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How Much Time Does It Take To Be A Virtual Assistant?

In every type of career there is a certain amount of time you can expect to work in order to be successful. When it comes to running your own business and being fully self employed, that time usually goes up rather than down. So how much time does it take to run a virtual assistant business from your home? How many hours should you expect to work every day and every week to keep things running smoothly without burning out from a work overload? The answer is that it depends what you expect to get out of the business, but let’s get a little more specific here.

Ideas and Concepts

The thing that sets most entrepreneurs apart from other people is that their heads are constantly filled with new ideas and new concepts that can be applied to their work. It’s like their mind never shuts off; they have ideas popping up 24/7 that could be put to use in some application of their business. If you look at it in this sense, I guess you could say that a self starting virtual assistant never stops working. Personal life and business life eventually blend together until one is inseparable from the other.

Slow Start

It’s also important to remember that the first few months, even the first year of owning your own business is going to involve a lot more work than you would normally need to do once you settle down into a routine schedule. Obviously there’s the excitement aspect that comes along with following your dreams for the first time, and that is what is going to keep you up until 3 in the morning as you finish up a specific project, but you can’t ignore the fact that there is just a lot of work that needs to be done.


If you are going into your business as a sole proprietorship, which means that you are the only person working on it, you are in charge of every single thing that happens. From finding new clients, to doing the work, to figuring out your budget, to promoting your business, all of it falls squarely on your own shoulders.

Scheduling of Hours

Once you get into a schedule though, you can definitely expect the number of hours that you are physically at work in your business to drop quite a bit. This is especially true if you decide to take the route of hiring other employees to work under you. As a general rule, you can probably expect to work somewhere between 4 to 8 hours each and every day of the week. Some people manage just fine with only 4 hours per day, but that is usually once they secure some high profile clients who can pay quite a bit. If you are working 8 hours each day, remember that you are still working just the same amount of time as you would in a normal business, except you are the one who gets to set when those hours happen.

Shannon Ross has over 20 years of experience in the Virtual personal Assistant industry and Client Relationship Management. She has got a team of experienced virtual personal assistants and offers a variety of business and personal services. To know more about Shannon’s services please visit her website.