How An Accountability Partner Helps You Grow Your VA Business
Did you reach the last goal you set in your business?
Good Virtual Assistants set goals, just like all good business owners. It’s how we grow, and it’s how we get better at what we do.
Whether it’s business or marketing related, there is nothing like achieving a goal you set for yourself to help you celebrate your success!
But if you are setting goals and then just not reaching them – then, honestly there is no point in setting them. You have to do what you say you want to do!
However, all is not lost!
All you need is someone to help you stay on track – an accountability partner.
An accountability partner is someone you choose to partner with in your VA business, that becomes your confidant/e, your cheerleader, your butt-kicker, and even your strategist.
When you start a partnership with someone else, you help each other with moving ahead in your business – and helping you to get done what you say you want to get done.
Just like we do for our clients!
Our own VA business ‘stuff’ often gets left by the wayside as we focus on client work – but our business can’t grow if we don’t nurture it.
Here are a few tips for you to find and work with an accountability partner:
Find an accountability partner.
Look for someone who understands the VA industry or business. You don’t want to spend your time explaining everything all the time. Ideally another VA might work – but it’s not necessary, as long as your partner understands how the VA industry and role works. You can look in CAVA for one – just reach out to your colleagues!
Build a partnership with structure.
Don’t keep it casual. You want to have a structure – a regular check in call is going to be essential to your success. Figure out how you keep your records of what your goals and actions are (I suggest a shared Google Doc you can both access and update). And be sure to schedule and structure your phone call so you both stay on track for reporting your updates.
Help each other build better habits and routines.
The hardest part of getting things done in your VA business is thinking you have more time than you do. We are all busy, so that’s why we don’t get things done to begin with. Try to help each other move slowly but surely. If a goal is too lofty (ie get 10 new clients in a month), you won’t reach it. You want to set goals that you can reach (especially in the beginning). If you think your partner’s goal is too big, challenge them to break it down so it’s more manageable.
Set each other up for success.
Make sure that you are both at the same place in your business – both committed to doing the work to help yourselves and each other. Commit to being present and supportive on your check in calls. Schedule them and be honest with what you have done and what you haven’t. Your partner can’t help you if you are not being honest.
Accountability is an essential piece of your business. Getting a partner is simplest way to get started. If you want support from a group, be sure to have a look at my Inspired Action Mastermind Group for VAs – a low-cost, high value coaching program centred around monthly goal setting and weekly accountability.
Get more details here: www.YourVAMentor.com/inspired