This time of year is full of many wonderful traditions that elicit a range of emotions—wonder, generosity, gratitude, nostalgia, reflection and sometimes even longing.
As you reflect on the last year, what do you long for?
More time with family and friends? The desire to work a job that you love? The flexibility to do the things you enjoy outside of a traditional work schedule? To feel like your hard work is appreciated?
What if you could give yourself a gift that empowers you to realize success on your own terms?
It’s so easy to get caught up in making everything perfect for others that we—especially women—forget to make ourselves a priority.
Giving yourself the freedom to imagine, to wonder, and to take the necessary action that empowers you to build a fulfilling career may be just what you need as you start the New Year.
The Gift of Success on Your Own Terms
Being stuck in an unfulfilling job leaves you drained and uninspired. You’re stuck performing tasks you hate, and any hope of a promotion depends on someone else’s evaluation of your performance. The truth is that what constitutes success for one person is not necessarily the same for another. But, with your own business as a Virtual Assistant, you are the real measure of your personal success. No one else can determine whether you’ve “made it” because you ultimately decide what your success looks like.
As a Virtual Assistant, you can live your passions and push yourself beyond what you thought was imaginable. You have the freedom to work on tasks you love while helping people in industries that fascinate you. And, a Virtual Assistant business can grow with you. As you gain experience and discover new skills, you can incorporate those into your business. If you can dream it, you can achieve it.
As a Virtual Assistant, you not only have the ability to create whatever business you can imagine, but you also have the freedom to build your work day around your passions outside of your home office. You’re not confined to a traditional work schedule, so you have the flexibility to work when you feel you’re most productive. With that freedom, you can attend events that are important for your kids or grandkids. You can spend quality time with your friends and family. You’re in control of your time.
Finally, building your own Virtual Assistant business allows you to take pride in what you contribute to the world. You’ll no longer find yourself stuck completing tasks you hate for clients who don’t value your contribution. Instead, you can choose the services you provide for clients who understand your value and are willing to pay you what you deserve for those services. In turn, you build confidence and pride as you work hard to develop a Virtual Assistant business by cashing in on your skills—your strengths—that helps others achieve their goals.
This year, as you fulfill the gift lists of those you love, don’t forget to invest in yourself with the gift of a career that empowers you to be the superhero of your own life. To find out how ExpertVA™ Training can help you achieve your goals in 2018, apply here for a free MORE Clients MORE Profits Breakthrough Session with me now.
“Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
As you ponder what lies ahead in 2018, where do you want your path to lead?
You have two choices:
1) maintain the status quo and possibly end up in the same place you are right now, or
2) create a new path and discover a career that opens a world of possibilities.
The first option is easy. You don’t have to make any changes. Yet, what are the pitfalls? What are you compromising?
The second option is a bit more difficult. It provokes those nagging feelings of uncertainty and fear. But, starting a career as a Virtual Assistant can be the change you need to live a fulfilling, prosperous, and empowering life.
So, what’s holding you back?
Any new adventure is scary. But it’s just that—an adventure. There will be unexpected things that happen and challenges along the way. But, in the end, the journey proves to be worth it.
When starting a new career as a Virtual Assistant, it’s important to consider all the possibilities to make the most informed decision possible. However, when you consider those possibilities, what motivates your choice?
Is it fear—fear of failure, fear of not being good enough, etc.?
Allowing fear to control your decisions only results in crushing your dreams. Often, you will find that given the circumstances, you can rise above the fear.
When faced with a challenge, how are you going to handle it? Is there anything that could happen that you can’t take the necessary steps to overcome? It is more likely than not that you will face challenges head on and come out the other side stronger than you ever thought possible.
You learn more from mistakes than any success you experience. Therefore, there’s no need to fear failure because of what you’ll learn from that experience.
When making the decision to forge a new path, giving into those fears will only hurt you and leave you in the same place you are now. However, letting go of fear empowers you to achieve your dreams and create a fulfilling career and life.
Significant change cannot happen if you remain in your comfort zone. If your desire is to make some sort of difference in your life, it’s imperative to step outside your comfort zone to achieve your goals.
Remaining in your comfort zone due to fear of failure or the unknown holds you back and prohibits you from changing your circumstances and maximizing your potential.
As you resolve to make the most of your life in 2018, stepping out of your comfort zone empowers you to achieve your dreams.
However, taking that step often feels like a big leap. Use these tips to take baby steps to get out of your comfort zone:
Think about where you want to be a year from now. What do you want out of your Virtual Assistant business? Use these goals to design a map for the upcoming year. This plan helps you feel more secure in your path and makes it a lot easier to take the first steps out of your comfort zone.
Just as you wouldn’t venture into the wilderness without a first aid kit, you need to be prepared for the challenges that may arise as your build your Virtual Assistant business. How will you handle problems? What will you do when they surface? How will you accept them and move on to continue your goal of accomplishing your dreams?
One of the greatest parts of the building a Virtual Assistant business is that there are many successful women who are willing to help you with ideas, job prospects, and support along the way. You do not have to travel the path alone. Ask for help and enjoy the company of brilliant women who have been in your shoes.
As you build your Virtual Assistant business, take the time to reflect on how far you’ve come, celebrate the successes, and take pride in what all your hard work has accomplished.
You are in control of your life. With a career as a Virtual Assistant, you have the power to have the career and life you desire.
Your Virtual Assistant business can be anything you imagine it to be. From the clients you work with to the services you provide, you have the freedom to create your own perfect business that allows you to live the life you crave.
Working from home as your own boss enables you to schedule in time for the activities that leave you fulfilled and motivated. You can take time to do what makes your life meaningful.
So, what path are you going to take in 2018?
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Are you stuck in a career that, for whatever reason, you just can’t stand?
Maybe your boss isn’t a good leader. Perhaps the lack of communication makes it difficult to do your job efficiently. Maybe you don’t feel valued for your contribution to the company. Or possibly you’ve just grown out of your current career.
Luckily, a career as a Virtual Assistant allows you to create your own business from the ground up. And, you can use your negative experiences to help shape your business.
Sometimes it takes a bad experience to shed light on what you genuinely enjoy doing. Being able to identify what you don’t enjoy can have a beneficial impact while building your Virtual Assistant business.
A U.S. News article titled, “How Loving Your Job Helps You Succeed,” explains that doing what you love increases energy and builds confidence and resiliency. As you create your business, use the knowledge gained from negative job experiences to avoid ever being stuck completing tasks that you absolutely hate and that leave you burnt-out. Instead, you get to build your Virtual Assistant business doing what you enjoy most and create a career that’s exciting and fulfilling every day.
Experiences in work environments where you’ve felt undervalued and underappreciated help you gauge your worth as a Virtual Assistant. And, you can use this to set high expectations for yourself and your clients.
As your own boss, you don’t have to settle for less than you’re worth. Likewise, you can be picky about the types of clients you’ll take on. You’ll narrow your niche and target market to attract high-paying clients who understand the value of your services.
When you come out of a negative experience, it’s easier to recognize the positive experiences. As you build your Virtual Assistant business, your negative experiences can motivate you to work hard and build resiliency as you develop the business of your dreams. Without those negative experiences, you may not have had the courage to make the necessary changes in your life. Therefore, each day you’re able to truly appreciate the opportunity to have to create your Virtual Assistant business on your own terms.
You can leave those negative job experiences behind, but carry them with you as a reminder of your purpose to build your own Virtual Assistant business and create a more fulfilling life.
To discover how ExpertVA™ Training can help you turn negative job experiences into a career of your dreams, apply here for a free MORE Clients MORE Profits Breakthrough Session with me now.
With a new year comes excitement to create new beginnings and to make this year better than the last. A new year is a reminder that you can move forward, reach your goals, and accomplish your dreams.
Whether you’ve been a Virtual Assistant for years or you’re just starting your business, resolve to make 2018 your best year yet.
As you start to think about what you want to accomplish in 2018, spend time reflecting on the past year. Research suggests that when professionals take the time to reflect on their experience, it makes them more productive and “builds one’s confidence in the ability to achieve a goal.”
In your Virtual Assistant business, what went well? What worked for you? Where did you struggle? In what areas do you think you can make improvements in 2018?
If you’re just starting or are considering starting a Virtual Assistant business, what in your life prompted you to make the change? How do you want to build your business to allow you to attain a fulfilling life?
As you reflect, use that knowledge to establish a plan for 2018 that encompasses not only the goals you want to achieve, but that also focuses on making improvements that allow you to prosper in business and in life.
As you consider your goals for your Virtual Assistant business, it’s important to really take the time to think them through and create a plan to achieve them. Making SMART goals—specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, time-bound—provides a format that helps you set realistic objectives for your business.
What goals do you want to focus on in 2018? Maybe you want to make a certain amount of money by the end of the year. Perhaps you want to add a specific number of clients to your client base.
As you consider your aspirations, set goals that scare you and that will push you out of your comfort zone. It is with these goals that will drive your business beyond what you thought imaginable and make you look back on 2018 with a feeling of intense pride in what you achieved.
Additionally, as you journey through 2018, take the time to reflect on the progress of your goals and adjust where necessary. Acknowledge the milestones along the way and give yourself a moment to celebrate even the smallest of successes.
As you work to achieve your goals, marketing your Virtual Assistant services becomes an integral part of your business plan. Because it’s so easy to get overwhelmed with all the marketing options available, narrow your focus to marketing solutions that will help you achieve your goals.
Market intentionally to your target market. Instead of using a marketing strategy because it’s popular or new, focus on strategies that will reach your target market. For example, if your target market is most prevalently on a specific social media platform, market there.
As the 2018 approaches, tap into potential clients’ desires to achieve more this year than they did last year.
Illustrate how your Virtual Assistant services will allow them to achieve their goals. How will hiring you make the lives of your clients easier? What problem can you help them solve?
Offering incentives is an investment that brings in a new client and grows your business, but they also show potential clients that you’re committed to helping them achieve their goals.
Additionally, show your gratitude and appreciation to your current client base by thanking them for their business, communicating that you’re excited about helping them achieve their goals in the new year, and possibly gifting them a gift certificate to use towards their next invoice. Even small gestures make clients feel appreciated and valued. And it expresses your dedication to helping them achieve their goals.
To discover how ExpertVA™ Training can help you achieve your goals and make 2018 your best year yet, apply here for a free MORE Clients MORE Profits Breakthrough Session with me now.
Think about a product you’ve used for a long time. Something, that even if given the option of a lower price for the same quality, you’d have a hard time switching to a different brand. Maybe it’s a particular shampoo or a type of coffee.
What is it about that product that makes you so loyal to it?
Most likely, the ‘relationship’ with that product is part of your answer. You can trust the results you get, and you can depend on its consistency.
As a Virtual Assistant, the same idea applies. Market your business to build relationships to help you cultivate a loyal client base.
A challenge of a virtual company is the lack of face-to-face interactions. However, clients still need to know you’re committed to producing quality work that will ultimately help them succeed. As a Virtual Assistant, being proactive to solve problems demonstrates your dedication to your business and the tasks your clients entrust to you. Clients recognize that you value your role and that you’ll go the extra mile to help them achieve their goals.
Most consumers are influenced by word-of-mouth. Reviews and referrals are a significant part of the consumer culture today. An Entrepreneur article notes that many entrepreneurs “get almost all of their business through relationships.”
Therefore, whether you’re asking for referrals from others who also serve your target market or you’re working with your own clients, building relationships is critical to the success of your business. Your communication, work ethic, dependability and quality of work all help build relationships with those who can refer more clients to you.
When your clients can trust the quality of work you produce, they are going to stay with you for a long time. These long-term clients help you build a base of your business. Plus, these clients are willing to pay more for the value of the services you provide.
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With the number of independent contractors on the rise, there is no better time to be a Virtual Assistant. Now more than ever, entrepreneurs and independent business owners can carve out space for themselves to make a lucrative income doing what they love.
The rise of independent contractors has also created a need for Virtual Assistants to support owners as their businesses grow.
Owners cannot do everything on their own to keep up with the demands of building their business and setting themselves apart from the competition. Therefore, they rely on Virtual Assistants to work behind the scenes completing specific tasks while they focus on growing their business.
While there are a vast number of ways Virtual Assistants can support business owners, it can sometimes be difficult for them to let go of the reigns and let someone else take on an important role in their business. Therefore, it’s vital for you to clearly communicate how your services will be beneficial to them and their business to build their trust.
Think about what you want when you’re looking to buy a product or service. Typically, your desire for a product or service stems from a problem that needs to be solved. When weighing your options, you don’t want a lot of fluff. You just want to know if this product or service will help you solve your problem.
The same is true for potential clients when they’re looking for a Virtual Assistant. They’re most interested in how your services will help them overcome a problem they’re experiencing.
As the Virtual Assistant who offers services to a specific target market, it’s key to research the problems that target market faces. And, in your own marketing, tell a story that recognizes their challenge and shows them how hiring you will help them solve that problem.
Often in product marketing, companies will demonstrate how a product works. Seeing the product in action illustrates for consumers how the product will benefit their own lives. As a Virtual Assistant, you want to do the same thing for your potential clients.
How will your services help your potential clients overcome their challenges? What are the benefits of hiring you?
These are the questions your clients will be asking themselves when they’re considering hiring a Virtual Assistant. Don’t make them guess the answers. Tell them exactly how your services will allow them to overcome their challenges. Illustrate for them how hiring you will free up their time to focus on other things that will help their business grow. Create a picture in their mind that depicts how hiring you will give them the freedom to focus on different aspects of their business. The more specific you are, the better.
As consumers, we often turn to the experiences of others before making purchases or trying new restaurants. Reviews of products and restaurants provide insight into whether you’ll be happy with your own experience. Those reviews allow us to overcome uncertainty and make an informed decision.
The same is true for potential clients. They’re going to feel unsure about you. They wonder if you can really help them overcome their challenges to make their lives easier.
You need to provide information that helps them clear up uncertainties and build their trust. A great way to build trust with potential clients is to provide testimonials that communicate how you’ve helped others reach their goals. These testimonials will further illustrate for clients how hiring you will be beneficial to them and their business. Ultimately, they demonstrate your expertise and build trust with your potential clients.
Often, business owners feel overwhelmed by their current workload, or they’re faced with a task which they don’t have the expertise to complete. By focusing on the challenges they face and how their lives will change once they hire you as their Virtual Assistant, they will feel as though you really understand them. And because they trust you, they will be confident that you can help them achieve their goals.
To find out more about how to make your Virtual Assistant services more attractive to potential clients, apply here for a free MORE Clients MORE Profits Breakthrough Session with me now.
“Your life is big. Keep reaching.”—Oprah
As 2017 comes to a close, take the time to stop and reflect. Are you living a life that enables you to reach your full potential?
For many of us, fear and self-doubt control what we think we can achieve. And with this mindset, you become stuck living a life that does not represent your true capabilities—personally or professionally.
But as you move into the new year, you can make the decision to reach beyond the status quo and fulfill your potential.
Starting your own business as a Virtual Assistant empowers you to maximize your potential in a career that allows you to live the life you’re meant to live.
If you’re fed up with a life in which you’re not meeting your full potential, make the decision to create a new path. Success starts with you. Giving into negativity only holds you back and eventually fills you with regret. Instead, let go of the fear and self-doubt. Take this opportunity to start living a fulfilling life helping others while achieving your goals.
One of the best things about being your own boss as a Virtual Assistant is that you have time to do the things you love. You’re not restricted to specific hours every single day of the week. You can schedule your office hours at a time that is most convenient for you and work during the times of day you feel most productive. As your own boss, you can also take time off during the week to make time for errands or activities you enjoy. Allow yourself to take the time for the things in life that you look forward to, that keep you motivated, and leave you fulfilled.
Most importantly, don’t sell yourself short. You hold the power make decisions and changes in your career that empower you to reach your potential. While you may start your business offering services that use the skills you already possess, make goals that push you past your comfort zone. Reach beyond what you think you can achieve even when it feels scary. It when you accomplish more than you ever thought you could that you’ll feel the most pride and find the most enjoyment in your life.
No matter what stage you are in life, it’s never too late to make a change.
To find out how ExpertVA™ Training can help you maximize your potential as a Virtual Assistant that creates opportunities to reach beyond what you think is possible both professionally and personally, apply here for a free MORE Clients MORE Profits Breakthrough Session with me now.