Are Your Boundaries Clear?

Are Your Boundaries Clear?

Do your clients know your boundaries?

Are they clear?

Have you communicated to them?

Being in the service industry and hungry to get clients, many Virtual Assistants allow their clients to set their schedule instead of the other way around.  This is a problem in oh so many ways.

For starters…

  1. You are setting an expectation by allowing your clients to dictate your schedule.
  2. You will burn out!
  3. Your health will suffer.
  4. Everything else takes a back seat to your business.
  5. You start to resent your clients.

I left Corporate America so I could have more freedom.  I ended up working longer and harder for less money when I first started my VA business because I said YES to everything.  I quickly paid the price with my health and sanity.

Remember…

  • It is your business and you do not work for them. You are not their employee!
  • It is important for you to have a work-life balance –  you cannot work 24×7, I know I’ve tried.
  • You do not have to say yes to everything.  Say NO and stand your ground.
  • You started your business for a reason, remember what that reason is and build a business that supports it.

Setting boundaries is part of being a business owner as is learning how to say No!  If you have client’s that are not respecting your boundaries, it is time to have a chat with them and reset expectations.  Take charge of your own schedule.

Creating a Business Policies document is a great way to set your boundaries with clients. Feel free to check out my VA Biz Bundle that includes my Business Policies Template.

Have you set boundaries in your business? 

What do you think?

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

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If you’re looking for more details on how to start or scale your VA business including how to specialize by learning in-demand skills, join my FREE VA Training Vault. You’ll get instant access to how-to video training for Virtual Assistants that want to create a successful business.

Thanks for reading!

Enjoy your day – Susan

Starting a VA Business

Starting a VA Business

Where Do I Start?

Are you still thinking about becoming a Virtual Assistant but you’re a little hesitant because you don’t know where to start? Do you think you have the skills and the mindset all in the right place, yet you can’t find that first gear to set the wheels in motion. Fear not! We’ve all been there when we started our own VA business, so you are not alone.

Here’s a secret…The most important question you can ask is:-

“Where do I start?”

Already you have found first gear and you’ll quickly find out how smoothly you move into second, third and so on. By reaching out to other Virtual Assistants for their guidance you have just given your business a huge boost because the wealth of knowledge that will be shared with you will be amazing.

It’s also important to keep in the habit of asking questions. Nobody will ever think you are silly, annoying or a pain in the rear end. Instead, you will be giving others an opportunity to showcase and share their knowledge and prompt a thought to those that have not yet considered that element of their business.

Questions get you further in life and as good ol’ Dr Seuss once said:-

“Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple.”

So get out there and ask the ‘most important question’ you will ever ask in your VA business, and if you want to get in touch with me to ask it directly, I would love to hear from you. I have plenty of answers to share.

What do you think?

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

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If you’re looking for more details on how to start or scale your VA business including how to specialize by learning in-demand skills, join my FREE VA Training Vault. You’ll get instant access to how-to video training for Virtual Assistants that want to create a successful business.

Thanks for reading!

Enjoy your day – Susan

Changing Your Employee Mindset

Changing Your Employee Mindset

Changing Your Employee Mindset

When we leave our day jobs to become entrepreneurs we have to “unlearn” what it means to be an employee.  It took me a full year to rid myself of the employee mindset!  One of my clients gave me a much-needed kick in the pants.  She explained to me that I was not her employee and therefore did not need to share everything I did in my business.   All that time I was thinking she was my BOSS not my CLIENT – big mistake!

When you become an entrepreneur it requires a change in your mindset.  So, remember…

You are the boss; not the employee.

The buck stops with you!

You make the decisions – the decisions are not dictated to you!

Don’t look to your clients for direction.

You determine:

  • Who you work with
  • What you do
  • When you do it
  • How you do it
  • Where you do it
  • And for how much

Set business policies and stick to them!

Making the transition from employee to entrepreneur is a life-changing experience!

Take the time to embrace it. 

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

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If you’re looking for more details on how to start or scale your VA business including how to specialize by learning in-demand skills, join my FREE VA Training Vault. You’ll get instant access to how-to video training for Virtual Assistants that want to create a successful business.

Thanks for reading!

Enjoy your day – Susan

Techie Terms Part Two

Techie Terms Part Two

Here is part two of techie terms – enjoy!

Kerning refers to the spacing between the characters of a font.

Keywords words or phrases that describe content. They can be used as metadata to describe images, text documents, database records, and Web pages.

LAN stands for “Local Area Network,” is a computer network limited to a small area such as an office building, university, or even a residential home.

LDAP stands for “Lightweight Directory Access Protocol.” If you want to make directory information available over the Internet, this is the way to do it.

Localhost refers to the local computer that a program is running on.

Malware short for “malicious software,” malware refers to software programs designed to damage or do other unwanted actions on a computer system.

Meta Tag is a special HTML tag that is used to store information about a Web page but is not displayed in a Web browser.

MySQL pronounced either “My S-Q-L” or “My Sequel,” is an open source relational database management system.

Name Server translates domain names into IP addresses. This makes it possible for a user to access a website by typing in the domain name instead of the website’s actual IP address.

Open Source when a software program is open source, it means the program’s source code is freely available to the public.

Operating System or “OS,” is software that communicates with the hardware and allows other programs to run.

Phishing when phishers attempt to steal your personal information through email.

Ping is a test to see if a system on the Internet is working.

POP stands for “Post Office Protocol.” POP3, sometimes referred to as just “POP,” is a simple, standardized method of delivering e-mail messages.

Protocol when computers communicate with each other, there needs to be a common set of rules and instructions that each computer follows. A specific set of communication rules is called a protocol.

RAM (Random Access Memory) is made up of small memory chips that form a memory module. These modules are installed in the RAM slots on the motherboard of your computer.

Remote Access is the ability to access your computer from a remote location. Programs like PC Anywhere (Windows), Remote Access (Mac), and Timbuktu (Windows and Mac) allow users to control remote computers from their local machine.

Router is a hardware device that routes data (hence the name) from a local area network (LAN) to another network connection.

RSS is a method of providing website content such as news stories or software updates in a standard XML format.

Screenshot or screen capture, is a picture taken of your computer’s desktop.

SSL stands for “Secure Sockets Layer.” SSL is a secure protocol developed for sending information securely over the Internet.

Server is a computer that provides data to other computers.

Sitemap sometimes written “sitemap,” is an overview of the pages within a website.

Template is a file that serves as a starting point for a new document.

Thumbnail image is a small image that represents a larger one.

URL is the address of a specific Web site or file on the Internet.

USB stands for “Universal Serial Bus.” USB is the most common type of computer port used in today’s computers.

VLOG is short for “video blog”.  A vlog is a blog, or weblog, that includes video clips.

Whitelist is a list of items that are granted access to a certain system such as an email address.

WHOIS is an Internet service that finds information about a domain name or IP address.

WYSIWYG stands for “What You See Is What You Get.”

If you missed Techie Terms Part 1 – go here to read.

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

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If you’re looking for more details on how to start or scale your VA business including how to specialize by learning in-demand skills, join my FREE VA Training Vault. You’ll get instant access to how-to video training for Virtual Assistants that want to create a successful business.

Thanks for reading!

Enjoy your day – Susan

Tips For Managing Your Time

Tips For Managing Your Time

Managing Your Time

As entrepreneurs time is a valuable commodity.  We need to learn to manage it, otherwise, it will manage us.  Especially if you’re a Virtual Assistant.  Time is money!  If you do not learn how to manage your time you are losing money and clients.

If you think you are managing your time effectively, try this easy exercise.  Keep a log of what you do each day for a week. Include all interruptions, distractions, how many times you stop and start tasks, etc.  This is an eye-opening exercise that helps you see just how much time gets away from you.

To manage your time, here are some simple tips you can easily implement:

  • Schedule everything – use a Task Management System such as Teamwork
  • No multi-tasking – do one thing at a time and finish what you start.
  • Stick to your schedule – create a schedule for your daily tasks and stick to it.
  • Process for interruptions – create a process for how you handle daily interruptions.
  • Have client status calls – schedule weekly or bi-weekly status calls to stay informed.
  • Manage your email – close your email when you are working on tasks or projects.

It’s amazing how these simple tips can help you save time each day and in the process become more organized and efficient.

What do you think?

I’d love to hear 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.

If you’re looking for more details on how to start or scale your VA business including how to specialize by learning in-demand skills, join my FREE VA Training Vault. You’ll get instant access to how-to video training for Virtual Assistants that want to create a successful business.

Thanks for reading!

Enjoy your day – Susan

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