Are you looking for an alternative to life in the corporate world? With many PAs looking for an alternative to working as a PA, to enable them more of a work-life balance and stress-free existence, or facing redundancy what is the answer?
Naturally, like many PAs who have made the transition to Virtual Assistant (VA), you, of course, will want to ensure you have your questions answered and do it all right.
In some cases, its not so much a step but a mistake to avoid that will allow you to successfully launch and grow your VA business. The thing is you must stand out from the crowd, if you do what everyone else is doing, you will just blend in.
This is about working on you first and then helping your prospective clients to notice you – so that you can command the fees you are worth and create a business which earns you the income you want and work the hours you choose.
YES this CAN be achieved.
Step 1. Vision – start with the end in mind
If you don’t know where you’re going, how are you going to get there? You’ve probably heard this many times but have you applied this wisdom to your business lately?
With the need to bring in business, keep clients happy, chase invoices and keep the wheels of business turning, it’s really easy to forget why you’re doing it and what you’re aiming for. The simplest way to re-energise your business is to work out what you’re aiming to achieve and GO FOR IT with laser focus!!
Ask yourself the following questions:
- How do you want your business to look in a year, two years, five years?
- What are you aiming for?
- How many hours do you want to work? Who would you like to be working with?
- How will your business fit into your life, going forward?
- What’s your exit strategy for your business?
- Will you sell it, shut it down, get someone else to run it, franchise it? Have you even thought about it?
And once you get clear on how you want your business and life to look, you can make decisions based on it. You can decide what is ‘good business’ (ie takes you closer to your vision) or ‘bad business’ (takes you further away from your vision). But if you don’t know how you want your business to look, how can you make decisions? How will you know if something is just a distraction?
Get really clear on how you want you life to look – how much you want to earn, how many hours you want to work, how many holidays/ vacations you’d like, when you’d like to give up work – in as much detail as you can. Then see how your business can help you achieve that.
Next week – we will clarify who are your ideal clients and whether you need to have a niche market.
Amanda Johnson of Your Executive Secretary Limited is a licensed Trainer of the VACT. If you would like to book yourself on the next Taster Session in your area then please click here or if you would like to book a free 30 minute breakthrough call then click here.