What type of business will you create?
Making the decision to become a Virtual Assistant should have as much thought and planning as if you were opening up a physical store. If you’re not prepared to do this, or believe you don’t need to then you’re business will have no substance.
Do your homework, read, research, talk to other VA’s; don’t get sucked into believing that all you need to do is a course and you’re home and hosed. It doesn’t work that way. You need to cut through all the bull.
The VA Project is modeled on my business, JMJ – EA for a Day. I’ve doubled my profits every year since I’ve been in business. I’ve helped others who are starting out on their VA journey to double, and in some cases triple their monthly income because I’ve shared with them, not only what they need to do in their business, but how they need to do it, and one of the things I go on about is never offer a service you’re not good at. In the rush to make money, you may be tempted to do this. In my book, it’s one of the quickest ways to ensure your VA business goes down the tube.
Never offer a service you’re not good at
I’ve said this more than once, your client is NOT a guinea pig. They’ve come to you because you either told them, or lead them to believe that you could do the task at hand.
So, here’s what happens if you can’t do what you say you can:
- You won’t make any agreed deadlines
- You will make a lot of mistakes
- You will have to keep going backwards and forwards with your client
- You will spend ages researching on the internet and watching endless videos that you don’t have time to be watching in the first place
- Your trust level is in the gutter
- Your client is disappointed in the results
- You don’t get a testimonial
- You now have an unhappy client
- You may or may not get more work from them
Always be honest with your client
If you don’t know how to do a task that your client has requested be done, tell them. You will be pleasantly surprised at how obliging your client will be when you tell them you need some time to do some research first and then you will come back to them. Or simply offer to help them find someone who can do this job for them. Being proactive like this will go a long way to building up and improving your credibility.
It’s not a get rich quick scheme
Don’t be fooled, into thinking that you have to take on everything that is asked of you. Creating, developing and managing your own VA business takes time. I’m in the fifth year of my business, I’m not a millionaire, but I’m debt free. It’s a good place to be. You can earn a lot of money being a VA. It’s about diversifying and building your products and offerings. It is never about you doing all the work yourself. The VA Project is one way you can get there, it just takes time.
What do you want to get out of your VA business. Please leave a comment below.