First off, learning Virtual Assistant skills is not more important than setting up your VA biz or vice versa. They’re both equally important because you need both to stay in business. In fact, they’re intertwined! You need skills to make money and you need a business to deliver them. It’s that simple.
Skills Or Set-Up! Which One Comes First?
Well, that depends on your situation. The VA Industry is NOT cookie cutter or one size fits all. It’s all about where you are now and what you need.
For instance, are you currently working and able to pay your bills? If so, my recommendation is to set up your business first that way you’re ready to hit the ground running.
If not, then I would do a skills inventory to see what you can offer right now and then set up the bare minimum business systems.
Only Focusing On Learning Virtual Assistant Skills Is A Mistake
Too many people (in my opinion) focus on learning Virtual Assistant skills and forget about the business side of things. But you need both to stay in business! I get it, I had NO clue that I needed to run a business when I started out and my focus was on what can I offer.
But here’s the thing – once you sell your service, you have to deliver it. The delivery is part of your business systems. Without having that piece in place BEFORE you sell your service can put you in a bad spot.
I know I’ve shared the story before of someone selling a service than asking for help on what to do next in a Facebook Group. The client who bought that service saw her cry for help. Ya, not a good way to run a business.
Especially if you’re someone who wants to be viewed as a professional and attract other professionals who will pay premium rates. The services you offer and the delivery of those services are what make up your entire business.
Can you set them both up at the same time? Sure, if you’re not someone like me who gets overwhelmed. I have people in my VA Success System that are doing both at the same time. Others that get so far in the program then take a break to learn the skills they want, and come back and finish the training later on.
It’s really up to you and your current situation. The bottom line is, you need both to be successful. Do what works best for you. Also, please don’t miss checking out these blog posts to learn much more about setting up a VA biz and learning Virtual Assistant Skills:
- The Ultimate VA Success Guide: How To Start A Virtual Assistant Business
- The Ultimate VA Success Guide: The Virtual Assistant Skills You Need That Nobody Talks About
What are you going to do first? I’d love to know. Please take a moment to leave me a comment and share your thoughts.
Thanks for reading!
Enjoy your day – Susan
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