I'm constantly meeting new wonderful people who want to set themselves up as Virtual Assistants. Their inspirations and stories are so varied and fascinating and I absolutely love it.And even though it's easy to work out that I've been in the industry for a while, I realise not everyone knows how I got here. So I thought I'd share a little insight.
Starting a new business has so many learning curves and feelings of uncertainty. There are some things we need to learn as we go and other things we need to stop and learn before we implement.So many service offerings in the VA world also sound a lot easier than they are. Especially when they are advertised offshore for $5 an hour. I mean how hard could they be?
How the Universe sabotages our New Year’s resolutions. New Year, new goals. I think it’s so weird how we base goals and behaviour changes around a calendar date. We’d better align our goals with everyone else eh? Because… um… because. Yup. Well anyway, if a date inspires you to reassess, take stock, make changes [...]
You know I love social media and think it’s pretty great. But it’s social we can’t control, and it may not be forever.
Have you ever had one of those days where everything is telling you that you shouldn’t be working? Like a little rock that starts rolling down a hill, collecting dirt until it becomes a boulder and if you don’t stop – you’re going to hit something hard!That’s me today. After getting this blog written, I’m checking out. Here’s why.
Meeting and chatting to a client prospect can be a pretty intimidating or scary venture, and many VAs worry a lot about this part of business. That first meeting and the steps you take before, during and after it can make or break your business relationship.It’s important to know how you want your business to run. What your goals are, how you want to work, when you want to work and for how much money you want to work. Being clear on your objectives helps you work out the smartest and easiest strategies moving forward with finding, securing and maintaining clients – the right clients.Here are my 7 tips for starting off on the right foot with your clients:
Where does your VA business stand with subcontracting? Where do you fit in with the above? Are you hiring support without considering the consequences? Or are you going to grow strong and do it right?
VAs are awesome. I just wanted to get that out right from the start. They are usually very giving of their time, knowledgeable and keen to keep learning. They have so many great attributes. But one area that they can lack strength in is setting boundaries. Frankly, they can be too nice.
This year was the 9th AVAC and proof that it gets better every year. We were hosted by the Hotel Grand Chancellor in Brisbane, a lovely venue with friendly staff and beautiful, modern amenities.Fifty amazing VAs, plus guest speakers flocked to the venue for the 2 day event which started on Friday morning and finished Saturday afternoon.
I see Virtual Assistants every day, both online and offline. It’s my world. And I love it. However, there are some things I see Virtual Assistants doing that makes me wonder if they are self-sabotaging their success. And sometimes, it’s only tiny things, but they scream “not professional enough” at me. [...]