Becoming a virtual assistant opens your world to so many opportunities that you don’t get to enjoy in the same way when you work in a traditional job. You have the freedom to work from anywhere, set your own hours, determine the services you’ll provide, and choose your clients.
However, like any career, there are challenges that virtual assistants face. Luckily, with some work and intentionality, you can overcome those challenges to build a highly successful business as a virtual assistant.
5 Challenges You May Face as a Virtual Assistant:
1. Not Asking for Help
There’s that old saying: “It takes a village to raise a child.”
In a sense, your virtual assistant business is like your child.
It can be challenging, unpredictable, confusing, and demanding. There may be times when you just want to throw in the towel, sit in the corner, and cry.
However, just like one would do with their child, you must pick yourself (and sometimes your pride) up, confront the challenge, and figure out a way to move forward.
The best way to find resolution when faced with struggles when building your virtual assistant business is to ask for help.
Seek out a coach who has achieved what you want to achieve. She has experienced the same feelings and tackled the same challenges, and her wisdom can help guide you to achieve your goals. Additionally, build a network. There are women out there who have built highly successful virtual assistant businesses and who are more than willing to help you.
You don’t have to figure out everything alone. Find your resources and use them.
2. Not Valuing Yourself
Your sense of self-worth can become a major struggle as you build your virtual assistant business.
As women, we sometimes allow our feelings and fears dictate how we run our business. You may feel like you’re not good enough, that you don’t know what you’re doing, or that you may never get an opportunity again. Because of these feelings, you allow others to push your boundaries and negotiate until you accept much less than you deserve.
You can never lose sight of the merit and value you bring to your clients.
You must hold firm to your rates and never accept less than you’re worth. The quality of service and expertise you provide demands that you are paid what you’re worth.
3. Fear of Failure
The women who have successful virtual assistant business are no different than you.
They’ve experience failure. They’ve faced challenges. They’ve struggled. They’ve felt like giving up.
But they found a way to rise above it. They took a different route, learned a new strategy, and asked for help.
As Franklin Roosevelt wisely stated, “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.”
Fear gets in the way of your dreams. It stops you in your tracks and traps you. Fear prohibits you from living the life you imagine.
To overcome your fear, you must set goals and take baby sets to achieve those goals. Success doesn’t happen overnight. You may have to re-write your path a few times, but if you don’t let fear control you, your success is inevitable.
4. Overlooking Your Accomplishments
It’s much easier to get consumed by the struggles and challenges than it is to recognize your successes.
When you’re struggling, the negative seems to outweigh the positive.
Therefore, it’s important to acknowledge and celebrate even the smallest successes. Just by stopping for a few moments and reflecting on the work it took to accomplish, helps you take your challenges in stride. It helps keep your mindset positive and it keeps you motivated to keep going.
5. Balance of Work and Family
In your virtual assistant business, you will primarily work from home. Therefore, your to-do list can feel exponential.
It can be challenging to focus on your business while there are dishes in the sink and laundry to do. It’s easy to be distracted by the stress of running a household and caring for your family.
Consequently, it’s imperative that you prioritize your home and business life and stick to it.
Even though you don’t have to leave the comfort of your home, it’s important to set specific hours and set a specific place where you work. This allows you to focus on your business rather than your household tasks.
Just as you do when you work a traditional job, you need to find the right balance that works for you. Once you’ve established a routine, it will make your life much more enjoyable and you’ll accomplish goals you never thought possible.
As someone who has built multiple highly successful businesses, I can help you achieve your goals and overcome any challenges you may face while building your virtual assistant business. Apply here for a free MORE Clients MORE Profits Breakthrough Session with me now.