With a “traditional” career, there’s an order of operations to accomplishing your goals. There are specific stops along the way to success—certificates you must acquire, college or trade school, or possibly a graduate degree. You know what’s expected of you because the road to get there is mapped out for you.
But, with a Virtual Assistant career, the path is less defined. That’s partly because there are so many possibilities and you can build your career doing what you love. But it can cause apprehension because the path feels uncertain and unpredictable.
What do you need to build a successful career as a Virtual Assistant?
Starting a career as a Virtual Assistant requires a relatively small start-up cost. You don’t need a ton of space or inventory to work as a Virtual Assistant. Just a few essentials—a computer, internet, a phone—will get your career going, and many of those essentials you likely have or pay for already. Find out more about what it costs to start your career as a Virtual Assistant.
But, the most essential asset to building a successful Virtual Assistant career is YOU.
Therefore, to build a successful career, it’s helpful to have a:
Willingness to Take Action
A Forbes article, “Take A Risk: The Odds Are Better Than You Think,” states that when faced with the decision to start something new “we discount or deny the cost of inaction and sticking with the status quo.” The article continues to explain that when faced with taking a risk “we delude ourselves with the hope that our circumstances will somehow just get better over time and thing will just ‘sort themselves out.”
With inaction, your life won’t change. Are you OK with that? Will you always wonder ‘what if’? But, a willingness to take action makes all the difference. It’s the spark that allows you to accomplish your dreams. It’s acknowledging that you no longer want to live with the status quo, but that you want to step out of your comfort zone and go after the career you want. Taking action gets you on the path to building a career and life you love.
Your mindset has a profound impact on your success. You have the ability and potential to set the bar high and reach those goals. You just have to believe that you are capable of doing so, which, at times, can be challenging.
“It is not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves.” – Sir Edmund Hillary
A growth mindset “creates a love of learning and a resilience that is essential for great accomplishments.” You don’t have to have all the knowledge, skills, or talents right now. As a Virtual Assistant, you’re able to build to grow, develop, and learn throughout the process.
When you let go of the fear and self-doubt and believe in yourself, you empower yourself to achieve greatness.
Desire to Achieve Your Goals
Let your mind wander for a minute. Where do you see yourself in a year? What do you want your career and life to look like? As you set out to start your career as a Virtual Assistant, keep your focus on those goals. Work towards them every day. Don’t let the little stuff prohibit you from accomplishing your dreams—block out the static. Instead, focus. Dive in. Try new things. Learn from mistakes. Celebrate successes. Have fun. And, keep moving forward. Your desire will drive your success.
Craving to Do What You Love
As a Virtual Assistant, you build a career helping other people achieve their goals doing what you love most. You decide what you specialize in and the services you provide. You are in complete control of your career. The possibilities are endless. And, you never have to feel stuck doing what you hate. Your talents and passions will be appreciated by people who need them to grow their own businesses.
Isn’t life so much more fun with people around you who understand your goals, your struggles, and your successes? Having those people who are there to celebrate with you when you succeed or help shoulder the burden when things aren’t going as planned is beneficial both in business and in life. They’re there to lift you up when you need it most. They keep you on track if you lose focus. And, they’re there to do a happy dance with you when you accomplish your goals.
The key to a successful career as a Virtual Assistant lies within you. With determination and drive, your success is inevitable.
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