4 Advantages of Working From Home as a Virtual Assistant and Virtual Expert®

Aug 11, 2020

Right now, you have a full-time, nine-to-five job. You may be listening to that little voice in your head that says: “There are so many advantages to working from home as a Virtual Assistant. If only I could work from home, I would be so much happier.”

The idea of being able to work from home seems like a dream. You can turn it into reality by becoming a Virtual Assistant or a Virtual Expert® (VE).

 

Today, I’ll share with you 4 reasons why you may want to become a Virtual Expert®.

 

1. Your schedule is flexible.

Being a Virtual Expert® who works from home, you have the freedom to ask yourself what time of day you are inherently the most productive.

In contrast to having a face-to-face job, as a VE, you’re not controlled by the time constraints of regular business hours. You can begin work, end work, get ready for the day, or take your dog for a walk anytime you want.

You can also do activities or errands you wouldn’t have the...

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Your VA Business: What to Do When You Feel Like Giving Up

Aug 11, 2020

Why did you decide to create a Virtual Assistant or Virtual Expert® business?

Did you desire more flexibility in your schedule? Were you sick of being undervalued and underpaid in your traditional job? Did you long for a career that is more conducive to having a family by allowing you to work from home?

Whether you’ve been a Virtual Assistant for a long time, you’re just getting started, or you’re trying to decide if a Virtual Assistant business is right for you, you ventured into this career with a desire to live your life to the fullest and without limitations.

However, like most facets of life, your Virtual Assistant business is bound to weather some storms.

If you’re like most of us, you’re likely not a stranger to failure. The word failure has such a negative connotation, but if you think about it, where would you be if you never experienced failure?

Everyone makes mistakes; everyone falls into ruts; everyone has times where they feel like...

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How to Prepare for Your First Meeting with a Potential Client as a VA

Aug 11, 2020

Consultations with a potential client can feel like one of the scariest things you’ll do as a Virtual Assistant or Virtual Expert®. It can be tough to put yourself out there when the possibility of rejection lingers. Knowing how to prepare for your first meeting with a potential client as a Virtual Assistant can help you overcome some of those nerves.

A potential client consultation is as much for you as it is for the potential client. During a consultation, you’re focused on figuring out how, and, if, you can help the client achieve their goals. You’re also assessing if the client is a good fit for you.

Flipping your mindset from “what if they don’t like me” to “is this person someone I want to work with long-term” allows you to shed a lot of the anxiety you might feel before a consultation.

Just as it is anytime you meet someone new, nervousness is normal. Therefore, it’s important to find strategies that help you overcome...

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Is COVID-19 The Best Test Case For Working Virtually or Remotely?

Aug 11, 2020

I’ve been watching the white-collar business world spin off its axis since COVID-19 hit. Employers everywhere scrambled to send their workforce home with enough of what they needed to keep business running. So it’s understandable to ask, “Is COVID-19 the best test case for working virtually and remotely”?

I’ve watched with wonder and curiosity – How will this impact the way we do business going forward?

I’ve also watched with considerable compassion – Feeling the pain of people struggling to navigate the integration of their work and home life for the first time… all the while dealing with the stress of the pandemic AND dealing with every member of their family also being home with them.

 

My Perspective

I have a unique perspective based on my own professional experiences. I’ve been working from home since 2001. My commute from “home” to “office” is a few steps downstairs into my...
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An Email Management Plan to Boost Your Productivity as a VA and VE®

Aug 11, 2020

Does the sheer volume of messages in your inbox overwhelm you or inhibit your productivity? If your answer is YES to both, you’re not alone. Most Virtual Assistants and Virtual Experts® lose hours daily to their email inbox. You can take back your time by creating an email management plan that will boost your productivity.

Being a Virtual Assistant or Virtual Expert®, most of your business communication is done through email. Therefore, you can expect to spend a significant amount of time managing email.

According to research conducted by the McKinsey Global Institute, “The average 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 VA's work hours. And those are primarily non-billable hours. YIKES!

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

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How to Get Over Your Fear of Starting Your Virtual Assistant Business

Aug 11, 2020

What is getting in your way of starting your Virtual Assistant or Virtual Expert® business? If you’re like most women, fear is the likely culprit. Does the fear of failure or fear of not being good enough, get in your way of starting a business to finally live the life you’ve always imagined? You’re not alone.

In this article, I will share tips on how to get over your fear of starting your Virtual Assistant Business and do it anyway.

Tips to Help You Overcome Your Fear of Starting Your Virtual Expert Business:

 

Surround Yourself with Support

When starting your VE business, you need friends, family, and colleagues to help shoulder some of the fear and anxiety that come along with starting a new business. Your support system will help you set realistic expectations of yourself and hold you accountable for reaching your goals.

They can help you stay balanced, celebrate your successes, or just be there when you’re feeling overwhelmed.

When...

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How to Overcome The Fear Of Starting A Virtual Assistant Business?

Aug 11, 2020

Whether it’s household chores, work tasks, or significant business decisions, sometimes it seems easier to put things off than it is to get started and conquer whatever lies in front of you.

The most opposition is often getting started.

There’s always something more entertaining than household chores. Or, if you’re grappling with the decision to become a Virtual Assistant or Virtual Expert,® you let all the risks and uncertainties be your excuse for not starting.

When you delay starting anything -- whether it's your housework or a new career -- what’s the outcome?

If it’s household chores, you know you eventually have to do them. Unfortunately, magic fairies that leave your house in sparkles aren’t real.

Likewise, putting off work-related tasks yields the same results. Eventually, you must do them, and by procrastinating, you’re now rushed and stressed out.

Let's examine the results of delaying your decision to start a new career....

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How to Build Confidence in Yourself and Your Virtual Assistant Business

Aug 11, 2020

The past—your history—provides insight into your life today. It explains how you got where you are. Your past may tell the story of struggle, of happiness, of obstacles overcome, of hard work, and many amazing successes.

Your story isn't over, it's only beginning.

You're in control of the script – and you have the power to write your own story.
It’s exciting that even though you’ve worked hard to get where you are, you have a desire for more. Whatever the reason that’s fueling you to want to keep pushing yourself—whether you’re currently in a traditional job or your own Virtual Assistant business—it’s not too late to add to your story.

And it's never too late to add a new act to your script.

 

How do you gain confidence in yourself and your Virtual Assistant business?

Your drive to keep pushing to reach your full potential likely stems from your self-confidence. A Forbes article states that “a fundamental lack of...

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What Does Success Mean To You As A Virtual Assistant or Virtual Expert®?

Aug 11, 2020

Throughout our lives, we see these images of success — the big house, the nice car. You know, the white picket fence. Tangible objects that once acquired indicate that we’ve made it. However, what does success mean to you as a Virtual Assistant or Virtual Expert®?

We’re conditioned to think that success is a quantifiable goal like reaching your ideal weight. And, once you have achieved it, you can see it. But, you may have found that your pursuit of success has left you feeling like something in your life is lacking.

What you may have realized is that the measure of success is not tangible. It’s more complex than that. And, people that you look at and think, “Wow, they’re so successful,” may be lacking something that makes them feel as though they’ve achieved nothing worthwhile.

A Business Insider article illustrates how twelve rich, powerful people define success. Not one of them says wealth or power are the most...

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Having a Success Mindset in Your Virtual Assistant Business

Aug 11, 2020

As you build your Virtual Assistant and Virtual Expert® business, your mindset— your attitude about yourself and your abilities — has a tremendous effect on your success.

If you believe you can’t do something or believe that you don’t have the right skills to build your business or believe that you can’t be successful -guess what? All those things will come true.

If on the other hand, you believe you are absolutely able to achieve success as a Virtual Assistant, and you deserve to have all you want, all those things will come true too.

A negative mindset limits your ability to be successful and dulls any moment of success.

Having a success mindset in your Virtual Assistant business, on the other hand, allows you to continue to work hard to achieve your goals even when you may want to give up.

It also allows you to believe that you are enough, and that, even though you may not have all the answers, you can learn how to build a truly successful...

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