As you know, the UK is currently going through a period of economic and political uncertainty. This post is not about blame or discussing whether we had this forced upon us or not (I voted remain and I’m sure your Facebook streams are full of anger and confusion already) it’s about moving forward and ensuring you’re in a strong position with a positive future whatever happens.
I’m always banging on about how life is way too short to not follow your dreams. It’s a big thing of mine and I’m sure you’ve heard me say a billion times how important it is not to sleepwalk through life and not do anything with it. But just in case you want to know what happens to people who do take action and who do take practical steps towards getting what they want, this post is for you.
Today I’m going to share a MASSIVE blunder that I made with my main client earlier this year just so you can see that it doesn’t matter if you make a mistake, it’s how you respond and deal with it that matters to the client. And this was a HUGE mistake!
I just want to let you know that I’m going to be attending the second day of the Office Show in London on the 12th May – so if you want to stop by and meet me then it would be absolutely brilliant to see you. I’ve never been to the show before but I’ve heard really good things about it so I’m going to play hookey from work on the VA day to see what all the fuss is about… and to meet some of you hopefully!
Back when I used to offer personal training, I mentioned to my boyfriend at the time that a couple of trainees had confidence issues and, although I’d given them every practical step they needed to become a VA, I didn’t have any more knowledge to impart and wasn’t sure how best to move them forward. First (and rightly) he said that I wasn’t a counsellor and then he told me if I had asked them to do a SWOT analysis.
I often meet up with another VA called Rachel Brown. I’ve known her for a few years now and our chats are always really productive. We have coffee and cake and discuss how our businesses are doing, our plans for the future and to generally find out how each other is getting on. Last year I discovered that Rachel makes an absolute killing from taking minutes at local meetings. Obviously I was intrigued and wanted to know more… loads more!
Although the types of tasks you’ll be given will obviously vary depending on what your services are and what your clients do for a living, I thought it might be a good idea to provide three different examples so you can get a basic idea of what to expect. These are not unusual tasks and cover the main areas of research, data entry, collation and attention to detail.
Aside from analysing LinkedIn profiles and groups for my clients and using LinkedIn to identify, research and qualify potential clients for my own VA business, I also used to write loads of LinkedIn profiles as part of my CV writing business – so when it comes to LinkedIn, I’ve seen it all! There are good profiles and truly dreadful profiles – here’s what a good one looks like:
People often ask me how long it takes to become a Virtual Assistant and my answer is usually “it depends”. But now I have a definitive answer: if you set aside time every day to get on and focus on the things you need to do in the right order then it should take you no more than three months tops. And this is exactly how you do it:
Winter can be a hard time for freelancers. If you work from home your heating bills are enormous, you freeze your butt off for three months and you’re constantly scared you’re going to slip on ice, break your wrist and put yourself out of business. Staying warm and in one piece used to be a worry for me and, although a lot of what I’m about to write may sound obvious, if you’re not used to working from home, it might not be that obvious at all.