Learning how to become a New Virtual Assistant is all over the world wide web now. It’s kinda like the “in” thing right now. It’s true. You can Google and see endless pages and pages on how to become one.
But do you think Google tells you what to expect emotionally, as you’re building to become a VA? Nope. That’s why I’m here.
The the truth is, becoming a Virtual Assistant is exciting. Who wouldn’t be excited knowing that you can get paid doing what you love, getting paid for what you already know how to do, and doing it all in the comfort of your home, in your PJ’s?
In my podcast, “The Virtual Assistant In Training” Squad“, ( #vaitsquad for short), I talk a bit about the “behind the scenes” experience of being a VA, that most don’t talk about. You can catch the first episode here.
Today, I’m going to share 3 of the top emotions a New Virtual Assistant can experience while starting their new VA biz.
Phase 1 – The Virtual Assistant Enthusiast
You’re excited and rightfully so. You’ve just discovered that you’re able to make a wonderful income to sustain your family’s household. Naturally, you want to jump in and start making money right away. I mean, who wouldn’t?!
Usually in this phase, I find that most will announce that they’re accepting new Clients, before they’re actually ready. This usually happens even before they make any concrete business plans, other than figuring out what they’re going to charge.
The Rich invest in time, the poor invest in money.Warren Buffet
Now don’t get me wrong, there is a possibility of generating some income in this phase, but the chances of having repeat Clients are slim to none. A lot of new Virtual Assistants, choose to skip the pre-planning phase, thinking it’ll slow them down from making money fast. What they don’t know is that by skipping this step, that fast money won’t last long.
Chase your passions and money will come. Chase money and you may never find your passions.Colin Wright
Phase 2 – The Virtual Assistant Dreamer
Big dreams. Big bank accounts. Family vacays. Nice cars. Nice homes. You can see it all. You can even see yourself as a Leader , because now, you’re the proud owner of a Virtual Assistant business.
The demands from Clients start rolling in, which is great, but they are assuming you know exactly what you’re doing.
You may know exactly what that is, based off of their project, but what about in running your business? It’s a lot more than writing a long list of “to-do’s”, it’s about executing those task in an efficent manner that will assist you to making long term income.
If this is something that’s overlooked, you may find that some unhappy Clients will be just around the corner. See, once you start accepting Clients, you can’t expect them to slow down their demands, just because you’re not ready.
This is the phase where you start realizing all the smaller components that’s required before announcing you’re in business. Creating processes, policies, and agreements are mandatory when beginning a Virtual Assistant business. I would even suggest creating a business plan. Just have a plan of some sort that will help guide you with your day-to-day operations.
Phase 3 – The Virtual Assistant Skeptic
This phase I know very well. This is where you start second guessing if your idea was all that great. Do you really want to become a Virtual Assistant? Is this really something you can see yourself doing day to day? Can you really make a good income with this gig? You may even start thinking, “Maybe I should put my resume out there, just in case.”
Doubt will creep into your mind. That’s a fact. You will be faced with the reality of not knowing what you’re going to make for the month. You will be faced with the reality of not knowing what your yearly gross salary will be, or how you’ll pay all of your bills.
Unless you have a very supportive partner that will cover your expenses for the first 3-6 months, or you have a nest egg hidden somewhere. In the event you do not have the financial support, I suggest the following:
- Remain employed while building your business. If you’re able to maintain a Full Time income, do it. You’ll be tired, but you won’t have to have the added stress of not knowing how your bills will be paid.
- If you don’t want to work Full Time, consider going part time.
- If being employed by anyone else is not your cup of tea, there are many other ways to making income.
- Decide on what your most productive time of the day is and make that your normal business hours.
- Outside of those hours, schedule yourself hours to make money now to supplement your VA business.
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Phase 4 – Repeat Phase 1-3
Building your VA business will have it’s ebb and flow of Clients. You’ll go from being excited to being bummed out. These are all facts. However, to increase the likelihood of having better days, follow the above steps.
If you need help with this, if you need a support system, or if you need more training, become a student in our #vaitsquad (Virtual Assistants In Training Squad), Academy.
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