How Admin/Executive Assistants "Crush It" as a VA

Sep 25, 2020

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The pandemic has resulted in layoffs, terminations, furloughs, suspensions, and all kinds of other things. While I sincerely hope you’re not reading this post because you’ve lost your job, I know that this reality is true for so many. The thing is, your skills and experience as an administrative/executive assistant are desperately needed right now even if that in-person office job didn’t or couldn’t keep you.

And if instead, you’re reading this post, not because of COVID’s impact on your job security, but plainly because you just need a change of pace, a change in the company you work for (or keep – think, colleagues), or are looking for more freedom, flexibility, and financial security, you are in the right place. I have great news for you.

You can become a VA.
 
Administrative/Executive Assistants make awesome VAs.

Here’s why:

Dynamite administrative/executive assistants are like giving a leader an...

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How Can Negative Job Experiences Make Me A Better Virtual Assistant?

Sep 18, 2020

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Are you stuck in a career that, for whatever reason, you just can’t stand?

Maybe your boss isn’t a good leader.

Perhaps the lack of communication makes it difficult to do your job efficiently. Maybe you don’t feel valued for your contribution to the company. Or possibly you’ve just outgrown your current career.

Luckily, a career as a Virtual Assistant or Virtual Expert® allows you to create your own business from the ground up, so you never have to go back to that J.O.B. you dislike.

Guess what. You can use your past negative job experiences to help shape your new business.

Here are 3 ways your negative job experiences can make you a better Virtual Assistant and Virtual Expert®:

 

1. You Know What You Enjoy

Sometimes it takes a bad experience to shed light on what you genuinely enjoy doing. Being able to identify what you don’t enjoy can have a beneficial impact while building your Virtual Assistant...

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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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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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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 Start A Successful Virtual Assistant and Virtual Expert® Career?

Aug 06, 2020

With a “traditional” career, there’s an order of operations to accomplishing your goals. There are specific stops along the way to success. Things like college degrees or trade school certificates. You know what’s expected of you because the road to get there has been mapped out for you.

With a Virtual career, the path is less defined. That’s partly because there are so many possibilities. It’s also partly because you get to create your career doing what you love in the time frame you want — not what a boss dictates.

Being in charge of your career and destiny is exciting! It can also cause apprehension because the path feels uncertain and unpredictable.

Starting a career as a Virtual Assistant or Virtual Expert® requires a relatively small start-up cost. You don’t need a ton of space. You need zero inventory. What you do need are a few essentials including a computer, internet, and a phone. Many of those essentials you likely...

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