Updated: May 22, 2021
We hear so very often from those trying to get their business off the ground that they don't know what else to do to help grow their business.
The team at VA Institute are at the coalface - both in terms of running our own successful VA businesses, and of delivering solid and knowledgeable VA Startup Programs to those wishing to get started properly as VAs. And what we are seeing is that there are some distinct commonalities amongst those who succeed and those who haven't yet - where ultimately, everyone who comes through our courses is delivered the same content.
So what is it that those who succeed do that others don't?
Reality Check #1: They understand the importance of the right mindset
Those who we have seen succeed quickly understand and stand behind their worth, legitimacy and value they bring to potential clients.
They don't focus on hurdles or negatives. They see those as part of the journey and don't let their focus on their ultimate destination be side-swiped by a perceived lack of time, dream bullies, self-doubt, "comparisonitis" and financial hurdles. They actually put effort in to having and building a positive mental attitude.
Honestly, 9 times out of 10 when we work with our students in their follow-up sessions, their biggest hurdle isn't practical things like branding up templates or writing their 'About Me' or Professional Profile. It's almost ALWAYS related to their mindset.
Things that help with this? It's personal for everyone, but here's a start: affirmations, solidify and know intimately your why, exercise, feed your brain, keep your circle positive.
Reality Check #2: They see investing in themselves as mandatory
In order to grow your business, quite often we need to learn new skills - or at the very least brush up on some. And yes, that generally means some monetary investment.
One thing is sure though - if you want to succeed, you need to invest in your own growth and learning. Maybe not immediately... but eventually!
Think: online courses, conferences, books, memberships, subscriptions that save you a stupid amount of time - because your time is PRECIOUS (and if $20 a month on Zapier can save you 5 hours of onerous tasks....well, I don't know about you, but I charge my clients way more than $20 an hour so my time is better spent elsewhere).