For this blog title to make sense, let me give you some quick context! The B.R.A.I.N. acronym is a common one doulas and childbirth educators use when helping families think through decisions surrounding their pregnancies and birth. (No, it’s not a snarky snark way to say, “Don’t be stupid!”)
The letters in B.R.A.I.N. stand for: Benefits, Risks, Alternatives, Intuition, and Nothing. And those words remind us of diagnostic questions we answer to help come to a decision. (If only choosing the right color cup for your toddler was so straightforward!!)
If you’ll let me ‘doula’ you for a moment, I’d love to go through the B.R.A.I.N. exercise with you as we consider this question:
How do I know if VA work is right for me?
What are the Benefits?
- You’ll have a source of predictable, added income to your household.
- You will have a supplemental source of income that is flexible to your #momlife schedule.
- You might be able to breathe easier knowing that you have diverse streams of income.
- If you’re already an entrepreneurial family, you will acquire new skills that will help you in your own business.
- VA work could introduce you to new business models and methods you want to try.
- VA work could broaden your social network.
What are the Risks?
- You may not sign new clients right away, or as quickly as you want.
- You could feel outside of your comfort zone.
- You might make a major mistake for a client and lose that invested time and money you would have earned.
- You might get behind with work if all three of your kids come down with the chicken pox, or other extenuating circumstances.
What are the Alternatives?
- You could find an outside-the-home job to supplement your income.
- You could join a Multi-Level Marketing Company to sell a product you believe in.
- You could adjust your budget to fit your current income and expenses.
What does your Intuition say?
- Right at this moment, what is your gut telling you about pursuing VA work? (There isn’t a right or wrong. Just take a minute to ask yourself if this sounds like something you’d enjoy and do well at.)
What happens if you do Nothing?
- If you choose not to pursue VA work at this time, you maintain your status quo. You won’t start on a path exploring the benefits of VA-added income, but you also won’t face any of the risks, either.
How are you feeling after that B.R.A.I.N. exercise? Any other benefits or risks you think I missed? Reply in the comments and let me know!