Becoming a successful Virtual Assistant entails a combination of many different factors
However, there are two secret elements that will enhance your chance of success – two “softer” elements that are mostly overlooked since they are not part of the normal implementation requirements of a Virtual Assistant business. They are …
You probably know the statistic that many new businesses fail within the first few years of their existence.
Well, I believe it is mainly because these new business owners don’t have the necessary knowledge to make the right decisions or the right motivation to keep them going.
For me, knowledge is the backbone of any successful business and that’s why it is so important to embrace a mindset of constant learning – to try and acquire the necessary knowledge over time.
So, what kind of knowledge is important?
Certainly it is important to know all you can about conducting business as a Virtual Assistant – what it is, how it works and what is required to run your business on a daily basis.
It is also important to know yourself – what you’re good at, what are the things that make you unique, why clients would want to work with you.
It is also important to know your clients and target market – who are they, what do they need, what are those administrative things that keep them awake at night and how can you with your unique talents or services address those needs.
But, how do you acquire knowledge?
You obtain knowledge through experience, through trial and error, via training, reading books, searching the internet, via coaching, when talking and networking with people.
Knowledge is all around you – you just need to find it.
The 2nd important element for a successful Virtual Assistant business is….
That “thing” that makes you really excited about your business. Motivation makes you jump out of bed in the morning, with a feeling that you just can’t wait to get moving – it’s the reason why you’ve chosen Virtual Assistance in the first place.
Everybody will have something different. It can be anything from
- Being available to your children;
- Spending more time with your family;
- Improving your quality of life;
- Being your own boss ;
- Becoming a professional business owner or
- Helping other businesses grow, etc.
The bottom line is: Whatever your motivation might be for becoming a Virtual Assistant – just find it.
Because your motivation is that one “thing” that will keep you going on those days when you feel like quitting.
If you are open to constant learning and have the right motivation when starting out, your VA journey will be much smoother.
Business Assignment for Today:
Find a quiet spot and think about your reasons for becoming a Virtual Assistant. Ask yourself some searching questions and find your no1 “why”. Then write it down, print it out, frame it and put it on your desk or wall. Use it as your personal motivator to carry you through the tough times and to spur you on when needed.
Make a list of the areas in your business where you need a deeper level of knowledge and understanding. It can be anything from a new service you want to explore to an improved way for handling your finances, marketing, clients, etc. Make a list, choose the one that will make the biggest impact on your business and then put some action steps in place for addressing those knowledge gaps.
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