Welcome to the third post of this three-part series focusing on the skills you need to be successful as a Virtual Assistant. Here are the others,
- Part 1: What Skills Does A Virtual Assistant Need?
- Part 2: The Top VA Skills Clients Are Looking For
- Part 3: Skills To Be A Professional Virtual Assistant
In this blog post, I’m going to focus on the skills you need to be a Professional Virtual Assistant and stand out in your niche.
Reasons To Be A Professional VA
- Professionals earn more than hobbyists (someone who is a VA part-time or on the side).
- Professionals want to work with Professionals.
- Professionals deliver quality services.
To me, each of these reasons is important because I prefer to work with professionals and want to be viewed as a professional myself. What about you?
There is nothing wrong with having a VA business as a side hustle – I think it’s awesome if that’s your dream/vision. You have to ask yourself what is your vision – what does your dream business look like.
Only you can answer that – and there is NO wrong answer. Remember my motto – your business – your choice. Do what feels right for you!
What Do You Need To Be A Professional VA
- First, have the desire.
- Second, have what I would call “professional skills”.
- And third, rinse and repeat systems.
My Definition Of Professional Skills
These “skills” are really a combination of traits and best practices. Things like
- Don’t take on clients before you’re ready.
- All your business systems are set up and ready to go.
- You’re proactive.
- You’re honest and ethical.
- You want to help your clients succeed.
- You only take on the “right” clients for you.
- You keep it professional.
- You collaborate and partner with your clients.
Having these traits or best practices doesn’t mean you’ll be successful… but it does show your clients that you’re invested and willing to take action to help them be successful.
The Rinse And Repeat Systems
A business is made up of a series of systems. No systems = no business (at least not for long). You want to be sure you’ve got your key business systems implemented as soon as possible. These systems are the foundation of a successful business.
Do you have your key systems implemented?
Thanks for reading – Susan
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