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How to Be Successful Reaching Any Goal

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Being successful is not something that just falls out of the sky. It’s not something that will happen automatically, and rarely happens by accident, no matter what people say. Success happens because someone set a goal, worked toward meeting that goal, and completed that goal.

That’s how success happens 99.9 percent of the time. No matter how much failure you’ve experienced in the past you can also be successful. You can be successful if you realize that it’s not a big secret and you don’t need to reinvent the wheel. Success can happen to anyone who sets their mind to it and works toward the end result.

Know What You Want

Everything starts with figuring out what you really want. Do you want a business, a hobby, or something to pass the time? It’s totally up to you and there is no right or wrong answer. The only thing you can do wrong is say you want a business but work hobby hours or give it hobby priority.

What you want is up to you, and not up to someone else. If you want a VA business but you only want to work part time, that’s great. Who is to tell you that part time work isn’t success? No one. If all you want to make is grocery money – when you achieve it, that’s success too. Success is reaching your goals.

Set a Deadline

No goal is ever complete without a deadline. If you want to make a certain income or have a certain number of clients, creating a deadline is imperative. The deadline will help guide all the other action you take in terms of time and resources put into it. Be realistic about your deadlines.

Don’t set them so far off to the future that you could do nothing until the last week and succeed, challenge yourself more than that. But don’t set the deadline so soon that you have to work 15 hour days. Be realistic about how long you really have to devote each day to the goal, and then choose a deadline based on that reality.

Create an Action Plan

Make a list of everything that you need to do in order to achieve the goals you’ve set so far. For example, if you’ve decided you want four new clients by Christmas then you’ll need to determine what needs to be done to accomplish that.

Let’s say you want to write a 50,000 word book in 100 days, what actions will you need to do in order to accomplish that? Do you need to do research? Do you need to write a certain number of words a day? What exactly needs to be done in order to accomplish the goals you’ve set? Write it all down.

Create a To Do List

Put this list of things you need to do in order of what needs to be done first, second, third, fourth and so on. A chronological list of actions that you can put into your calendar for you to do each day on that date will get you to your goal. So, for example, let’s say you want to submit 10 answers to RFPs each week. You must locate the RFPs first right? You must write out an answer, right? Put it all in order of exactly what you need to do each and every day to get to the final date.

When you create the to do list it’s imperative that things are in the order that they need to be done so that you won’t have to go back and forth or get frustrated. Try to work the same way you should process snail mail — over the trash can. That way you only touch and process one time, right? Figure out how you can process once within your to-do list.

List Your Resources

Make a list of any all your resources that you have at your fingertips, plus any that you might need from outside of your own means. For example if you need help editing, writing, with graphics and so forth, including technology, people, places and things – write it down.

It also helps to get out your to-do list and match the items that need to be done with who might be able to do them other than you. Don’t be afraid of this process. You can free up a lot of time and make more money when you’re willing to let go a little bit and get some help.

Ask for Help

Contact the people you’ve identified that can help you, contact the business owners who have the technology you need so that you can test out different solutions and pick the right ones without waiting until the last moment. If you map out everything you need to do from day one you’ll be in better shape at day 100.

Just remember, you really don’t need to do everything yourself. You can find help in the form of technology for automation, and human resources to do tasks you don’t want to do. In all honesty, “want to do” is a bad way to put this. You really should outsource anything that isn’t your main money making task when you can.

Get an Accountability Partner

This is super important. They say you’re the sum of your closest five friends. So if your friends make an average of 60K a year, you probably do too. If your friends tend to procrastinate, so do you. So, pick someone outside of your main circle to become your accountability partner.

The very best way to go about this is to get a coach. A coach will not let you slide, a friend might. There are numerous coaches around that purport to know how to help you build your virtual assistant business. But, it’s up to you to check them out. Find out if those they’ve coached have really experienced success before you pay them.

Check Your Progress

Every evening before you close up shop, check out your to-do list. Mark off what you’ve done, and move things over that were accidentally out of sync, or things you didn’t get done. Note what you’ll be working on tomorrow, so you’ll be ready to go when you start working that day.

Keep tabs on your progress so that you can see if you need to work harder on any given day to make up for lost time. This will help you stay on track. Do not move your deadline, only move around the “to do” list in order to make it happen on time.

Anyone can be successful when they set their mind to it. You have to set goals, create a plan of action, make a to-do list and then stick to it until you’ve accomplished the tasks necessary to get to the finish line. One thing I know for sure is that you can do it. I have done it, and so can you, if you want to.

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.

March 16th is almost here…

Can you believe it? I can’t. I honestly can’t.

It seems like just yesterday we were celebrating Thanksgiving, and now it’s almost spring!

But it’s true  March 16th is going to come and be gone before you know it.

When it’s over are you going to say that you have learned something amazing that can move your business forward that you can actually implement?

Or, are you going to just wake up on the 17th unchanged, without new skills, without new opportunities and everything is just the same? I hope not. I hope you choose to learn something new, to push your boundaries, to get your business off the ground.

March 16

WordPress is a very important type of website builder to learn.

It’s not that hard either, and it’s especially easy when you have an expert to guide you like Angela Wills. Not only can you become your own web designer, you can start adding WordPress skills to your portfolio to serve your clients. Many clients need virtual assistants with WordPress skills, and by learning how to use it properly, and letting go of the fear, you’ll be far ahead of the game and on your way to a full roster of clients.

Okay, I wanted to make this post short so that you can hurry and sign up for the WordPress Coaching before it’s too late.

You can sign up for the WordPress Coaching here right now. Don’t miss out.

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.

Should You Really Do It All?

As a virtual assistant you are probably often asked to do a variety of tasks for your clients, but should you really try to be a “jack of all trades”?

You’ve seen the ads for VA needed that ask for a lot of skills all the way from video editing, to content writing, to shopping cart experience. It’s hard not to try to get that type of position, because it seems like more and more clients are wanting a VA who knows everything about everything. That’s only because people who are new to online business haven’t yet figured out how to step outside the cubicle.

As a VA, it can be scary to specialize because you are afraid you will miss out on job opportunities.

But the truth is, positions with clients who expect you to do everything are probably not positions that you want to accept.

But, you shouldn’t give up and not apply for the job. There is a chance that the person wanting to outsource just hasn’t be educated in the right way to outsource, or the concept of building a virtual team to help them run their business. They don’t yet realize that they can afford to hire experts in each area of work that they need. They can hire someone who specializes in the very shopping cart technology that they want to use. Then, they can hire another person who specializes in writing content specifically for their type of business, and so forth — and it’s not going to cost an arm and a leg because not one person they contract with will be working full time. In fact, most will be working less than a couple of hours a week.

As a sole practitioner who reads an advertisement asking for multi level experience and a vast skill set, you have to over look it, and just apply for the part of the job that you are well versed in.

If you have team you can apply on behalf of your team explaining that you offer a multi virtual assistant team who can fulfill all of their requirements. But if it’s just you, you’ll need to submit a proposal that also offers some measure of education about how to build a team and how to outsource with the best results.

If you’re a person who wants to outsource who is reading this, you should take the time to write down all the various tasks you need outsource, separating them into business areas such as content writing, copy-writing, graphic design, video editing, WordPress updates, web design and so forth.

Remember, these are all very individual skill sets. It would be rare to find one person with all those skills, and even if you did find someone who claims to have all those skills they’re probably not an expert in any of them. They will spend more time doing a particular task if they’re unfamiliar with it or do not perform it very often.

If you hire someone who specializes in each area, you’ll get the work completed faster and have less to teach the VA.

Look at all the things you do each day and pick one area where you really could outsource it today and outsource that one thing. Like video editing, or content writing. Give that to one person who is skilled in that area, and give them nothing else. Don’t be tempted to ask them to do anything outside of the scope of that activity. You’ll be a lot more satisfied if you then move forward with only hiring VAs who are skilled in a particular area until you’ve built an entire team. Seek to hire experts, and you’ll end up pushing your business to a higher level than you ever thought possible.

The other thing that is great about hiring a team of individuals, or a multi VA firm, is that you have less chance of having issues with deadlines or missed opportunities. If each VA is only handling a small activity for you, if one quits or moves on the entire project is not lost. It’s a lot easier to replace a video editor than replace a jack of all trades.

That might seem scary to you, as a VA, but the truth is, you’re also going to be happier if you choose one or two skills that you really want to perform and leave the other things to other VAs. You’ll have much more job satisfaction, as well as become even more of an expert as you keep doing those same tasks over and over. You’ll be much less likely to become frustrated and give up because you’ve picked a skill set that you are passionate about, enjoy learning about, and can do to the very best of your ability for each of your clients.

So what do you think? Should a VA really do it all, or should they specialize?