When I started my business a few years ago, I knew that I was in it for the long haul.
My goal for Priority VA is to create a team that doesn’t run at the first sign of difficulty.
Needless to say, I’m an advocate of say what you mean and mean what you say.
It shouldn’t come as a surprise to me that not everyone shares this value.
I understand there are times when you have a difficult situation but if I’ve learned one thing over times, it’s that through difficult situations, I come out the other side refined and experienced.
In my journey, I’ve met countless people that said they just weren’t successful either working with or serving as a Virtual Assistant. This always peaks my interest! Not only do I like to learn from my own experiences, but I also enjoy hearing about the experiences of others. There is a common theme with my conversations…. commitment issues.
Commit to commit.
Whether you’re a Virtual Assistant with a new client or an entrepreneur ready to bring on a VA, make the decision to commit. When I’m placing clients, I let everyone know that they should be patient in the first 90 days. You’re figuring out each other’s work style, personalities and where each of you shine. Don’t run when a challenge arises. Stick it out. Work together as a team. It might just be the catalyst you need to see things differently and grow your business. You’ll look back in a year and be grateful that you stayed with your VA!
Commit to communicate.
I know that I talk about communication a lot, but I can’t begin to tell you the importance of good, open lines of communication.
When you don’t communicate, you don’t stay on the same page. Sure you’re working, but are you both working toward the same goal? Scheduling a weekly call and sticking to it will keep you on the same page and moving in the same direction. Working from separate pages can lead to frustration. Frustration that you’ve done hours of work, only to learn that it isn’t needed. Or frustration that you have to push back a launch date because you didn’t relay the ideas in your head to your team.
If you’re a VA, always end your weekly call with “What can I do for you?”. This will give your client the opportunity to give you any final thoughts as you work on your weekly goals.
If you’re a Client, don’t hesitate to share your ideas. Our job as VAs is to find a way for your ideas to come to life! Nothing is too big, too small or too crazy. We’ll give you feedback and find a way to make it happen.
Commit to delegate.
This one is hard!
As an entrepreneur myself, I understand the discipline it take to hand over tasks. As difficult as it may be, I also began to love the extra freedom. Freedom to get a little more creative with my business. Freedom to take lunch to my kids at school. Freedom to shut everything down for a few days and know that everything is taken care of by my team.
Fellow business owner, do yourself a favor and delegate to your VA. I’m in the trenches of Virtual Assistant support along with running my own business. As a VA, there is nothing more satisfying than knowing that your client trusts you with their business. We are ready, willing and able!
Commit to commit. Commit to communication. Commit to delegation.
You’ll be amazed at what you can accomplish together when you’re working together on the same page!