My name is Michelle Jamison and I am the author of Virtu@l Office Essentials. I have been a virtual office worker for over 12 years and I would be lying to you if I said I have loved every minute of it. The truth is, although I have enjoyed most of my time as a virtual worker, it hasn’t all been “flowers and sunshine” and this is exactly why I wrote this book, to share with you all the tips I’ve learned over the years.
I’ve been extremely fortunate to work from my virtual office since 1998. I’ve learned a lot during this time such as reliable technology is a must, building relationships is key and most importantly, working virtually is not as easy as one may think. And this is exactly why I wrote this book.
When I first started working from my virtual office (home) I was excited about all the really cool things about working virtually; no commuting, no uncomfortable work attire and of course the flexibility. Although all huge benefits to me, I found out fairly quickly that this “honeymoon stage” wears off, and fast. Soon I was faced with deadlines yet had problems keeping motivated, my office was in shambles and lacked any sort of functionality, and of course I was having major difficulty separating the home vs. work life. My virtual dream….was a nightmare.
Over the years I developed strategies to help me with all this. It soon became very clear to me that being successful in this virtual environment meant that I couldn’t just focus on the external elements such as the equipment and tools I use, but the internal elements, developing specific strategies to ensure I was also motivated, happy and healthy.
This is how the Virtu@l Office Essentials came to be, and I’m really very proud of this book. I have created it as a self-exploration tool that not only provides you with practical information, but will get your brain thinking.
The virtual work environment is not easy…but I hope with this book, you’ll find just the right strategies to ensure, it doesn’t have to be hard either.