Hi there. It is funny that I stumbled on this article for the issue of family involvement, understanding, acceptance, and support of our business choices is paramount to our success and stress levels. As a VA (Virtual Assistant) for over 12 years now working from my own home office and sometimes on the go during small trips or vacations, it was very important that my family understood the requirements of my new working lifestyle. Although I had lots of flexibility and somewhat freedom, in reality it required periods of time where I needed to work remotely, even when visiting or ‘relaxing’.
From the beginning I made it fun, exciting, and challenging so that everyone felt the same ‘vibe’ of my new business and working structure. I involved some of my family members, like my daughters (already in their 20’s) to help with some of the work, my husband is currently my business partner and helps with lots of tasks related to my clients and prospects, All in all it’s been a win-win situation and I’ve been able to take care of my family in Puerto Rico, come back to Florida, and travel to visit my children and grandchildren without skipping a beat on my work. I’ve expanded and have new and exciting ideas to develop for the new year and all is possible due to the support that I have from my close ones.