Be a High Performing Virtual Assistant: Tips to Increase Your Productivity

virtual assistantOften it feels like there’s not enough time in the day to accomplish everything on your plate. Your family and work responsibilities seem to multiply right before your eyes. And it feels impossible to keep up with everything. Therefore, we resort to multitasking.

Multitasking creates the illusion of getting a lot of things done at once and makes us feel productive.

However, multitasking prohibits you from performing at your highest level.

While there may be some tasks that will not suffer significantly, research shows that, for the most part, multitasking inhibits a person’s productivity. In some cases, this article from the American Psychological Association states that multitasking can be catastrophic, citing examples such as driving a car while using your cell phone.

As a Virtual Assistant, loss of productivity and poor performance will have a negative effect on your business. Missing deadlines, making mistakes, and not meeting the needs of your clients will cause your business to suffer.

Therefore, it is imperative to you and your business to focus on the task at hand without trying to juggle everything at once.

Multitasking and productivity pose problems for everyone, but, by implementing effective strategies in your routines, you can boost your productivity. And be happier because of it.

Tips to Increase Your Productivity as a Virtual Assistant:

Create To-Do Lists

To-Do lists help you organize the tasks you need to accomplish into a daily goal. With a To-Do list, you have a clear picture of what needs to be done and a plan for how you’re going to accomplish it.

Make writing out the next day’s To-Do list your last task of the day. This allows you to end your work day by reflecting on what you accomplished, planning what you still need to do, and prepares you to get started immediately the next day.

To further your productivity, schedule how much time you need to spend (or limit yourself to) on each task. This will ensure that you’re setting reasonable expectations for yourself without feeling overwhelmed by the number of tasks that need to be completed.

With a plan in place, it is much easier to stay on track and avoid the temptation to procrastinate or spend time on trivial things. Plus, as you check items off your To-Do list, you feel a sense of accomplishment and motivation to be more productive.

Schedule Similar Tasks Together

Think about the tasks you need to accomplish: are there similar items that you need to get done? For example, do you have multiple client calls that need to be scheduled? If so, block a chunk of time to get through those calls. Likewise, group all similar tasks together.

Research indicates that switching tasks leads to loss of productivity and indicates “that even brief mental blocks created by shifting between tasks can cost as much as 40 percent of someone’s productive time.”

This research demonstrates that productivity benefits when you stick to similar tasks rather than shifting back and forth among different types of tasks. Your brain becomes focused on the task at hand. By abruptly shifting to something else, your brain must switch gears. As a result, you become tired and less effective.

Minimize Distractions

When you work from home as a Virtual Assistant, distractions are always in front of you. There are many pros to working from home, being your own boss, and setting your own schedule. However, because you don’t have an office outside of your home, the responsibilities of your home and work are constantly in front of you. Therefore, limiting your distractions is challenging.

  • Find a Quiet Place to Work

    Even though you work from home, it’s important that you have a comfortable, quiet place dedicated to your business. Create a workspace that is free of distractions and that enables you to make your work a priority. Ideally, this space if free of distractions that hinder your productivity.

  • Block Specific Times for Email

    It is easy to feel like checking your email makes you productive, but, often, email tends to waste your time and draw your attention away from tasks you need to get done. By creating an email management plan in which you set specific times and timeframes to check your email, you will avoid spending too much time dealing with your email and boost your productivity.

  • Set a Timer

    A timer can be an easy tool that you use to keep yourself focused on track. If you’re someone who is easily distracted or finds ways to procrastination, a timer will prove to be a great tool to boost your productivity. Set a timer for a certain amount of time that you need to get a task done. During that time, don’t do anything that is not specific to the task. A simple object such as a timer holds you accountable for that time and ensures that you use your time wisely.

Take Time for Yourself

Finally, make time to do the things you enjoy. One of the luxuries of being a Virtual Assistant is the freedom to schedule your day in a way that works for you. Therefore, take advantage of that by participating in activities that make you feel rested, rejuvenated, and motivated.

As you consider strategies to improve your productivity, it’s really about finding something that works best for you. Think about where you struggle and reflect on what works and doesn’t work for you. And, always remember that the goal is to eliminate stress and boost your productivity.

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Halloween and Your Imagination: Dress Up Your Life as a Virtual Assistant

virtual assistantHappy Halloween!

One of the most enjoyable parts of Halloween is seeing children in their costumes—superheroes, dinosaurs, ghosts, and princesses roam the streets. Seeing the children full of excitement, wonder, and joy takes you back to your childhood where you can almost touch your personal Halloween memories. Do you remember your favorite costumes?

Halloween is the one day a year that children get to take on a whole new persona. As they slip on their costumes, the world of that character becomes tangible. They become that character.

Halloween allows children to imagine worlds other than their own where they are free to be anything they want to be and live the life of their dreams. Children dream and imagine without inhibitions—without limits.

Yet, as adults, we feel limited and confined. The fear of taking a risk makes our dreams seem daunting and unimaginable.

In your uninhibited imagination, how do you imagine your perfect life?

As a Virtual Assistant, you can make the world that exists within your imagination your reality.

Imagine Your Potential

As children sometimes choose their Halloween based on what is popular at the moment, as adults we choose a career based on what we think we should do. You make these decisions at a young age before knowing what life will bring you. As life evolves and you live within the world of the choices of your youth, you realize that you are capable of more. You imagine something different. You realize that the career you chose is not all that you had imagined, and you find yourself longing for something different.

Imagine Doing What You Love

As a Virtual Assistant, you get to create a business offering services that you love. Instead of feeling stuck in a career that makes you question your value and purpose. As a Virtual Assistant, you help clients achieve their goals while doing work that leaves you energized, fulfilled and joyful. Additionally, you have the freedom to participate in activities that are meaningful to you.

Imagine Your Freedom

When children put on those costumes, a feeling of empowerment overcomes them. Whether as a superhero or a princess, they possess strength, pride, and the freedom to imagine an ideal world. As a Virtual Assistant, you are empowered to bring your imagination to life. You have the freedom to make decisions that are best for you, your life, and your career.

An Entrepreneur article states that with imagination “the impossible becomes possible” and “the unexpected happens.”  How do you imagine your future?

Do you want to make your life as you imagine it a reality? To discover how a career as a Virtual Assistant can open a world of possibilities, apply here for a free MORE Clients MORE Profits Breakthrough Session with me now.

Create an Email Management Plan to Boost Your Productivity as a Virtual Assistant

virtual assistantDoes the sheer volume of messages in your inbox overwhelm you or inhibit your productivity?

Being a Virtual Assistant, most of your business communication is done through email. Therefore, you expect to spend a lot of time managing email.

According to research conducted by the McKinsey Global Institute, “The average interaction worker spends an estimated 28 percent of the workweek managing e-mail.” Based on a forty-hour workweek, that means over 11 hours are spent on email management.

That’s over one-fourth of a full-time employee’s work hours.

Is all that time needed to manage your email or is it time spent distracting you from other tasks and hindering your productivity?

Email destroys your productivity if you spend too much time going through and responding to emails. Therefore, it’s essential to create an email management plan that allows you to spend your time focused on the tasks you need to accomplish rather than using email as a distraction.

Tips for Boosting Your Productivity without Letting Email Be a Distraction:

Designate Time

Designate specific times during the day to check, respond, and prioritize your email. Limit yourself to checking email twice a day that works with your schedule.

However, checking email first thing in the morning is just a procrastination tactic that is veiled in productivity. It seems like it is necessary and useful, but it only puts off the tasks that you truly need to accomplish.

Begin your day with a productive mindset instead of getting bogged down by your inbox. First, accomplish the most important task (or tasks) on your to-do list. After doing so, schedule in 20 to 30 minutes to manage your emails.

If you don’t get through your inbox within that scheduled time, move on to another task you need to accomplish and address the remaining emails during the time you have scheduled in the afternoon.

As a Virtual Assistant, it’s imperative that you limit your distractions while completing client tasks. Since you can only charge clients for the time you spend working on their tasks, it’s important that you avoid the temptation to check your email while in the middle of client tasks.

Productivity Tip: If you’re someone who uses email to procrastinate or distract you from the task at hand, set a timer while you’re working on tasks. While on the clock, block out all other distractions and focus solely on working on that specific task.

Create Folders

As a virtual assistant, you have emails from multiple clients to manage. To help organize your inbox, create individual folders for each of your clients to house important emails you may need to reference later. If you have more than one project going for a client, consider making a subfolder for that project for future reference.

Additionally, make a “To-Do” folder, to store emails that you can’t immediately resolve but need to address in the future.

Creating folders will save you the time you spend searching your inbox for that specific email from a client. The folders ensure that you can quickly and efficiently find the correspondence when you need it.

Take Immediate Action

As you go through your inbox, take immediate action for each email.

  1. Immediately delete emails that are unnecessary and that you don’t need to read.
  2. Respond to client emails. As you know, it is best to respond to clients within 24 hours. Respond to the client to acknowledge receipt of the email and create a deadline for follow-up. If you can’t address the email immediately, add it to your to-do list.
  3. Add items to your to-do list. As you go through your inbox, be sure to add any tasks or requests from clients to your to-do list and store those unresolved emails in your “To-Do” email folder. By doing so, you ensure you don’t overlook those tasks and they are stored in a folder where they can easily be found for future reference.

Having a plan to take immediate action allows you to make quick decisions. You know exactly what to do to effectively manage your email. You avoid wasting time dealing with correspondence or additional tasks you didn’t schedule in your day. Overall, you end up being much more productive.

Unsubscribe

Are there messages that you never read? If so, unsubscribe from those lists. Once you’ve done this, you will minimize the time you spend sifting through unnecessary, unimportant emails.

Unsubscribe from any list that you delete right away without opening. By doing so, you will cut the time you spend dealing with undesired emails.

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Optimism Empowers You to Build a Successful Virtual Assistant Business

“Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.” – Helen Keller

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Young children often look at the world with their hearts full of optimism. They set the bar high. They want to be astronauts, doctors, and business owners. Children aspire to change the world. They see hope and a future.

Yet, as children grow into adults, their optimism seems to fade. Why?

As we grow, we recognize our limitations. We might be told we’re not good at something. The challenges and burdens we face in life seem to jade us.  And as a result, we fail to find the optimism.

However, if you search for it, and if you train your mind to find it, you will discover the optimism that will push you to aspire and dream just as you did as a child.

A growth mindset—the belief that with hard work you can accomplish and achieve anything—drives you back into that optimistic outlook.

Optimism leads to achievement. The adult in you that questions your abilities and your self-worth will be weakened by the child in you that believes you can do anything.

Optimism empowers you to overcome the fear of starting your Virtual Assistant business:

Hope in the Future

Optimism gives you hope. The future is yours to create and can be whatever you dream it to be. Through hard work, dedication, and perseverance, you will succeed. Despite the challenges you face you know you will build a bright future.

Confidence in Yourself

Optimism gives you confidence in yourself. Failure doesn’t stop you. Failures do not indicate defeat. Instead, failures are opportunities to learn. You are enough and you have the power to build a successful Virtual Assistant business that allows you to live a fulfilling life.

Will to Succeed

Optimism allows you to picture your success. You make your own success. You have the power to dream and achieve and you have the confidence to get yourself there. Optimism is the driving force that keeps you going. You push through the tough days and challenges because you know that success is waiting for you on the other side.

Finding optimism can be a challenge. As adults we experience challenges, we know the feeling of not being good enough, and we know failure. But as you develop a growth mindset, optimism grows.

Optimism is a choice, and when you make that choice, you take the first step to building a successful Virtual Assistant business and living the most fulfilling life you can imagine.

To discover how you can achieve a successful Virtual Assistant business while living a fulfilling life, apply here for a free MORE Clients MORE Profits Breakthrough Session with me now.

 

 

Your Life as a Virtual Assistant

virtual assistantOne of the most commonly asked questions is: What does a Virtual Assistant do?

As a Virtual Assistant, you are your own boss. Therefore, you are a business owner who determines your services and target market and helps your clients achieve their goals.

As your own boss and the owner of your business, you’re able to specialize in what you enjoy doing and provide those services to clients. The services you provide really depends on your interests and skills. For example, if you love math and keeping track of finances, you can be a Virtual Assistant who specializes in bookkeeping services. If you’re interested in real estate, you can specialize as a real estate Virtual Assistant. It’s your business and your canvas, and you can paint it however you desire.

The Need for Virtual Assistants

The internet has opened so many doors for entrepreneurs. It has made it easier to build a successful business without having a physical space in which you carry out the daily tasks of your business. Instead, businesses are based online and people are thriving because of it.

An Entrepreneur article addresses the growth of independent contractors in the workforce: “According to a 2014 study commissioned by the Freelancers Union, 53 million Americans are independent workers — about 34 percent of the total workforce. This number is expected to balloon to 50 percent by 2020.”

The space in the workforce for Virtual Assistants is only growing, giving you the opportunity to build a successful business while living the life of your dreams.

The Virtual Assistant Lifestyle

Freedom of Time

Being a Virtual Assistant gives you the opportunity to work around your life. You’re able to be present in your life.

Enjoy the little moments with your children and grandchild. Take a spontaneous day trip with a friend. Do something special for yourself that you rarely find time to fit into your hectic life. Travel around the world.

As a Virtual Assistant, you won’t be forced to choose between life’s special moments or your job. Instead, you have the luxury work around those moments that bring you joy and happiness.

The Virtual Assistant lifestyle allows you to not be tied down to traditional business hours or a cement building.

You can work anywhere you have your computer and internet access. Coffee shops, libraries, and hotel rooms are all places where you can work to maintain the lifestyle you desire. Additionally, with the ability to make your cell phone a hotspot, your office can be pretty much anywhere you are. Therefore, the beach, the mountains, or anywhere you can imagine are potential offices spaces.

The possibilities are endless. With all those options, you’re able to enjoy your life while making the money to live your life.

Help Others Achieve Their Goals

As a Virtual Assistant, you make a difference in people’s lives. You help your clients solve problems. Your role is to take over tasks that enable them to focus on the growth of their business.

Often, clients don’t have time or knowledge to do everything they need to do to build a successful business. However, your services will help them thrive.

Your time and your energy are spent doing something meaningful and fulfilling.

Invest in You

Your life is important. How you live your life and what you do factors into your happiness.

Too often, we feel run down by the demands of balancing our lives. But as a Virtual Assistant, you’re able to acknowledge your own value. You don’t have to feel stuck in an unfulfilling work environment.

Being a Virtual Assistant allows you to cash in on your talents to help others while living a fulfilling and meaningful life.

Work that Grows with You

Not only is the demand for Virtual Assistants growing, but it is a career that grows with you. As you establish your business, you can take it any direction you desire.

As a Virtual Assistant, you can adapt your services to fit not only the needs of your clients but also your own interests. Unlike many traditional jobs, you’re not trapped doing the same thing the rest of your life. You can make the changes in your business to ensure that your work leaves you feeling fulfilled. You can develop your skills and grow your business to fit your interests and your lifestyle.

Taking the first steps to starting a Virtual Assistant business can feel overwhelming. To find out more about how I can help you reach your goals as you build your Virtual Assistant business, apply here for a free MORE Clients MORE Profits Breakthrough Session with me now.

Stress-free Marketing for Your Virtual Assistant Business

virtual assistantAs a Virtual Assistant, you know it’s important to market your business so potential clients how you can help them manage their tasks and achieve their goals.

An Entrepreneur article states that your marketing should communicate to potential clients “what sets you apart from your competition.” Therefore, our marketing plan should clearly communicate how your services and expertise will help your clients achieve their goals and grow their business.

But, with all the options—your website, social media presence, Facebook ads, content marketing, video marketing, and the list goes on—to market yourself to potential clients, it’s easy to feel bombarded by all the possibilities. The idea of keeping up with it all is daunting.

Then stress sets in and you freeze. You avoid doing anything because you feel like you don’t want to fail or do the wrong thing that won’t help you reach potential clients.

Four tips for a stress-free marketing plan for your Virtual Assistant business:

  1. Find where your target market is most easily reached.

Most importantly, focus your marketing where your target market will see it. Avoid wasting time by marketing in places that won’t reach your target market.

Therefore, if you get a lot of traffic through social media or on your website, focus your marketing there. If you get more conversations going by sending out emails or a newsletter to potential clients, put your energy there.

  1. Keep it simple.

Instead of trying to dip into every marketing strategy, focus on one thing and do that one thing well. You don’t have to use every marketing strategy. But you want to put out content that will serve your Virtual Assistant business and reach your potential clients. Showcase your knowledge, expertise, and how you’ll help your clients reach their goals by narrowing your focus on one marketing strategy.

  1. Do what you enjoy.

With so many options, it’s hard to narrow down just one strategy. Start with something you enjoy. By doing something you enjoy, you’re less likely to put it off, you won’t dread doing it, and, as a result, you’re much more likely to stick with your plan.

  1. Schedule time to work on your marketing.

To get your marketing done, you have to schedule the time to do it just as you would any other task. It can’t be something you hold in your mind with the intention of getting to it when you get to it. Make marketing a priority and stick to your plan. Again, if you’ve narrowed your focus to one marketing strategy, you can effectively schedule the time to get that one marketing strategy done.

For more information about the most effective marketing strategies to build a successful Virtual Assistant business, apply here for a free MORE Clients MORE Profits Breakthrough Session with me now.

How to Maintain Balance as a Virtual Assistant

virtual assistantYou wake up in the morning full of hope. You’ve got a full schedule and you’re ready to check those tasks off your to-do list. With productivity fueling you, you start your day.

Breakfast cooked and served. Check. Dishes done. Check. Laundry going. Check. Client task number one completed. Check. Laundry moved around. Check. Client task two finished. Check.

As you’re whisking through your tasks, you notice the clock: “Oh no! I thought I would have accomplished so much more by now. What’s taking me so long?”

Pushing down panic, you think, “No problem. I’ve got this.” You keep trudging away, hoping you’ll make up the missed minutes throughout your day. Client task number three completed. Check.

But as the sun reaches its highest point in the sky, you realize you’re not going to accomplish all you had hoped you would today. Being a problem solver, you prioritize your to-do list and start rushing through the most urgent tasks.

But now that you’ve overhauled your entire daily plan, you pushed the more trivial tasks to the side. Now, your laundry is backed up, dishes from the snacks and loads of coffee you’ve consumed are piled in the sink, calls from family and friends went to voicemail, and you don’t even know what you’re having for dinner.

You didn’t get it all done. You begrudgingly transfer your unfinished tasks to tomorrow’s to-do list. Defeat overwhelms you.

Sound familiar?

As goal-oriented, independent, smart women, we want to do it all. We want to achieve our goals, maintain our household responsibilities, be a good friend, wife, mother, daughter, sister, etc. But so often we feel that we fall short.

We pack our schedules so full that we fail to notice the tasks we’ve completed and accomplished, and, at the end of the day, all we can focus on is the unfinished business.

As a Virtual Assistant, it’s essential to find balance. Balancing not only your personal and professional life but also your expectations and goals for yourself will allow you to grow your business without constantly doubting your abilities and capacity for success.

Tips to Stay Balanced and Motivated as a Virtual Assistant:

High Expectations

Often times, we set extremely high expectations for ourselves that don’t account for the learning curve. We overlook the time it takes to learn a new role and how to manage your life within this new role.

When you become Virtual Assistant, even though you’re offering services you already know and enjoy, you’re still stepping into unfamiliar territory. You’re running your business, you’re finding clients, you’re marketing yourself. Not to mention that you still have your family and household that demands your attention. All of these things take time.

Therefore, if your expectations exceed the limitations of time, you wind up feeling overwhelmed and defeated.

Solution: Don’t try to accomplish everything at once. Just as a baby crawls before she walks, you must do the same in your VA business. It’s wonderful to have high expectations and set goals that feel push you. The sky is the limit and your goals should reflect that, but you must crawl before you walk and walk before you run. Establish long and short-term goals to eventually accomplish those high expectations of yourself and your business.

Schedule and prioritize your time to work towards your goals. Avoid the temptation to multitask. Set aside and separate time to work on your business and to maintain your household. Allowing yourself to stay focused on one task at a time keeps your mind centered and focused. This increases your productivity and diminished the feeling of defeat.

Specialize

As a Virtual Assistant, you want to help people, but you fear that if you don’t provide a service that your client needs, you’ll miss out on that client altogether. Therefore, it seems appealing to offer many different services to fulfill the vast needs of your potential clients.

By doing this, you set yourself up for frustration and burn out.

You can’t be an expert at everything. You can know a little about a lot of things, but you can’t truly delve in and learn everything well.

Solution: Narrow your niche. Offer one or two services that clients need.

While it may seem that clients would prefer to hire one VA to complete all the tasks they need to be done, they don’t. Clients appreciate and value your expertise. They want to pay top dollar for a Virtual Assistant who is an expert in the services she provides.

Additionally, narrowing your niche, helps you stay focused. By focusing on one or two services, you allow yourself to really dig into those services, become an expert, and make yourself marketable to high-paying clients.

Take Time for Yourself

Isn’t part of why you became a Virtual Assistant is that you would have more time to enjoy your life? In An Oprah.com article states that “many of us feel compelled to measure our success in terms of acquisition and accomplishment.” Becoming so consumed with getting things done and working to accomplish your goals causes you to lose sight of yourself.

You need to be healthy, balance, and in the right mindset in order to be successful. Therefore, it’s just as important to take time to focus on your personal needs as it is to respond to the demands of your business.

Solution: Block out time just for yourself. Make appointments to enjoy your family and friends, go for walks, breathe the fresh air, and take the time to engage in the activities that make your life meaningful. Disconnect from work and enjoy the people and beauty around you.

Small Victories

Remember that hope you felt waking up ready to tackle your daily tasks? While your original plan was thwarted by that pesky clock, you still accomplished a great deal of your to-do list.

However, when things don’t happen in the time frame we want them to, we feel defeated and filled with self-doubt. And how quickly we transition from hope to defeat and self-doubt. This self-doubt can be paralyzing—if we allow it to dictate our next steps.

Solution: Celebrate the small victories. Everyone has the moments where their hopes are squashed by reality. But sometimes, those hopes and expectations are unrealistic. Are your expectations even feasible for the most experienced Virtual Assistant to accomplish?

Being a super-woman doesn’t mean you have to do it all. It means you’re in control. You make the decisions and work hard to pave your way to victory.

Instead, of obsessing about what you didn’t accomplish, celebrate your small victories and use that to power your motivation to keep pushing forward to accomplish your goals.

To learn more about how to maintain a balance in your life throughout your journey of building a successful Virtual Assistant business, apply here for a free MORE Clients MORE Profits Breakthrough Session with me now.

Your Virtual Assistant Business: Make Today the Day You Start the Rest of Your Life

You’ll miss 100% of the shot you don’t take.” – Wayne Gretzky

virtual assistantFeeling Stuck

Like many other professional women, you have responsibilities and a lifestyle that you have to maintain. Therefore, imagining how you’ll be able to maintain that while building your Virtual Assistant business seems nearly impossible.

Making that change to leave your job and start your own business as a Virtual Assistant is scary. It’s a world of unknowns and feeling scared is completely normal.

An Entrepreneur Insiders article from Fortune likens starting a business “jumping off a cliff and building an airplane on the way down” adding that “it can be fun and exciting one minute, and the next can leave you feeling terrified and powerless.”

Even though starting a business elicits many emotions and requires a lot of hard work, it can be done and with great success. It’s not impossible. There are many women making great incomes as Virtual Assistants who made that leap and never looked back.

However, the biggest failure you can make is to let that fear hold you back. Impossible is only an option if you choose to never try.

The beginning steps are often the hardest.

Take the Beginning Steps to Starting Your Virtual Assistant Business:

  • Imagine the Life You Want

    How do you want your life to be in a year? Five years? What changes do you need to get there? As you imagine the life you want, think about the freedom a Virtual Assistant business will give you attain that life. From setting your own hours to providing services you truly enjoy, being your own boss empowers you to earn a great income and have time for the activities that give you purpose.

  • Set Goals

    Undoubtedly, there are the logistics to think about. How much do you need to earn to make your dream life possible? What does it take to start your own business? Find out what you need and how much it will cost to start your VA business. Do research and ask questions of women who have successful Virtual Assistant businesses.  

  • Start Today

    Life is too short to remain stuck. Too often people waste their life being unhappy and unfulfilled waiting for the perfect time to make the change. There’s no better day than today to begin your journey to build a Virtual Assistant business. This one step will change your life.

Delaying your start date only sets you up for more opportunity to miss your chance to make this career change that enables you to live a happier and more fulfilling life.

Every day is an opportunity for you to be happier and to have a more fulfilling life so make the change and begin your VA business today.

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How to Overcome Rejection as a Virtual Assistant

virtual assistantAs a virtual assistant and small business owner, you must be willing to put yourself out there to get and keep clients. Rejection, unfortunately, comes with the territory.

“The Pain of Social Rejection,” an article written for the American Psychological Association’s publication, Monitor on Psychology, states that the pain of rejection “is not so different from the pain of physical injury.” Whatever the circumstance, rejection hurts.

Yet, if you accept the rejection and use it as a tool to grow and improve your skills, you will stay on track to build a successful Virtual Assistant business.

Tips to Overcome Rejection as a Virtual Assistant:

It’s Not Personal

As a virtual assistant, it is completely normal to feel vulnerable as you are the face of your business. Therefore, when you get a ‘no’ it feels like the client is rejecting you. This can throw you into a fit of self-doubt and leave you questioning whether you’re good enough or if you have what it takes to be successful. These thoughts can be harmful to you and your business.

In reality, everyone experiences rejection. There are so many success stories that arise out of rejection after rejection.

Instead, there may be many hidden factors influencing a potential client’s decision and these factors are out of your control.

Therefore, the most effective thing you can do—for yourself and your business—is to move on. Keep going forward to achieve your goals. There are plenty of clients who will appreciate the value you bring to their business.

Focus on Your Goals

Your goals serve as a map as you build your business. They keep you on track to where you want to be and they serve as a reflection of how far you’ve come.

Even in the face of rejection, keep your eye on the prize. In the big picture, does this moment of rejection really make it impossible for you to reach your goals? Where do you want to be? How are you going to get there?

While rejection hurts in the moment, you’ll discover that you can move on. Find a different way, make a new plan, or create a new goal that will motivate you to keep moving forward.

Rejection won’t be a dead end for success if you focus on goals to push yourself forward.

Remain in Control

As you move forward after rejection, remember that you are not in control of other people or outside forces. The only person you can control is you.

Therefore, you must let go of the external forces that impact your life and focus on what you can do to better yourself along the road to success. Lift your head high in celebration of what you’ve already accomplished and keep pushing forward.

Life is too short to be frozen in a moment of rejection. You are exceptional and have greater things to accomplish. Just keep climbing that mountain to reach your goals.

Keep a Positive Mindset

Your mindset often determines how you respond to external stressors such as rejection.

When you have a growth mindset, you believe that you always have the capacity to learn and grow. Therefore, when you experience rejection, instead of allowing it to paralyze you, you use it as a learning opportunity.

You use rejection to improve yourself and your business. Be open to constructive criticism and use that information to improve your weaknesses.

Focus on your strengths. Instead of fixating on the rejection, focus on the qualities that make you valuable to your clients.

By improving yourself and building your skills, you increase your confidence. This confidence will make you more marketable and valuable to future clients.

Rely on Your Support System

When you experience rejection in business, it can hurt. When those feelings of self-doubt start to seep in, surround yourself with the people in your life who will help shoulder that burden. Allow them to lift you up and help you see the light on the other side.

Because rejection is often not about you personally, your support system will help you see beyond the instance of rejection and remind you of the positive attributes you possess as a Virtual Assistant. They will help you recognize the value you possess not only as an individual but also as a professional who helps clients achieve their goals.

When working through the pain of rejection, instead of thinking of rejection as a missed opportunity, interpret it as a chance to refocus your goals and find new possibilities to achieve success.

Instead, you will fill your client base with people who recognize

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Redefine Your Life When You Become a Virtual Assistant

“Our lives are defined by opportunities, even the ones we miss.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald

virtual assistantHow do you want your life to be defined?

Too often, women feel stuck in a career that doesn’t bring them joy. As life progresses, so do our hopes, dreams, and aspirations. Yet, we remain trapped in careers that don’t grow with us.

As a Virtual Assistant, you can take the opportunity to start your own path and reclaim your life. You can establish a career that grows and changes with you.

Whatever life stage you’re in, starting a career as a Virtual Assistant will enable you to make the most of this moment throughout the rest of your life. Taking the opportunity to become a Virtual Assistant is a choice that will define your future to be what you imagine it to be.

Become a Virtual Assistant and Redefine Your Life:

Create a Business of Your Dreams

As a Virtual Assistant, you have the freedom to create every aspect of your business. You choose the services you provide, the clients you serve, the days and hours you work, and so much more. You’re able to make decisions in your business to fit your needs and your lifestyle. Creating your Virtual Assistant business enables you to define yourself professionally and do what you love every day.

Create a Life of Your Dreams

With the freedom to create the business of your dreams, you’re also able to define your life as you’ve always imagined it to be. With the flexibility and freedom you have as a Virtual Assistant, you’re able to make the most out of the time you’re not working. In fact, you can plan your work day around the things in life that are meaningful to you. For example, you can spend time with friends and family during the day, you can volunteer in your child’s or grandchild’s class, or you can go for a walk every morning. An article written for Fortune states that when you start your own business, “Your schedule is yours, and you can choose when to allocate your time toward the things that count most in business—and in life.”

Never Look Back

As a Virtual Assistant, you will live a life without regret. When you become a Virtual Assistant, you’re taking the opportunity to start a business that will leave you happy and fulfilled. You’ll work from home completing tasks that you enjoy. And you’ll have the freedom and flexibility to live your life and do the things that make your life meaningful. The first step is the hardest part, but, once you do, you’ll never look back.

Is this an opportunity you’re willing to miss?

As a Virtual Assistant, your career will progress with your life. As your circumstances, needs, and interests change, so can your business. By taking this opportunity, you empower yourself to have complete control over how your business and life are defined.

To discover the many ways becoming a Virtual Assistant can redefine your life and help you reach your maximum potential, apply here for a free MORE Clients MORE Profits Breakthrough Session with me now.