Question Thinking of taking the leap, not sure where to start

FLKris

New Member
I'm currently employed full time with cushy benefits and a regular paycheck, but hate my (work) life and have to force myself out of bed each morning to go to work and deal with my evil boss. I've been considering going virtual for a long time, and will be receiving a large-ish chunk of money from the sale of my house later this month and feel like it may be now or never.

I've been researching for a long time, but I'm still so afraid of failure. Do you all have any tips for me on how you got started and things I really need to know?

Thanks in advance, I really appreciate it!
 

Nathaniel Flick

New Member
Good for you for thinking about a life/work change! I reckon you need to get started before you leave your full time job and also consider healthcare in your area if it's available - in the States this is particularly important.

After that, get a website together, this is key, and start telling friends/family. Get on social media, Facebook and Twitter and LinkedIn and promote yourself there, your ideas and work history and what tasks you want to specialise in for your business. Some VA's serve only lawyers, for example, so pick your market and be the best in that niche.

If you work hard and spend time marketing yourself, you will do well!
 

VSAM

New Member
I'm currently employed full time with cushy benefits and a regular paycheck, but hate my (work) life and have to force myself out of bed each morning to go to work and deal with my evil boss. I've been considering going virtual for a long time, and will be receiving a large-ish chunk of money from the sale of my house later this month and feel like it may be now or never.

I've been researching for a long time, but I'm still so afraid of failure. Do you all have any tips for me on how you got started and things I really need to know?

Thanks in advance, I really appreciate it!
I know it is hard not to worry about failure, but the fear of failure will forever hold you back from your dreams. Always now that failure leads to success and you will fail more than once throughout your journey. Failure is how you will learn. It is said that the greatest things in life and success is on the other side of fear. As long as you fear that you will fail you will not move forward and as long as you think that you are going to fail you will. So try and change your thoughts and say something like "I will not allow my fears to hold me back and if I fail along the way I will learn from this failure so that I can grow my business stronger and bring me great success."

If you have ever heard the story of Thomas Eddison and failure it went something like this:
Clearly, he evolved. Thomas Edison's teachers said he was "too stupid to learn anything." He was fired from his first two jobs for being "non-productive." As an inventor, Edison made 1,000 unsuccessful attempts at inventing the light bulb.
Citation:
They Did Not Give Up. N.p., n.d. Web. 17 June 2017.

This does not mean that you will fail this many times but just keep in mind it is going to happen for all the right reasons. The one thing that successful people do, is they never give up. So I say, if you want this and you are ready, then go for it. I wish you the best and much success.
Sharon Lovering
 

Your Virtual Wizard

Community Leader
When I opened my VA business over 10 years ago, I probably failed at least 10 times. Expect that some things will work while others will not. It's not considered failure to me unless you give up.

Not having a job is actually a true motivator during the start up stage.

I suggest you learn what you need to start the business with a business plan and knowing who your market will be and what you will offer that will help them solve their problems. There are many VA courses out there and I can recommend a few. If you already have the management skills and know what you can do, consider OBM certification from Tina Forsythe.Let her know Janine referred you. If you don't want to become certified, check out your local SCORE chapter. They offer free course and can help you with your business plan. When you have all your ducks in a row, open your doors with a big celebration. Post back here and n FB what you can do an what problems you solved. Hang out where your customers will be and offer them your help and sage advice expecting nothing in return.

You will find that any mistakes made will not be considered failures rather lessons that can only make you better.

Janine
www.YourVirtualDreamTeam.com
 
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