Understanding Virtual Assisting – Part 15 – Self-Care for the VA and Why It is Important?

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If you have been following this series, then you'll recall that to date we've discussed what a virtual assistant (VA) is and does. We have also discussed some of the steps to planning and launching your virtual assistant practice. If you haven't been following this series or seem to have forgotten parts of it, you may go to the navigation bar, click on "Virtual Assisting" and follow the drop-down menu to the "Series". Now we will discuss the MOST important part of your business. Because without YOU, there would be no VA practice. It will be YOU that your clients depend upon to help run their businesses. If you can't manage your self-care, how are you going to manage your VA practice without getting stressed, overwhelmed or sick? Self-care will become your way of taking good care of yourself both physically, mentally, and spiritually. It will become your way of reviving and reinventing how you will go forward for that week. I like what Cheryl Richardson, bestselling author … [Read more...]

Understanding Virtual Assisting – Part 14 – A Typical Day in the Life of a VA

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If you have been following this series, then you'll recall that to date we've discussed what a virtual assistant (VA) is and does. We have also discussed some of the steps to planning your virtual assistant practice, transitioning into it, finding clients, writing a business plan, and VA networks and organizations. If you haven't been following this series or seem to have forgotten parts of it, you may go to the navigation bar, click on "Virtual Assisting" and follow the drop-down menu to the "Series". Now we will discuss what a typical day looks like in the life of a VA. There usually aren't many typical days, because every day is different. Every day brings its own challenges, variety of clients and work, deadlines, and flexibility. While it is exciting to have control over your own schedule and to work at home, most VAs strive for good time management. Good time management includes: • Planning your day • Prioritizing your workload • Staying focused on work • Keeping … [Read more...]

Understanding Virtual Assisting – Part 13 – Networking and Organizations for Your VA Practice

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If you have been following this series, then you'll recall that to date we've discussed what a virtual assistant (VA) is and does. We have also discussed some of the steps to planning your virtual assistant practice, transitioning into it, finding clients, and writing a business plan. If you haven't been following this series or seem to have forgotten parts of it, you may go to the navigation bar, click on "Virtual Assisting" and follow the drop-down menu to the "Series". Now we will discuss networks and organizations, which you can join both online and offline to help grow your virtual assistant practice. As you can imagine, there are no shortages of networks or VA organizations. Networking both online and offline has always been an important part of growing any business. It is how people find out about you and your services. It is also how you connect and have important conversations about what you and your VA practice can do for them. … [Read more...]

Understanding Virtual Assisting – Part 12 – Where Will You Find Your Clients?

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If you have been following this series, then you'll recall that to date we've discussed what a virtual assistant (VA) is and does. We have also discussed some of the steps to planning your virtual assistant practice and transitioning into it. If you haven't been following this series or seem to have forgotten parts of it, you may go to the navigation bar, click on "Virtual Assisting" and follow the drop-down menu to the "Series".   Now we will discuss where to find your clients. This will be one of the most important decisions you'll make, because this will be the one that brings income into your business. Before you decide where you will find your clients decide who they will be. What industry is it that you want to serve as a VA? Just to name a few, there are authors, coaches, Internet marketers, and web designers. To broaden your options, there are also many offline choices such as artists, caterers, chiropractors, and small restaurant owners. They probably also … [Read more...]

Understanding Virtual Assisting – Part 11 – Writing Your Business Plan

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If you have been following this series, then you'll recall that to date we've discussed what a virtual assistant (VA) is and does. We have also discussed some of the steps to planning your virtual assistant practice, transitioning into it, and finding clients. If you haven't been following this series or seem to have forgotten parts of it, you may go to the navigation bar, click on "Virtual Assisting" and follow the drop-down menu to the "Series". Now we will discuss how to write a business plan. Don't let this scare you. It's not as difficult as it seems and there are plenty of online resources to help you with this task. One of the first places that I would recommend going would be to the SCORE.org web site and downloading a few of the Templates and Tools on their navigation bar. SCORE (Service Corps or Retired Executives) is a non-profit organization, which works directly with the US Small Business Association (SBA) to assist entrepreneurs and small businesses in growing … [Read more...]