What You Need To Watch Out For When It Comes to Virtual Assistant Training + Coaching
Don’t be afraid to ask questions – it’s your time + money that you’re investing.
This isn’t my standard blog post, it’s more of a rant.
Thought I’d warn you now <grin>.
Seems that everyone is now either a Virtual Assistant Coach or Trainer. I think it’s great that the industry is growing BUT, do these new Coaches + Trainers have the experience to really teach others how to be successful?
There are so many newbies jumping on the Virtual Assistant Coaching + Training bandwagon when many of them haven’t been in business long enough to be considered successful. I’m sorry but you’re not qualified to be a coach or trainer if you’ve not run a successful VA business for at least 3 years (the bare minimum in my opinion).
According to the Small Business Association (SBA) and many others, 80% of all small businesses fail in the first year alone. After the first year the number falls but only about 50% of businesses make it to five years.
Those are some pretty sobering statistics huh?
Here’s the thing, how can someone who has been in business less than a year really understand what it takes to run a successful business?
They’ve not been in business long enough to know!
Not only that, they’re teaching people stuff that is just plain wrong.
Like a contract is not necessary – WRONG. They are very necessary; in fact don’t work without a signed contract. It’s protection for both you and your clients.
I’ve seen things like:
- You don’t really need any experience… except know how to use the Internet. You’ll have a hard time finding clients if you don’t have the skills they want.
- People guaranteeing that you’ll make 5k or 10k a month if you buy their coaching or training. Sorry folks, no one can guarantee how much anyone else will make. It’s just a marketing ploy.
- If you read or hear something saying that it’s easy to be a Virtual Assistant, that you can make thousands of dollars only working 4 hours a day… it’s hog wash.
You have to put in the time and effort especially when you’re just starting out.
On a side note – it’s definitely possible to make 10k a month but there is a whole lot more to it than just being a Virtual Assistant.
I’m passionate about this industry and I’m seeing more and more people who are new to the industry get taken advantage of by slick marketing.
Some of these newbies are teaching crappy methods, and it brings down the entire VA industry.
I know when I first started I didn’t know what to ask or to look for when thinking about investing in training and/or coaching.
And… I ended up buying a LOT of crap.
You don’t know what you don’t know.
Please I ask you to do your homework when it comes to hiring a coach or buying a course.
- If the person really is/was successful.
- If they’ve been in business more than a couple of years.
- If they have a refund policy.
Ask for testimonials, ask for proof of success – it’s important since you’re trusting this person with your potential livelihood + business + your hard earned $$.
The VA Industry is NOT standardized which means there is no certification for trainers or coaches like in other industries.
Don’t be afraid to ask – it’s your time + money that you’re investing.
Oh and one more thing.
Yes I know… I’m what you would call a VA Coach or Trainer. But I’m starting my 10th year in this industry and ran a successful VA business for 5 years before I started The Techie Mentor. I’m not asking you to buy my stuff or hire me unless we’re a good fit.
Ok… rant over.
What do you think?
I’d love to hear from you.
All comments + questions are welcome.
HERE ARE A FEW RELATED BLOG POSTS THAT MIGHT BE OF INTEREST:
- Virtual Assistant Certifications + Why You Don’t Need One
- The Fake It Until You Make It Strategy
- What Is A Virtual Assistant
- Tips On Sub-Contracting
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
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