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.
This episode covers some things to be aware of when you’re seeking work from home opportunities or new projects on Upwork. It’s important to watch out for scams and to trust your own gut feelings about whether something is a legitimate opportunity. We’ll cover a few different scenarios so you can be prepared if you run across these. Pay attention to these warnings and your own alarm bells so you can make the best decisions about who to work with.
If you’re thinking about starting a VA business while you’re in between jobs, just know that it’s not a quick fix and there are no shortcuts to getting started. But if you are willing to put in the time and stay committed to the journey, you can expect great things in your business. We’re going to talk about all of this on today’s episode to help you determine what makes the most sense for you and your situation.
Let’s talk about making the decision to win in your virtual assistant business. Can you think of a time when you were really determined to win something? You can apply that same kind of energy and determination towards the goals you have set for yourself once you decide that you are going to succeed. If you’ve been allowing yourself to coast, this is a challenge to make the decision to win and take the action steps to get you closer to reaching your goals.
Let’s talk about the evolution of your virtual assistant business. I’m excited to share a shift happening in my own business and encourage you to embrace whatever part of the cycle your business may be in right now, whether you’re at the start, holding steady, or experiencing a shift. As we learn and grow, our business will inevitably change as well and it’s best to go along with this evolution of your business.
People are often striving for work/life balance, but is there such a thing? Maybe you’re thinking about starting a VA business but you aren’t sure how this might fit in your schedule when you’re already working full-time and have other commitments. We’re going to address this important question that came in from my Virtual Assistant Business Survey. If you haven’t taken the survey yet, I’d love to include you in the results and hear your questions as well.