When you are working for yourself there is a lot of responsibility. A Virtual Assistant has to be an excellent listener. Listening is a skill. Listening is a valuable skill to virtual assistants because it makes the difference between executing instructions flawlessly and making dire and irredeemable mistakes with far-reaching consequences.

Working alone isn’t for everyone. You must be able to take care of yourself and the people around you. You should get plenty of exercise and learn to walk or jog before you start working – train your body instead of your coffee maker! Exercising improves mood and job performance and lowers stress.

If you don’t have a life of your own, the job is likely going to consume you. You should try to relax after work most days. Take time out to go on a holiday. Take time to take care of yourself by taking care of others. If you don’t take care of yourself and other people, you can’t expect them to do so.

Find a hobby or something to do that you can be passionate about and it will give you plenty of time to think about different issues. Spend some time doing things that make you think.

Learn about new concepts in your field. If you have a great education and master some of the basics, see if you can improve. Don’t be afraid to take some classes. Even though there is a growing trend for everyone to get a college degree, there is a demand for those who are willing to learn more and apply what they have learned.

Keep your friends and family involved in everything that you do. This isn’t just helpful, but is very fun. Keep in touch with them and have them give you tips and advice on the latest trends in the industry.

If you are struggling with the getting balance right, try something different, force yourself to step away from the world you’re in, grab a cup of tea (or something stronger if you’d prefer) and a book, or a film or even a workout class. Do something for you, and only you. The key to succeeding in a positive work-life balance is to prioritize between work (career and ambition) and lifestyle (health, leisure, family, and spiritual development/meditation).