Using Flexible Thinking to Hone Your Problem-Solving Skills as a Virtual Assistant

virtual assistantYou may be thinking: What does flexible thinking have to do with my career as a Virtual Assistant?

Flexible thinking means that you’re able to see things in different ways. You’re open to new perspectives and you’re willing to use different options to solve problems. It means you generate alternatives to render the best result.

Being a problem solver is an important component of successful Virtual Assistants. High-paying clients want to work with Virtual Assistants who can figure out a solution on their own without relying on an answer from the client. They want someone who is adaptable.

The Harvard Business Review suggests that adaptability gives companies the competitive advantage, but it also gives you an advantage as a Virtual Assistant.

Being a flexible thinker heightens your problem-solving skills as a Virtual Assistant because you have an adaptable:

  • Perspective

You understand there’s not just one way of doing something. So, if something doesn’t work the first time, you can adapt your approach to figure out a method that does work. You’re able to come up with new strategies or options that can increase your productivity as well as your clients’.

  • Consideration of Clients’ Needs

As a Virtual Assistant, you often receive directives, changes, and new ideas from clients constantly. Changes and projects that need more immediate attention can pop up at any moment. And, you have multiple clients with different needs filling your inbox with information numerous times throughout the day.

Flexible thinking allows you to adjust your thinking to fit particular clients. Your response to situations and how you handle those situations will depend on the client. You’re able to anticipate what will work for one client, and that can be completely different for each client you work with.

  • Ideas

You know that there are multiple ways to solve a problem. As a flexible thinker, you able to generate many ideas to best meet your clients’ needs. Moreover, a flexible thinker doesn’t accept the status quo. Instead, you strive to find the best and most efficient way of doing something – even if your previous method works. As a flexible thinker, you keep pushing, adapting, and learning to find the best result.

To learn more about how to become a problem-solving Virtual Assistant that attracts high-paying clients, apply here for a free MORE Clients MORE Profits Breakthrough Session with me now.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How to Overcome Anxiety before a Consultation as a Virtual Assistant

virtual assistantConsultations with a potential client can feel like one of the scariest things you’ll do as a Virtual Assistant. It can be tough to put yourself out there when the possibility of rejection lingers, but holding consultations with potential clients is a vital part of your VA business.

But, consultations are just as much for you as they are for the potential client. During a consultation, you’re not only figuring out how you can help the client achieve her goals, but also whether or not you think that person would be a good fit as a client for you.

Therefore, all the judgment is not on you. You also need to figure out if the person on the other end of the line is someone that you can work well with to achieve your own goals. Flipping your mindset from “what if they don’t like me” to “is this person someone I can work with long-term” allows you to shed a lot of the anxiety you might feel before a consultation.

But, just as it is anytime you meet someone new, nervousness is normal. Therefore, it’s important to find strategies that help you overcome your nerves so you appear confident, knowledgeable, and professional during a consultation.

A few strategies a successful Virtual Assistant does to calm your nerves before a consultation:

Do Adequate Research  

Find out as much about the potential client as you can. Look at her website. Sign up for any freebies she has and read through those. The more you’ll know, the more prepared you’ll feel which will help calm your nerves.

Plus, this information will give you a good indication of whether this potential client is a good fit for you.

Have a Plan

Since a purpose of holding a consultation is to get a clear picture about how you can help the potential client achieve her goals, go into the consultation determined to figure out what you can do to help. This alone takes away a lot of the pressure. You’re simply trying to help. You don’t have the burden of making a sell.

During the consultation ask them questions that help you get a sense of what their goals are. Prepare some ahead of time that will allow you to figure out what it is they really want and if they’ll be a good fit for you. Remember the consultation is relatively short—normally 20 minutes—and you want to be respectful of their time and yours. So, you’re not preparing a grocery list of questions. It’s just a few to help you get a sense of the potential client’s needs and if you can help them.

Additionally, plan out how you’ll start the conversation and end of the conversation. Preparing ahead of time gives you something to fall back on when you get nervous. You know exactly what ground you need to cover with the potential client and how the conversation should go.

Practice

There’s some truth to that old adage that “practice makes perfect”. While your comfort level is more important than perfection, practicing helps calm those nerves. Going through the conversation in your head—or out loud—helps keep you on the right track when you get anxious during the call. Knowing how to start the conversation, what questions you need to ask, and how you’re going to end the conversation allows you to focus on the listening to the potential client instead of your nerves.

Write out what you’re going to say. You want the conversation to flow naturally, but you also want to have those tools ready to fall back on if you get nervous or there’s an awkward silence during the conversation.

Be Yourself

Of course, you want to convert those consultations to clients. But, ultimately, you want to be happy as a Virtual Assistant. It’s important to be prepared and professional during the consultation, but it’s also essential to be yourself. You don’t want to work with someone that you don’t connect with or who doesn’t respect what you do. Just relax, take a deep breath, and be yourself.

At the end of the day, there’s a myriad of reasons a potential client may not end up hiring you—none of which have anything to do with you. Therefore, you can let go of the anxiety, be prepared and professional, put your best foot forward, but know that if it doesn’t work out, then it wasn’t meant to be with that particular person. There will be other clients who are great matches for you. Those are the clients you want—people you enjoy working with as you help them reach their goals.

To discover how ExpertVA Training can help you find and keep clients to achieve your goals, apply here for a free MORE Clients MORE Profits Breakthrough Session with me now.

 

Are You Passionate about Work? You Can Be with a Career as a Virtual Assistant

virtual assistantYou will spend about 90,000 hours of your life working – that’s half of your waking hours in your adult life.

That’s a lot of time. You’re investing not only your time, but also your skills, your creativity, and yourself into all those hours you spend working.

So, are you passionate about your work?

Sure, you’d love to be one of those people who truly loves her job, but you think you just weren’t lucky enough to find that. But, that lack of passion makes you feel beat down by an unfulfilling job and unmotivated. And, you’re struggling to get through the day-to-day.

You think you’re stuck. Right?

Wrong. It doesn’t have to be that way.

With a career as a Virtual Assistant (VA), you can follow your passions, achieve your goals, and make money doing what you love.

How a career as a Virtual Assistant (VA) allows you to be passionate about your work:

Freedom to Do What You LOVE

Can you imagine what it would be like to wake up each day excited to work?

As a Virtual Assistant that is not impossible.

Building a career as a VA empowers you to choose the type of work you do each day. You’re the boss. There’s no obligation to complete tasks you absolutely hate. Therefore, you get to spend your time doing what you love. You’re able to follow your passions to build a career that allows you to wake up excited, motivated, and inspired to work.

Flexibility to Pursue Other Passions

Being a Virtual Assistant allows you the flexibility to create your own schedule. You can work part-time or full-time and even take a day off each week.

With a flexible schedule, you’re able to invest time in your passions outside of work. Volunteering, helping at your child’s school, spending time with your grandchildren, weekly lunches with your closest friend—anything that brings joy and happiness to your life, you’ll have time for as a VA.

Find Meaning in What You Do

What’s better than feeling like what you do has a purpose—that it’s appreciated and meaningful?

As a Virtual Assistant, your work has a purpose, it’s appreciated, and it’s meaningful. You get to help others achieve their goals. Plus, you’re able to accomplish your own goals that add meaning and fulfillment in your life.

“Just don’t give up trying to do what you really want to do. Where there’s love and inspiration, I don’t think you can go wrong.” – Ella Fitzgerald

Want more information about how you can follow your passions as a Virtual Assistant? Discover how ExpertVA Training can help you achieve your goals while waking up excited to work every day. Apply here for a free MORE Clients MORE Profits Breakthrough Session with me now.

What Does It Take to Build a Successful Career as a Virtual Assistant?

virtual assistantWith a “traditional” career, there’s an order of operations to accomplishing your goals. There are specific stops along the way to success—certificates you must acquire, college or trade school, or possibly a graduate degree. You know what’s expected of you because the road to get there is mapped out for you.

But, with a Virtual Assistant career, the path is less defined. That’s partly because there are so many possibilities and you can build your career doing what you love. But it can cause apprehension because the path feels uncertain and unpredictable.

What do you need to build a successful career as a Virtual Assistant?

Starting a career as a Virtual Assistant requires a relatively small start-up cost. You don’t need a ton of space or inventory to work as a Virtual Assistant. Just a few essentials—a computer, internet, a phone—will get your career going, and many of those essentials you likely have or pay for already. Find out more about what it costs to start your career as a Virtual Assistant.

But, the most essential asset to building a successful Virtual Assistant career is YOU.

Therefore, to build a successful career, it’s helpful to have a:

  • Willingness to Take Action

A Forbes article, “Take A Risk: The Odds Are Better Than You Think,” states that when faced with the decision to start something new “we discount or deny the cost of inaction and sticking with the status quo.” The article continues to explain that when faced with taking a risk “we delude ourselves with the hope that our circumstances will somehow just get better over time and thing will just ‘sort themselves out.”

With inaction, your life won’t change. Are you OK with that? Will you always wonder ‘what if’? But, a willingness to take action makes all the difference. It’s the spark that allows you to accomplish your dreams. It’s acknowledging that you no longer want to live with the status quo, but that you want to step out of your comfort zone and go after the career you want. Taking action gets you on the path to building a career and life you love.

  • Positive Mindset

Your mindset has a profound impact on your success. You have the ability and potential to set the bar high and reach those goals. You just have to believe that you are capable of doing so, which, at times, can be challenging.

“It is not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves.” – Sir Edmund Hillary

A growth mindset “creates a love of learning and a resilience that is essential for great accomplishments.” You don’t have to have all the knowledge, skills, or talents right now. As a Virtual Assistant, you’re able to build to grow, develop, and learn throughout the process.

When you let go of the fear and self-doubt and believe in yourself, you empower yourself to achieve greatness.

  • Desire to Achieve Your Goals

Let your mind wander for a minute. Where do you see yourself in a year? What do you want your career and life to look like? As you set out to start your career as a Virtual Assistant, keep your focus on those goals. Work towards them every day. Don’t let the little stuff prohibit you from accomplishing your dreams—block out the static. Instead, focus. Dive in. Try new things. Learn from mistakes. Celebrate successes. Have fun. And, keep moving forward. Your desire will drive your success.

  • Craving to Do What You Love

As a Virtual Assistant, you build a career helping other people achieve their goals doing what you love most. You decide what you specialize in and the services you provide. You are in complete control of your career. The possibilities are endless. And, you never have to feel stuck doing what you hate. Your talents and passions will be appreciated by people who need them to grow their own businesses.

  • Support System

Isn’t life so much more fun with people around you who understand your goals, your struggles, and your successes? Having those people who are there to celebrate with you when you succeed or help shoulder the burden when things aren’t going as planned is beneficial both in business and in life. They’re there to lift you up when you need it most. They keep you on track if you lose focus. And, they’re there to do a happy dance with you when you accomplish your goals.

The key to a successful career as a Virtual Assistant lies within you. With determination and drive, your success is inevitable.

To join a community of like-minded, brilliant women who are at all stages of their careers as a Virtual Assistant, join the ExpertVA Community on Facebook.

To discover how ExpertVA™ Training can help you unlock your true potential and create your own path to a more fulfilling career and life (and find a support system that will really do a happy dance with you), apply here for a free MORE Clients MORE Profits Breakthrough Session with me now.

 

Can YOU Succeed as a Virtual Assistant?

virtual assistantWhat is the measure of success?

Throughout our lives, we see these images of success—the big house, the nice car. You know, the white picket fence. Tangible objects that once acquired indicate that we’ve made it.

Therefore, success becomes something you strive to get. But, after acquiring a certain level of what you think success should be, you don’t feel successful?

We’re conditioned to think that success is a quantifiable goal like reaching your ideal weight. And, once you or others have achieved it, you can see it. But, you may have found that your pursuit of success has left you feeling like something in your life is lacking.

What you may have realized is that the measure of success is not tangible. It’s more complex than that. And, people whom you look at and say, “Wow, they’re so successful,” may be lacking something that makes them feel as though they’ve achieved nothing worthwhile.

A Business Insider article illustrates how twelve rich, powerful people define success. Not one of them says wealth or power are the most important components of success. For them, success is less tangible. Instead, they define success through feelings, relationships, individual growth, or the impact they have on others.

So, how do you define success?

A career as a Virtual Assistant empowers you to define and achieve your own success. Here’s how:

Success on Your Own Terms

You can determine the amount of money you need to make. You’re able to determine the hours you need to work to meet your personal financial needs. You can make enough to get out of debt. You can save for retirement. Or, you can save to travel the world. You can even work as you travel the world since a career as a Virtual Assistant allows you to work from anywhere at any time.

The possibilities are endless, and you have the power to define your own success with a career as a Virtual Assistant. Not just monetary success, but also the quality of life you’re able to live.

Do What You Love

How many people get to wake up every day and go to work doing what they truly love? Virtual Assistants do. Why? Because as a Virtual Assistant, you get to decide what services you’ll provide to clients. A career as a Virtual Assistant allows you to use the skills you already have to build a business doing what you love. Plus, you help others achieve their goals every day.

Live the Life You Desire

As a Virtual Assistant, you have the freedom and flexibility to live your life while building a successful career. You can spend quality time with your family and friends. You can volunteer for causes that are important to you. With a career as a Virtual Assistant, you’re able to achieve a successful, fulfilling life.

To discover how you achieve success on your own terms by starting a career as a Virtual Assistant and how ExpertVA Training can help, apply here for a free MORE Clients MORE Profits Breakthrough Session with me now.

Life as a Virtual Assistant: When Starting is the Hardest Part

virtual assistantPutting things off. Stalling. Delaying the inevitable. Procrastination.

Whether it’s household chores, work tasks, or significant business decisions, sometimes it seems easier to put things off than it is to get started and conquer whatever lies in front of you.

The action of just getting started often meets the most opposition.

There’s always something more entertaining than household chores. Or, if you’re grappling with the decision to quit your current job to become a Virtual Assistant, you let all the risks or uncertainties be your excuse for not a making major business decision.

But, when you delay starting, what’s the outcome?

If it’s household chores, you know you’re eventually going to have to do them. Unfortunately, magic fairies that leave your house in sparkles aren’t real.

Likewise, putting off work-related tasks yields the same results. Eventually, you must do them, but you’re rushed and stressed out as a result of your own procrastination.

And, what are the results of delaying major business decisions? You remain stuck in an unfulfilling job? You stay stagnant knowing you’re not reaching your full potential?

The consequences of not starting seem worse than taking that first action and conquering what’s in front of you to accomplish something that will ultimately lead to a more gratifying life.

After taking the first step to accomplish tasks or make a big decision, the subsequent steps will be a lot easier. After you just get started, you can get into a groove, make a plan, build your map to success, and keep moving forward to accomplishing your goals.

But finding that elusive motivation that gives you that little nudge—or push—to get started often serves as a roadblock to your success.

How do you overcome the challenge of getting started as a Virtual Assistant?

By avoiding procrastination and delaying the inevitable, you open yourself up to more time, more energy, and a more productive work environment.

Prioritize

On a daily basis, be mindful of most important tasks you need to accomplish. Once you know your priorities, schedule specific times to complete the most pressing tasks of your day. Identifying the tasks that take precedent in your day, allows you to focus on one particular task at a time without feeling bombarded by all the other things you need to accomplish. It gives you focus and perspective.

Furthermore, if you have repetitive tasks that you do daily or weekly, schedule those in on the same days. Then, you can prioritize your tasks within a structure that’s already familiar. Thus, you increase your productivity and decrease your stress and anxiety.

If you’re grappling with a big business decision, prioritize your reasons for even entertaining the idea. Then, use those reasons to inspire your choice. What do you want to change in your life that serves as motivation for this decision? What will you gain if you take the first step? Why is it important to you? What’s holding you back? Can you create a plan that will enable you to feel comfortable with the process after you make the decision?

Recognize You’re in Control

You have a choice to make. You can give in to procrastination and live with the consequences. Or, you can set specific goals and time frames in which to achieve your goals.

Most often, the only person standing in your way is you.

Therefore, set goals, make plans, schedule specific times to dedicate to particular tasks, and get out of your own way.

Let Go of Perfection

Often the task itself, especially if its unfamiliar, challenging, or time consuming, is intimidating. And, the intimidation of the task itself is compounded by the desire for perfection. Let go of perfection. Getting something done is much more important than getting it perfect.

Leave yourself time to go back to revisit the task. Make changes and tweaks until it feels right. But, let go of the expectation of getting it perfect on the first try.

Take the Time for the Things You Enjoy

Make room in your life for the things you love. Taking even minimal breaks during the day to do something you enjoy can have a significant impact on your productivity.

An Entrepreneur article that addressing the importance of taking time off states “working without letup is a bad habit that can jeopardize business, health and the life you’re supposedly working toward.”

Failing to take time for yourself to do the things you love eventually leads to burning out. You need breaks—times to rest and recharge. Give yourself that time. Even the smallest investment in yourself can have a huge impact.

Ask Yourself: Is it worth it?

Sometimes the consequences of procrastination are minimal. For example, does waiting to complete your household chores until three hours later have a major impact on your life? Probably not.

But, that time does add up.

And, the bigger the task or decision that you’re putting off, the more impact it holds over your life. Do the choices you’re delaying affect your happiness or success? If so, are you willing to suspend your joy or prosperity because you’re scared of taking the first step?

To maximize your potential as a Virtual Assistant, apply here for a free MORE Clients MORE Profits Breakthrough Session with me now.

Build Your Virtual Assistant Business: Be the Heroine of Your Own Story

virtual assistantThe past—your history—provides insight into your life today. It explains how you got where you are. Your past may tell the story of struggle, of happiness, of obstacles overcome, of hard work, and of many amazing successes.

But, the past is simply a story. And, your story isn’t over.

You’re in control of the script—and you have the power to write your own.

There’s no shame in realizing that, even though you’ve worked hard to get where you are, you have a desire for more. Whatever your reason is that’s fueling you to want to keep pushing yourself—whether you’re currently in a traditional job or your own Virtual Assistant business—it’s not too late to add to your story.

Therefore, it’s never too late to add a new act to your script.

How do you become the heroine of your story to build a successful Virtual Assistant business?

Your drive to keep pushing to reach your full potential likely stems from your self-confidence. A Forbes article states that “a fundamental lack of belief in our own value, worth, and ability to achieve consistently tempers female ambition and holds women back.”

Often, as women, we tend to sell ourselves short. Once you’ve reached a certain level of success, you may find that you accept that accomplishment and stop pushing for more. But you’re capable of great things, and you have the power to achieve beyond what you believe possible.

Being the heroine of your story involves having courage and confidence even when it appears all the odds are against you. So, you have to find it in you to push through the fear and self-doubt in order reach your true potential.

Therefore, it’s essential to find the courage and confidence to:

Take a Risk

Pushing beyond the status quo is a risk. It’s easy to sit back and accept where you are. Except that you’ll always wonder “what if?” and have that nagging feeling that you could have done something more.

Consider what it is that’s holding you back. What are you waiting for? The perfect time? When will that be? What if ‘the perfect time’ never comes?

You have a choice: continue waiting for the perfect moment or take a calculated risk that empowers you to live the life you deserve.

Accept Failure

No one is immune to failure. And, failure is only the end if you allow it to be. Some of the most successful people—Albert Einstein, for example—fail multiple times before they get it right. Does that diminish their success?

Instead, embrace failure as a natural part of learning. If something doesn’t work the first time, find a new way until it does work.

Recognize You are Enough

You are the only one who can write your script. No one else can do it for you.

If self-doubt is holding you back, changing your mindset can help you find the courage to go after your goals. You can learn, master, and excel at something new.

You have the power to write your script; what’s yours going to say?

To learn how ExpertVA Training can help you maximize your potential and achieve your goals, apply here for a free MORE Clients MORE Profits Breakthrough Session with me now.

 

 

The Best Investment to Get Your Virtual Assistant Business Off to a Great Start

virtual assistant businessUncertainty is a normal part of starting a business. There are a lot of choices to make, decisions to weigh, and the future to think about. Therefore, making the first steps to becoming a Virtual Assistant can feel like a leap of faith.

There are likely numerous questions that plague your mind: Is this the right career? Will you be able to make the money you need to pay my bills? Will you be able to pay off your debt? How quickly will you start earning money? Will you be able to save for retirement? Will you be able to get clients? And the list goes on.

Considering that there are many options out there that allow you to start your own business, a Virtual Assistant business provides an opportunity that enables you to use skills you already possess to build a profitable business.

In comparison to other options, a Virtual Assistant business has a comparatively low startup cost. Plus, you won’t need to invest hundreds or thousands of dollars in inventory just to get your business started. The necessities of starting a Virtual Assistant business—a computer, a phone, and internet—are likely things you already have.

However, because the start-up cost of a Virtual  Assistant business is relatively low, you can invest in your business to help you build and grow your business effectively from the start.

The most effective way to ensure the success of your Virtual Assistant business is to invest in a coaching program.

Whether you’re just starting your business or looking to grow an already established Virtual Assistant business, coaching is the number one investment to achieve success. Finding a coach who has been in your shoes, experienced what you’re feeling, and built a successful VA business is the best way to learn, grow, and develop your business.

Why?

An article published by U.S. News, “5 Investments Every Smart Small Business Owner Makes,” states that “[e]very business owner needs a coach or mentor” and adds that “[t]he opportunity to tap into the knowledge, experience, and connections of an expert is worth every penny.”

A coach will boost the success of your Virtual Assistant business by:

  • Helping you strategically start and grow your business:

She’s been there. She’s done it. She knows how to build a successful business. And her role as a coach is to help you succeed as your build your own business. Therefore, a coach provides insight into the necessary steps you need to take to set your business up for success. With a coach, you won’t get stuck in traps of wasting your time on something that won’t ultimately help your business. Instead, a coach takes the guesswork out of how to build your business by giving you specific, proven steps to ensure you get your business off to a great start.

  • Allowing you to earn while you learn:

Certain coaching programs will enable you to make money while you complete the program. So, instead of waiting until you’re entirely done, you can start earning money as soon as you feel you’re ready to start taking on clients. This not only provides allows you to start making money quickly, but also helps you get your return on the money you invested into coaching much quicker.

  • Referring clients:

A great coach has tons of connections to other business owners who seek the help of Virtual Assistants to perform various tasks. And, once your coach gets to know you and your skills, she can provide referrals to high-paying clients. This perk allows you to quickly find great clients, boost your earnings, and build a successful business.

  • Providing a community of support and guidance:

An excellent coaching program not only provides you with the help of your coach who is there to guide you, answer your questions, problem solve, and celebrate your successes along the way, but also with a community of others who are building and growing their businesses along with you. This community provides additional help, guidance, and perspective as you’re making decisions that pertain to your business. They can give you leads for clients, provide you with feedback on your website, and so much more. A community of other VAs who have also been in your shoes, who are willing to help, and who are rooting for your success is invaluable.

“An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.” – Benjamin Franklin

Just as this quote communicates, an investment in the knowledge you’ll gain from having a coach by your side will pay off in more significant dividends in the long run.

Ready to invest in yourself, your Virtual Assistant business and your future? For information about how my ExpertVA™ Training program can help you build a successful business, achieve your goals, and live a more fulfilling life, apply here for a free MORE Clients MORE Profits Breakthrough Session with me now.

Five Reasons Why a Virtual Assistant Business is a Smart Investment

Looking for a flexible career that will bring in additional income for your family? Sick of your current nine to five job?

A career as a Virtual Assistant is a great option to get the flexibility you desire with the income you need while doing what you love.

Here are five reasons why a Virtual Assistant business is a smart investment:

  1. Great Earning Potential

The average Virtual Assistant in the United States makes between $35 to $50 an hour. Your starting hourly rate depends on the services you offer, your level of expertise, and your target market. However, as you build your business, your reputation, and your knowledge and skills, you can raise your rates to increase your income. Therefore, as a Virtual Assistant, there’s always room to grow.

  1. A Business that Grows with You

You can build your Virtual Assistant to fit your expertise, interests, and needs. You may start your business providing services you already know. But, you can always adapt the services you provide to fit your interests and the demands of the market. Contrary to many traditional jobs, you’ll never be stuck completing tasks you absolutely hate or doing the same thing day after day. As a Virtual Assistant, if you have the desire to change the services you provide, you may grow your business to do so.

Therefore, as your lifestyle, needs, or interests change, so can your business.

  1. Low Start-up Costs

Compared to other business options, a Virtual Assistant business has a low start-up cost. Your average costs within the first year will total a little more than $2,000 and, many of the necessities of a Virtual Assistant business are products and services you likely already have (computer, internet, and phone).

Additionally, there are areas in which you could save money if you’re leaving a traditional job. For example, you will not have to fill your car with gas as often or make purchases to update your professional wardrobe since you’ll be working from home as a Virtual Assistant.

  1. Flexible Schedule and Location

Because of the flexibility of being your own boss and creating your own schedule, you can adapt your business to fit the demands of your life. Therefore, you can take the time to care for a child or an aging parent. As a Virtual Assistant, you can make time for the things you enjoy.

  1. Adding Value to the World

Your hard work and time are valued by your clients because you are providing high-quality services that help them reach their goals. You will be appreciated and valued. And, you will attract high-paying clients to do what you love.

To discover if a career as a Virtual Assistant is right for you or how my ExpertVA™ Training can help you build a successful Virtual Assistant business, apply here for a free MORE Clients MORE Profits Breakthrough Session with me now.

Turn Struggles into Success: Start Your Own Virtual Assistant Business

Welcome to 2018!

virtual assistantTime for Reflection

According to a CNN Money article published in August of 2017, over fifty percent of the American workforce is dissatisfied with their job and cites four reasons that contribute to that discontentment. Those causes include 1) Little to no opportunities for advancement, 2) poor company culture, 3) being underpaid, and 4) loathsome manager and coworkers.

As you reflect on the past year, do you find that the dissatisfaction of an unfulfilling work environment is affecting more than just your professional life?

Giving time to reflection provides insight into what is and isn’t working for you both personally and professionally. With so much of you—your time, your energy, your sacrifices—given to your career, there’s no question that it impacts your personal life as well.

And, that dissatisfaction can leave you feeling drained and struggling to find purpose and balance in your life.

What improvements do you wish you could make in 2018 to cultivate a more fulfilling life?

Perhaps 2018 is your year to make a change.

It’s your life. What are you going to do with it? Maybe it’s time to stop wishing and make a change.

A career as a Virtual Assistant (VA) might be just the change you need in 2018:

Recognize Your Value

Often professional dissatisfaction stems from the feeling that you’re undervalued. You may be underpaid, have little opportunity for advancement, or stuck in a company culture that consistently leaves you drained. And, you find that you’re merely going through the motions. You get up each day and work hard just to feel overwhelmed and underappreciated.

As a Virtual Assistant, you have complete control of your business. Because you’re an expert in your niche, you will attract high-paying clients who appreciate the services you provide. Plus, you get to do work you truly enjoy.

As a VA, you can put the days of dreading the workday behind of you where you feel like you don’t contribute anything of worth. Instead, you’ll find that you’re excited about the tasks that will fill your day.

As a Virtual Assistant, your perception of work will change. You’ll be joyful, fulfilled, and excited to make a difference that helps others achieve their goals.

Resolve the Conundrum of the Work-Life Balance

In a traditional professional setting being contracted to be at your worksite during specific times, limits your ability to enjoy life outside the confines of your workplace. Yet, as a VA, this isn’t the case.

As a Virtual Assistant, you have complete control over your business. A career as a VA allows you to have a flexible schedule—on the days you choose and during the hours that work best for you.

Need a morning off to take care of you? Need the flexibility to care for a child or grandchild? Want to travel? You don’t need to check with your boss or take any vacation time to do so.

As a Virtual Assistant, your hours, your location, and your schedule are entirely up to you. Therefore, you can make a great living while also having time to get out and enjoy life.

Set Your Own Limits

Because you have complete control over your Virtual Assistant business, you’re able to set your own limits. Instead of being told what tasks you must complete, how much money you can make, and when you’ve reached the peak of your career, you get to decide it all for yourself.

A career as a VA allows you to make the amount of money you need or desire to make while doing what you love. You also have the ability to learn something new that will create more opportunities to grow your business.

“There are far better things ahead than any we leave behind.” – C.S. Lewis

Moving forward, making changes, and starting something new can be daunting. Those little voices that sometimes feel like they’re screaming seep in and make you doubt everything you’ve decided for yourself.

That voice causes you to question your self-worth: “Who am I to think that I’m smart enough to do this? Who am I to think that I can build my own business? What if I fail?”

While these fears can be loud and deafening, remember that you are enough to build a successful business. You are smart. You have skills and experiences that have equipped you with the knowledge that will guide your success. You’ve struggled in the past, and you’ve overcome those struggles.

As a Virtual Assistant, you can be the example of an able, empowered woman who can take her struggles and turn them into something positive and successful.

In 2018, create something you’re proud of by making the change to build a successful Virtual Assistant Business on your terms.

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To discover how ExpertVA™ Training can help you create a more fulfilling career and life by turning your struggles into a successful Virtual Assistant business, apply here for a free MORE Clients MORE Profits Breakthrough Session with me now.