“One of the most courageous things you can do is identify yourself, know who you are, what you believe in and where you want to go.” — Sheila Murray Bethel
Since I was a little girl, I always dreamt of being a working female. There were no second thoughts. Doing a job was the only plan I had, my only dream and I still remember the day when I got my first salary cheque. I had tearful eyes and was smiling ear to ear and I spent the entire salary in one day by getting gifts for the whole family. My most precious day till date! J
However this is not the case for every female. I see so many girls not planning to work because not everyone likes getting hands dirty after all. If there is an option of not working and still living a good life, sure, why not, by all means? But then I thought, let me jolt down few points for the young females who are still analyzing whether to go out to work and face the tough world or stay at home or not to do anything at all.
Please understand what I mean by being a working female. It does not necessarily means that you should do a job or earn money, but it means that you are building up your existence on your work, just like any other individual. It can be running a catering business from home or doing sales job or maintaining a playschool at home or running a blog or being a gym instructor or anything that you create or provide services. There are always pros and cons of everything and being a working woman has its own advantages as well as disadvantages. So here they are.
To put it in easy words, I would just say one thing. Working or not working is like walking in heels or walking barefoot. You will definitely feel pain, either of shoe bite or pebbles on road. You need to decide what do you like more, life with panache or life with ease!
Hello everyone, How have you been? I know it has been sometime since I posted. Have been a crazy busy month carrying my handbag and juggling between work and personal front, but finally I can find some breathing space and here I am!
We females are multi-taskers and hence we end up doing a number of chores during the day and after one week of using one particular bag, we have thousands of things accumulated in all corners and we struggle whenever we have to find one particular thing, especially small things like hair ties or loose cash. Hence I decided to put down a list of must haves which every working female must have in their purse. Infact this list can be an easy guide for every female. You can add number of things depending on your requirement, but the below mentioned things are staples in your whole day.
- Cardholder – It keeps your life easy and trouble free. Keep all your id and financial cards safe and in one place and no way of losing the card as you will always find them snug tight in their place.
- Sanitary Napkin/Tampons – We never know when these unexpected and unwanted guests arrive, hence always be prepared and you never know, you might help some other female in the restroom in times of need.
- Phone Charger – My life depends on this one thing. Can’t even imagine how earth will survive if my phone goes dead for couple of hours. Hence always a place in my bag for my phone’s charger.
- Hand Sanitizer – You use public transport; hold the same door handle which is touched by almost hundreds of people in one day. You use office washroom which is again used by all females. You visit restaurant and hold the menu card which is probably the dirtiest thing in the whole restaurant. It is never cleaned. This list can go on. Always keep a hand sanitizer for your regular hygiene.
- Peppermint – Never stop yourself when you want to binge on the delicious food ordered for lunch, but no one would like to do a meeting with you if you smell bad after lunch. Keep peppermint handy and toss one in your mouth when needed.
- Cosmetic Kit – Lip balm, Lipstick/gloss, compact, sunscreen, hand moisturizer – No word. All of us have this kit and we all know what kinds to keep.
- Bobby Pins & Hair-ties – My baby hair plays all kinds of games when I have a busy day or do not have time in the morning to do a proper hairstyle. Always keep some bobby pins or hair ties in your bag for the days when you want to deal with the world without worrying about hair falling on your face.
- Safety Pins & Nail Filer – Once I did not have safety pins and my kurta’s underarm stitching opened without any prior intimation. I stapled both ends and survived for the day, but it was way too uncomfortable. Since that day, safety pins are staple pieces in my bag.
- Band Aid – Apart from hurting yourself, you will always need a band aid when wearing new shoes. We all have had our shares of pain with shoe bites.
- Pen – C’mon you are a working woman, you need a pen always. Never know when boss is going to call to mention some urgent list of to-dos.
- Pepper Spray – Precaution is better than cure. Hence always carry one piece of safety in your bag. I learnt it hard way that there might be more than one person who intends to trouble you and you might not be physically capable to handle more than one person. Travelling in public transport, keep this product always handy and those who will shrug off their shoulders saying that I travel by my own car, lady, you go to basement alone. Your car might decide to stop right in middle of street. You never know when emergency arrives. A safety product should always be in your bag. No matter what bag size you are using. Period!
- Pain Killers – If you have low immunity or a long day of hard work troubles you often, do get it checked with your doctor and keep your regular medicine handy. I always have Meftal in my bag for period’s pains. Never know when needed. L
- Fresh wipes – Sometimes your face gets tired after long hours staring at laptop screen or you anyways feel tired after long hours of meetings. Keep fresh wipes in your bag to use when required.
- Deodorant/Roll on perfumes – A spray of your favorite perfume or deodorant lifts your spirits high and boosts your energy.
- Headphones – This is a personal choice of mine. I never leave house without my headphones. If you also love music and cannot walk a step without a bit of music in your ears like me, then keep it in your bag, always!
So tell me how many of these things you carry in your handbag and what other things you can think of that should be in our bags. Share it with all of us.
The summers are getting over my head now. Its way toooo hot here in Gurgaon. The minutes you spend in this scorching heat are getting unbearable with each passing day. I sincerely hope that we get to see rains very soooon. Everyone is in desperate need of it. L
My first outfit post was a western outfit and so I decided to bring an ethnic look for the second one. I thought of kurtas and then I thought why not go for full 9yards of saree. Wearing saree is not easy for everyone, but everyone will agree that females look very gorgeous in saree. So depending on your comfort level, you may include this beautiful piece of clothing in your workwear closet. If you feel that there is too much to take care of, then you may wear it for the special occasions or ethnic dress up days in office like Diwali celebration. Remember some things take time, but then they end up making you look like an inspiration. I am sure that you will find some reason to don a simple beautiful saree.
I usually prefer soft cotton or khadi sarees since they have an earthy look that instantly makes them appropriate for the office dressing. For special events, we may also opt for simple silk sarees. Narrow border looks better. Here I am wearing a beige colored saree with blue flowers in cross stitch work. It is perfect for the hot summer days. The saree is perfect for a regular day at office. I am wearing this with a black crop top(Were you able to figure it out!)
Blouse – Please ensure that your blouse does not reveal much of your skin. The neckline should not reveal more than what you are comfortable with. No cleavage! You may also try a fusion look by wearing a plain black crop top with the saree.
- Always tuck safety pins at all the pleats so that they stay in place and you need not worry about it for the whole day.
- Do not tie the saree too low or too high. Remember the simple rule is that your saree should cover your heels and your midriff should also be covered.
- You may check out this easy guide given below for wearing saree. It is easy and ready reference for new learners.
Personally I love cotton sarees, though I am also guilty of not wearing it often. Will share some regular ethnic looks too in coming posts. What is your most loved ethnic look. Share your thoughts. Would love to hear from you all.
And by the way, have an amazing week ahead. Keep giving your 100% and you will get the reward for sure! 🙂
I am starting a series of interviews with some ninja women who are doing well in their career fields and are willing to share their experiences and suggestions with other women. We will get to know about the various career options available, the challenges associated and so much insider information.
Our first topic is Virtual Assistant. It is a career option in which you offer your services to the client through telecommunications, i.e. internet and tele calls. You sit at the comfort of your home and do the same work as someone else does sitting in office. Many times there are situations in your personal life when you cannot attend the regular working hours of office, but you do want to work and there the world of internet comes to save you. You can provide virtual assistance to your client who might be sitting in some different geographical location and working in different time zones. All you need to do is coordinate and get the basic understanding of tasks and get on it.
Today I am introducing you to Zascha Friis, a ninja working woman who is having complete fun with her work and life too. She runs a blog, According to Zascha, works as a virtual assistant and is a passionate solo traveler. After reading my interaction with her, you will also feel like you too want to do it all, yourself and then feel the freedom of working on your own terms. Zascha has been working as a Virtual Assistant and she can give you a fresh view of the fascinating world of Virtual Assistant. So let’s start, shall we!
Vinny – Tell us about your journey as a Virtual Assistant? Where and how did you start?
Zascha – I started looking into it in Fall last year. I’m starting my full-time travels in June this year and I knew that I would need to have an income that would enable me to stay on the road. So I was like: “How do I go about this?” I started looking for jobs, but it was like a jungle out there. There is so much competition, but luckily I don’t give up easily. I kept applying for VA jobs. I kept getting rejected, but it didn’t stop me. Shortly after, I landed my first VA job and I now have three long-term clients. It’s all about being determined.
Vinny – What has been the most challenging part in your career as a VA?
Zascha – It was difficult in the beginning getting people to give me a chance when I had zero experience as a VA. But all it takes is that one person to believe in you and to give you that one shot and then things will start running a bit more smoothly.
The most challenging thing now is time management. You really need to want this and you need to motivate yourself. When you’re working online you don’t have someone constantly looking over your shoulder, so you need to be able to manage your time properly.
Vinny – Have you ever had a very challenging client? How was the experience?
Zascha – No, I have been very lucky I think. I have a good relationship with all of my clients. And no, I’m not just saying that in case they’re going to read this. 🙂
Vinny – What are the most reliable platforms for a person looking to work as a VA?
Zascha – I have only ever used Upwork and that has worked well for me. Again, there’s a lot of competition out there and especially on Upwork as it’s the biggest freelance platform on the Internet. But it’s reliable and you’re secured in case something goes wrong. And once you get one or two good reviews on there, you will notice that there’s a lot more interest from clients.
Vinny – What are the necessary requirements for working as a VA that client look for? What kind of jobs do you do as a VA?
Zascha – You need to want to sit in front of your laptop a lot!
I think It’s important to be very fast at typing, you need to know how to manage different email platforms, social media platforms, Word, Excel, Google Docs. Basically, you need to know how to do most things. And if you don’t know how to then Google is your friend. Being able to write for the right audience is important too as it sometimes involve reaching out to different people in various companies.
In my jobs I do all sorts of things. No week is the same. I reach out to people on LinkedIn, I write hundreds of emails each week, I respond the messages, I schedule meetings, I go over resumes. And the list goes on. The jobs you do really depends on your client.
Vinny – What are the unsaid rules of VA world?
Zascha – Client confidentiality. I don’t mind telling people about my job as a VA, but I would never disclose exactly what kind of projects I’m working on or the name of my clients.
Vinny – What are the industry standards in terms of compensation for a VA?
Zascha – Good question! Some virtual assistants make $5 an hour; others make $20 an hour. I also think it depends on the location of the VA. I’m not going to say how much I make (sorry!), but let’s just say it enables me to travel around the world comfortably.
Vinny – With so many scam websites for VA work, how can one search for one genuine, authentic one?
Zascha – As I said earlier: Google is your friend! If you’re in doubt, then do research! Only ever use sites that have good reviews and that you’ve heard of before. And when it comes to determining whether a VA job is a scam or not my advice is this: if it’s too good to be true, then it probably is.
Vinny – Zascha, tell us about yourself. What do you like the most as being a VA?
Zascha – The freedom! Without a doubt. I am able to work wherever and whenever I want. I can sleep until noon every day if I want to (unless I have a deadline!) and I can go to bed when I please. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not all rainbow and unicorns, but it is pretty damn close.
I’ve never had an interest in sitting in an office from 9 to 5 and by being a VA I will never have to.
Vinny – You also run a blog, tell us about it.
Zascha – Ah yes, my blog is my baby. I started According to Zascha back in 2014 after a breakup. I wanted to see the world and I wanted to tell people about it. I write about traveling solo on a budget. I give people tips and advice on how to do the same, but I also write personal stories so that my readers can get to know me as a person.
I’ve been traveling part-time up until now, but on the 22nd of June I begin my incredible journey around the world. I start in Italy and then I will be traveling from country to country until I find a place to settle down.
Vinny – Do you have a message for young girls who would like to work as a VA?
Zascha – Go for it! Get started already now. Read guides on how to get started. Talk to people who have already done it. It doesn’t happen overnight, but with a lot of hard work you’ll be able to get there. It will be the best decision you’ve ever made.
P.S – Zascha has also written an e-book about becoming a VA. Go, check it out!