What? Really? Can you relate to this? If not, guess I’ll write this first blog post to myself. Did you start your entrepreneurial journey with TONS of excitement? Katie bar the door, starting my business and “going to get FREE”! Checklist, need: Admin Experience, Business Name, Address, Phone, Computer, etc. What next? Clients right? How? Get social. Join: Facebook, Twitter and the rest, plus Linked In. You took the plunge and started socializing in groups with VA and non-VA business owners. Hiccup – since you didn’t know what to say to those non-VA people, you headed back to the comfort of a VA community. So, you could “get schooled” on this Virtual Assistant thing.
Pretty soon, you’re hearing about CRMs, WordPress, 1 Shopping Cart, InfusionSoft and more. In their quest to be helpful, you get suggestions for 15 different business coaches with “start up” programs. WAIT, there’s more? It’s enough information to discourage the not so faint of heart. Since many VAs have limited budgets, you may question where to start. Start with the basics. There are “real people” who offer training to help you progress. Don’t overwhelm yourself and get burned out before you get started. When I was getting my feet wet a few months ago, I found several resources but I’ll only share four (4) in today’s post.
www.valeague.com – free get started webinar, www.yourvamentor.com – Tracey D’Aviero has several free teleseminars and videos, plus a paid course; Susan Mershon – www.techiementor.com and www.thevaschool.com courses focus on the technical skills some VAs might use to service clients and Sheila Logan Davis has a fabulous E-book at www.leapfrogvanetwork.com – I want to be a Virtual Assistant! Now What?!. Although the video was not part of the training when I received it, I gained so much knowledge by going through the exercises step-by-step.
Next Step – Get Moving! Perfection is a nice thought but not a realistic one. Aim for Your Best and START. You’ll get better the more you do it. I’d like to share a story about making a choice and taking action. In my 1st week as a college Freshman, I got locked in one of the stalls in the community bathroom on the hall in my dorm. After the embarrassment and “hot flash” at 18, I called for help. Nobody rescued me. My 2 choices were: 1) stay in there until somebody came or 2) DO something myself. So, I crawled out of the stall. Undignified and unladylike but effective.
You don’t have to do “everything at once” but keep putting one foot in front of the other and Pursue Your Goal! If this article helped you, share in the Comments below what Action Step you’re going to take and WHEN.
Happy Independence Day – aka July 4th!