When should a Virtual Assistant get training to be a VA? This is a question often on the mind of those who are either looking at joining the industry or have been in it for awhile and perhaps are wondering how they can get up to speed with others.
As with anything there are always a series of things to be considered as there is no clear yes or no answer.
Think about these things:
- Do you have experience running any type of business?
- Are you good at finding things out and solving problems?
- Are you used to dealing with clients as opposed to employers?
- Do you know the difference between being an employee and being a business owner?
- Are you capable of taking control and running with the show, even when things seem to be going bad?
- Do you know where to go get help if needed?
- Do you know what services you wish to provide?
- Do you know how to market your business?
- Do you know what to do when a deadline is up but the work isn’t yet completed?
- Do you have plans in place in case of sickness or having to be away from your business?
- Do you know what you need to have in your business to keep it running?
- Do you know what kind of web presence you need to have set up?
- Are you prepared to say ‘the buck stops here’ and take total responsibility?
If the majority of your answers to the above questions are ‘no’ then I urge you to seriously consider getting training to run a Virtual Assistant business. Or, at the very least some coaching. (Note: your answer to the last question should be a resounding ‘yes’ otherwise you need to reconsider if you’re ready to run a business)
There are several options available out there and I encourage you to explore them to see what fits in with your time availability and budget.
I have two options on offer:
- Sign up for my 10 week training program with VATrainer.com, or
- Join my VA Coaching Club with monthly events and access to resources and materials to help you in your business.
If neither suit your budget, i.e. you have no money to invest at all in your business (and you should be considering whether you can actually afford to go into business) then join a VA chat forum instead. There you will get to mix and mingle with others and you’ll soon ascertain whether you need help or can manage on your own for awhile.