss!

When I started my administrative support service in March 2015, it was never my intent to do it full-time.

Since I was 19, I’ve always worked more than one job. But now, I realized I wasn’t interested in supplementing my income if I had to leave my house. In addition to starting my ministry, I left a company where I worked for almost 5 years and started new, full-time employment.

Late last year after some health issues and feeling the impact of living 2,500 miles away from aging parents, I decided that it was time to take it to the next level. Since then, here’s how I’ve been paying da cost to be da boss:

Gratitude and Mindfulness

I start each day connecting to my life source so I can be my best and do my best. Is it easy? No, absolutely not! Especially when it feels like I haven’t slept off the events of the previous day.

However, this practice is necessary so that my body, mind, soul, and spirit are connected before I tackle a day filled with tasks and clients.

Rise and Grind

This time is dedicated solely to organizing my administrative tasks for the day. Some of the items on my list:

  • Checking all my contractor email inboxes for messages.
  • Logging in to all the systems that keep me connected to my virtual counterparts.
  • Prioritizing tasks in order of importance. I’ll pick a few tasks in the morning to tackle that get the momentum going.

Expanding My Skills

I’m interested in project management, so I am learning all that I can to develop that skill set. Project management is becoming one of the top sought out skills in virtual business. The more I learn about this business area, the more I feel I am winning!

Clients, Projects and Everything Else!

This time is dedicated solely to my tasks and clients. Whether it’s working on marketing projects, presentations, business reports, or helping a client “get their life back” by setting up their systems, I am all about building my own career empire!

As a virtual worker, I want to be a source of inspiration for individuals and businesses to live and work with purpose, passion, and freedom to serve the community.

Words of Encouragement

For those just starting out on a virtual assistant career, know your WHY.

Write it down on a post-it note and tape it to your laptop. You’ll need it on those days you want to throw in the towel. The reality is – many people, even family, will not understand what you do, so surround yourself with like-minded individuals that will support and encourage you.


The most important things in my life are family, faith, and fulfillment. This is why my focus has been on working full-time in the virtual world. Find what motivates you!

Virtual work is not always easy, but I don’t allow the challenges to distract or derail me. Instead, I see each challenge as a way to ignite a fire in my belly, remembering that my work is really just a means to an end. For the past 2 years, I have chosen a vision word on each New Year’s day. 2017 was restoration. The word for 2018? Balance.

Where are you on your career path?  No matter where you are, make each moment count during the day. The reason why people say, “love what you do, do what you love” is because it’s true!

day in the life of a va
You can do it!

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