In this episode, I’m answering a viewer question about whether becoming a virtual assistant is still a good business to start. Some people may have gotten the impression that virtual assistants are fading out. This is not the case! We are a profession that is here to stay as there are still many business owners who are looking for people just like you to support them. It’s just a matter of getting creative and finding the right service to provide.
Facing the loss of a job can be a very difficult time, but what if getting laid off is the very thing that moves you to fulfill your dream of owning your own business? Going through a layoff helps you to develop a thick skin, which can be beneficial when you are facing challenges and uncertainty in your business. I’ll share my own experiences with job loss and why this is an exciting opportunity to go for what you really want.
Are you serious about starting a virtual assistant business? It’s possible your business mindset is turned off and you don’t even realize it. We’ll talk about what that looks like and how it is different from someone who has their mindset turned on. If you are ready to get your virtual assistant business off the ground, make sure you check out my upcoming free webinar to help get you to the next step.
Today, I want to offer a different perspective to those who aren’t sure about starting a virtual assistant business. It’s frustrating to see people who hold themselves back from something because they believe it won’t work for them. Let’s stop predicting a negative outcome and actually get out there and see what happens. You may be surprised by the result or at least you’ll be able to learn something from it.
The message that I want to share with you on the podcast comes from a documentary with a story about how loss and tragedy can turn into something positive. We have all experienced some type of loss and sometimes it can be hard to keep moving forward. But if you continue on, you will often receive something even greater than what you lost. This life lesson can also be applied to what we may have lost in our business or what we are afraid of losing.
The topic for today’s podcast comes from one of our listeners and it’s all about having imposter syndrome. Many people let a fear of failure hold them back and they don’t give themselves enough credit for what they do have to offer. You don’t have to be an expert to be successful as a virtual assistant. Let’s talk about why the skills and experience you already have are good enough to start building a VA business.
We’re in the final quarter of the year and I’m going to share with you a way to organize and keep track of your numbers to make things easier at tax time. This will help you get ahead of the game so you aren’t scrambling to get everything together once January arrives. We’ll talk about tracking receivables and expenses for your virtual assistant business as well as when you should receive or send out a 1099.
Today, I’m asking you to be honest with yourself about why you’re a virtual assistant or why you want to become one. People enter this industry for various reasons, but what does it mean to you? The answer to this is what will keep you moving forward. We’ll dive into this topic with a few more questions and also discuss the ways in which being a virtual assistant business owner is different from having a job.
When you’re relying on free tools for your virtual assistant business, there may come a time when the freemium plan is no longer available. What do you do then? This is where you have to make a choice whether it’s worth it to upgrade to a monthly plan. The good news is that you can upgrade for a month and try out any new features available with that plan. Let’s talk about some of these tools that you may have been using for free.
As summer is winding down, I wanted to do a fun and light episode about six things to be aware of when you start working from home in your virtual assistant business. These are some things I’ve experienced firsthand that I thought would be fun to share with you on the podcast. Also, keep in mind that there are only about four months left in the year and you may have some goals that you still want to accomplish.