I am often asked how mobile someone can really be when they provide services online to clients. When I see a lot of the “getting started guides” I notice that an office, office equipment, such as printers and filing cabinets are required and also a certain degree of technology and in general, bulkier items.
Whilst this is true to a certain extent, it is possible to run a virtual assistant business without an office, without loads of equipment and without the need for paper or a printer – I’m currently running my business from Italy, I don’t even have a landline telephone at the moment.
Once you have been able to master the completely 100% mobile, paperless business model you enter into a whole new world, one without restrictions, other than of course, needing an internet connection and a smaller lightweight sort of computer.
I demonstrated how to run a company from basically a bag in a keynote presentation on the subject of “Building a Successful Business Without Boundaries” in the 2011 IVAA Online Summit. I have also done a private recording of that keynote for members of my resource centre The VA Passport. I basically go through simple changes to techniques and systems you can make to give you that ability to be free from the confines of an office, or a static location if you’re like me and you like to travel, and freedom from billable time, allowing you to focus on business development.
The Top 5 Essentials:
Here are my top 5 essential items for being a mobile virtual assistant:
- MacBook Air/iPad
- I also recommend a portable scanner
There’s more if you deal in paper, although I don’t own any kind of printer, and paper in my business is literally non-existent because of the way everything can be stored securely online or via a portable encrypted hard drive.
If more Virtual Assistants began embracing the minimalist lifestyle, it could potentially save them money and give them the ability to work from literally anywhere with an internet connection. I really like the ability to not have to be tied down to one spot all the time, especially with having small children at home with me.
YES! I’m totally embracing the mobile technological revolution! I just hope the internet doesn’t break.