Balancing Work and Family: Mother's Day VA spotlight

by
Joseph Aminzada
Published:
May 7, 2021

With Mother’s Day right around the corner, we wanted to catch up with a couple of our virtual assistants who do a great job balancing their work with Virtual Gurus with their at-home life as a mom.

Mercy U has been with Virtual Gurus for 3 months and works as a VA. She has three kids, one girl (18) and two sons (7 and 5). In her spare time, she likes to read, listen to music, and is an avid traveler (when it’s allowed!).

Karen S has two kids, a 15-year old boy and a 12-year old girl, and has been a Virtual Gurus VA since September 2020. When she’s not at work, you can find Karen taking walks, reading and relaxing.  

Here’s what they had to say:

Virtual Gurus (VG): Why did you want to join Virtual Gurus as a virtual assistant?

Mercy: Joining VG afforded me the opportunity to do what I love to do in the comfort of my home as a result of the pandemic.

Karen: I love working with people and helping them solve their problems.  I’ve worked in many industries as well as running my own business and I enjoy the variety of clients that VG has access to.

VG: What’s your favourite thing about your role with Virtual Gurus?

Mercy: I control my time as a worker and get to work and interact with clients while protecting the health and safety of my family.

Karen: The people I work with.  There is a great team at VG that have a lot of heart!  I also love the flexibility it affords me.

VG: What’s been the biggest challenge when balancing your work life as a VA and your home life as a mom, now that the lines are more blurred than ever before?

Mercy: For me, my kids are not used to mommy being at home all day, all week. So, it is taking them a while to adjust to the whole “working from home’ concept, constantly asking “mommy, are you going to ‘work’ today?” lol.

Secondly, and very importantly, working with clients from different time zones. Understanding that by the time I get up to start my day, someone on the other side is hours ahead of me, and still having customer satisfaction paramount in my head.

Karen: I think it is knowing my limits and making sure my kids understand when I am available and when I am not.  Luckily, I have understanding employers who are not thrown by my children popping onscreen to say hello.

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Happy Mother’s Day!

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