Have you been thinking about creating a Virtual Assistant business?
You've been homeschooling your children for many years, but you don't believe that gives you enough experience or skills to become a well-paid Virtual Assistant.
Perhaps you feel that staying home to homeschool your children created a massive gap in your employment history.
Here's the truth ... I can help you, like I've helped many other moms, translate those valuable homeschooling skills you have been honing into marketable skills for your very own Virtual Assistant business.
In this video, I will show you how valuable your homeschooling experience can be in creating a robust and viable foundation for your very own Virtual Expert® business.
If homeschooling were easy, everyone would be doing it. It takes the right type of person to keep those little people motivated and excited to learn. There is more to homeschooling than just regurgitating the curriculum.
You may be...
Not working a paying J.O.B. outside of your home does NOT mean you do not have the experience that would be valuable in creating your own Virtual Assistant business.
If I have heard it once, I have heard it a thousand times. “I don’t have any business experience. I don’t work outside my home. How can I start a business and attract high-paying clients?”
If you identify with that question, you need to keep watching this video!
In this video, I will explain how your daily home operations and child-rearing tasks can be valuable assets in creating a Virtual Expert® business of your dreams.
Here is how stay-at-home skills can translate to business skills for your Virtual Expert® business.
We tend to devalue the ordinary day-to-day life skills that we have perfected throughout our lives. We overlook the things we do routinely believing that everyone certainly can do that. The truth is that not everyone can.
Working from home is a great lifestyle. But it is important to establish a healthy work/life balance when working from home as a Virtual Assistant. It is hard to keep work from creeping into your personal time and your personal time from creeping into your work time.
Defining work/life balance can be different for everyone. You need to be clear on what balance looks like for you so that you can structure your day to meet your expectations. Not having a healthy work/life balance will cause you undue stress and chaos that cancels many of the benefits of creating your own Virtual Assistant business.
Just because you are not commuting, doesn't mean you shouldn't have a morning ritual. Many of the Virtual Experts® in my group start the day with a morning routine that might include reflective time, exercise, a good breakfast, a shower, and then...
Depending on where you are in the USA, you may have your school-age children home with you now either full-time or part-time. Some school districts have elected to provide options for learning either in-school, remotely, or a hybrid method of in-school and remote learning.
How can you juggle your child's home learning and running your Virtual Assistant or Virtual Expert® business at the same time?
Let's talk about some ways you can work from home -- while your children are with you.
Determine if your family needs to have a dedicated schedule for the day. If your children are younger and need your help to accomplish their daily learning, you will have to adjust your work-time to accommodate their school time. If your children are older, they may be able to work independently and only require your limited attention. You will need to assess your family's needs and determine the best...
Are you longing to own a business of your very own that you can work while homeschooling your children?
Have you tried work-from-home jobs only to be disappointed?
Is it possible to create a business that you love and still be available for your children?
Today, I’m going to tell you about Kate Wiley, a woman who has done just that!
Choosing to stay at home to raise and educate your children takes a dedicated parent. Homeschooling is not an undertaking that many families decide to tackle. To make homeschooling successful, the family has to make a lot of sacrifices.
Kate was well educated and had a fantastic career doing things like polymer research and chemical engineering. Yes, that is high-level stuff! Kate and her husband decided they wanted Kate to home school their three children even though it would mean sacrificing that second income.
Nobody is perfect, and we all make mistakes. Mistakes are part of being human. You’re bound to make some mistakes along the way.
As a Virtual Assistant, you work from home for multiple clients juggling multiple projects. No matter how careful you are, mistakes will happen.
So, if mistakes are inevitable, what do we do when they happen?
We self-acknowledge we made a mistake. Accept that we made a mistake, giving ourselves some grace.
Again, no one is perfect and everyone makes them. Beating ourselves up doesn’t make it disappear and it also doesn’t fix it.
We approach this with courage and honesty. We also correct, revise, adjust, or amend whatever it is that has happened. If it’s something beyond our control or wheelhouse, we ask for help and...
There is a saying, “Perfection is the enemy of done.”
And it’s real. It’s not just a phrase.
I see this all the time. So have others. Even Forbes has noticed. (And they’re kind of a big deal, don’t you think?)
A lot of Virtual Assistants joining my Virtual Expert® Training program are self-proclaimed perfectionists. They want the decisions they make, and the Virtual Assistant and Virtual Expert® businesses they are creating, to be of the highest caliber. Their focus is on producing high-quality outputs for their clients. They don’t want to spare or skimp on the details.
And because they are thoughtful and intentional, they don’t want to have unanswered questions. These are all amazing elements of the perfectionist’s personality.
On the other side of that high-quality, attention-to-detail, must-have-all-the-answers thinking is the perfectionist who...
There are two important personality traits needed in order to have a successful Virtual Assistant business where you work from home.
Those two traits are: Taking risks and being flexible.
To have a successful Virtual Assistant business, you must take risks.
Starting a new endeavor and leaving behind the security of your old job is scary. However, without taking that risk you remain stuck in the status quo. This is true with any change or transition.
In order to shift the same-ole-same-ole, you have to step outside of it. When you get out of your comfort zone, you open up your own possibilities.
Which is related to but not the same as taking risks. If taking the risk is the actual act of stepping outside of your comfort zone, then flexibility and openness are the mindset or belief system to make that possible.
Being flexible - and open - allows you to consider new opportunities, whether that be a new client or...
I get asked all the time what makes a successful Virtual Assistant. As though there was a special recipe.
It makes me think of grandkids marveling at the delight of their grandma’s “secret sauce” and wanting to know what is in it that makes it so exceptional. And, more importantly, can they replicate her recipe if she gives it to them?
Anyone who knows me will tell you, I’m an open book. I don’t have secrets. What I know, I share.
In other words, knowing the ingredients doesn’t guarantee anything. It’s how you use them.
Successful Virtual Assistants possess habits that empower them to face challenges, believe in themselves, and accomplish their goals.
The keyword there is “habits.”...
Recently someone posted in our Virtual Expert® Facebook group,
“I’m stepping out of my comfort zone by quitting a job I've had for almost 19 years! Just making this decision has brought so much calm into my life.”
And there are so many more women in our group that are facing the same decision. Walking away from stable corporate gigs they’ve been in for decades.
I'm not surprised because that’s how I started. It’s terrifying. But it’s also bold. Liberating. Fierce.
We need to act with intention. Not just sit and wait for something to be different. No one is going to make change happen for you. Not even that next shiny object promising you success. Because that bright shiny object still requires a person to operate it.
While we are at it, we also need to let go of the idea that anything is “too late” to do or try. Don’t let anyone...