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Why Certification Helps You Land Great Clients

Approved There are many reasons why you might want to become a certified virtual assistant. But the most common reason that a virtual assistant chooses to become certified is so she can get more clients and more lucrative work. Whether you work with solo-preneurs or large corporate executives, becoming certified can open doors for you to grow your business like never before. Here are a few reasons why certification can help you land those great clients.

Certification increases a potential client’s trust.

Thanks to the World Wide Web, anyone can put up a website and claim to be a virtual assistant. These phonies may just be posing as virtual assistants to take advantage of clients that are unfamiliar with the concept of outsourcing. By the time the client realizes he’s been scammed, the phony VA could take down their website and create a new one.

Certification lets potential clients know that you’re not a scammer. Of course, scammers can claim to be certified, too. But a quick Google search can confirm that you really are certified as a virtual assistant. When potential clients see that you are who you claim to be, they’ll be more likely to trust you with their business.

Certification gives you an edge.

When it comes to applying for virtual assistant jobs, you want to make sure you have an advantage over the other applicants. One way to show that you’re more qualified for the job than anyone else is to mention your certification.

A hiring manager will look at your resume and be more likely to hire you because he knows that he doesn’t have to teach you everything before you can begin work. Instead, he can give you a simple introduction to how things are done at his business and pass off a list of tasks to you. This frees him up to focus on tasks that generate revenue.

Certification shows clients that you’re serious.

When you’re certified, you’re sending the message to potential clients that you’re serious about your online business. Clients know that you aren’t just claiming to be a virtual assistant but you really are one and that you’re willing to do the hard tasks that lead to success.

Becoming a certified virtual assistant will allow you to go after bigger clients and increase the trust you already have with your existing clients. It will also help you, too. You’ll be more confident and do a better job of marketing your services once you become certified. I’ve tried out a few courses and training programs personally and have compiled a list of those that impressed me. Check them out and let me know if you choose any of them.

4 Tips to Get Your Spouse on Board with Your VA Dreams

FamilyStarting a virtual assistant business can put a lot of strain on your relationships, especially your marriage. Your spouse may not understand what you’re doing or your drive to have your own business. Because of this, he might struggle to support your VA dreams and this can make it hard for you to get your new business venture off the ground. But there are things you can do to help your spouse come on board.

Communicate Your Vision

In most cases, a spouse is not supportive because he doesn’t understand your vision. First, you need to define to yourself what it is that you really want out of your virtual assistant business. Maybe you want to spend more time with your kids. May you want to escape the job you hate and make money at home. Maybe you want to use your VA earnings to get out of debt or save up for a new car.

You’ve got to clarify what it is you want and why you want it. Once you’ve discovered what you want, you need to schedule time with your husband to discuss these things. Plan your talk for a time when you’re both relaxed and neither of you are hungry or tired.

Be Willing to Listen

Once you’ve shared with your spouse your vision, it’s time to listen to him. Your spouse probably has some concerns about your new business and that’s actually a good sign. It means he listened to what you said and he’s processing it. Now that’s he listened to you, try to listen to what he’s saying.

Negotiate if Necessary

There are several reasons your husband might be hesitant to jump on board with your new business idea. He might be worried about finances, health insurance, or how you’ll feel if for some reason, your business doesn’t turn out like you’d hoped. Try to find out what’s really troubling your husband and work together to come up with a solution that’s good for both of you. For example, if your husband is concerned about your finances, then maybe you should work part-time at your job while you build your VA business.

Support His Dreams, Too

Your spouse might be the type of person that’s happy being an employee. He may never dream of starting his own business and he may stay in the same industry for decades. But he still has dreams of his own. Maybe he’s always wanted to take up a hobby like golf or photography. Maybe he wants to restore old cars or write travel books. Find out what your husband wants and try to support his goals, too. If support is a one way street in your relationship, then your husband may become resentful of your business and the time you dedicate to it. This could lead to future problems in your marriage and in your business.

Don’t get upset if your spouse isn’t immediately supportive of your virtual assistant business. You may need to have several conversations over the course of weeks before he begins to understand and support your business. In the meantime, look for a group of online business owners that you can join, like Solo Masterminds. There, you’ll find support and help from fellow solo-preneurs just like you.

Why Home Business Owners Need Community

why are you not a member yetHaving a home business is great. It offers freedom, flexibility, stability, and so much more. But, what it doesn’t offer is connection to others on a day-to-day basis. Thankfully, there are ways that you can reduce your isolation and still have a profitable home business.

Join Private Facebook Groups — Believe or not there are plenty of private and closed Facebook groups around that you can join. I have one for VA Moms that you can join just by sending me your Facebook email address. I’ll invite you by email. It’s completely private, no one can see the member and only the members can see what you’re saying.

Join Closed Facebook Groups — There are some Facebook groups you can look up by topic, then join them. The members are open to the public but what you say is private to the members.

Join Completely Open Facebook Groups — There are other FB groups which are open membership and open comments. It’s up to you which kind to join.

Find a Mastermind Group — My very favorite group, of course, is Solo Masterminds. I’ve been a member from the start. At first I was not very active, and I even dropped out once, but now I know I could not survive without those wonderful business-minded people who truly care whether or not you succeed. Many groups seem to be kind of cut-throat and just out to get you to pay more money for everything or sell you something. I’ve never felt that way with Solo Masterminds.

In fact, as the day of this blog post is being published they are celebrating 10 years! That is amazing! It’s hard to think back to everything that has happened in the last 10 years. I know 10 years ago I wasn’t writing content for a living, but today I am. I am doing that because of these fine people who helped me find my true calling, give me a kick in the ass when I need it, and truly care about me.

When my kids were young, and 10 years ago I was a single mother in college. I had not yet started dating my husband. My girls were 12, 13, and 18 — if not for the connection with these people I don’t know if I would have made it. Everything seemed so insurmountable and overwhelming. Working from home can at times be isolating, and a little scary. But, I can promise you — it’s the best choice I ever made. I was working from home long before I joined the group, but I didn’t see myself as a business owner until I started communicating with these awesome people.

If you’re in need of some community, business advice, and support. Please consider joining. You will not regret it. Ten years from now you could have a successful, self-supporting business like I have, if you follow the right people and learn the right things.

 

“Opportunities don’t come knocking, they catch you when you’re out and about.”

VAmomsGraphic1.5A friend of mine said this the other day in a Facebook discussion. It really struck me as something important because there are a few things I struggle with when it comes to networking.

The quote really struck me because what she says is true. It’s true for anyone. We aren’t “lucky” when we find opportunity. It really is by design. Opportunities cannot occur in a vacuum. You have to do something in order for the opportunity to present itself.The most important thing you have to do is be fully present completing the actions necessary to achieve.

 It all goes back to desire creating action that leads to success.

Regardless of how you feel about something today, do the actions necessary to move forward that allow all those opportunities to catch you. Be present. Be ready. Be busy doing the things that create opportunities for success.

Please answer this question:

What is something you can do today, that ensures you will be able to produce the opportunities you desire, to achieve the success you deserve?

Willingness, deliberateness, momentum

Every year at Solo Masterminds Kelly McCausey picks one to three words and asks that we all try to pick one to three words to be our theme or motivation for the year. This is instead of a new year’s resolution. You can ready Kelly’s post here where she explains her own word for 2014 as well as how this all started.

It really does work and it will help you in your life and your business. I highly recommend choosing one to three words to move you forward in the coming year. It’s better than a new years resolution because the words mean more than promising to do something. Here are my words, and why I chose them.

Here are my words for 2014.

Willingness

 

I chose this word because I want to be open to new things in 2014. I have a tendency to like my comfort zone. It’s not that I feel incapable of doing something else, it’s more like I’m not often willing to change or willing to move past where I am. So this year, I want to be willing to try new things, experiment with new products and services, and move my business to the next level.

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Deliberateness

 

I believe that anytime you have an intention to do something, you also have to act. I want to be very deliberate in my actions and not rush to the end. The steps do matter when it comes to what I do. I’m already pretty deliberate in terms of my client schedules and client work, but I want to be more deliberate when doing work for myself. I want to be fully awake and be very intentional with my actions to move my business forward.

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Momentum

 

In physics they define momentum as “mass in motion”. A way to describe this is much like making a snowball, the more you roll it the bigger it gets, if you roll it down a hill it will get bigger and bigger and as it gets more massive it’ll move even faster toward its goal.  For me, momentum means that my willingness and deliberateness will result in a “snowball effect” within my business in terms of growth and results.

 

 

Let me know what your three words are down below. If you want to have more fun discovering more about yourself and making your business successful please consider joining me at Solo Masterminds. This is a wonderful group of business owners who help each other selflessly in their business endeavors.

I know I would not be where I am, if not for this group. If you join, drop me a note. I offer discounts to all Solo Mastermind Members that aren’t published, whether you join due to my recommendation or not. Plus, the truth is, what you get from the group is truly priceless and I know that it will help you as much as it has me over the years.