Working from home as a virtual assistant or other online worker while adventuring around the world means we have a pretty amazing lifestyle, BUT it also makes it really hard for friends and family to know what to buy us. Normal gifts for commuting workers and overwhelmed women trying to do it all don’t really fit (cue the same candles and bath salts you’ve gotten for years that are still sitting in the back of the cupboards).
Nor do we want stupid little things, even if the gift giver means well. For those of us living out of a suitcase, we can’t carry those kinds of things around…and paying to store a candle?
So here’s 10 ideas you can just click to share with your well-meaning family and friends whenever a holiday or birthday comes around!
- Time Off
Our favorite gift to give and receive is time or an experience together. Consider an AirBnB weekend away gift or an experience. If nothing else contact a local expert in a niche and ask to buy a class from them. Has your virtual assistant friend been talking about photography, graphic design or watercolor for ages? Buy her some classes! (for some more resource ideas, see #2). Childcare for our work from home Mom’s or a spa day are #1 requests for our online work force.
2. Uplevel With Online Courses
Speaking of learning, those that work online are always looking to expand and grow their skills so they can charge and make more money. Some of our favorite online course resources for virtual assistants are:
- 90 Day VA: Our signature course for those without online skills or have been trying to be a VA for 6-12 months and want to expand their skillset + get tons of job opps! Enrollment info is HERE
- Digital Gangsta: The logical next step for many VAs is to be a more focused digital marketer. No need to get a degree, it’ll be outdated before you even finish it. Instead, we are huge fans of Julie Stoian’s incredibly comprehensive and regularly updated program you can check out HERE
3. Fun Home Office Supplies
Our home offices (or even a temp setup in a current location) are actually incredibly important. They need to be motivating, clean, inspiring and quiet so we can sit down and create amazing work each day. Unfortunately we often never spend the time to pimp out our office space so help a girl out with some of these awesome finds…
So you have something to write those to do lists ON grab 1 (or 10?) of these babies!
4. Home Office Decor
Besides cute office supplies our home office space is even more important! Something as simple as a pillow or poster can make all the difference.
We work from home and LOVE what we do so that means sitting for hours…and hours. This amazing laptop stand props up your laptop so it’s eye level and turns ANY desk into an ergonomic desk! We also use ours to watch movies in bed on without it getting hot sitting on the bed. The BEST part is that is folds down tiny so it slides right into a backpack!
(this one is also super slim so it’ll fit into a backpack for your cafe or work from anywhere adventures)
We are in online meetings constantly and yet we never invest in good headphones or a mic?! WHY? The time is now! Also great for meetings on the go because these suckers connect to your phone too!
We work from anywhere because we love to travel and explore new places while toting our laptop along with us (or just leaving for the day because we can!). Consider buying us a flight somewhere we’ve always talked about going or booking us a room in our favorite city for a few nights! We CAN just drop everything and go without requesting time off from work so this is an amazing surprise we would LOVE to receive.
First we drink the coffee, then we do the things. What better way to bring in the morning work load then in our home office sippin’ out of something this inspiring?!
Even though we work from home we still get stir crazy and work around town sometimes. Support a local cafe and buy a gift card for a cup of coffee or two and pop it into the Lady Boss mug you bought! Or if all else fails, this Starbucks Pack of gift cards would be a welcome escape too.
Ever wonder how some of our girls work from an RV in the middle of nowhere? Or in those epic off the grid locations? It’s with one of these babies! The Sky Roam runs on something like a sim card you can top up whenever needed. It’s way cheaper data then trying to tether to your phone and is perfect for those that like to go on adventures where wifi may not always reach.
Share with your family and friends trying to figure out what to buy for you this year or grab one of these awesome finds for yourself!
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