Tips For Starting a Virtual Assistant Business While Employed

Tips For Starting a Virtual Assistant Business While Employed

tips for starting your va biz while employed

Many people start their Virtual Assistant business while working either full or part time.

I know, I was one of them.

I had a full time corporate career, plus an infant at home when I started my Virtual Assistant business over 10 years ago.

I remember what a struggle it was to figure out how to juggle it all and stay sane!

If you’re like me and you’re working on starting or building your VA business while you’re still employed, I want to share a few of the tips that really helped me.

I’m including a free sample work schedule + transition checklist for you to download to help you plan your exit from your JOB. You’ll find the download at the end of this post.

Ok… let’s dive into the tips!

#1 – Schedule Everything!

You only have so much time each day to fit in everything you need to do. Use a planner or online calendar and schedule out your days in detail. When it comes to doing your VA work, schedule it around your job and family commitments. Be sure to include down time for yourself, otherwise you will burn out.

For example, set aside 4 hours per day Monday – Friday to work on your business. Get up two hours early in the morning and then work two hours in the evening. Then work 4 – 6 hours on Saturday and take Sunday off.

This was the schedule I followed to help me launch my business.

If you have a lunch hour, you can use that time to work on your business too. Just don’t do it at work.

Find a schedule that works for you and stick to it. It takes commitment to build a business especially when you’re working in a JOB.

I used the hatred of my soul sucking job to help me stay focused!

What can you use to help you stay focused? Find out what it is and use it to fuel your fire.

#2 – Talk Deadlines NOT Schedules. 

Remember, as a Virtual Assistant you get to dictate when you work. If a client asks when you’re available, remind them that it doesn’t matter when you get the work done. What matters is meeting your deadlines.

I would tell clients that my schedule depends on my family so, it changes. Then I asked them when they needed the task completed.

Now realize I didn’t offer the types of services that kept me in front of the computer during “business hours”. The work I did for clients could be done on my schedule, when I wanted. The key was to deliver on time.

Always focus on your deadlines NOT when you do the work. It’s not a JOB.

#3 – Work Around Your Commitments. 

Your job is important as it’s still paying the bills so, be sure to do your client work when you’re not working.

Go out for lunch and work at a local cafe or restaurant.

Get up an hour earlier in the morning and do client work or work late into the evening.

Remember, you set your own work hours and the most important thing is to meet the promised deadlines to your clients.

Keep in mind if you’re using free wi-fi, you’ll need to use a Virtual Private Network (VPN) to secure your connection and your data. Don’t take the chance of information falling into the wrong hands!

I recommend using Tunnel Bear VPN. It’s easy to use – just install and activate.

I use it every time I’m not in my own office.

They have a free version so you can try it out.

#4 – Have a Support System.

It’s so important to have people around you that understand what you’re going through. Who better than other Virtual Assistants? We’re a tight knit family, here to support you on your VA journey.

Join my Facebook community – VA Tips, Tricks + Advice to connect with other Virtual Assistants both new and experienced.

It’s a safe space to ask questions, vent, get support and help each other succeed.

#5 – Have an Exit Strategy.

You need to have a plan in place before you’re ready to leave your job behind.

You need to plan your exit!

It’s so important to step back and think about how your life will change when you’re no longer employed.

You don’t want to quit your JOB before you’re ready.

Take time to plan.

Things like how much do you need to earn before you can quit?

Or, what expenses will be cut or alleviated when I’m no longer working for someone else?

What new expenses will I have?

Having a strategy or plan is a MUST for being successful.

#6 – Know Your Why.

What’s your why?

Your WHY is the reason WHY you want to start your own Virtual Assistant business.

My why is I wanted my FREEDOM + I wanted more FLEXIBILITY in my life.

They are the driving force behind everything I do, even now.

It’s important for you to know what drives you – your WHY.

You need something to keep you going when the times get tough because they will.

And, when they do… you need to focus on your WHY.

I use a Vision Board to help remind me what I’m working for when the going gets tough.

Put your why where you can see it everyday.

It’s hard work to start a business – remember it takes time + commitment.

Lean on your WHY when the going gets tough for you.

Reach out to your Support System for a boost when you’re feeling low.

You’re not alone!

It’s possible to build a thriving Virtual Assistant business while you’re still working, I’m living proof.

It takes commitment and persistence but, in the end all the hard work is SO worth it.

You’ll have your freedom and the flexibility to work when you want from where you want.

I hope you found these tips helpful. They really did make a difference in helping me meet my deadlines and keeping my sanity.

If you want a sample of the schedule that I used when I was working + an exit strategy + transition checklist, click below to download them all for free.

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What are you going to work on first?

Feel free to post a comment below and share! I’d love to here from you.

All comments + questions are welcome.

If you know someone who might benefit from this information, please share. You can use the share buttons below the post.

Oh… and each week I host an Open Mic Session in my VA Tips & Tricks Facebook Group where I deep dive specific topics & answer your questions, be sure to join us for the next one – http://bit.ly/vatipstricks.

Thanks for reading – Susan

Don’t forget to leave a comment if you found this information useful – I’d love to hear from you!

7 Tips to Grow Your Online Following AKA List!

7 Tips to Grow Your Online Following AKA List!

Tips To Grow Your List

Did you know that most Virtual Assistants (really ALL Solopreneurs) do not spend enough time generating leads + building a quality list?

It is crucial to spend time DAILY marketing your business to grow your list!

What’s a list?

It’s a list of both clients + prospects that are interested in you and your business.

Did you know that it’s easier to drive prospects to a “Free Offer” than drive them directly to a sale.  

Do you have a free offer on your website? Something showcases your expertise and solves a problem for your target?

If not – it’s time!!  

Almost ALL of your marketing efforts to any prospective client should be to get them on your list, and what better way than to have a Fabulous Free Offer!

Why is your “list” so important you ask?  

It’s simple….your list provides:

  • Future long-term income
  • Life & health for your business
  • Prospects the benefit of getting to know, like & trust you

No list…no pipeline!! – No pipeline…no future business!!

If you don’t have a list – it’s time to get started.  Here are 7 tips to help you start and grow your online following:

  1. Free Offer – Create a fabulous free offer that shares your expertise and passion.  Most importantly give them a taste of what you offer and leave them wanting more.
  2. Teleseminar/Telesummit/Webinar – Hold a monthly teleseminar or webinar and post it on social media, forums and anywhere else your ideal client hangs out.  This is a great way to build your list quickly!
  3. Blogging – Blog at least once a week and share your blog on social media, forums and anywhere else your ideal client hangs out!
  4. Social Media – Join Linked In and Facebook Groups and start a conversation, share your expertise, give advice, offer support.
  5. Speaking – Stand up and be heard!  Find a local club or networking group and volunteer to speak at one of their events.  This is a great way to build credibility and your list!
  6. Live Events – Go to live events such as networking meetings, seminars and conferences.  Be bold and get yourself noticed.  Participate!
  7. Testimonials – Give testimonials for your clients and include your name and a link to your website!

Take time each day to market yourself and grow your online following. Start NOW.

Block out at least 15 minutes a day on your calendar and before you know it you’ll have a list of growing fans!

Have a “freebie” is the first step in your Sales Funnel.

Make it a great one!

What do you think?

Feel free to post below and let me know what action your taking today to start growing your list.

I’d love to here from you.

All comments + questions are welcome.

If you know someone who might benefit from this information, please share. You can use the share buttons below the post.

HERE ARE A FEW RELATED BLOG POSTS THAT MIGHT BE OF INTEREST:

  1. Sales Funnels + The What & Why
  2. Are They Aware + Does Your Target Know You Exist
  3. 5 Awesome Ideas For Your Freebie
  4. Don’t Call Yourself a “VA”

Oh… and each week I host an Open Mic Session in my VA Tips & Tricks Facebook Group where I deep dive specific topics & answer your questions, be sure to join us for the next one – it’s FREE! Go to http://bit.ly/vatipstricks.

Thanks for reading – Susan

Don’t forget to leave a comment if you found this information useful – I’d love to hear from you!

Do You Have a Success Jar

Do You Have a Success Jar

A Success Jar

We are always so busy looking ahead that we forget to stop and look at how far we have already come. It is easy to lose sight of what you’ve accomplished when you are concentrating on what is left to be done. One of the best ways I’ve found to remind myself of how far I have come in my entrepreneurial journey is to use a Success Jar.

What is a Success Jar?

It is a simple jar that holds all of your successes, accomplishments and celebrations! It is a great method for fighting your fears and removing self doubts!

Here is how to create your Success Jar!

  • Find a glass or plastic jar. It can be a jelly jar or a pickle jar, small or large.
  • Decorate it with ribbons, bows or anything else your heart desires.
  • Every time you accomplish anything – no matter how small – write it down on a sticky note.
  • Fold up the sticky note and add it to your success jar.
  • Once a week, open your Success Jar and read all you have accomplished.
  • Celebrate.
  • Take the previous week’s sticky notes and add them to a plastic zip bag. At the end of the year, read them all and celebrate how far you have come. You will be amazed!

Remember, becoming a Virtual Assistant is a journey not a destination. Take time to enjoy it, embrace it and celebrate.

What do you think?

I’d love to here your comments. Please take a moment to leave me a comment and share your thoughts.

Please share if you know someone who might benefit from this information. The share buttons are below the post.

Oh… and each week I host an Open Mic Session in my VA Tips & Tricks Facebook Group where I deep dive specific topics & answer your questions, be sure to join us for the next one – http://bit.ly/vatipstricks

Thanks for reading!

Enjoy your day – Susan

PS – What is one of your Successes from this week – please share!

Tips for Sub-Contracting Your Services

Tips for Sub-Contracting Your Services

Sub-Contracting Your Services

When you start out on your Virtual Assistant journey, it can be overwhelming & confusing.

Many are not sure where to start or how to get clients.

Sub-contracting is a great way to gain:

  • Confidence
  • Experience
  • Exposure

You can sub-contract your services to an individual Virtual Assistant or a team of Virtual Assistants.

In this week’s VLOG I share tips and tricks on working as a sub-contractor – enjoy!

Thanks for watching.

Do you have any tips for sub-contracting?

I’d love to hear what your comments & questions, please take a moment to leave them for me below.

Oh… and each week I host an Open Mic Session in my VA Tips & Tricks Facebook Group where I deep dive specific topics & answer your questions, be sure to join us for the next one – http://bit.ly/vatipstricks

Enjoy your day – Susan

Where Does Your Time Go?

Where Does Your Time Go?

Where does your time go?

Do you have a handle on your time?

We all get the same amount of time each day but there are those that are very productive and those that are not.

One of the most eye opening experiences for me was to figure out where my time was going. I thought I knew.

In this week’s VLOG I talk share my tips for managing your most valuable asset – your time.

Thanks for watching!

Do you know where your time is spent?

I’d love to hear what your comments and questions, please take a moment to leave them for me below.

Oh… and each week I host an Open Mic Session in my VA Tips & Tricks Facebook Group where I deep dive specific topics & answer your questions, be sure to join us for the next one – http://bit.ly/vatipstricks.

Enjoy your day – Susan

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