Your Virtual Assistant Business: What to Do When You Feel Like Giving Up

Why did you decide to create a virtual assistant business? Did you desire more flexibility in your schedule? Were you sick of your traditional job? Did you long for a career that is more conducive to having a family by allowing you to work from home? Whether you’ve been a virtual assistant for a long time, you’re just starting out, or you’re trying to decide if a virtual assistant business is right for you, you ventured into this career with a desire to live your life to the fullest and without limitations. However, like most facets of life, your virtual assistant business is bound to weather some storms. If you’re like most of us, you’re likely not a stranger to failure. The word failure has such a negative connotation, but if you think about it, where would you be if you never experienced failure? Everyone makes mistakes; everyone falls into ruts; everyone has times where they feel like they don’t have the power to change their circumstance. Are you at a point in your virtual assistant business where it’s just not going the way you envisioned and you feel like giving up? Remember this: YOU are in control of your success; therefore, YOU have the power to change whatever it is that’s holding you back. Instead of focusing on failure, change your mindset to believe in your potential and be resilient to the challenges you face. Tools to help you believe in your potential and help you rise above your challenges: Set Goals In your virtual assistant business, Read more [...]

How to Boost Your Productivity When You Work from Home

The freedom you have when you work from home definitely has its perks, but it doesn’t come without its own set of challenges. Without the designated time and space of a traditional work schedule, it is necessary implement strategies to combat distractions and boost your productivity when you work from home. Common Distractions that Decrease Your Productivity When You Work from Home Multitasking Because there’s no separation between your work and home spaces, you are constantly reminded of the daily tasks of your household upkeep. Add to that your business tasks and the deadlines you must meet, and working from home can sometimes feel like an uphill battle. Not to mention, there are distractions at home that are not prevalent in traditional work spaces. For example, you most likely won’t find your favorite shows streaming on big screens in an office. However, when you work from home the household chores, your business, and those tempting distractions are always right in front of you. It can be easy to fall into a habit of attempting to multitask, which undeniably reduces your productivity. Therefore, when you work from home, you must be diligent about taking the time to truly focus without giving in to the distractions that surround you. Interruptions In a traditional work setting, you may experience a coworker who stops by to chat about weekend plans; however, you’re surrounded by people who have common goals and understand the importance of the work at hand. When Read more [...]

Work from Home as a Virtual Assistant: The Advantages and Disadvantages

Do you find yourself wondering how you’re ever going to get everything done? Much less get everything done successfully? It’s no doubt that life is always a balancing act of responsibilities. Right now, you may be working a full-time nine to five job, listening to that little voice in your head that says: “If only I could work from home, then it would be so much easier to balance everything.” The idea of being able to work from home seems like a dream, and becoming a virtual assistant can make that possible. However, as with anything, there are both advantages and disadvantages to the work from home lifestyle of a virtual assistant. The Advantages 1. Your schedule is flexible. Being virtual assistant who works from home, you have the freedom to ask yourself what time of day you are inherently the most productive. In contrast to having a face-to-face job, you’re not controlled by the time constraints of regular business hours. You can begin work, end work, get ready for the day (or not!), or take your dog for a walk anytime you want. You also can do activities or errands you wouldn’t have the time to do if you were constrained by regular business hours. For example, you can take that yoga class at 9:30am on Thursdays. You can go to your kid’s field trip or volunteer in her class. You can run your errands during the day so you don’t have to compete with the rush hour hustle and bustle. When you work from home, the freedom is yours to schedule your work day as Read more [...]

4 Ways You Can Use Your Executive Assistant Expertise to Build Your Own Successful Home Based Business as a Virtual Assistant

As we travel further into the twenty-first century, the needs of companies are changing and they are seeking more cost-effective methods of getting work done. As a result, where executive assistants once played a pivotal role in the daily flow of a business, virtual assistants are stepping onto the scene as a practical choice for many businesses. In fact, US News reports that the number of executive assistant jobs is predicted to decline by 6 percent by the year 2024 due to the ability of companies to hire administrative assistants who are paid significantly less. In addition, employers can skip the overhead pay and hassle of hiring a full-time employee by hiring a virtual assistant. However, if you’re an executive assistant, don’t despair. Bank on your skill-set and knowledge to build your own home based business as a virtual assistant. While there are differences in the two professions, there’s no doubt that the skills, experience, and expertise you’ve acquired as an executive assistant will help you thrive as a virtual assistant. How can you use your skills as an executive assistant to build your own home based business as a virtual assistant business? 1. You choose the tasks you provide for clients. One of the first things you need to decide as a virtual assistant and as the owner of your own home based business is what your target market—your clientele—needs and tailor your services to fit their needs. Fortunately, you’ve rehearsed and fine-tuned your Read more [...]

First-Time Virtual Assistant: Tips for Getting Started

In an ever-changing world with endless possibilities, beginning a career as a virtual assistant can seem overwhelming and even daunting. There are numerous vastly different paths you can take. There are countless decisions to make and risks to weigh. With all there is to consider, how do you focus yourself in order to build a successful career as a first time virtual assistant? Assess Your Skills As a virtual assistant, you choose what services you offer your clients. However, you don’t want to be a novice in every service you provide and waste your valuable time learning how to do those tasks. It’s overwhelming and limits your income while you’re learning the new skills. Instead, focus on things you already know and enjoy. Don’t start at ground zero. You can always expand the services you provide in the future. But give yourself the time to grow while maximizing your earning potential right now. Use Hoovers® Industry Directory to research more information about industries that interest you. Research Your Niche and Target Market By conducting research, you hone in on the services you will provide—your niche—and who needs those services—your target market. Your niche and your target market are the crux of your business. Therefore, you want to know everything you can about them. Through your research, you’re bound to find blogs written by and for those in your chosen niche and target market. Follow them. When the learning curve is steep, blogs will help Read more [...]

Four Reasons to Become a Virtual Assistant

You’ve found yourself here asking: “Should I become a virtual assistant?” Well, you’re among a multitude of smart, motivated women questioning whether they can earn money from home to support their current and future circumstances. Maybe you’re currently using your skills and expertise working for a big corporation, but you feel you’re not living up to your full potential. Maybe you’re a new mom experiencing the overwhelming dread of leaving your precious baby with a caregiver while you face the work-world. Maybe you’re a seasoned mom who desires more flexibility to keep up with the growing demands of your family. Maybe you’re an avid traveler and you crave a lifestyle that is more conducive to your explorations. Maybe you’re simply looking for a new adventure in life where you hold the controls. Whatever combination of life’s paths you’re currently traveling, you’re here because you’re wondering if a life as a virtual assistant is the right place for you. Like any honest way of earning money, virtual assistants work hard. But it allows women like you many rewarding opportunities to be successful while pursuing your personal passions. Cash in on Your Strengths and Interests As a virtual assistant you develop your niche—the skills and services you offer to clients—based on your inherent strengths. When you focus on skills in which you’re already proficient, the work is naturally more enjoyable. Does that mean that you won’t Read more [...]

How To Quickly Boost Your Energy Levels

The following article was written by Stefanie Faceira virtual assistant specializing in trilingual translations, social media, blog and content management. Read her short bio at the end. Finding a way to accomplish all the things that need to be done in any given day can seem impossible at times. Yet, some people seem to have an endless supply of energy, appearing to accomplish more than everyone else and somehow excel at everything they do. The truth is, they aren't any different than anyone else. They've just learned how to increase their energy levels, sustain them and consistently use this overall increase towards their success. Increasing your energy level isn't as hard as you may imagine. Following are 9 tips to boost your energy levels and help you dramatically improve most facets of your life. #1 Make Sure You're Well Rested Sleep is necessary for a clear mind and healthy body. You may think that sleep is in the way of you accomplishing your goals, but it's absolutely necessary. When you're well rested, you will think far more clearly, feel more energetic and have a healthier body. For even better results, you may want to try sleeping around 5 hours a night, with about an hour nap during the day. #2 Exercise, Daily Dedicating just 20 or 30 minutes to exercise each day will have a significant impact on your energy levels. This daily increase in your activities will make your body feel more energized overall, and when you feel more energized you'll generally Read more [...]

3 Massive Mistakes That Kill Webinar Attendance

Webinars are a great way to establish your expertise, deliver value to your target market, and build a connection while you sell your products and services. But you must get people to attend your webinar in order to reap these benefits. If you're struggling to get your target market to register for and attend your webinars, you may be making the 3 massive mistakes that kill webinar attendance: 1. The benefit of attending your webinar isn't well communicated. You can have a very hot topic, but if people don't understand exactly what they'll be able to do as a result of attending the webinar, they will not take the time to attend. Which of the following webinars would you be most excited to attend: Clients On Demand: 5 Steps to 6 Figures Per Month and Beyond Get Clients When You Want Them The first example is a real webinar I attended because of the exciting, specific promise they made in the title of the webinar. The second is a webinar title I came up with -- BORING! You want to tell people the results they'll get from attending the webinar both in the title and on the registration page for your webinar. Get them excited about what they'll learn during the webinar with your title and keep them excited with the content on your registration page. 2. You send out too few emails. Your ideal client WANTS to hear from you. Stop worrying that you're sending out too many emails to your list. If your emails are interesting, thought provoking and educational, your Read more [...]

Turn Your Emails Into Automated Marketing Machines

You send hundreds, perhaps even thousands, of emails every week. Leverage the marketing power of your emails automatically by adding a professional, effective, automated email signature. Put Your Marketing on Auto-Pilot A good email signature is a chance to stand out while communicating important information. Use your email signature to effortlessly: Build your brand Reach more readers for your blog Get more people to buy your book Promote your products Sell your training Find more social media followers In order to do all the above most effectively and automatically, you need a professional email signature that people will remember and respond to. You need WiseStamp Pro. WiseStamp Pro gives you: Over 25 designer-made Pro templates so you stand out Unlimited signatures for different email addresses (or for the same one!), to tailor your message Social icon design features to help your customers follow you all over the web No WiseStamp branding, so it’s all about your business 50% Off Black Friday Sale Dress your email for success for half price during WiseStamp's 50% Off Black Friday sale. Wisestamp (which I use and love!) is running a 50% off Black Friday sale for the WiseStamp Pro Plan. The sale runs from Monday, November 23, through Friday, November 27. This sale lowers the regular price of $48 per year to a super low price of $24 per year. Grab this great deal before it's gone by clicking => WiseStamp Black Friday 50% Read more [...]

5 Tips to Make Your Connections Count in Your Virtual Assistant Business

In the Virtual Assistant world, we are often advised to network to attract new clients. Networking is a valuable and effective tool that can help you reach new clients. Being smart and selective with networking can lead to great results for your virtual assistant business. Here are five tips to help make your connections count: 1. Don’t just socialize – select. True networking isn’t just hanging out and being friendly, it’s meeting the right people. While you want to get along with potential clients, it’s still important to be selective. Ask yourself “Is this person in my target market? How could they benefit from my services?” Be ready to share with them when the time comes. 2. Get outside your comfort zone. Generally, we gravitate toward people who are similar to us. Yes, it is still good to be in virtual assistant groups, but it’s also imperative to branch out and join the groups where your target market hangs out. Make informative comments on posts or even give compliments to get the ball rolling in conversation. 3. Know when to move on. No matter how selective you were on the front end, don’t make the mistake of giving any particular individual or group all of your time if you aren’t seeing results or getting quality advice. Remember that your time is valuable. 4. Manage the follow up. Connecting once or twice does not automatically create a beneficial relationship. How you follow up with that contact is just as important as how Read more [...]