When a new VA is starting out, there is the temptation to accept any job that comes along, just for the sake of having a client and work to do. But things can go awry very, very quickly, if you have no experience in that type of work, and if you don’t know what you’re doing. Some jobs may appear to be easy at the outset, but unless you truly have some idea of what’s involved, probably best to let it pass to someone more experienced. Some of these will include: transcriptions (audio & digital), bookkeeping, website design and maintenance, database design.
Best to start with things you know well and as you build your client relationships, and they ask you to do something you haven’t done before, then it’s worth exploring and learning how to do that thing. The client already knows what you’re capable of and would be more willing to accept that there is some learning time involved, without you feeling uncomfortable and that you are out of your depth.
But don’t worry too much if this does happen – as long as you learn from it.Â Pick yourself up and start again. Even seasoned VAs have their ‘failure’ stories – I might share mine… one day 😉 KMT