What Is The Best Investment to Get My Virtual Assistant Business Growing Fast?

Aug 13, 2020

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Uncertainty is a normal part of starting a business. There are a lot of choices to make, decisions to weigh, and the future to think about. Therefore, taking the first steps to becoming a Virtual Assistant or Virtual Expert® can feel like a leap of faith.

 

There are likely numerous questions that plague your mind:

Is this the right career for me?

Will I be able to make the money I need to pay my bills?

How quickly will I start earning money?

Will I be able to save for retirement?

Will I be able to get clients?

And the list goes on and on.

So what is the best investment to get your Virtual Assistant business growing fast?

 

Invest in a training and coaching program that teaches you how to find, get, and keep high-paying clients.

Whether you’re just starting your business or looking to grow an already established Virtual Assistant business, training and coaching from someone who has already achieved what you want to achieve is the...

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Earn More As A Virtual Assistant By Increasing Your Problem-Solving Skills

Aug 11, 2020

Being a problem solver is an important trait of successful Virtual Assistants and Virtual Experts®.

High-paying clients want to work with Virtual Experts® who can figure out a solution on their own without relying on an answer from the client. They want someone resourceful and adaptable.


Here are 4 ways to increase your problem-solving skills:

 

Shift Your Perspective

There’s not just one way of doing something. So, if something doesn’t work the first time, shift your perspective to figure out a method that does work.

Look at things in a new, creative way. Think of how you might approach the problem differently to solve it.

 

Ask for help

Share your dilemma with someone else, and get their ideas on how you might solve the problem. Even if they don’t know a lot about the issue, they may trigger an idea for you.

If you’re a member of a Virtual Assistant or Virtual Expert® group, post your question or problem there, and ask for their...

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4 Ways to Use Your Executive Assistant Expertise to Build a Virtual Assistant and Virtual Expert® Business

Aug 11, 2020

The needs of companies are changing, and they are seeking more cost-effective methods of getting work done. As a result, where Executive Assistants once played a pivotal role in the daily flow of a business, Virtual Assistants and Virtual Experts® are stepping onto the scene as a practical, more-economical choice for many businesses.

Employers can skip the overhead pay and pay only for the productive time needed by hiring a Virtual Expert®.

Stats show that the Executive Assistant (EA) jobs declined by a whopping 23% over the past 5 years. And they’re expected to drop another 20% by 2028.

If you’re an Executive Assistant, don’t despair. I’ll share how your skill-set and knowledge gives you a head start on building your own home-based business as a Virtual Assistant and Virtual Expert®.

While there are differences between an EA and a VA, there’s no doubt that the skills, experience, and expertise you’ve acquired as an Executive...

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4 Disadvantages to Working from Home as a Virtual Expert®

Aug 11, 2020

If you’ve watched any of my videos or read any of my blog posts, you know that I LOVE working as a Virtual Assistant and Virtual Expert®. You also know that I’m big on truth-telling. Today, I’m going to do some truth-telling about the disadvantages to working from home as a Virtual Assistant and Virtual Expert®

 

Here are 4 disadvantages to working from home as a Virtual Expert®:

 

1. Your To-Do List is exponential.

It seems like it is just part of life that To-Do lists are never-ending regardless of your work environment. The downfall when you work from home as a Virtual Expert® is that your To-Do list can feel like it’s mocking you since everything you have to do is always in front of your face.

 
When you work outside your home, there’s a natural separation between work tasks and home tasks. There are tasks you only can complete at work and there are tasks you only can complete at home.

When you’re working...

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5 Challenges You May Encounter as a Virtual Assistant and How to Overcome Them

Aug 11, 2020

Becoming a Virtual Assistant (VA) and Virtual Expert® (VE) opens your world to many opportunities that you don’t get to enjoy in the same way as when you work in a traditional job. You have the freedom to work from anywhere, set your hours, determine the services you’ll provide, and choose your clients.

However, like any career, there are challenges that VAs and VEs face. Fortunately, you can overcome those challenges to build a highly successful business as a Virtual Assistant.

 

Here are the 5 challenges you may face as a Virtual Assistant and Virtual Expert® and how to overcome them

 

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,...

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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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