A new virtual assistant recently posted at the VA forum that she was giving up her regular temp work so she could concentrate on developing her new VA business and get it running. Many of the VAs on the list congratulated her and encouraged her. It’s a big step and a scary one. I remember it well.
I took that same step over 15 years ago. I’d been doing temp work and also going out to client offices as I built my new business – at that time as a homebased secretary. But I was getting more hangups on the answer machine than I liked and knew I was losing/missing business as a result. So I made the decision that all work had to be done at my home office and scary as it was, it was the right decision to make.
For some time I did worry about where the next job was going to come from or how much I might make that week but eventually I settled into a pattern of getting the work done, going out to network regularly and meet other business owners (potential clients) and get into the business of running my business. For me it took a couple of years after I started to be home fulltime. For some it’s sooner and others it’s longer. You simply have to keep an eye on the ‘signs’ to know when the time is right for you.