How to Know If Being A VA Is Right for You
If you come from an administrative background and you are considering starting your own business then being a VA is a good choice.
It’s a service that is in demand. And the demand seems to be growing.
More and more people are realizing the value of outsourcing their administrative needs.
It’s a career choice that promises variety, daily challenges and the freedom of being your own boss.
However, it’s not the right choice for everyone.
Here are a few questions to help you determine if being a VA is right for you.
Are You Good at Managing Your Time?
As a virtual assistant you’re going to have to balance a lot of tasks. You’ll balance client work. You’ll balance managing your business. You’ll also want to market and grow your business. And of course the day to day responsibilities like laundry don’t go away either. There will be a lot of demands on your time, energy, and attention.
If you’re good at managing your time, then great. If you can focus and be productive you have what it takes to be a VA. If time management isn’t your strength, there’s still hope. Start adopting habits right now to better manage your time. Learn to schedule and prioritize. Learn how to focus and be productive.
Are You Motivated and Enthusiastic?
Being a VA takes a lot of positive energy. You’ll want to be able to get up every morning and be able to focus on your business. Of course there will be low energy days. Everyone has them. However, in order to succeed as a VA, you’ll want to be brimming with energy and enthusiasm to start, grow, and manage your business.
Are You Organized?
In addition to organizing your own business needs, tasks and information you’ll need to organize your client’s. That’s part of your job. Your clients need your help getting and keeping them organized. And the more organized you are, the more productive you’ll be. Not organized? Start creating systems right now. You can still be successful. However, you’ll have to pay careful attention to your systems and practices. Make yourself be organized.
Are You Social?
Okay, so you don’t have to be a social butterfly to succeed as a VA. However, you will want to be easy to communicate with. Clients and prospects will communicate with you via email and the telephone. Make sure you’re comfortable talking with strangers. Also, the more social you are, the more clients you’re likely to meet online and off. It’s easier to build your business when you’re delighted to talk about it with others.
If you don’t have all of these skills or personality traits, it’s okay. Most of them can be learned. You can even learn to be motivated and enthusiastic. If you want to start a VA business that desire is the first step. The rest will fall into place.
For more information on how to start your own VA business, pick up our Start Your VA Business Checklist. It walks you step-by-step through the things you need to do to get your business foundations, services & rates, forms, and marketing pieces set up correctly so you can get your VA business open and running smoothly. And if you business is already open, you can use the checklist to ensure that you have all the foundational pieces in place to be more successful. Pick up your copy here!