For people like me who have reaped years of experience as a virtual assistant, success and abundance is not about the money anymore. In fact, my view of this career is already a fulfillment of a short-term goal – living my passion, stable income and more time for the family.
But really. It’s the success that I’ve defined and then achieved as a virtual assistant. It’s what keeps me grounded and yet hopeful. It’s what provides for the food, shelter, leisure and clothes. Nearing nine years as a VA, I’m blessed to have a successful VA career. Let me now share the five fundamentals I lived by and which brought me here.
1. Goal-setting to the max. Without a goal, you’d be floating all around the internet, unsure of what to do, what to learn and who to work for. But with a clear goal, you’d know your course of action. Surely, if you know where you’re headed, you’d gear up for the road, the trip and the possibilities ahead. That’s the same with being a VA or an online worker. You envision what you want to become and achieve, and get ready to be there!
2. Active commitment. First we commit to work as a virtual assistant then we put that to action. I’ve seen others fail because they commit now, they do something different the next day. But with an active commitment, work would come with a daily target. It also means that setbacks aren’t taken as such, but rather, an event needing an action that would keep you going. As for triumphs big and small, they are the flecks of inspiration that strengthens your commitment.
3. Honing skills that spell success. Success doesn’t come after tossing a coin in the wishing well. It’s all about hard work, continuous learning and possession of a positive attitude. It’s also about time management, prioritizing and planning. With skills at de-stressing and keeping yourself motivated, you’re surely on your way to a successful VA career.
4. Setting up of a positive ambiance. A person surrounded with positivity and has that same force inside him would definitely experience success. Thus, your workplace must be conducive to efficient work routines. You also must work with people who give off positive aura, who are supportive and understanding of your career. Start with yourself when you detoxify your career – erase negativity, have a balanced flow of positive energies in your cubicle or home office, and know the people who you’ll work with and work for.
5. Learn, live and laugh as well. While being a VA is serious work, it shouldn’t cause you to shift from a fulfilling life. Admit that there’s always something new and that you must learn it to be at pace. While at it, foster online and offline relationships. Realize that work and fun does mix but be cautious of the important balance. Lastly, there’s always something to laugh about. Don’t be too hard on yourself even if you do work hard.
It’s easy to say that we’ve achieved success because we work hard. But I’m one to promote the need to have a goal, to stay committed, being humble enough to admit what needs to be learned, and even putting extra effort at skills and work discipline. As for that successful career as a virtual assistant, anyone can have it – BUT must be willing hold the five fundamentals needed to have it.
Yes, there are questions directed to my survival at this rather rogue choice of career. Who would’ve thought that the naturally outgoing person would be OK not going out of our house for days! The standard replies would be, “I’ve found the work that makes me happy… I’m honestly growing, learning and reaching out while at home… I save a lot just staying at home…” LOL!
What about you? What are other basics to online career success that you’d like to share?
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This had to get in here because at the moment, I’m NOT TAKING projects other than what we already have. Read: BUSINESS IS SLOW because I’m working on something really, really… cool.
I’m more than half-way with writing an eBook meant to teach moms and dads, or your friends or parents. Heck, maybe that bored woman in the next cubicle would benefit from it. Or your neighbor so he wouldn’t dwell too much on volunteering to do everything for you because he’s got “lotsa time and I’m bored” excuses.
It has become my goal to TRAIN people within my actual reach to earn online, become virtual assistants and somehow open their eyes to reality. Meaning, there’s “money” online for people who seek it. The ebook has a working title, “Your REAL Guide To Becoming A Virtual Assistant.” The working elf is just me, me and me.
So to everyone who believes that I can do this (read: childhood friends, former classmates, neighbors then and now, and relatives) and to all those who support my goals of producing the eBook and training materials, and finally training others and prepping them for this profitable career – or “sideline” – I am shamelessly begging for your donation.
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