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...
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.”...
Virtual Assistants (VAs) and Virtual Experts® (VEs) make the business world a better place to be in. Across the globe, VAs and VEs are removing tasks from business owners’ and entrepreneurs’ shoulders so they can stay in their zone of genius. The VA/VE is happy because they get to focus their services on those they enjoy. Businesses of all sizes thrive as a result. Better yet, everyone is happy and everyone feels successful. Happiness is important, even in our careers.
We as human beings need to feel seen. Heard. Appreciated. Valued. And when it comes to our contribution to a business, corporation, organization, or individual, we want what we bring to the table (experience, skills, education, accolades, connections) to matter more than implicit biases clouding the view of our excellence. We want to be given a chance to succeed and contribute.
We want to be paid for what our knowledge and contributions are worth and offered opportunities that our knowledge and...
by Kathy Goughenour
Planes are grounded. Airlines are suffering. People heading places to see new sights, take vacations, go to conferences, or visit family is at an all-time low.
Everyone is gathering virtually. In fact, people are even going to the zoo or museums online just to get the slightest taste of the travel they long to do.
Who knows how long the travel industry will be suspended? What do you do then as a travel agent with no one to send anywhere? How do you continue to professionally thrive, pay your bills, and use the specific skills you have that make you good at what you do?
You become a Virtual Assistant.
As a travel agent, you are excellent at truly getting to know the travelers you help. To create the most customized travel arrangements, you ask questions, truly listen, and learn the preferences of your clients - from what modes of transportation they like, to hotel chains they prefer, to where they...
People aren’t barreling into the Holiday Inn or Hilton or Marriott right now. Travel - for any reason - is at an all-time low which is leaving hotels quiet and empty.
As someone who works in the hotel and hospitality industry, what do you do?
No one is making reservations, calling from Room 355 with a request, or wanting to book the conference room for their event.
Who knows how long the travel industry will be suspended and the hotel lobby empty. So how do you continue to professionally thrive, pay your bills, and use the specific skills you have that make you good at what you do?
You can become a Virtual Assistant.
Hotels are all about customer care and hospitality. People will remember how their stay was based on the friendliness and care of the staff. From the guest concierge to the front desk receptionist, to the hotel...
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’re working...
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).
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...
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...