Last night (Thursday, Feb. 7th) Tess (Virtual Assistant Forums) and I had a great call with fellow Virtual Assistants, many who are thinking about or have recently started their businesses. Tess and I each shared our “Five Things I Wish I Had Known Before Starting My Virtual Assistant Business”. The audience asked some really great questions as well.
What I loved most about our call….discovering that we’ve made some of the same mistakes. In my case I imagine there will be many more.
Years ago a friend gave me sage advice – “Learn from others’ mistakes. You won’t live long enough to make them all yourself.”
When I was prepping to start my business in 2008 the only training I could find was approximately $2,000. I could have paid the $2,000 but I did not see the value or return on the potential investment.
I know, without a doubt, the following:
- I would have made considerably less mistakes
- My contracts would have been much better
- I may not have had a client entirely stiff me on a $685.07 invoice because I would have collected a deposit upfront
- I would be working less hours than I am now but making the same (or more money)
I could add probably another 15-20 things to a list of “what would have been different” and chances are I would have long ago recouped the $2,000 training fee.
I encourage you, if you’re just starting out or relatively new, to invest in yourself. Invest in your business. Learn from other’s mistakes.
Join my six week online “Become a Virtual Assistant” course. Best of all, it’s not $2,000! At only $249 it’s an incredible steal. What qualifies me to teach this course? I’ve made every mistake you can possibly imagine and yet by year three I grossed over $100K.
There are only two spaces left in and we start on Tuesday, February 12, 2013. Do it! You’ll be glad you did.===