Four Reasons to Become a Virtual Assistant

Become a Virtual Assistant

Unlock Your Potential: 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 have to learn anything new or improve your skills? Like any professional, you will continually fine tune your niche to attract and maintain high paying clients. However, by developing your niche around the skills that you already excel in and enjoy, you inevitably start your business off with a success.

What if you don’t enjoy the skills you’re proficient at? Then you don’t have to specialize in them! This is YOUR business so you’re in control. There are literally hundreds of skills entrepreneurs need and are willing to pay for. Don’t spend your time and energy working on tasks you dislike. Instead, focus on services that you find interesting and fulfilling.

Earn Money from Home … and Watch that Income Grow

As a virtual assistant, you earn money from home on your own schedule. Over time, you have opportunities to earn more and more without increasing your hours. You attract higher paying clients and raise your rates as you gain experience and expertise within your niche. Yes, even virtual assistants get raises. In fact, you get to choose when you raise your rates. As your own boss, you don’t have to wait for someone else to decide if you get a raise. As you become more versed in all the opportunities out there for virtual assistants, you can grow you niche to encompass services that you may not even know exist. It’s an ever-changing world with endless opportunities.

Enjoy Flexible Hours, Schedule, and Workplace

The mainstream workforce can leave women feeling stressed out, rushed, and out of control.  Imagine a work environment where you are not confined to a set schedule or a specific location. Virtual assistants have the luxury of choosing when and where you work—you’re the boss. You choose to work when you are most productive and how many hours a week you work. Not to mention, since you don’t have to meet face-to-face with clients, you choose your own professional attire. You have the flexibility of working around the schedules of your family, your travels, your appointments, or the other endeavors in which you invest your time. You have freedom and choice which makes your job exhilarating and rewarding.

Choose Your Clients

All around us we have to deal with people who are less than ideal. Challenging people are everywhere—in every business and from all walks of life—but, as the person in control of your business, you get to choose your clients. If a client doesn’t respect you, drop him. If a client doesn’t pay you on time, part ways. If a client’s philosophy doesn’t mesh with yours, tell her you’re heading in a different direction. But when you find a client that you mesh with, you will enjoy every moment of working with her. Your hard work will be valued, respected, and incredibly fulfilling.

Should you become a virtual assistant? If you’re seeking a life in which you hold the controls, becoming a virtual assistant is your answer. Use your strengths to build a successful home-based business and open up opportunities that you never thought were possible. To find out how to unlock your potential as a virtual assistant and how I can help you achieve your goals, apply for a free Maximize Your Biz call with me now at http://expertvatraining.com/free-strategy-session/.

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 Boost Your Energysomehow 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 accomplish more.

#3 Drink Enough Water, Every Single Day

Your body is made up of approximately 80 percent water. As follows, when your body isn’t properly hydrated, it doesn’t work very well. To put it bluntly,if your body isn’t functioning properly, neither are you. Generally speaking, depending on the ambient temperature of course, 8 to10 glasses of water a day is a mandatory minimum for optimal energy levels.

#4 Consume High-Energy Foods

You want to eat foods that burn energy, not store it. Limit high carbohydrate foods like rice, bread and potatoes and increase your consumption of green leafy vegetables. Lean meats, nuts and most fruits are great energy foods. If you love bread, pasta, rice and potatoes, opt for dark ones like brown rice, wheat bread and pasta and sweet potatoes. For best results though, focus on fresh vegetables and fruits – the fresher, the better — and choose organic whenever possible.

#5 Stimulate Your Brain

One of the best things that you can do for yourself is to read insightful books every day. Reading forces you to think outside the box. If you feel that you don’t have time to sit and read, don’t worry, you can always listen to an audiobook while commuting or exercising as this has similar stimulating effects.

#6 Check Your Attitude

A positive attitude is essential for optimal health and energy levels. If you see things in a positive way – especially if you can be resoundingly positive and optimistic consistently — this positive energy will flow into everything you do, every person you engage with and every project you take on.

#7 Pay Attention to What You Say

When everything that comes from your lips is negative, the world around you responds in a negative manner. Always try to speak in a positive tone, using positive words. Even if you’re not feeling positive at the moment, the positive words in themselves will help you change your mindset – and thereby the situation.

#8 Choose the People You Spend Time with Carefully

Unfortunately, some people are simply energy vampires. They suck all your energy away by being negative, complaining all the time and generally bringing you down. Select people that are positive and full of energy to be around you, as together you’ll resonate with one other and help each other level up in everything you pursue and do.

#9 Reconnect with Your Spirituality

Take time to reconnect. Try talking to your inner self, meditating or praying. When you connect to something greater than yourself, this brings you a greater level of personal fulfillment and puts insignificant distractions in life into perspective, once again aiding you in maximizing your energy levels throughout your day.

Don’t let this list of energy boosting tips cause you to feel overwhelmed. Choose just one tip from above that most resonates with you and implement it. After that becomes part of your regular routine, choose another to implement.

About Stefanie Faceira

Stefanie Faceira is a German virtual assistant supporting her clients trilingually from the Haitian capital Port-au-Prince. Not only is she helping with translations, social media, blog and content management, but she also enjoys exploring the Caribbean country and writing about it in her travel blog strandedinhaiti.com. Learn more about Stefanie and how she can help your business grow at vacilitate.com.

3 Massive Mistakes That Kill Webinar Attendance

mistakes kill webinar attendanceWebinars 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 ideal client wants to hear from you. If someone unsubscribes, they were not your ideal client.

Be sure to also send out reminder emails. I recommend one the day before the event, one the morning of the event, and one an hour prior to the event.

3. You’re not giving your live attendees a reason to feel special.

Make them feel special by giving them a bonus (or 2 or 3) for attending live. The bonus doesn’t need to cost you much nor does it need to take a lot of time to provide. Promise something exclusively for live attendees and keep it exclusive to them. This also builds trust that you do what you say you’re going to do.

I recently held the webinar Fine-Tune Your Website To Attract Ideal Clients. I promised live attendees 3 bonuses. You can see the original registration page for that webinar and the 3 bonuses by clicking the following link: Is Your Website Fine Tuned to Attract Ideal Clients

The 3 bonuses were easy to provide because they were all digital downloads I could send via email. And I created the bonuses by simply recording the webinar — so it didn’t take any extra work for me.

Don’t keep your bonus for live attendees a secret! Promote it in all of your marketing materials to get people to register and include it in your reminder emails to get people to attend live.

Fix these 3 massive mistakes that may be killing your webinar registration and attendance. Then you’ll be well on your way to conducting webinars attended by hundreds, even thousands, of your ideal clients who are hungry for your products and services.

Want to learn more about how to increase your webinar attendance? Download my free workbook now by clicking the following link: Workbook: 4 Free Techniques to Boost Webinar Attendance

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.

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

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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 you made your first impression. Don’t wait until you need something to follow up with them. Find a way to create value when you follow up. Send them an interesting article or connect them with a potential client. Create reasons to stay in touch.

5. Give back.
Successful networking is a two-way street. Most of us start by asking for help and advice, but as we become more knowledgeable, we gain the means to help others. When possible, give those less experienced a piece of advice or recommendation. As their business takes off and they start to network, you could be their next referral.

By having a plan and sticking to it as well as keeping an eye on what’s working and what’s not working, you will make each connection count. If you’re ready to expand your VA business, apply for a free “Transform Your Business” Breakthrough Session at http://expertvatraining.com/free-strategy-session/

 

Criticism: How to Use it to Improve Your Virtual Assistant Business

As you continue to develop your virtual assistant business, no matter how fabulous your service is, you’ll run in to criticism from clients. Here are five tips to help you use criticism to improve your virtual assistant business:

1. Do not become defensive: The person giving you feedback might have a reasonable point, which you’ll never pick up on if you’re busy thinking about how to defend yourself. Do not blame someone else or make excuses. Instead, stay professional and learn from this situation.

2. Look for seeds of truth: It’s not easy to take an honest look at yourself and your weaknesses, but you can only grow if you’re willing to do this. Criticism opens you up to new perspectives and new ideas you may not have considered. If the criticism has merit, listen to the feedback objectively and be sure you understand it.

3. Get a second (or third) opinion: Often, it’s very difficult to step back from the situation and assess it accurately. When that happens, ask a trusted colleague, mentor or coach for their opinions.

4. Take corrective action: When the criticism is valid, consider your options to rectify the situation or resolve the problem. Then put your plan in to action.

5. Do not beat yourself up: Even though we’d all like to be perfect, we are not. Receiving constructive criticism is a good thing – although it doesn’t usually feel very good at first. When you discover weaknesses and work on them without getting down on yourself, you’ll experience far more happiness, peace, enjoyment, and success.

Handling criticism well and learning from it without losing your confidence is a must if you want to do big things in life. And I know you do or you wouldn’t have started your own business!

Want to get encouragement on a daily basis? Like my Facebook page now at https://www.facebook.com/expertvatraining.

 

 

The Signs You’re Too Scared to Be a Virtual Assistant

I just read a great article on the blog Make a Living Writing titled The Telltale Signs You’re Too Scared to be a Freelance Writer. The signs shared by this author that indicate you’re too scared to be a freelance writer are the same signs that indicate you’re too scared to be a successful virtual assistant:

1. You don’t have a website. That means you don’t really have a business.

2. You have a website but YOU are not on the website. You don’t have your  photo on the site and don’t share information specifically about who you are on your About page.

3. Your contact page only has a form to fill out. People want to be able to reach you — don’t hide from them!

The full article provides some other great insights, so please be sure to read it by clicking here: The Telltale Signs You’re Too Scared to be a Freelance Writer.

Want to overcome your fear and earn great money as a virtual assistant? Check out my Expert VA Training program. Participants of both the Small-Group-Coaching and One-On-One Coaching levels of the training rave about how much their confidence increases during the program.

How to Benefit from Non-Billable Hours as a Virtual Assistant

As a virtual assistant, you not only have to perform the tasks required by your clients, you also have to perform the tasks of a small business owner for yourself. Those tasks include invoicing, accounting, marketing, learning, and keeping your computer in working order. The time you spend on these tasks are non-billable hours, which means you cannot invoice your clients for this time.

As an example, I work about 15 non-billable hours each month for my virtual assistant business. Here’s what I do in during my non-billable hours:

  • Invoicing clients and accounting: This takes me about 4 hours each month (which is about an hour per client). Many VAs are faster at this than I am.
  • Keeping computer in working order: I spend about 4 hours a month on this, which includes backing up my computer, updating software programs, defragging, etc. Having a fast, efficient computer is well worth the time it takes.
  • Marketing my business: Since I don’t have room to take on any new clients, I spend very little time on this. I might spend 1 hour each month answering emails from potential clients and referring them to VAs who have graduated from my Expert VA Training program.
  • Learning: Although I am an expert in my area of specialization, I still have to stay on top of what’s new. I spend about 6 hours  a month reading, attending webinars and teleseminars, and participating in a marketing mastermind group.

How do you know how many non-billable hours you should be working and how you can make the best use of that time?

Until you have all the clients you want, you should spend all those extra hours building your business. That means focusing on two categories: marketing your business and learning.

For example, if your goal is to earn $50,000 per year (that’s the goal of most of the students in my virtual assistant training program), you’d need to work 93 billable hours per month at $45 per hour. If you have only 2 clients and you work an average of 15 billable hours a month for each of them, you’re working only 30 hours per month of the 93 hours you ultimately want to work. Don’t squander those 63 extra hours. Use them wisely as non-billable hours, and you’ll quickly have all the clients you want.

Here’s an example of how I recommend using your 63 extra hours each month (as non-billable hours):

  • Invoicing and accounting: About 1 hour per client each month. Using our example of 2 clients, that’s only 2 hours per month.
  • Keeping computer in working order: Spend about 4 hours a month on this and your computer will work well.
  • Marketing your business: Spend at least one hour a day, Monday through Friday, on this task. That’s 5 hours a week, which is 20 hours a month, minimum.
  • Learning: This is where you’ll spend the majority of your time, until you’re an expert in your area of specialization and an expert on how to get clients. That means you’ll be spending the remaining 37 hours per month (or 9.25 hours per week) learning. As you master your area of specialization and how to get clients, move these hours to marketing your business.

If you’re serious about earning a great living as a virtual assistant, you’ll love working those non-billable hours to market your business and become an expert. Put the time in now, and you’ll reap the rewards for years to come.

Want to learn how to get clients? During my virtual assistant training program, I teach you step-by-step exactly how to get a steady stream of clients coming to you. Learn more now at http://expertvatraining.com/virtual-assistant-training-with-small-group-coaching/.

4 Ways to Improve Your Virtual Assistant Business Today

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There are many ways you can improve your virtual assistant business in one day, especially when you add that one day’s accomplishments to the following day’s accomplishments and the day’s after that. That’s called consistency, and it really pays off. So let’s start that ball rolling today with 4 things you can do right now:

  1. Raise your prices: If you’re undercharging for your services, write an email to all of your existing clients and let them know that 60 days from now your prices will be increasing by $5 per hour. Change the prices on your website right now, so that all new clients get the new price. Don’t you just love giving yourself a raise?
  2. Back up your computer: This may seem like a small thing, but it’s a HUGE thing if your hard drive fails. And hard drives fail every day. It’s not a matter of if your hard drive will fail, but when. Do not put this off until tomorrow!
  3. Contact two companies to ask for referrals: Call two companies you admire who have the same target market as you but offer different services. Offer to refer clients to them, and ask them to refer clients to you. Do this again tomorrow and the day after that, and you’ll soon have a steady stream of clients contacting you.
  4. Schedule a free strategy session: Ready to build a multi-va team? Perhaps you want to expand your business by creating products, developing training courses or consulting programs. Give me 60 minutes, and I’ll help you determine the exact next steps you need to take to achieve your goal. Schedule your free “Transform Your Virtual Assistant Business” session now!

What else can you do in one day to improve your business? Share your suggestions in the comment section. I’d love to hear from you!

3 Rookie Mistakes that Damage Your Virtual Assistant Business

Just like most new virtual assistants (VAs), when I first started my VA business, I made many costly mistakes. One of my primary goals is to help others avoid those mistakes.
Here are three rookie mistakes and how to avoid them:

 

  1. Chasing the “hot” skills: Many VAs who are not earning the kind of money they want to earn make this mistake. They spend a lot of money learning the latest skill that they’ve heard is in demand. VAs who do this believe that if they learn the skill that is needed by a lot of people those people will magically call them and say, “I need you!” Unfortunately, that does not happen. To avoid this mistake, and get all the high-paying clients you can handle, focus on building a foundation for your virtual assistant business.
  2. Setting prices too low: As women, we tend to undervalue our experience and skills and believe that we aren’t “qualified enough” to charge higher prices. Without emotion, assess your skills and knowledge, then set your prices according. The average hourly rate for USA-based VAs is $45. If you’re charging less than $25 per hour, raise your rates. As your expertise increases, continue to give yourself raises until you’re at (or above) the national average.
  3. Getting stuck in analysis paralysis: Should I create packages? What hourly rate and project rates should I charge? Does this logo make my website look fat? If you find yourself in a never-ending spiral of uncertainty, make a decision and go with it for a while. If that doesn’t work out, it’ll be easy to change it. That’s one of the many benefits to running a virtual assistant business: It’s very easy to make changes.

If you’d like a sounding board to get out of your analysis paralysis, consider signing up for the Expert VA Training course that fits your needs. As part of every training program, you get unlimited access to me and other successful VAs via our forum and twice-a-month mastermind calls. Together, we can quickly help you make decisions, get answers to questions, and achieve your goals.