Starting something new is always a challenge and a test to your confidence levels, especially if it’s a totally different career path or your first time looking for remote work. Breaking into the world as a virtual assistant can seem super overwhelming and you might feel like your to-do list is never ending with things you need to get “perfect” before you’re ready to start landing clients. Fear not, VA friends. We’ve been there before, too! We’ve accumulated a VA beginner pep talk for you and the 5 things all new VA’s need to hear TODAY:
1 . Start Before You Feel Ready
It’s simple – you’re never going to feel ready to start. Don’t get hung up on perfection. You don’t need to have a perfect website launched, a cute logo, a Facebook Business page and tons of packages/contracts/proposals already created. Yes, you’re probably going to need to update your resume and create a portfolio but the rest of it can be a work in progress. Most importantly, you just have to START so you can continue learning and get some experience!
2. Own Your You-nique-ness
Remember that you have an accumulation of years of experience, skills and stories that are 100% different from EVERYBODY ELSE. What makes you, YOU, doesn’t make me, ME. What a client is going to LOVE you for, is YOU. Be proud to show off your personality, skills and strengths, this is what gets you noticed and lands you the gig! Trust that your ideal client is looking for their ideal VA – you!
3. Forget about the Competition
First off, you shouldn’t be comparing yourself to anyone but especially not your competition. How far are you going to get if you keep telling yourself, “There’s probably somebody out there that’s more qualified for this than me. I better not apply.” Did your competition tell themselves this when they applied for the gig they landed? NO. They owned their you-nique-ness whether they were the most qualified person or not and proved why they were the best fit for the gig. Quit comparing yourself to others and instead work on how you’re going to stand out from the crowd.
- Value Yourself
Remember when your Mama told you “If you don’t love yourself first, no one else can love you.” Let’s take that mindset and apply it to being a new VA. RESPECT YOURSELF. Know your worth. Know that you have SO many skills and you’re providing really valuable services to your clients. Take yourself seriously so that other people can take you seriously. Imagine that you and your “competition” are both new VA’s with the same level of experience. One of you is charging $3 an hour for their services and another is charging $15 an hour. Which one would you take more seriously? Probably the one who charges $15 an hour because that nonverbally says, “I’m confident in my worth and what I can provide for you.”
- Keep Going
So what, you got rejected from a a few clients or positions you applied for. Don’t get hung up on this and don’t you dare quit. There’s a reason it didn’t work out with these clients and TRUST that a better opportunity is coming your way. Always keep moving forward, working hard to learn new skills, get experience and build your portfolio. Everyone has to start somewhere but you gotta keep going!
Now go stand in front of the mirror and tell yourself how awesome you are. YOU GOT THIS. Get out and get on with it, your clients are waiting for you! Comment below and tell us what you do when you’re struggling to feel confident in yourself as a VA. For more support be sure you’re a member of our FREE FACEBOOK GROUP where we virtual cheerlead each other to success every single day.
Special thanks to Natalie Laine of Virtually Natalie for contributing this awesome post! Natalie is a full time digital nomad specializing in copywriting + PR management thanks to our signature 90 Day VA program. Contact her directly for any virtual assistant needs via her Instagram HERE
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