Being a Virtual Assistant is awesome. It’s incredible in fact. I have a really enjoyable lifestyle and have worked from America, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Italy, France, Oman, the Canaries, Portugal, Spain and Bali. But the life of a VA is not all unicorns and fairies – I worked my arse off to become successful, but I also learned a helluva lot in the process. And now I’m going to tell you everything you’ll need to know if you want to become a Virtual Assistant yourself.
One of my favourite sayings is “you’re the sum of the five people you spend the most time with”, so if the people around you are negative complainers who always find a reason why something can’t be done, they will stifle your success. They will eventually bring you down to their level and you’ll never reach your full potential. This is why you need a Mastermind or Accountability group.
Because my DIY VA course gets such great results, I wanted to share some of the inspiring success stories from people who have taken the course and set up their own freelance business. Following a family bereavement, Lauren took some time to evaluate her life and decided that life was way too short to be unhappy. Here’s the story of why Lauren took the course and how her life has changed since.
If you charge by the hour, at some point you’re going to reach an income plateau as there are only so many billable hours you can work in a day without losing your mind. You know you need to raise your rates as time goes on, but you’re also worried you might lose some of your clients if you do. Here’s how to up your prices like a professional business owner along with a customisable email template.
People often ask about Associate work in my VA Handbookers Facebook group, and although I’ve outsourced the occasional task, I didn’t feel experienced enough to write my own blog post on it. Because it’s a good way to take on more work both when starting out and as you become more successful, I asked the group to post up their questions on the subject and then I asked some volunteers to answer them. Here are the results:
If you’re a new Virtual Assistant or thinking of becoming one, I’m sure you’re worried about how you will get new clients. So to help you get an idea of who could be that elusive and exciting first client, I asked members of my VA Handbookers Facebook group a load of questions about their first one including how they got them and what tasks they needed help with. This is what they said:
Although you may really want to set up your own Virtual Assistant business, I’m sure you’ll agree that stepping into the unknown can be really scary. Because I think that being a freelancer is marvellous and will change your life in so many fantastic ways, I asked members of my VA Handbookers Facebook group what the best thing about being a Virtual Assistant was. This is what they said:
There is often much discussion over on the VA Handbookers Facebook group as to whether it’s worth having a blog on your website or not. On one hand people hear that it’s good for search engine optimisation (SEO), but on the other hand they don’t want to write one if they don’t really need it – plus they’re not really too sure what to write about even if they do decide to start one.
If you want to have a satisfying and fulfilling freelance career it’s really important to have clients that you enjoy working with – because there’s no point in leaving a (horribly unfulfilling, tedious but secure) full-time job to still be miserable at work! A great client is a rare and wonderful thing but not as hard to find as you might think. Let me show you how:
Difficult clients can undermine your business, knock your confidence, feed your insecurity, make you doubt yourself and even make you start to hate freelancing – so it’s really important you know how to identify and manage all the different types. Remember that you work with your client, not for them so be proactive, steer the process and manage the relationship. Here’s how to do it with ease:
Because my DIY VA course gets such great results, I wanted to share some of the inspiring success stories from people who have taken the course and set up their own freelance business. After seeing friends go through some serious life changing events, Sarah Liddle started to question where her own life was heading and she also wanted to spend more time outside and with her family. Here’s the story of why Sarah took the course and how her life has changed since.