6 Things All Virtual Assistants Should Know – work from home with your dream clients doing what you love and earning your worth. If only it were that easy. Not to rain on your parade or anything but being your own boss is harder than you might think. Here are 6 things you should know if you want to be a virtual assistant and a successful one at that.
1. You will never work as hard as working for yourself
I’m sure you’ve dreamt about all these amazing and easy going clients you’ll have that pay you what you’re worth. In reality, when you are just starting out you will soon realize that you take on jobs and clients that you know are not really for you because you are scared that you won’t find more work, so you end up working long hours for little pay. Trust me, and this thought process will clear out of your mind soon enough. You need to find your worth and stick to it. Experiment at the start of your virtual journey, but as soon as you’ve identified who your ideal clients are and what you want to get paid, make sure you stick to that. Two words: boundaries and self-respect.
2. Working in bed, messy hair and wearing pajamas all day long is gross
You’ll love it for the first month, but that routine will start to get old very quickly as you realize that waking up, getting dressed and looking decent is actually what normal people do and the quotes going around Instagram promoting “hair in a messy bun” and “pajama bottoms all day long” is not glamorous. Seriously?
3. You will start seeking out coffee shops and public spaces with Wifi
Working from home, although extremely exciting at the beginning can become a bit lonely after a while, so you will find yourself heading out to coffee shops and public spaces with free Wifi. This will become part of your daily routine. Human interaction is healthy and necessary and, getting out is the perfect opportunity for you to meet new people and tell them about your business and services.
4. Email checking becomes an obsession
You will find yourself checking your email all the time in the hope that new email from a potential client has arrived. Now, unless you are hustling and going after those potential clients chances are that the only emails coming in your inbox will be those newsletters you subscribed to. It’s imperative, and I repeat imperative that you take consistent daily action to market your business and contact potential clients. Pause here for a moment, check your inbox real quick. Is there a long list of new emails from potential clients? No? You need my GET BOOKED workshop to help you land consistent clients for your virtual assistant business.
5. You start having abnormal sleep patterns
There are two reasons for this. Number one is because you are working long hours and late nights, as mentioned in point number one at the start of this article. Number two is because of FOMO. Fear of mission out (FOMO), this is a real condition that many online entrepreneurs suffer from. You are so scared that you will miss out on Live training in Facebook groups or posts made by the “gurus” you follow that you find yourself waking up at odd hours and jumping on Facebook and scrolling through your feed to make sure you didn’t miss out on any good stuff. STOP THIS NOW. It’s unhealthy and counterproductive to give up your precious sleep for things that can wait. I’ve been there, I’ve done that, I’ve got the burnout. Schedule 1-2 hours per day for you to scroll through your Facebook feed at leisure and check all your notifications and watch those Live training you missed. Most group hosts leave the Live training up in their groups so that you can catch the #replay. Now, go to sleep.
6. Oh the guilt!
I described FOMO in point number 5 and just like the fear of missing out is a real thing, so is the guilt over taking a day off. Truthbomb: your business will still be there waiting for you in the same condition as you left it if you take a day off. No one will judge you. Have you heard of the saying “You can’t drink from an empty cup”? If you don’t take at least one full day off per week where you don’t do any work then pretty soon you will start feeling burnt out. You are more likely to quit your business if you are overtired, so be sure to schedule some “me” time into your calendar and be strict with yourself. Your business and your clients need you!
Do you have any other tips to share with new virtual assistants? Write them in the comments below. I love reading about other virtual assistant’s experiences.
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