Hi everyone, today is my 18th anniversary of when I registered my business (on National Secretaries Day in Australia) and opened the doors to “A Clayton’s Secretary”. I had no idea what was about to be birthed only a short time later – the world wide web and a brand new industry – The Virtual Assistant Industry.
Haven’t we come a long way since those days?
For those who are just thinking about starting a Virtual Assistant practice, or perhaps you’ve been going for a short time and wondering if it is worth it – I have to tell you ‘yes it is!’ As long as you stick to your goals and dreams and bring them to fruition. Just sitting waiting in your office for the phone to ring or to receive an email enquiry isn’t what will make your business work. Being proactive, connecting with people, both online and face-to-face, networking, building relationships, learning about others and their needs and actively doing something every day to build your business will make it work.
The clients won’t come running to you but they will appear, first on the horizon and then eventually closer – and you need to be prepared and ready for them when they arrive. So, go out and meet people, take time to learn about them and what they do and people will take an interest in what you do too. And most of all – enjoy it! If you don’t then there’s no point in doing it as it will become a chore and a burden when the going gets tough – and it does get tough. As with anything, anything worth having, is worth working (fighting) for.
Have a great weekend everyone. I’m in the middle of cooking apple crumble muffins and enjoying the weekend but had to take time out to let you all know that you can do it too!
P.S., don’t forget the Australian VA Conference is on in May. It’s not too late to book and you will definitely gain so much from it for your business.