I have talked to people interested in seeing what it takes to become a Virtual Assistant and something I’ve heard over and over is, “I am just…” or “I just do…”. This is the wrong approach when brainstorming a business idea.
You are so much more than “just” anything - You are a Master, an Expert.
You have mastery and experience in some service skill - whether it is mailings or letter writing or customer service - you are GREAT at something. Don’t sell yourself short. Be honest about what you have mastered. Being an expert in a service will provide you with the tools necessary to help others and build your service-based business.
Undermining your skills is not an endearing quality revered by others. It comes across as though you lack the confidence it takes to be a success. You want to portray yourself with the confidence to lead others looking for help with your services. You aren’t out to be led but show that you have the capabilities to complete the work and take responsibility for the successful results.
When growing a business, you need to streamline everything from your automated systems to the amount of information you receive from outside sources. When our inbox, news feed, notifications, smartphone, tablet, and computer are littered with unnecessary information and out-of-date apps or programs, it is time to purge.
Do you really need the distractions and time suckers?
Delete those apps you no longer use. They are taking up space in your memory and your mind. By seeing them all the time when you no longer use them, they turn into the same thing as Spam - nothing but garbage. Clean it all up, make it easier to navigate and put them in an order that saves time and energy. If you find you need it later, you can always download it again.
With more and more work done remotely or with virtual contract employees, are you prepared for this change in the corporate climate? Do you have an Outstanding Virtual Presence?
The ability to stay in control of your business by having a professional, inclusive, and effective virtual presence provides key leadership to your virtual team members. Whether you are hiring a contract employee or you are that contract employee, having a clear set of standards and expectations will serve both of you in the long run.
I am proud of the work I do, the skills I have, and how I help others reach their goals.
Getting my business to this point - to where I am comfortable with the skill sets I have and how I can share those with others - has been a journey. It's been self-discovery and confidence building, with technical knowledge and trial and error thrown in for good measure.
As I continue to grow my business and evolve, I further define the work I love to do, that which I can do without, and where my vision and heart live. It's not all about putting in tons and tons of hours each day, but rather fine-tuning my skills to maximize my time and energy. Taking the time for personal development and surrounding myself with like-minded entrepreneurs and soul searchers moves me to work towards new goals and keeps me in the trenches of doing the work.
Sharing the skills important to you and finding a method of sharing that is pertinent to what your intentions are takes work. You need to be clear about your message and what you want someone to take away from your messaging. Taking the time to research your topic(s) and prepare them in a manner educating your audience will lead you to be a credible source of information.
What do you want them to know, feel and do?
We have all seen those ads for a product that just seems to miss the mark and flops. Why does that happen? Why do some ideas grow while others, that on the surface seem good, fail miserably?
It is vital to the success of your business/your product to research your intended audience. What are they looking for? How does your offer meet their need(s)? Do you offer solutions to a problem? Are you targeting the right audience?
Taking the time to complete market research provides the information necessary to create products and offers with the highest success rate. You don't want to take the time to create an offer and launch it to find out you missed the mark. Make the most of your time and efforts.
Continuing growth in the world of E-Commerce makes it necessary for small businesses to focus on top notch service. It becomes more and more critical to have systems in place allowing the user experiences to exceed expectations. These systems are imperative to success.
One way to do this is to have automations in place that personalize the experiences while making them as time effective as possible. In a world where there is less personal interaction, customer service is made through online interactions where the user's needs are as important as if they were interacting one-on-one.
It is interesting to track what trends have arisen in the employment world. If we look at the CareerBuilder image summarizing the Harris Poll national survey results for 2017, you can see that 51% of the positions employers are adding are anticipated to be temporary or contract.
In the Virtual Assistant world, this is nothing but a positive for those of us looking to grow our experience and levels of aptitude. Reaching out to companies looking to further their goals through flexibility of contractors is a way to build a portfolio and make a VA more well rounded, and have the ability to streamline processes.
Achieving your goals takes commitment and planning. If you fail to plan accordingly, you will unfortunately flop. Set SMART (Specific Measurable Attainable Relevant Timely) Goals for yourself. By doing so, you will make it possible to reach your Ultimate Goal just one step at a time. By breaking it down into pieces that you can achieve, you allow your goals to grow systematically. Just like the pyramids, you build your dreams one brick at a time. Each SMART Goal is a building block.
What is a SMART Goal?
Finding your target market isn’t always easy and weeding through the vast array of ways to find them can be arduous. So, what is a budding entrepreneur to do when they don’t have days to spend hunting/researching/lurking to find niche areas? – Get fastidious in presenting expert level ideas and solutions for the issues facing your target market.
Determining how your knowledge and skills can answer the call of your niche is essential in growing your credibility and gaining clients. Start playing BIG and showcase those skills by presenting ideas and solutions to those you can offer guidance and support.