Professional Development Tips and Ideas for VAs
One of the best ways to grow your business and increase your profits is through professional development. As a virtual assistant, there are many opportunities. And often, through professional development you gain personal strengths too. It’s a win-win situation.
Learn a new skill
As the internet will undoubtedly continue to grow and change you can too. You can keep your skills fresh. Establish your business first. Once you’re steady, take a class and learn a new skill. For example, you might learn how to manage an affiliate team. Or you could learn how to write small plug-ins for WordPress. Your skill will help you offer more value to your clients. And once you’ve obtained the new skill, you can market it to your advantage. You can use it to really grow your business.
Take a look at online classes, books, and workshops to learn new skills. Consider taking classes at your local college or community center. These classes are often packed with information and fit the budget.
Get a coach
Many people think coaching is only for those who are looking to solve a problem. Not true. A business coach can help you optimize your business. They can help you see opportunities and strengths. They can help you grow both personally and professionally. Perhaps most importantly, a business coach can help you profit.
Before you hire a coach, ask around. Ask friends, family and business associates if they can recommend a good coach. Before you sign up with a coach, research them thoroughly. Make sure their approach to coaching matches your personality and needs. If possible, talk with them on the phone before you sign up. That way you can tell if the two of you will work well together.
If a coach isn’t in the budget consider a mastermind group. A mastermind group is a group of likeminded individuals who meet to help each other succeed. They can be motivating, inspiring and of course educational. You can find mastermind groups online and off. Like finding a coach, take your time to find the right mastermind group for you.
If you don’t presently have a reading practice, create one. Read industry blogs. Read industry publications. And read a book that will help you grow professionally at least once a quarter. If you don’t have time to read, download an audio book. Listen to it for a few minutes at the end of each day. Listen to it in the car when you’re driving. There’s a lot of wonderful information available to help you grow professionally.
If you don’t know where to start, ask around. Ask your clients what they read and if they can make any recommendations. Check out the bestseller’s lists. Even a book about productivity or better business will help you grow.
You owe it to yourself and to your VA business to develop professionally. Find a coach. Read a blog. Take a class. The world is waiting for you!